It underscores efforts by FBI and Justice Department leaders to juggle developments in the Clinton investigation she had used private email for government business while secretary of state with a separate probe that was then unknown to the American public into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Concerned about the "appearance that former President Clinton was influencing" the probe, Lynch began talking to her staff the next morning about possibly recusing herself from overseeing the investigation, the report says.
"In it, two agents who were lovers - both served on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian tampering probe - exchanged text messages and instant messages in which one vowed to "stop" Trump from becoming president, one referred to Trump as a "(expletive) idiot", both referred to him as "Drumpf" and both called his supporters "retarded". It may also fault former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and others.
The inspector general report ultimately "did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative decisions".
He said there was "no question" that Strzok regrets sending anti-Trump messages, but added: "I think what he was doing is expressing his political opinions in what he thought was a private text conversation, and he regrets that this has been weaponized by people with political motivations to try to discredit the Mueller investigation".
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The president's lawyers want to paint the dismissal as something he was both authorized to do under the Constitution and correct to do based on Comey's performance.
Trump himself said he had reservations.. Mueller removed Strzok from his team past year after an internal investigation uncovered the texts.
The report said the messages "cast a cloud" over Federal Bureau of Investigation actions but that no evidence was found "to connect the political views expressed in these messages to the specific investigative decisions that we reviewed".
The inspector general faulted Comey for his unusual July 5, 2016, news conference at which he disclosed his recommendation against bringing charges, even though cases that end without prosecution are rarely discussed publicly. Comey said had he known earlier about the laptop's import it might have affected his decision to notify Congress. It represents the culmination of an 18-month review into one of the most consequential FBI investigations in recent history.
The Republicans allege bias against Donald Trump in his campaign against Clinton.
But my emails, she said, reacting in a three-word tweet.
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Shah worked for the Republican National Committee (RNC) during the 2016 campaign season, and later joined the Trump White House. While Sanders didn't explicitly deny the report , she said that CBS didn't speak to her before running the story.
"In one newly released e-mail from August 2016, Page writes to Strzok asking, "(Trump's) not ever going to become president, right? "Right?!" the lawyer, Lisa Page, wrote to Strzok. "I mean, there was total bias", Trump said of the report in an interview on the White House lawn.
Strzok, replied, "No. No he won't". "And I think that the Mueller investigation has been totally discredited".
But Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Democrat from CT, declared that "any effort to use this report as an excuse for shutting down the special counsel's investigation is both disingenuous and risky".
In September 2016, as part of the investigation into his communication with the underage teen, an FBI agent in NY found hundreds of thousands of emails on Weiner's laptop that were possibly relevant to the Clinton investigation.
Trump is yet again insisting there was "No Collusion and No Obstruction of the fabricated No Crime" and is accusing Democrats of making up "a phony crime", paying "a fortune to make the crime sound real", and then "Collud (ing) to make this pile of garbage take on life in Fake News!"
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Trump's allies and former lawyers have warned him against doing an interview, fearing he could put himself in legal jeopardy by making false statements.