FBI Hid Clinton Crimes, Created Russian Diversion

Donald Trump

"The IG Report totally destroys James Comey and all of his minions including the great lovers, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who started the disgraceful Witch Hunt against so many innocent people", Trump tweeted Saturday morning, adding, "It will go down as a dark and risky period in American History!"

The FBI director notified Congress he had reopened the probe October 28, 2016, because of emails that investigators had found on the laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, the then-husband of longtime Clinton confidante and aide Huma Abedin.

A May 2016 email from FBI investigator Peter Strzok shows the agency knew at that time some classified information had been hacked from Clinton's private server.

In Trump's tweets this morning, he singled out Federal Bureau of Investigation officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok for sending disparaging text messages about him.

Horowitz also found that Comey had been "insubordinate" in announcing that Clinton would not be charged without informing then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch that he planned to do so. He is likely to use the harsh assessment of Comey as validation for his decision to fire him, an act now central to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the president sought to obstruct justice.

Echoing language first used by President Barack Obama, Comey characterized Clinton's use of private email servers for official state communications as "extremely careless".

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had sex with Trump in 2006 and that Cohen paid her $130,000 to keep the encounter secret shortly before his election. It also concluded that Comey's actions were not motivated by political bias.

Comey, of course, was sacked by Trump in May 2017, a move that helped prompt the Justice Department to appoint special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Russian election interference and whether any Americans took part.

In a recently released book, Comey wrote that he chose to do "something I could never imagine" in order to protect the bureau's reputation after concluding that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch "appeared politically compromised" by her association to the Clintons. The House Judiciary Committee said Thursday they would subpoena Strzok to testify.




The watchdog office said it could not be certain that the decision to prioritize the Russian Federation investigation in October 2016 over scouring the Weiner laptop for possible evidence against Clinton was free from bias. Comey said had he known earlier about the laptop's import it might have affected his decision to notify Congress.

"But my emails", she said, reacting in a three-word tweet.

President Trump and his allies in and outside of government have used the chaos at the FBI to attack the credibility of the ongoing investigation into Russian election interference - and whether anyone in his campaign helped. Right?!" Strzok answered, "No. It represents the culmination of an 18-month review into one of the most consequential FBI investigations in recent history.

"Among the text exchanges that have been made public is one from August 2016 in which Page said, "(Trump's) not ever going to become president, right?

Strzok replies: "No. No he's not".

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 unsafe".

"I did nothing wrong, there was no obstruction".

"In this case, given the importance of the matter, I think unusual transparency is in order", he also said.

Wray said "nothing" in the report "impugns" the integrity of the FBI workforce and that while the report found "errors in judgment" and policy violations, it found no evidence of political bias or improper consideration "actually impacting the investigations under review".

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