Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Trump falsely claims exoneration from report

Trump falsely claims exoneration from report

"I mean, when you look at Peter Strzok and what he said about me, when you look at [James] Comey and all his moves".

Comey was criticized in the report for his decision, despite the discouragement of the Justice Department, to reveal to Congress that the FBI was reopening the investigation into Clinton's private server after the discovery of new emails.

Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told "Fox & Friends" that the report casts doubt on whether Trump will ever agree to an interview with Mueller's team because "why would he get interviewed by a corrupt investigation?"

The Justice Department's handling of the investigation into Clinton was attacked by Democrats and Republicans alike. He tweeted Friday he did a "great service to the people" in terminating Comey.

Strzok was removed from that investigative team in the summer of 2017 once the text messages came to the attention of the special counsel's office, according to media reports.

Greg Brower, former Assistant Director for the FBI's Office of Congressional Affairs, went on CNN on Thursday and described the agency's reaction to the "outrageous" text messages between former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page and Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok.

James Comey, who led the probe that exonerated Clinton, used his personal email to conduct official business at least five times, in violation of government policy. Both said they did not discuss Hillary Clinton's case.

Even though the Justice Department report had nothing to do with the special counsel investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties with Russian Federation, one of Trump's lawyers, Rudy Giuliani, said Thursday that Mueller's investigation should be suspended.

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Trump added: "It was a pretty good report and then I say that the IG blew it at the very end with that statement".

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".

In fact, she argued, this dynamic stretches into the present and explains why Trump is so obsessed with going after the Justice Department.

The report does find that Comey's actions were not politically motivated to help either candidate.

The Justice Department has also issued a stinging rebuke to the FBI for its handling of the email investigation.

Judgments on how the report would impact Trump's legal future predictably broke down along party lines.

The FBI's inspector general released a report this week that revealed previously unreported text messages between Strzok and Page while the two worked on the investigation, in which Strzok assured Page that the investigation would "stop" Trump from becoming president.

Meaning what? Not only did the Russians influence the conduct of American officials with a questionable document - the use of forgeries is a long-standing aspect of active measures - but also the American officials involved here knew the material nearly certainly wasn't real. "The IG report yesterday went a long way to show that". "And I think that the Mueller investigation has been totally discredited".

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