Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

The 5 key takeaways from the Justice Department IG report

The 5 key takeaways from the Justice Department IG report

FBI Director Christopher Wray, responding Thursday to the Justice Department inspector general's report highly-critical of how former director James Comey and other officials handled controversial decisions during the 2106 election, said: "I take this report very seriously".

Almost 24 hours after the release of the Department of Justice inspector general's investigation, President Trump tweeted his reaction, calling the blistering report a "total disaster" for former FBI Director James Comey and his "minions".

Trump continued on Twitter Friday, saying, Comey will "officially go down as the worst leader, by far, in the history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Mr Trump's comments on Twitter represented his first public statements on the report released on Thursday by the department's inspector general, which was critical of several key Federal Bureau of Investigation figures in the Hillary Clinton email probe.

"After a year-long investigation that included a review of millions of communications and interviews of scores of witnesses, the IG concluded that there is no evidence that the political views of Special Agent Strzok and others in the FBI impacted the handling of the Clinton email investigation", Goelman said in a statement. Apparently, those officials now include Comey.

Trump himself said he had "reservations".

The inspector general released a report which claims that the top officials in charge of the investigation had damaged the FBI's reputation.

A few days before the election, on October 28, 2016, an unidentified lawyer assigned to the Clinton probe team referred to in the report as "FBI Attorney 2" said in messages to colleagues that he had "initiated the destruction of the Republic".

"One more thing: She might be our next president", Page said in a February 24, 2016, text to Strzok.

The findings have no direct bearing on a separate Justice Department special counsel probe on Russia's alleged interference in the election, and the possibility there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

President Donald Trump applauded a review of how the FBI investigated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Friday while calling its conclusion flawed.

"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?

Even so, the Justice Department's Inspector General found no fault in the ultimate decision announced by Comey on July 5, 2016 that Clinton should not face prosecution for placing classified materials on her personal e-mail server while she was secretary of state.

Also criticized in the report was Comey's decision, despite the discouragement of the Justice Department, to reveal to Congress that the FBI was reopening the investigation following the discovery of new emails. "That was of all the things, that wasn't to me maybe the most interesting".

The report rebuked Comey for his handling of the Clinton email investigation.

"Wherever Hillary was, she was like, 'Mm-hmm, '" he said.

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