Trump: IG Report Shows 'They Were Plotting Against Me'

By Melanie Arter | June 15, 2018 | 11:44 AM EDT

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(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump reacted Friday to the Inspector General’s report released Thursday, saying the report showed bias against him by the FBI and “totally exonerates” him.

“There was a Fox News report this week that the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is pushing back and threatening to investigate the congressional investigators who just want documents. Do you think that is appropriate?” Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Trump during a gaggle on the front lawn of the White House Friday.

“I hope that’s not so, and I know they’re getting documents, and I purposely-- look if you see what I’ve done with North Korea and with the State Department, Mike Pompeo -- it’s running so well. I have this running so well,” the president responded.

Trump said he purposely stayed away from the Justice Department until it completes its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, because he didn’t want to be accused of interfering.

“I have purposely, because of this ridiculous witch hunt, I have said I’m going to stay away from the Justice Department until it’s completed. Now that doesn’t mean I have to, because I don’t have to. I can get involved, but I don’t want you people to say that I’m interfering, that I’m doing anything. I think that the report yesterday, maybe more than anything it totally exonerates me. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction, and if you read the report, you’ll see that,” he said.

The president said the real FBI loves him despite the bias of certain members of the bureau.

Trump gave an unprecedentedly rare impromptu interview with “Fox & Friends” on the White House lawn. He told co-host Steve Doocy that the IG report was talking about former FBI Director James Comey, not Trump’s FBI.

“They were talking about Comey, not my FBI. It was Comey. The people in the FBI are incredible. I would bet if you took a poll, I would win that poll by more than anybody’s ever won a poll, but the top people, who are horrible,” he said.

“You look at what happened. They were plotting against my election, probably has never happened like that in terms of intelligence, in terms of anything else, but they were actually plotting against my election,” the president said.

“I’m actually proud, because I beat Clinton dynasty. I pushed Bush dynasty, and now I guess hopefully I’m in the process of beating very dishonest intelligence, because what they did was incredible and a real insult to millions of people that voted in that election on both sides,” Trump said.

“What you’ll really see is you’ll see bias against me and millions and tens of millions of my followers. That is really a disgrace, and yet if you look at the FBI and you went in and you polled the FBI, the real FBI, those guys love me, and I love them,” he said.

Steve Doocy read the headline of the Wall Street Journal, which said, “DOJ Clinton Report Blasts Comey and Agents, But Finds No Bias in Conclusion.”

“The end result was wrong,” Trump said. “I mean there was total bias. I mean when you look at Peter Strzok and what he said about me, when you look at Comey, all his moves, so I guess,” the president said.

“You know it’s interesting. It was a pretty good report, and then I say that the IG blew it at the very end with that statement, because when you read the report, it was almost like Comey. He goes point after point about how guilty Hillary is, and then he said but we’re not gonna do about it. The report, the IG report was a horror show. I thought that one sentence of conclusion was ridiculous,” Trump added.

“What about the love birds talking about you - we will stop it,” Doocy said, referring to FBI agent Peter Strzok, who investigated the Clinton email case and the Russian investigation, and his private text messages with Lisa Page, also of the FBI.

“Yeah, they said they will stop me. Well in the meantime, the economy hit an all-time high this morning, never been better. Jobless rate the lowest, best in 44 years, just came out. We’re gonna have some incredible things,” Trump said.

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