Trump Tweets About IG Report: Comey 'Worst Leader'; 'Doesn't Get Any Lower' Than Strzok

By Susan Jones | June 15, 2018 | 7:46am EDT
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( - President Trump was up early on this Friday, tweeting about the inspector-general report on the FBI's handling of the Clinton email investigation.

Trump wrote:

-- The IG Report is a total disaster for Comey, his minions and sadly, the FBI. Comey will now officially go down as the worst leader, by far, in the history of the FBI. I did a great service to the people in firing him. Good Instincts. Christopher Wray will bring it proudly back!

-- FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who headed the Clinton & Russia investigations, texted to his lover Lisa Page, in the IG Report, that “we’ll stop” candidate Trump from becoming President. Doesn’t get any lower than that!

The report's numerous and troubling findings include:

-- Strzok's anti-Trump bias, expressed in numerous text messages he exchanged with fellow FBI employee Lisa Page, including one in which Strzok promises to "stop" Trump from becoming president.

Strzok was the lead investigator on the Clinton email case, but the IG found that he prioritized the Trump-Russia investigation over the discovery of emails found on Anthony Weiner's laptop in late September 2016. In fact, the IG said he could not rule out bias on Strzok's part in putting the Trump-Russia investigation first: "We did not have confidence that Strzok’s decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the (Clinton)-related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop was free from bias."

--- Comey’s serious errors in judgement:

The IG found "no evidence that "political preferences" influenced FBI Director James Comey’s decision to notify Congress that he was reopening the Clinton email investigation in late October, just days before the 2016 election. But, the IG wrote, Comey used a "false dichotomy" when he described his decision as being either "speak" or "conceal." The two options actually were "follow policy/practice" and "depart from policy/practice," the IG wrote.

Among the many faults found with Comey, the IG said Comey's unilateral announcement recommending that Clinton not be prosecuted "was inconsistent with Department policy and violated long-standing Department practice and protocol by, among other things, criticizing Clinton’s uncharged conduct. We also found that Comey usurped the authority of the Attorney General, and inadequately and incompletely described the legal position of Department prosecutors."


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