The 5 key takeaways from the Justice Department IG report

Marsha Scott
June 17, 2018

A Justice Department report gave US President Donald Trump new ammunition on Thursday (June 14) in his fight against investigators when it called former FBI director James Comey "insubordinate" in his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton in 2016.

THE FACTS: At no point did the Justice Department inspector general's 500-page report address whether Trump or his associates cooperated with Russia's efforts to sway the 2016 presidential election.

WASHINGTON-U.S. President Donald Trump declared Friday he thinks the Russian Federation probe is "very biased" and has reservations about being interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller, raising more questions on whether he will consent to an interview as part of the investigation.

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.

"James Comes was was using a private email account while he was investigating Hillary Clinton for using a private email account, the issue that the entire election revolved around and one of the biggest reasons Donald Trump was elected president", he said.

But he was removed from the post in July 2017 after thousands of emails and text messages became public, including one in which he promised "we'll stop him" if Trump won.

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Mueller has indicted four Trump aides.

FBI Director Christopher Wray told reporters at a briefing that he accepted the inspector general's report, but stressed it did not find that political bias had impacted its investigations.

"Well I don't know how Peter Strzok is still working there", Trump responded. "It's probably never happened in our country before", Trump said. At least among Trump's hardline supporters, the response would inevitably refer back to Clinton and the email controversy. "And if you read the report, you'll see that".

It's the president's first tweet on the report by the Justice Department's internal watchdog.

"I can remember like it was yesterday where I was and what I was doing when I learned of these text messages", he told CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin. Comey, however, managed to infuriate Democrats and Republicans with his actions-the former by announcing in the final weeks of the campaign that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking into new information related to the email server, and the latter for subsequently concluding that she didn't break the law.

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