Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who wanted to "stop" Trump has really just helped him

Marsha Scott
June 18, 2018

United States president Donald Trump introduces his wife Melania on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department will accept the findings of the inspector general and work to clean up the FBI, which has been marred by a bruising report of its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Also criticized in the report was Comeys 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.

Trump's lawyers will argue that the report's criticism of Comey makes it clear the President fired him for the right reasons - and the decision was not part of an effort to obstruct justice.

The Inspector General also examined whether FBI employees leaked information about investigations of the Clinton Foundation charitable organization and emails in a bid to help Trump's campaign.

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.

The FBI obtained a warrant nine days before the presidential election to review those emails, found on the laptop of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., — the husband of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin — and ultimately determined there was nothing that changed its original conclusion.

But it said, “We found no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations; rather, we determined that they were based on the prosecutors assessment of the facts, the law and past department practice.”.

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Mr Trump said that Mr Comey's replacement, Christopher A Wray, "will bring it proudly back!" There was total bias.”.

The almost 500-page report released Thursday was especially harsh on senior Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok, who exchanged a trove of text messages with an Federal Bureau of Investigation colleague in the months before the presidential election.

But that report, while damaging to the FBI and to Comey personally, does not support Trump's allegation that political preferences influenced the conduct of the email investigation into his Democratic presidential rival.

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. Mueller and his team continue to oversee the investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia's meddling in the lead-up to the 2016 election.

The "insubordinate" Comey behavior, as it was described in the report, gives Trump's lawyers ammunition, according to sources, to argue that Trump had no improper motive in firing Comey - which they claim had nothing to do with Russian Federation.

Trump's legal team has repeatedly cast doubt on whether the president would sit for an interview with Mueller.

Why did then-FBI Director James Comey feel he needed to take the Clinton email matter into his own hands and cut out his own bosses, the leaders of the Justice Department?

Trump sought to further discredit the probe Friday, saying the "problem with the Mueller investigation is everybody's got massive conflicts".

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