Trey Gowdy on DOJ Report: 'Not the FBI Our Country Needs'

Jermaine Castillo
June 18, 2018

In the long-awaited report, the department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, blasted Comey for a series of controversial steps he took during the investigation, including publicly exonerating Clinton in the midst of the campaign and then reopening - and later closing - the probe just as the November election was drawing near.

Trump made the bias claim despite the findings of the department's inspector general report, which was critical of the FBI and Comey personally but didn't find evidence that political bias influenced the investigation of Clinton's email practices prior to the election.

"The end result was wrong. There was total bias", Trump declared Friday.

The report also criticizes Comey for not keeping then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other Justice Department superiors properly informed about his handling of the investigation. "It was a den of thieves", he said.

FORMER FBI director James Comey made a "serious error of judgement" when he announced shortly before the 2016 U.S. presidential election he was reopening an investigation into candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server, the Justice Department's internal watchdog said. The two expressed anti-Trump and pro-Clinton sentiments in text messages, and some Republicans have claimed they prove the Russian Federation investigation is tainted.

"There was no collusion".

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In his first public comments on the report, Trump said in a pair of tweets early Friday that he had done "a great service" for the American people by firing Comey a year ago. "And I think that the Mueller investigation has been totally discredited".

Goelman said that Strzok was not willing to use his official position to affect Trump's chances of being elected and that "his political conviction that a Trump presidency would be disastrous for American national security is not based on his bias, it was based on information that was available to him, and his perspective on American national security". He said Strzok did not do the one thing that might have actually helped Clinton and hurt Trump: leak word of the investigation of the Trump campaign.

Judgments on how the report would impact Trump's legal future predictably broke down along party lines.

The committees" memo also says it appears the outcome of the investigation was "predetermined' in May, two months before Comey's press conference and before multiple interviews had taken place.

The first migrants to arrive came on an Italian coast guard ship, which took aboard 274 of the Aquarius's passengers to make the journey safer. "I don't think any of us would want our enemy investigating us". Those employees, according to the report, have been referred for investigation into whether their communication violated the FBI's Offense Codes and Penalty Guidelines.

Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation previous year after Horowitz's office discovered anti-Trump text messages between him and FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

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"[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? No he's not. We'll stop it".

The FBI director notified Congress he had reopened the probe October 28, 2016, because of emails that investigators had found on the laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, the then-husband of longtime Clinton confidante and aide Huma Abedin. The disclosures about the range of candid political and other opinions that Page traded with Strzok on their official government mobile phones has been an embarrassment for the bureau.

In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the report shows "a number of significant errors by the senior leadership of the Department of Justice during the previous administration". "That's not really a surprising conclusion for anyone who knows how DOJ is supposed to work".

"The IG Report totally destroys James Comey and all of his minions including the great lovers, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who started the disgraceful Witch Hunt against so many innocent people", Trump wrote Saturday, referring to the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

But both insisted bias played no part in their motivations. If I thought it was likely I'd be there no question.

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