Trump attacks Comey after release of watchdog report

His comments came after the Department of Justice's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, released a highly critical report of the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

"The damage caused by these employees' actions extends far beyond the scope of the Midyear (Clinton) investigation and goes to the heart of the FBI's reputation for neutral fact finding and political independence", CNN quoted the report. He tweeted Friday he did a "great service to the people" in terminating Comey.

"Doesn't get any lower than that!" he said after citing Strzok's text about preventing him from becoming president.

The self-admiration comes despite Trump having said in a television interview shortly after the explosive firing that he got rid of Comey because of "this Russian Federation thing".

He said that the Inspector General report released Thursday was "pretty good" but "blew it at the very end" by saying that the investigations were not tainted by bias.

The report sent shockwaves through conservative circles in Washington, with Trump and his allies claiming the report's findings - in particular, revelations of more anti-Trump messages sent by Federal Bureau of Investigation employees - were evidence that the top ranks of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are biased against him.

The report said that there was no evidence that either ever acted on their sentiments, but assailed both for "extremely poor judgment and a gross lack of professionalism".

"No. No he won't. We'll stop it", Mr Strzok responded. He said he used his own personal laptop for unclassified work, and said he saw no issues with using a personal laptop and personal email.

The president then turned to the IG's report, with Fox host Steve Doocy referring to text messages sent by the FBI's Lisa Page and Peter Strzok about potential stopping a Trump administration. Trump wrote on Twitter.

Despite his criticism of the inspector general's report, Trump presented the report's findings as vindication of his decision to fire Comey in May past year. The report will be presented to Congress today and has not yet been made public, but a copy was obtained by Bloomberg News.

During an appearance on Fox News on Thursday night, Giuliani said that "Rod Rosenstein and Jeff Sessions have a chance to redeem themselves, and that chance comes about tomorrow". "Strzok should be in jail by next week". He previously covered the Trump White House.

The Russia investigation began in July 2016, according to Comey, and is now being overseen by Mueller. He also chronicled Maryland government for more than a decade.

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