Trump claims Federal Bureau of Investigation 'plotting' though report found no bias

The president's tweet came after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz unveiled a highly anticipated report faulting Comey for "insubordinate behavior" during the FBI probe into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways on the IG's scathing report on the FBI Is the Department of Justice inspector general truly impartial?

While castigating the FBI, Mr Trump stopped well short of the comments of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who on Thursday called on top Justice Department officials to "redeem themselves" by ending the investigation now being led by special counsel Robert Mueller into possible co-ordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign in 2016.

Trumps comments followed the IGs 500-page report that said Comey was “insubordinate” in his handling of the Clinton investigation because he broke agency protocol.

When Manafort was first indicted, the White House said the charges had nothing to do with the president and the 2016 campaign. Page asked in a text to Strzok.

But in October 2016, less than two weeks before Election Day, Comey sent members of Congress a letter disclosing that the probe was being reopened after new emails were found on the computer of the husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

President Donald Trump applauded a review of how the FBI investigated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Friday while calling its conclusion flawed.

Included in the report was a previously undisclosed exchange of text messages between Mr Strzok and an Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer in August 2016.

"Comey said that he became concerned that the information about Lynch would taint the public's perception of the [Clinton] investigation if it leaked, particularly after DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 began releasing hacked emails in mid-June 2016".

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. "Right?!" the lawyer, Lisa Page, wrote to Mr Strzok.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said that "conduct in the report" had already been referred to the department's disciplinary arm, but he would not say which employees had been referred or for what conduct. "We'll stop it", Mr Strzok responded.

He also tweeted wishing peace and prosperity in the coming year.

The inspector general's report said that exchange "is not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate's electoral prospects". Rudy Giuliani, the president's attorney, has suggested that a presidential interview with Mueller may not happen in the aftermath of the IG report, which he contends shows the investigation has been tainted and biased against the president.

"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", the inspector general found. Mueller removed Strzok from his team after Horowitz disclosed the texts to him. "There was no collusion, there was no obstruction, and the IG report yesterday went a long way to show that". "And I think that the Mueller investigation has been totally discredited".

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