Federal Bureau of Investigation agents insulted Trump supporters, blamed Federal Bureau of Investigation for Clinton loss

Ann Santiago
June 18, 2018

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.

Bernie Sanders was an "an idiot like [Donald] Trump" in a text message revealed in a brutal report from the Department of Justice's inspector general on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. And independent investigators have said they found no evidence that the actual investigations were influenced by agents' personal bias. The special counsel is looking into whether Trump's firing of Comey in May 2017 was an effort by the president to obstruct justice by derailing the FBI's probe of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

It said Comey was insubordinate and guilty of bad judgement, and also showed several agents involved in the investigation repeatedly expressing anti-Trump bias in private text messages.

Strzok responded: "No. No he won't".

Wray said during a news conference Thursday that he takes the report "very seriously and we accept its findings and recommendations".

A May 2016 email from FBI investigator Peter Strzok shows the agency knew at that time some classified information had been hacked from Clinton's private server.

"The opinions I care the most about are the opinions of the people who actually really know us and know us through our work", he said.

Comey concealed from the Justice Department his plans to make a public announcement until the morning he did so, even though such statements are normally handled by the Justice Department, if at all, the report says. Strzok then prioritized the investigation into Russian election meddling, putting off Clinton-related emails found on the computer of disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, who was married at the time to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Giuliani has suggested that a presidential interview with Mueller may not happen in the aftermath of the inspector general's report, which he contends shows the investigation has been tainted and biased against the president.

The report describes some of those messages, including one the day after the election in which he lamented the results and said he was "so stressed about what I could have done differently".

Trump has repeatedly said a biased Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation let Clinton off easily, and he made "lock her up" a chant in his election rallies.

Still, investigators said they did not find "documentary or testimonial evidence" that the bias affected the probe.

"The question I have [is] was the Department of Justice and the FBI, the people in charge of the Clinton investigation, were they really in the tank or not?"

The president has given other justifications for the firing, including that he did it in order to relieve pressure from the FBI's inquiry into the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation.

The Russia investigation began in July 2016, according to Comey, and is now being overseen by Mueller.

Strzok was replying to texts from his mistress and fellow FBI agent Lisa Page, who was a subordinate to fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Trump first took Strzok to task Friday on Twitter for texting during the investigation that "we'll stop" Trump from winning the presidency, a revelation that was disclosed when the report was issued Thursday, and Trump praised current FBI Director Christopher Wray for his leadership of the embattled agency.

The memo addresses key findings of the committees' investigation ahead of next week's hearing with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

Then he turned to other reporters and went over the same list for another 20 minutes.

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