White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Thursday that a newly released Justice Department watchdog report "reaffirmed" President Donald Trump's "suspicions" about the conduct of former FBI Director James Comey and what she described as "political bias" among some FBI members.
USA president Donald Trump stepped up his offensive against Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling, declaring it "totally discredited" following the release of a watchdog report documenting failings by the FBI. What you would have us believe is that somehow they waited until the president got elected, and then they would go after him. According to Horowitz, the public reopening of the investigation 11 days before the presidential election was also a glaring departure from department policy and "a serious error of judgment".
Horowitz said he was especially troubled by anti-Trump text messages between an FBI agent and an FBI lawyer who worked on the Clinton investigation and were both on Mueller's team.
The FBI is now led by someone Trump picked, Director Christopher A. Wray. But, even as conservative media continue their convoluted and disingenuous calls for Mueller's removal, the special counsel's investigation continues, racking up numerous indictments, one of which resulted in Trump's former campaign manager having his bail revoked, landing him in federal prison until his trial. Strzok was removed from Mueller's team previous year after the texts were discovered.
The conclusions were contained in a 500-page report that documents in painstaking detail one of the most controversial investigations in modern FBI history. "It will go down as a dark and risky period in American history". The report concluded that despite mistakes, Comey's actions weren't politically motivated.
Trump can use that to vindicate his firing of Comey - and he is. The IG found the text messages sullied the FBI's reputation and "cast a cloud" over its investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's email but did not affect the investigation itself. "We'll stop it", Strzok responded.
But the Mueller probe was an unavoidable topic for the senators in both parties, as the inspector general report has become the latest flashpoint in the battle between Trump and his allies and the special counsel probe.