Former FBI Director James Comey broke FBI and Justice Department protocol in his handling of the 2016 investigation of Hillary Clinton's email scandal, but Comey was not motivated by any political bias when he cleared Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing, according to a long-awaited report released Thursday by a watchdog official for the Justice Department.
This week in the Russian Federation investigations: A Justice Department report impacts Washington like a meteor; the inspector general confirms the presence of likely fraudulent intelligence; a special agent's words could be a political gift to President Trump. That investigation, now led by Mueller, is also looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.
The Justice Department's internal watchdog is releasing its much-anticipated report on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
None of this minimizes the fact that an FBI agent who was involved in key 2016 investigations privately expressed his anti-Trump feelings in a way that strongly suggested he was going to use his power at the FBI to influence Trump's election chances. "No he won't. We'll stop it".
Democrats said the report shows "that the FBI's actions helped Donald Trump become President".
Even so, the Justice Department's Inspector General found no fault in the decision announced by Comey on 5 July, 2016 that Clinton should not face prosecution for placing classified materials on her personal email server while she was secretary of state.
"I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey's letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off, "she later said".
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.
Mr Trump said that Mr Comey's replacement, Christopher A Wray, "will bring it proudly back!"
In September 2016, as part of the investigation into his communication with the underage teen, an FBI agent in NY found hundreds of thousands of emails on Weiner's laptop that were possibly relevant to the Clinton investigation.
"Eid al-Fitr reminds all of us in the United States and overseas, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, to maintain the spirit and lessons of Ramadan throughout the year: to promote peace, to be of service to those who are suffering and displaced, to respect diversity, and to empathize with everyone around us", he said.
During an interview with Fox News Channel at the White House Friday morning, Trump said "the end result was wrong" and there was "total bias".
Trump himself said he had "reservations" about a sit-down with the investigators. If Trump wants to view people's partisanship as their only motive for doing their jobs, he loses that argument very quickly when it comes to the independent, FBI-backed investigation now looking into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and any possible collusion between his campaign and the Russians.
But both insisted bias played no part in their motivations.
In addition, the report was highly critical of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two Federal Bureau of Investigation staff members who exchanged highly charged political messages, finding their texts cast a cloud over the Federal Bureau of Investigation and created the appearance of bias.
The president's lawyers want to paint the dismissal as something he was both authorized to do under the Constitution and correct to do based on Comey's performance.
"The IG report yesterday went a long way to show that, and I think that the Mueller investigation has been totally discredited", he said.