Trump seizes on IG report to tout firing Comey

Trump I did a great service by firing Comey

The IG's report says Comey erred when he announced in July 2016 that Clinton had been "extremely careless" with classified material but would not be charged with any crime, and again months later when he told Congress shortly before the election that the probe into Clinton's emails had been reopened.

The investigation into Clinton's email server began in 2015 and focused on whether Clinton sent or received classified information using the private server located in the basement of her NY home, which was not authorised to handle such messages.

But he said in a tweet that he respects the inspector general's work and believes the conclusions are "reasonable". All of our leaders need to understand that accountability and transparency are essential to the functioning of our democracy, even when it involves criticism.

Horowitz's revelations are an ironic footnote to the Clinton investigation, which began with the revelation that the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee had used a personal email address to conduct official correspondence while secretary of state.

A new report by the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General accuses Comey of breaking protocol in his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.

"James Comes was was using a private email account while he was investigating Hillary Clinton for using a private email account, the issue that the entire election revolved around and one of the biggest reasons Donald Trump was elected president", he said. I did a great service to the people in firing him.

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.

There was no evidence that the investigation into Clinton's email server was influenced by political calculations.

The report mentioned the texts to be "disappointing" and said it could lead to the questioning of the integrity of the 2016 Clinton probe.

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

"They should end it", he said.

The 568-page report faults James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director at the time, for several decisions he made surrounding the 2016 presidential election.

Trump also took aim at Comey - who he fired in May 2017 and whose reputation he has since sought to tarnish in the expectation he could be a witness against him in the encroaching Russian Federation investigation.

Since Horowitz's report criticizes Comey, Trump's claim is superficially plausible. "It's like, we'll stop him with the power of the vote?"

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