Report a 'total disaster' for Comey and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, says Trump

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In an excerpt of the DOJ IG report - published by Bloomberg - that's set to be released later Thursday afternoon, Horowitz said that he did not find any evidence that the messages exchanged between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page directly affected the investigation.

Also criticized was Comey's decision, despite the discouragement of the Justice Department, to reveal to Congress that the FBI was reopening the investigation following the discovery of new emails.

The report examined text messages and instant messages between some Federal Bureau of Investigation employees conducted on Federal Bureau of Investigation mobile devices and computers that "expressed statements of hostility toward then candidate Donald Trump and statements of support for then candidate Clinton".

On Friday, Trump said, "If you look at - the head investigator is saying, 'We have to stop Trump from becoming president.' Well, Trump became president".

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.

"It reaffirmed the president's suspicions about Comey's conduct and the political bias among some of the members of the FBI", Sanders said in a press briefing Thursday. "Christopher Wray will bring it proudly back!"

In interviews included in the report, both Strozk and Page acknowledged that some of their texts could be read as showing their bias against Trump, both during the early stages of the collusion investigation and after Trump assumed office in January 2017.

"I did a great service to the people in firing him", the president wrote, justifying his firing of Comey.

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"We found no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias, or other improper considerations", the report says, according to the source.

USA president Donald Trump introduces his wife Melania on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Trump said he did not have plans to suspend the Mueller investigation, and he repeated his contention that the inquiry was being conducted by people with conflicts of interest.

Trump added: "It was a pretty good report and then I say that the IG blew it at the very end with that statement". He continued, "I think the Mueller investigation has been totally discredited".

Concerned about the "appearance that former President Clinton was influencing" the probe, Lynch began talking to her staff the next morning about possibly recusing herself from overseeing the investigation, the report says.

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.

His report about the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server is the Ulysses of government reports - a universe in microcosm, a bottomless trove, an opus that will be studied for generations. or at least until the next big flap blows up on TV. Page only briefly worked on Mueller's team and left before the texts were discovered.