United States 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.
Across the political spectrum, politicians - Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan - were excoriated by a pair of FBI agents whose texts were disclosed in a report on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
"In August 2016, Page texted Strzok asking: "[Trump] is not ever going to become president, right? "It's like, we'll stop him with the power of the vote?"
THE FACTS: Trump was referring to Mueller's team. However, ultimately after reviewing their messages and their actions, investigators concluded that Page's and Strzok's opinions did not influence their actions at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
He said that the Inspector General report released Thursday was "pretty good" but "blew it at the very end" by saying that the investigations were not tainted by bias. "Right?!" the lawyer, Lisa Page, wrote to Mr Strzok. He said that would be better than Mueller's investigation because it's internal and less likely to suffer from mission creep.
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"The FBI's inaction had potentially far-reaching consequences", the report found, noting there were no persuasive arguments to explain the delay.
Dershowitz, who frequently has spoken against the special counsel investigation, said he'd welcome a similar look by the IG's office into the FBI's investigation of Trump.
Comey responded to the report on Thursday by tweeting that he believes the "conclusions are reasonable, even though I disagree with some". The report says the attorney left that investigation in late February 2018, shortly after the inspector general provided Mueller with some of the instant messages they had discovered.
Mueller is looking into the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and any potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow, among other matters that may arise from the investigation.