Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah unpack 'infuriating' details in James Comey report

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In the 500-page report, Comey is criticised for violating Justice Department policies by making these announcements, but it also says there is no evidence he did this out of political motivation.

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.

Read the full report at the Washington Times.

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.

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in May of a year ago.

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.

Former FBI director James Comey will "now officially go down as the worst leader, by far, in the history of the FBI", Donald Trump has said.

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.