Comey says he Disagrees with Inspector General Report

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Lawyer Aitan Goelman called it "critically flawed" for its conclusion that it "cannot rule out "with confidence" the possibility that Special Agent Strzok's political "bias" may have been a cause of the FBI's failure, between September 29 and October 25, 2016, to seek a second search warrant for the Anthony Weiner laptop".

Trump and his allies have used the texts as ammunition in their ongoing attacks on the special counsel, who is leading the FBI investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin as well as potential obstruction of justice on the part of the president.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department will accept the findings of the inspector general and work to clean up the FBI, which has been marred by a bruising report of its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet.

Trump is certain to try to use the report to validate his firing of Comey previous year.

Horowitz found that while the actions of senior FBI leaders, like then-FBI Director James Comey, "cast a cloud" over the investigation, their actions were not driven by political bias, and there is no evidence that they acted to influence the outcome of the investigation. "We'll stop it", Strzok replied.

I must remind readers, however, that Trump, upon assuming the presidency, chose to retain Comey rather than relieving him of duty, as many of us thought he should.

"The damage caused by these employees' actions extends far beyond the scope of the Midyear (Clinton) investigation and goes to the heart of the FBI's reputation for neutral fact finding and political independence", CNN quoted the report.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz found Mr Comey broke "dramatically from Federal Bureau of Investigation and department norms" in handling a probe into Hillary Clinton's emails.

Trump added: "And there was total bias".

While the report was embarrassing for the FBI, it appeared to lack the kind of bombshell revelation that would significantly boost an effort by Trump and his allies to paint the FBI as corrupt and discredit the Russian Federation investigation.

"In August 2016, Page texted Strzok asking: "[Trump] is not ever going to become president, right?

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the North Lawn of the White House on Friday in Washington.

"We found that it was extraordinary and insubordinate for Comey to do so, and we found none of his reasons to be a persuasive basis for deviating from well-established Department policies in a way intentionally created to avoid supervision by department leadership over his actions", the report says.

The Department of Justice (DoJ) report was released on Thursday.

On July 5, 2016, Comey publicly announced that he was not bringing criminal charges against Clinton for her handling of classified information in her emails. Strzok and Page told investigators the texts did not mean Clinton should get preferential treatment.