Senate Panel Holds Hearing on DOJ Inspector General Report


Sessions spoke at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

But while the report said Comey showed bad judgment in relitigating Clinton's case so close to the election, that move was favorable to Trump, not Clinton, and works against Trump's claim of political bias against him at the top of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz is expected to release his full report at around 3:00 p.m. today.

Trump is giving an impromptu interview with Steve Doocy of "Fox & Friends" on the North Lawn of the White House Friday.

Trump told Doocy: "The end result was wrong".

Trump added: "And there was total bias".

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's outside attorney, called for special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation to be brought to a close by Friday. "Are words enough?" Kilmeade asked of the texts between Strzok and Page.

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"I share the concerns and we wrote in fact here that it did cast a cloud over the entire Clinton email investigation", Horowitz said.

This is a play on a response that one often heard during the course of the 2016 campaign whenever an argument made about why Donald Trump should not be President. "Why would he get interviewed in a corrupt investigation?" While Horowitz says Comey treated Clinton unfairly, Trump has long argued that Comey let Clinton off easy. Trump believes Comey and his agents conspired to clear Clinton of wrongdoing because they were openly hostile to his candidacy.

I must remind readers, however, that Trump, upon assuming the presidency, made a decision to retain Comey rather than relieving him of duty, as many of us thought he should. Every reason for firing him is laid out here. "Good Instincts. Christopher Wray will bring it proudly back!" "The lead investigator clearly did not want to see Donald Trump elected President of the United States".

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

The running political commentary between the agency employees included one comment expressing a desire to "stop" Trump's election.

Horowitz did confirm to Grassley there was an open investigation into how Comey handled the memos he wrote memorializing his conversations with Trump before he was sacked a year ago.

Perhaps the most damaging part of the report is the finding that several FBI employees who played critical roles in the investigation sent political messages, raising questions about their objectivity.