Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trey Gowdy on DOJ Report: 'Not the FBI Our Country Needs'

Trey Gowdy on DOJ Report: 'Not the FBI Our Country Needs'

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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.

One of the most inflammatory parts of the report was an email exchange between Peter Strzok, the No. 2 agent in charge of the Clinton investigation who was later assigned to the Russian Federation probe, and his paramour, Lisa Page, who was a top FBI lawyer.

While the president remained mum on the report's findings, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders offered the first reaction.

The FBI leadership waited almost a month after receiving initial information about the laptop to reopen the investigation and notifying Congress about it, the IG report shows.

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

On Thursday, Horowitz released his almost 600-page report scrutinizing the actions of numerous figures who played a key role in the Justice Department and FBI's investigation of Clinton's email practices while she was secretary of state.

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But the report also noted that Strzok was not the sole decision-maker and that he and Page sometimes advocated for more aggressive investigative steps than others in the Clinton investigation. In a New York Times opinion piece released after the report, Comey said he disagreed with some conclusions but respected the watchdogs work.

Strzok replied: "you and I both know the odds are nothing". And Trump took it one step further, barreling out of the White House Friday for an unannounced, early-morning television interview that turned into a almost hour-long freewheeling give-and-take with reporters, during which he returned time and again to assert that report had exonerated him amid Mueller's ongoing probe into Russian election interference.

Also criticized in the report was Comeys 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.

There are many answers to that question, but one thing Comey says didn't play a role was the questionable information he received that purported to show that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch had promised to go easy on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump's attorneys huddled for several hours with the President Thursday to plan their next moves as they prepare to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller's team in the near future. Additional investment restrictions and export controls against China are also planned for later this month. Clinton supporters say her name could have been cleared well before the election had the Federal Bureau of Investigation moved faster to review the emails.

"The top people were awful", Trump said.

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