Also, Mueller reports to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a Trump appointee.
President Donald Trump applauded a review of how the FBI investigated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Friday while calling its conclusion flawed.
Here are a few of the high points, the questions they answer and the questions they raise. Comey will now officially go down as the worst leader, by far, in the history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The FBI obtained a warrant nine days before the presidential election to review those emails, found on the laptop of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. - the husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin - and ultimately determined there was nothing that changed its original conclusion. Except it kind of did.
Speaking live with "Fox and Friends" host Steve Doocy, Trump addressed the Inspector General's report finding Comey's conduct regarding the Clinton probe was "extraordinary and insubordinate", such as his July 2016 announcement not to seek charges against her and his late-October letter to Congress saying it had been reopened. But let's also be clear on the scope of this report. "Comey was the ring leader of this whole, you know, den of thieves". Even so, it still affected Comey's choices, and to the degree it was meant to help disrupt the election, it worked. And how many decisions by American policymakers in 2016 and before or since have been affected by false intelligence deliberately planted to throw a monkey wrench into the works? Page was less well-known and has left the agency since the text messages were revealed.More news: Antoine Griezmann receives heavy criticism for decision video
"I have the greatest supporters in the world, by the way they're the smartest, they're the hardest working, they pay taxes". Trump is hopeful the report will allow him to beat those within the agency he sees as bad actors. The new USA tariffs, which target almost 1,100 Chinese goods (mostly advanced industrial products), are meant to punish China for stealing US intellectual property and other unfair trade practices. And that special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has been a registered Republican with an impeccably nonpartisan career in law enforcement.
But a almost two-year investigation by the Justice Department's watchdog found no evidence that those private sentiments expressed by Strzok actually influenced his work.
Both Strzok and Page worked on the Clinton probe. "I thought it was a misplaced confidence in his own righteousness, combined with really inappropriate pressure from one political party that wasn't matched by the other". However, I am not convinced there is a substantive basis upon which to believe that is possible.
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Horowitz, a former federal prosecutor, announced in March that he is probing allegations of government surveillance abuse, in light of memos released on Capitol Hill about FBI and DOJ efforts to obtain FISA warrants to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page as part of its Russian Federation investigation. Trump also asserted, "I did nothing wrong". "The IG report yesterday went a long way to show that". He continued, "I think the Mueller investigation has been totally discredited".