Trump falsely claims exoneration from report

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The president was responding to questions about the 568-page report released Thursday by the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general (IG) concerning the 2016 FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and address to conduct official USA diplomatic business.

The IG report did not address whether Strzok's political views affected the Russian Federation investigation.

Goelman said that Strzok was not willing to use his official position to affect Trump's chances of being elected and that "his political conviction that a Trump presidency would be disastrous for American national security is not based on his bias, it was based on information that was available to him, and his perspective on American national security".

"Nothing in this report detracts from the credibility of the special counsel's investigation", Blumenthal said, "and nothing here suggests the special counsel investigation resulted from FBI bias or improper conduct".

The FBI obtained a warrant nine days before the presidential election to review those emails, found on the laptop of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., - the husband of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin - and ultimately determined there was nothing that changed its original conclusion. Muellers probe includes a look into whether Trump himself tried to obstruct justice by firing Comey. "Obstruction is dead. There was no obstruction", said one source close to Trump, adding that his team believes there is now no need to interview the President. Still, he said he was not surprised by the inspector general's conclusion that Comey's actions weren't motivated by political bias.

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

"Melania and I wish Muslims across the United States and around the world a blessed Eid al-Fitr", Trump said in a statement released by the White House press secretary's office. "But in a new, inflammatory text revealed in the report, Page wrote Strzok in August 2016: "(Trump's) not ever going to become president, right? "Comey will now officially go down as the worst leader, by far, in the history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation", the president said.

"But my emails", Clinton said, reacting in a three-word tweet.

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Sessions praised FBI Director Christopher Wray for his handling of the fallout from the report, saying he was "real proud" of Wray for his remarks Thursday.

Onetime FBI attorney Lisa Page and current special agent Peter Strzok did not intend to leave for posterity a rich account of their thoughts and feelings as they lived through the events of 2016 - but that is what they have done.

More importantly than anything, it totally exonerates me.

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.

Concerned about the "appearance that former President Clinton was influencing" the probe, Lynch began talking to her staff the next morning about possibly recusing herself from overseeing the investigation, the report says.

"The conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation".

THE FACTS: Trump was referring to Mueller's team.

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