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Trump Dismisses IG Report’s Bias Conclusion as ‘Ridiculous’

The watchdog decided partisan considerations did not shape the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's email scandal

President Donald Trump applauded a review of how the FBI investigated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Friday while calling its conclusion flawed.

“I mean, when you look at Peter Strzok and what he said about me, when you look at [James] Comey and all his moves. So I guess, it was interesting, it was a pretty good report, and then I say the IG blew it at the very end,” Trump told Fox News co-host Steve Doocy of “Fox and Friends” during an impromptu interview on the north lawn of the White House.

“When you read the report, it’s almost like Comey, he goes point after point about how guilty Hillary is, and then he said, ‘But we’re not going to do anything about it.’ The IG report was a horror show, I thought that one line of conclusion was ridiculous,” Trump said.

“The top people were horrible,” Trump said. “You look at what happened. They were plotting against my election. Probably has never happened like that in terms of intelligence, in terms of anything else. But they were actually plotting against my election.”

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 U.S. diplomatic business.

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Trump’s issue is with top officials within the agency, not the everyday agents. He specifically called out Comey, whom he fired in May 2017. Trump is hopeful the report will allow him to beat those within the agency he sees as bad actors.

The IG report cited repeated examples of intense partisan political bias among key FBI executives on the email investigation but concluded that “We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative decisions …”

Trump told Doocy that he is “actually proud because I beat the Clinton dynasty, I beat the Bush dynasty and now, I guess, hopefully, I’m in the process of beating very dishonest intelligence. Because what they did was incredible and a real insult to millions of people who voted in that election, on both sides.”

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After leading the email investigation, Strzok became a top official on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.

But he was removed from the post in July 2017 after thousands of emails and text messages became public, including one in which he promised “we’ll stop him” if Trump won.

Connor Wolf covers Congress and national politics and can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter.

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