Comey's actions extraordinary, insubordinate: US Justice Dept

Comey 'broke norms but not biased' - agency watchdog report

However, ultimately after reviewing their messages and their actions, investigators concluded that Page's and Strzok's opinions did not influence their actions at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Trump and his allies have used the texts as ammunition in their ongoing attacks on the special counsel, who is leading the FBI investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin as well as potential obstruction of justice on the part of the president.

Comey told "CBS This Morning" on May 4, 2018, he faced an impossible choice after new Clinton emails were discovered on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner.

The report criticizes former FBI Director James Comey for publicly announcing his recommendation against criminal charges for Clinton.

Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet.

On Friday, Trump also lashed out at Comey, who was accused in the report of insubordination for the way he handled the probe into Clinton's emails.

"If you read the IG report, I've been totally exonerated", Trump said Friday of the 500-page report issued a day earlier by Inspector General Michael Horowitz. "We'll stop it", Strzok responded.

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Muscat highlighted however that Malta was willing to help avoid humanitarian crises. The country has seen more than 700,000 migrants arrive on its shores since 2013.

"I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey's letter, on October 28, and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the mind of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off", Clinton said at a 2017 event titled Women for Women International.

The report released Thursday calls former FBI Director James Comey "insubordinate" and says his actions were "extraordinary".

Trump added: "And there was total bias". It also said there was "no evidence that the conclusions by department prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations". Comey informed Congress of the new evidence just days before the election.

The FBI is now led by someone Trump picked, Director Christopher A. Wray. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) have asked the Justice Department to hand over all unrevised drafts of the inspector general report that was released Thursday, amid concerns that "people may have changed the report in a way that obfuscates your findings".

The report does find that Comey's actions were not politically motivated to help either candidate.

On the day of Trump's election, for example, Strzok said he was "depressed", and Page said "OMG THIS IS F***ING TERRIFYING".

The investigation into Clinton's email server began in 2015 and focused on whether Clinton sent or received classified information using the private server located in the basement of her NY home, which was not authorised to handle such messages.

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