President Trump on Saturday said that the Department of Justice inspector general report on the Hillary Clinton email probe "totally destroys" former FBI Director James Comey - and describes a "dark and unsafe period" in USA history. The report says the attorney left Mueller's investigation in late February 2018, shortly after the inspector general provided Mueller with some of the instant messages they had discovered.
In addition, while the IG report found no evidence of political bias, the President's attorneys believe they can argue the entire investigation is tainted and corrupt, given the text from FBI Agent Peter Strzok that said about Trump's election, "We'll stop it".
The IG's report says Comey erred when he announced in July 2016 that Clinton had been "extremely careless" with classified material but would not be charged with any crime, and again months later when he told Congress shortly before the election that the probe into Clinton's emails had been reopened.
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Weiner had resigned from Congress in 2011 after it was revealed he sent lewd photographs and messages to women.
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 Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and ultimately determined there was nothing that changed its original conclusion.
"According to the report, Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page texted Peter Strzok in August 2016: "(Trump's) not ever going to become president, right? "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? He said Strzok did not do the one thing that might have actually helped Clinton and hurt Trump: leak word of the investigation of the Trump campaign. The IG and congressional investigators have debunked some of the conspiracy theories about the Russian Federation investigation, including, most recently, allegations of political snooping on the Trump 2016 campaign. "Right?!" Page texted Strzok.
Mr Trump said that Mr Comey's replacement, Christopher A Wray, "will bring it proudly back!"
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Strzok, replied, "No. No he won't".
The inspector general's report said that exchange "is not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate's electoral prospects".
On Friday, Trump said, "If you look at - the head investigator is saying, 'We have to stop Trump from becoming president.' Well, Trump became president".
But in a twist that might have come straight out of the laptop of a Hollywood screenwriter, Page and Strzok's correspondence has arguably wound up giving a huge political boost to Trump.
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".
"Here's the good news: I did nothing wrong". He continued, "I think the Mueller investigation has been totally discredited".
Information for this article was contributed by Eileen Sullivan of The New York Times; and by Ken Thomas, Anne Flaherty, Eric Tucker, Chad Day, Mary Clare Jalonick, Steve Braun and Colleen Long of The Associated Press.