Trump tweets Comey 'worst' Federal Bureau of Investigation leader

Trump I did a great service by firing Comey

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 US diplomatic business.

The department's inspector general report, while critical of the FBI and Comey personally, did not find evidence that political bias tainted the investigation of Clinton's email practices in the months and days leading up to Trump's election.

Trump said that he is not thinking about suspending the probe by Robert Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who is investigating into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 general election.

In messages exchanged on November 9, 2016 and documented starting on page 417 of the report, FBI Attorney 2 and other FBI employees discuss their distress over the results of the presidential election and insult Trump supporters.

Across the political spectrum, politicians - Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan - were excoriated by a pair of FBI agents whose texts were disclosed in a report on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

"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? "No he's not. We'll stop it". Goelman said that credible evidence suggesting the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation was patently a bigger deal than the "relatively commonplace" investigation into mishandling classified information.

In a New York Times opinion piece released after the report, Comey said he disagreed with some conclusions but respected the watchdog's work.

The Justice Department's internal watchdog found Comey broke protocol in his handling of the email probe involving Democrat Hillary Clinton.

In response, FBI Director Christopher Wray said the FBI will review the inspector generals' findings and will take any appropriate action to hold people accountable.

Mr Comey said he wasn't sure if that was in accordance with Federal Bureau of Investigation regulations, but had checked it with another official and he "had the sense that it was okay".

"The opinions I care the most about are the opinions of the people who actually really know us and know us through our work", he said.

The report mentioned the texts to be "disappointing" and said it could lead to the questioning of the integrity of the 2016 Clinton probe.

Comey made an appearance at the MSP Airport Thursday. Still, investigators said they did not find "documentary or testimonial evidence" that the bias affected the probe - a point echoed by Strzok's lawyer, Aitan Goelman, on Thursday.

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