Wray Defends FBI, Addresses Changes Following Release of Clinton Email Report


President Trump is right: It looks bad that an FBI agent involved in both the Hillary Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigations privately texted this to someone: "We'll stop" [Trump from becoming president].

Later Friday morning, Trump himself held an impromptu meeting with reporters outside the White House, echoing Giuliani's comments.

A document listing preliminary conclusions was obtained by the Associated Press ahead of the separate report from the Justice Department's internal watchdog.

Wray said during a news conference, "It's also important to note what the inspector general did not find". "The IG report yesterday went a long way to show that".

In October 2016, less than two weeks before the election, Comey sent members of Congress a letter disclosing that a probe into Clinton's emails was being reopened after new emails were discovered, a disclosure Clinton contends contributed to her surprise defeat by Trump. "This is why. I mean, if you can just hit them hard enough, if you can just use conservative media to attack them hard and consistently enough, then you can make the justice department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation worry about the perception that they might be perceived as soft on Democrats".

President Trump declared victory Friday regarding the revelations in the Department of Justice inspector general report.

"The question I have [is] was the Department of Justice and the FBI, the people in charge of the Clinton investigation, were they really in the tank or not?"

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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.

When Trump fired Comey last May, the handling of the Clinton investigation was cited as reason. And independent investigators have said they found no evidence that the actual investigations were influenced by agents' personal bias.

Thursday's bombshell report outlined conversations between Strzok and Page that had never before seen the light of day.

The leaks, the report said, "highlight the need to change what appears to be a cultural attitude among many in the organization".

The Republicans allege bias against Donald Trump in his campaign against Clinton.

Strzok and Page would go on to work for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's "Russiagate" investigation, before being let go for their partisan text messages.

Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation and the FBI investigation into Russian election interference remain the subject of fierce debate over their effects on the result of the 2016 election.