Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah unpack 'infuriating' details in James Comey report

Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah unpack 'infuriating' details in James Comey report

Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah unpack 'infuriating' details in James Comey report

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Thursday night zeroed in on a key fact about former FBI Director James Comey's investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails that has gone largely overlooked in the new Department of Justice inspector general report.

President Donald Trump declared Friday he thinks the Russian Federation probe is "very biased" and has reservations about being interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller, raising more questions on whether he will consent to an interview as part of the investigation.

The report suggests that text from Peter Strzok, who was later dropped from Mueller's team, "implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate's electoral prospects".

The president's allies seized upon text messages, pointing to one from an agent in August 2016 that said "We'll stop it" in reference to a potential Trump victory.

"During the 2016 campaign, Page asked Strzok: "(Trump's) not ever going to become president, right?

The report also rebuked Comey for disclosing just days before the election that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was reopening the Clinton case to review hundreds of thousands of newly-discovered emails - emails that turned out to be of little effect.

"W$3 hat they did was incredible and a real insult to millions of people that voted in that election on both sides", Trump said.

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.

Mr Trump said that Mr Comey's replacement, Christopher A Wray, "will bring it proudly back!"

Even so, the Justice Department's Inspector General found no fault in the decision announced by Comey on 5 July, 2016 that Clinton should not face prosecution for placing classified materials on her personal email server while she was secretary of state.

Ron Kaufman, a Quincy native who served as policy director in former President George H.W. Bush's White House, noting that President Trump has been heavily criticized for firing Comey, said the report "vindicates the president - Mr. Comey should have been let go".

Trump weighed in on the exchange on Twitter Friday morning, tweeting: "Doesn't get any lower than that!"

Trump clarified he was only criticizing the corrupt leadership at the top of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, not the rank-and-file agents.

"I have never accused him of being a partisan".

Horowitz' report was finished in April, but published on Thursday, after being sent for review and revision to the individuals named in it, including Comey. Clinton and some Democrats have argued Comey's handling of the probe cost Clinton the election. It also said there was "no evidence that the conclusions by department prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations".

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