The Justice Department's inspector general Thursday painted a harsh portrait of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the 2016 presidential election, describing a destructive culture in which James Comey, the former director, was "insubordinate", senior officials privately bashed Donald Trump and agents came to distrust prosecutors.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department will accept the findings of the inspector general and work to clean up the FBI, which has been marred by a bruising report of its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Those questions - collusion and Trump's possible obstruction of justice - are still being examined by special counsel Robert Mueller, appointed a year ago to take over the FBI's Russian Federation probe after Trump fired Comey.
"In one text exchange from August 2016, Page texted Strzok: "[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right?
Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said there's a "good chance" the president will decide next week whether to answer questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a crucial choice that could shape the course of his presidency. If Trump wants to view people's partisanship as their only motive for doing their jobs, he loses that argument very quickly when it comes to the independent, FBI-backed investigation now looking into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and any possible collusion between his campaign and the Russians. "The IG report yesterday went a long way to show that".
In his Friday tweetstorm, Trump retweeted clip after clip from Fox News highlighting Comey's impropriety, and showing evidence of bias from others within the agency.
The final report, released Thursday, clearly states that "we did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed".
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will testify Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Noah also joked about the irony over Comey's private email use.
Instead, the report says, Comey made a "serious error in judgment by notifying Congress, just days before Election Day, that the FBI had reopened the email investigation involving candidate Hillary Clinton".
Giuliani, however, said in a Fox News interview that it's time to "investigate the investigators".
Democrats said the inspector general's report provided no grounds to undermine Mueller's continuing investigation. Strzok was removed from the Clinton and Trump investigations and demoted, yet remains employed by the FBI. Still, the report found the FBI's actions did not reflect any bias suggested in those texts.