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Trump: Inspector General’s Report ‘Total Disaster’ for FBI

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference after his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. (Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information)

President Trump broke his silence on a report by the Justice Department’s inspector general that criticized James Comey for “insubordinate behavior,” calling it a “total disaster” for the FBI.

“The IG Report is a total disaster for Comey, his minions and sadly, the FBI. Comey will now officially go down as the worst leader, by far, in the history of the FBI,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I did a great service to the people in firing him. Good Instincts. Christopher Wray will bring it proudly back!”

The scathing report, released Thursday, was highly critical of the conduct of FBI brass during the 2016 campaign season, especially regarding the agency’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Though the report found no evidence that political bias at the FBI influenced its decision not to charge Hillary Clinton, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz slammed Comey’s behavior, especially his decision to depart from agency policy by holding a press conference before the election during which the former FBI director informed that Clinton would not be charged.

The president has taken heat from critics for firing Comey, who was also involved in the Russia probe of the Trump campaign. Trump originally implied that he fired the FBI director over the Russia investigation, but more recently has denied that.

The long-awaited 500-page report also made waves with the discovery of previously undisclosed texts between two FBI employees in which one promised that “we’ll stop” Trump from becoming president.

“FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who headed the Clinton & Russia investigations, texted to his lover Lisa Page, in the IG Report, that ‘we’ll stop’ candidate Trump from becoming President,” Trump tweeted. “Doesn’t get any lower than that!”

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