The president later said that he had the "Russia thing" in mind when he let go of Comey.
There was some degree of humor in the Dept. of Justice's Inspector General's report. According to Horowitz, the public reopening of the investigation 11 days before the presidential election was also a glaring departure from department policy and "a serious error of judgment".
Greg Brower, former Assistant Director for the FBI's Office of Congressional Affairs, went on CNN on Thursday and described the agency's reaction to the "outrageous" text messages between former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page and Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok.
Horowitz found that while the actions of senior FBI leaders, like then-FBI Director James Comey, "cast a cloud" over the investigation, their actions were not driven by political bias, and there is no evidence that they acted to influence the outcome of the investigation.
DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz is expected to release his full report at around 3:00 p.m. today.
Sri Lanka delay play in West Indies Test amid ball-tampering row
That match was the only Test in the game's history to be forfeited after Pakistan refused to return to the field. Cricket's governing body, the ICC, tweeted that any disciplinary issues would be addressed at the end of play.
Further, a slew of anti-Trump messages were found to be exchanged between the two via government devices. "Right?!" Page texted Strzok.
Giuliani told Hannity that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation due to his involvement as a campaign surrogate for Trump, "should now step up big time to save his department".
In August 2016, Page wrote to Strzok requesting confirmation that Trump was "not ever going to become president, right?" "It will go down as a dark and unsafe period in American history".
I must remind readers, however, that Trump, upon assuming the presidency, chose to retain Comey rather than relieving him of duty, as many of us thought he should. As Trump and his allies work to discredit Comey and others who either are or were previously involved in investigating his campaign, the report offers a potential way to undermine them. "We'll stop it", he said in the email. "I did a great service to the people in firing him", Trump tweeted.
Along with calling for an end to the investigation, Giuliani said that Friday was the last chance for Attorney General Jeff Sessions and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to "redeem themselves".
The White House immediately seized upon that aspect of the report, saying it "reaffirms the President's suspicions about Mr Comey's conduct and the political bias among some of the members of the FBI".