Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who wanted to "stop" Trump has really just helped him

U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy walks out of a closed meeting of the House Intelligence Committee as part of the panel’s probe into Russia's tampering in the 2016 US presidential election in Washington

President Donald Trump disputed findings by the Justice Department on Friday that former FBI Director James Comeys handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe was not politically motivated, declaring that the FBI was biased “at the top level” and “plotting against my election.”.

He said there was "no question" that Strzok regrets sending anti-Trump messages, but added: "I think what he was doing is expressing his political opinions in what he thought was a private text conversation, and he regrets that this has been weaponized by people with political motivations to try to discredit the Mueller investigation".

"Under these circumstances, we did not have confidence that Strzok's decision to prioritize the Russian Federation investigation over following up on the [Hillary Clinton]-related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop was free from bias", the report concludes on page 329.

"The IG Report is a total disaster for Comey, his minions and sadly, the FBI", Trump wrote. "Comey will now officially go down as the worst leader, by far, in the history of the FBI", Trump tweeted.

"Melania and I wish Muslims across the United States and around the world a blessed Eid al-Fitr", Trump said in a statement released by the White House press secretary's office.

Trump's attorneys huddled for several hours with the President Thursday to plan their next moves as they prepare to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller's team in the near future.

Trump's lawyers will argue that the report's criticism of Comey makes it clear the President fired him for the right reasons - and the decision was not part of an effort to obstruct justice.

The report took Comey to task for publicly announcing in July 2016 that Clinton would not face charges, even as he accused her of mishandling classified information.

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“We found that it was extraordinary and insubordinate for Comey to do so, and we found none of his reasons to be a persuasive basis for deviating from well-established Department policies in a way intentionally created to avoid supervision by department leadership over his actions, ” the report says.

Horowitz also suggested that Strzok's bias might have played a role in the FBI's not acting expeditiously in the fall of 2016 to follow up on a new lead related to the Clinton email case.

The report will also discuss Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two Federal Bureau of Investigation staffers whom Republicans accused of bias against Trump after thousands of text messages sent via their work-issued mobile phones were made public. But it found no evidence that Comey showed political bias in his oversight of the investigation.

The report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz says that the FBI's decision not to prosecute Clinton in the case was "consistent with the department's historical approach in prior cases under different leadership", the source said.

Comey also wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times responding to the report's findings.

"The top people were terrible", Trump said.

Both Strzok and Page worked on the Clinton probe. Mueller and his team continue to oversee the investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia's meddling in the lead-up to the 2016 election. She told the inspector general she decided not to step aside because it might "create a misimpression" that she and the former president had discussed inappropriate things. The male agent was one of two agents who had interviewed Clinton for the investigation.

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