Report a 'total disaster' for Comey and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, says Trump

In the 500-page report, Comey is criticised for violating Justice Department policies by making these announcements, but it also says there is no evidence he did this out of political motivation. "One of the major take-aways from the report is that the investigation is infected by a tremendous amount of bias on the part of some of the agents involved".

Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the report "reaffirmed the president's suspicions about Comey's conduct and the political bias amongst some of the members of the FBI".

"Under these circumstances, we did not have confidence that Strzok's decisions to prioritize the Russian Federation investigation over following up on the Midyear-related investigation lead discovered on the Weiner laptop was free from bias". He tweeted Friday he did a "great service to the people" in terminating Comey.

Former FBI director James Comey will "now officially go down as the worst leader, by far, in the history of the FBI", Donald Trump has said.

Dan Bongino slammed former President Barack Obama for past comments he made denying early knowledge of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

The report found that Comey "deviated" from both FBI and DOJ procedures during the email investigation, although it did not find proof that he did so because he was politically motivated.

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TRUMP: "I mean there was total bias".

The Justice Department has also issued a stinging rebuke to the FBI for its handling of the email investigation.

"It cites Lisa Page text to Peter Strzok: "(Trump's) not ever going to become president, right?

Both sides of the partisan divide found something to trumpet in the report.

Writing in the New York Times, Mr Comey said: "I do not agree with all of the inspector general's conclusions, but I respect the work of his office and salute its professionalism".

Aitan Goelman, Strzok's lawyer, said the report found no evidence that his political views had an impact on the Clinton probe.

As the FBI investigated both candidates running for president in 2016, two Federal Bureau of Investigation employees exchanged thousands of personal texts and messages that included a running political commentary - including newly released messages in which one of them expressed a desire to "stop" the election of Donald Trump. "Unfortunately, over the past year, the DOJ has repeatedly fought requests by Congress to produce documents related to this investigation, and when the DOJ actually provided documents, the materials have been heavily redacted".

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