Trump blames Comey’s ‘minions’ for starting the Russia investigation

Trump blames Comey’s ‘minions’ for starting the Russia investigation
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE attacked former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyNYT: Justice investigating alleged Comey leak of years-old classified info Bernie-Hillary echoes seen in Biden-Sanders primary fight Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' MORE and two officials formerly involved with the Russia investigation on Saturday for starting a "disgraceful Witch Hunt" against his campaign and eventual administration.

In a tweet, the president lashed out at Comey, as well as FBI agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page, who were removed from Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE's special counsel investigation last summer over concerns of anti-Trump bias.

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"The [inspector general] Report totally destroys James Comey and all of his minions including the great lovers, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who started the disgraceful Witch Hunt against so many innocent people. It will go down as a dark and dangerous period in American History!" Trump tweeted.

The FBI's inspector general released a report this week that revealed previously unreported text messages between Strzok and Page while the two worked on the investigation, in which Strzok assured Page that the investigation would "stop" Trump from becoming president.

The report concluded that their political opinions did not directly influence the investigations they worked on.

Trump has since attacked the report, claiming that its conclusion was "ridiculous" and that it revealed further bias against the president in the Justice Department.

“The end result was wrong. I mean, there was total bias,” Trump said of the report in an interview on the White House lawn.

“I think that the report yesterday — maybe more importantly than anything — it totally exonerates me. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. And if you read the report, you’ll see that,” Trump said.

The Russia investigation began in July 2016, according to Comey, and is currently being overseen by Mueller.