WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Thursday afternoon that the newly released Inspector General’s report on the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton bolstered President Donald Trump’s concerns about former FBI Director James Comey.
“It reaffirmed the president’s suspicions about Comey’s conduct and the political bias of some of the members of the FBI,” Sanders said from the White House briefing room.
Thursday’s report stated that Comey violated FBI protocol by publicly commenting on the investigation into Clinton, but concluded that there was no political bias behind his behavior.
The report also included new messages from FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that have drawn additional scrutiny.
“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right?” Page wrote to Sztrok on Aug. 8, 2016.
“No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok replied.
Strzok was initially part of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. But he was removed from the assignment after Mueller was made aware of the texts.
Strzok, however, remains with the FBI.
When asked Thursday if Trump believed that Strzok should remain with the bureau, Sanders said that she has not spoken with the president on that point, but added that Trump “probably” thinks he should lose his job.
“My guess would be ‘no,’ ” Sanders said.