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Developing now, Friday, June 15, 2018
- Fired FBI Director James Comey gets away almost unscathed after an inspector general's report, some critics say, noting it doesn’t call for criminal charges or hold Comey to account for political bias in the Hillary Clinton email probe. But the watchdog’s report, released Thursday, blasts the FBI and Justice Department and rebukes Comey’s actions as 'insubordinate.'
- Following release of the IG’s report, Hillary Clinton appears to take a Twitter jab at Comey, while the former FBI director posts an odd photo of himself on social media
- President Trump vows not to settle a lawsuit filed by New York state’s attorney general against the Trump Foundation alleging illegal conduct
- Trump approves a plan to impose tariffs on approximately $50 billion in Chinese goods as early as Friday
THE LEAD STORY - TAKEAWAYS FROM THE WATCHDOG REPORT: Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, in a comprehensive and at-times scathing report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, exposed extraordinary text messages by a top FBI official vowing to "stop" Donald Trump -- while calling then-FBI Director James Comey's actions in the case "insubordinate" ... The long-awaited report was released Thursday afternoon, spanning nearly 600 pages and scrutinizing the actions of numerous figures who played a key role in the Justice Department and FBI's investigation. The DOJ watchdog reviewed a variety of critical decisions over the course of the investigation -- including how authorities conducted the summer 2016 interview with Clinton, and why top FBI and DOJ officials with political connections didn't immediately recuse themselves from the probe. Horowtiz's report also outlines new information concerning apparent bias at the FBI and DOJ that he says undermines the public trust in each agency.
Still, the report said investigators found “no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations.”
3. President Obama was one of the 13 individuals with whom Hillary Clinton had direct contact using her clintonemail.com account
4. Despite Clinton connections, former Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe didn't fully recuse themselves
5. 'Insubordinate' Ex-FBI Director James Comey repeatedly violated policy and inaccurately described the legal situation surrounding Clinton's emails
6. Former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch made errors in judgment during the Clinton probe
7. FBI agents' actions surrounding the DOJ/FBI interview of Hillary Clinton were 'inappropriate' and created appearance of bias
Comey responded to the report by tweeting that he believes the “conclusions are reasonable, even though I disagree with some.”
- Read the full inspector general report
- Alan Dershowitz: DOJ watchdog should have been much tougher on Comey
- Lawmakers accuse FBI of 'destructive level of animus'
- FBI boss Wray admits mistakes made, stands by his investigators
- Sean Hannity: IG report is a 'swamp document'
- Giuliani: Mueller should suspend investigation
- Gowdy: IG report a 'dark day for the DOJ'
- 'Why did I only find out today?': Nunes rips DOJ for holding back docs until IG report
- Mark Levin: IG report shows Strzok, Comey interfered 'worse than the Russians could ever dream of'
'BUT MY EMAILS,' GNOMEY COMEY: Hillary Clinton took a jab at former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday after it was revealed in a watchdog report on the bureau's handling of her email investigation that the fired bureau chief himself used an unsecured account to "conduct unclassified FBI business" ... "But my emails," Clinton wrote on Twitter in response to the report released by the Justice Department, which disclosed that Comey told investigators he used his personal Gmail (Google Mail) accounts for some of his work at the FBI. Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote he found the former director's use of personal email to be "inconsistent with Department policy."
Meanwhile, Comey apparently wasted no time trying to put the report from the Justice Department’s watchdog behind him, posting a somewhat odd photo to social media amid the political frenzy. He took to Instagram later in the day and posted a photo of himself standing next to a massive statue of a gnome. The caption was simple, and it rhymed: “Comey’s Gnomey.”
- FBI employee crudely slams Trump voters as 'all poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS,' IG report says
- Bill Clinton 'offended' over criticism of his tarmac meeting with Ex-Attorney General Lynch
- 'Foreign actors' accessed Hillary Clinton emails, documents show
TRUMP TO 'SLEAZY' NY DEMS: 'I WON'T SETTLE': The New York state attorney general’s office filed a lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation for alleged illegal conduct and “unlawful political coordination” to benefit personal and business interests, drawing a harsh Twitter rebuke from President Trump ... The suit was brought Thursday, following a months-long investigation led by “disgraced” - in Trump's words - former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed over the foundation’s alleged “persistent illegal conduct” which occurred over “more than a decade.”
Trump fired back over Twitter: “The sleazy New York Democrats, and their now disgraced (and run out of town) A.G. Eric Schneiderman, are doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that took in $18,800,000 and gave out to charity more money than it took in, $19,200,000. I won’t settle this case!”
- Donald Trump Jr: The lawsuit is 'nonsense'
TRADE FIGHT BREWING: President Trump approved assessing tariffs on about $50 billion of Chinese goods, said individuals familiar with the decision, as the U.S. ratcheted up its trade fight with Beijing ... The approval followed a White House meeting with senior White House officials and senior representatives of the Treasury and Commerce departments, U.S. Trade Representative's Office and national security officials. Beijing has made clear that it intends to impose its own tariffs on a corresponding amount of U.S. goods.
- Howard Kurtz: Tariff tantrums -- Media accuse Trump of trying to destroy the West
- Tucker battles Clinton adviser on Trump's tariffs
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'POLITICS AT ITS VERY WORST': "What we have seen is Eric Schneiderman thought he was going to make his political career going after Donald Trump and his family and the foundation. At the same time he was asking for donations when he was running for office, so that’s the hypocrisy of New York politics." – Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, on "The Story," slamming the New York attorney general's lawsuit against the Trump Foundation. WATCH
COMEY ‘DISASTER’: "The first and most important thing I take away from this is James Comey is ruined. This is the full ruination of James Comey. We see now why he wanted to get his book out. We see why he did the aggressive publicity tour. This is horrible for him." – Chris Stirewalt, on "Fox News @ Night," on the potential impact of the inspector general's report on the FBI and DOJ's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe. WATCH
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FOX NEWS OPINION
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Your World with Neil Cavuto, 4 p.m. ET: Lou Ferrigno, "Incredible Hulk" actor, bodybuilding legend and new member of the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition, sits down with Neil Cavuto.
The Story with Martha MacCallum, 7 p.m. ET: Adm. Karl L. Schultz, 26th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, sits down for a must-see interview.
On FOX Business:
Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Guests include: Former U.S. attorney Bud Cummins; Rep. Chuck Fleischmann; Dave Portnoy, Barstool Sports founder; Rep. Peter King; Michael Gregoire, CA Technologies CEO ; Mark Penn, former senior adviser to the Clintons; Robert Ray, former Whitewater independent counsel.
Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Rep. French Hill; Rep. Jim Jordan; Matt Schlapp, American Conservative Union chairman; Candace Owens, Turning Point USA communications director.
Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Noon ET: Rep. Chris Stewart.
The Intelligence Report, 2 p.m. ET: Heather Zumarraga, Vision 4 Fund senior vice president and marketing strategist.
Countdown to the Closing Bell, 3 p.m. ET: Gordon Chang, author of "The Coming Collapse of China"; Tom Werner, Sunpower chairman & CEO.
On FOX News Radio:
The FOX News Rundown podcast: The long-awaited Department of Justice watchdog report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email case has been released. RealClearPolitics associate editor A.B. Stoddard breaks down its findings. The 2018 FIFA World Cup has kicked off without a team from the United States. Former U.S. Men’s National Team coach Bruce Arena discusses what went wrong and what should be done to make the U.S. more competitive in the soccer world. FOX News' Tonya J. Powers has the good news of the day. Plus, commentary from Judge Andrew Napolitano.
The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Kimberly Guilfoyle, Andrew McCarthy and Shannon Bream dissect the findings in the inspector general's report; Abby Huntsman looks back on the Trump-Kim summit and sounds off on the inspector general's report; Dodgers legend Steve Garvey on the current state of Major League Baseball and sports betting.
The Tom Shillue Show, 3 p.m. ET: What does the inspector general report mean for President Trump and his legal battles? Attorney and columnist Jonna Spilbor joins Tom Shillue.
On FOX News Weekend:
Cavuto Live, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET: Guests include: House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan on the DOJ watchdog's report on the handling of the Clinton email probe; former Trump White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the media reaction to the inspector general's report; Rob O’Neill on the fallout from President Trump’s summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
FOX News Sunday, Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m ET: Don't miss Chris Wallace's interview with House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy.
"Three Days in Moscow," Sunday, 8 p.m. ET: A documentary based on "Special Report" anchor Bret Baier's new book looks at President Reagan's efforts to reach a nuclear agreement with Gorbachev. WATCH A PREVIEW
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1977: The New York Mets trade future Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds
1969: The variety show "Hee Haw" debuts on CBS.
1934: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an act making the National Guard part of the U.S. Army in the event of war or national emergency.
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