Part of the the Department of Justice Inspector General's report after its release in Washington, Thursday, June 14, 2018. The report documented in painstaking detail one of the most consequential investigations in modern FBI history and revealed how the bureau, which for decades has endeavored to stand apart from politics, came to be entangled in the 2016 presidential election.(AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Justice report provides ammo for both Trump, critics

June 15, 2018 - 5:08 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department watchdog report has turned into Washington's latest Rorschach test.

President Donald Trump and his critics are cherry-picking its findings to either discredit or defend investigators conducting a probe into the White House.

The 500-page report offered a nuanced conclusion about the bureau's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe. It criticized the FBI and former director James Comey personally but did not find evidence that political bias tainted the investigation in the months and days leading up to Trump's election.

Trump wielded it as a blunt instrument Friday, bludgeoning the integrity of the Justice Department. He's pointing to politically charged communications among FBI employees as proof the FBI was biased and "plotting against my election."

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