But that report, while damaging to the FBI and to Comey personally, does not support Trump's allegation that political preferences influenced the conduct of the email investigation into his Democratic presidential rival. "I did a great service to the people in firing him", Trump tweeted.
The internal report reviewed one of the most controversial chapters of the 2016 election battle between the Republican Trump and his Democrat rival Clinton. McCabe abruptly left the Federal Bureau of Investigation in January, ahead of news the IG found he leaked a story to the media for personal gain then lied about it to investigators.
In the middle of the campaign, Comey announced Clinton would not be prosecuted - a statement that would have normally been handled by the attorney general and drew heavy criticism.
"I'm not going to comment on any other person's opinions, no matter where they're communicated", Wray said. Even so, the OIG report said it could find no evidence directly tying the political views of these and other employees to investigative decisions being made.
What's more, Trump is completely ignoring the entire reason the Justice Department inspector general wrote this report: to look at whether the FBI mishandled the Clinton email investigation, not the Russian Federation probe.
I do not agree with all of the inspector general's conclusions, but I respect the work of his office and salute its professionalism.
That's according to a person familiar with the report's conclusions who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. She told the inspector general she decided not to step aside because it might "create a misimpression" that she and the former president had discussed inappropriate things. It represents the culmination of an 18-month review into one of the most consequential FBI investigations in recent history.
Then, on October 28, less than two weeks before the election, Comey informed members of Congress that he was reopening the investigation after discovering a new cache of emails, before closing it a second time just two days before the election.
Sessions praised FBI Director Christopher Wray for his handling of the fallout from the report, saying he was "real proud" of Wray for his remarks Thursday. He made "lock her up" a chant in his election rallies.
Noah also joked about the irony over Comey's private email use.
When asked if Mr. Comey should get jail time, Mr. Trump said someone else should make that decision.
President Trump himself tweeted that the report was "a total disaster" and blasted Strzok and Page.
"One more thing: She might be our next president", Page said in a February 24, 2016, text to Strzok.
The watchdog report also concluded that Comey's handling of Clinton's email investigation was "extraordinary and insubordinate" but was not motivated by political boas.