Former FBI director James Comey speaks during the Canada 2020 Conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

Trump asks why IG report on Clinton emails is taking so long

June 06, 2018 - 12:27 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is questioning why it's taking so long for the Justice Department's watchdog to investigate the FBI's handling of matters related to Hillary Clinton's emails.

A report from the Justice Department's inspector general is expected within days. It's forecast to sharply criticize then-FBI Director James Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation.

Trump and his allies believe that any censures of Comey would undercut his value as a witness against the president and back up Trump's decision to fire him.

Trump awaits the report in hopes that any damning conclusions about Comey and the FBI will give him additional fodder to attack federal law enforcement officials. Part of his defense team's strategy is discrediting the special counsel's investigation into Russians and the Trump campaign by condemning Comey.

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