President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize the credibility of anonymous U.S. intelligence officials who leaked information about an unsubstantiated report that the Russian government has information on him that could influence his decisions as president.
“It now turns out that the phony allegations against me were put together by my political opponents and a failed spy afraid of being sued...." Trump tweeted. "Totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans - FAKE NEWS! Russia says nothing exists,”
He added, “Probably... released by 'Intelligence' even knowing there is no proof, and never will be. My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days!”
Trump went on to criticize Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign and the Department of Justice's announcement that it will investigate the FBI's investigation of Clinton's email scandal.
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“What are Hillary Clinton's people complaining about with respect to the F.B.I. Based on the information they had she should never..... have been allowed to run - guilty as hell,” he wrote. “They were VERY nice to her. She lost because she campaigned in the wrong states - no enthusiasm!”
According to CNN, DOJ Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said numerous members of Congress asked that an investigation take place.
Several allegations will be investigated, including whether DOJ or FBI policies were not followed when FBI Director James Comey publicly stated in July 2016, that his bureau would not pursue criminal charges against Clinton and whether the FBI's release of Freedom of Information Act requests right before the election was “improper.”
"Decisions that are made by inspectors general across the administration are independent, and this administration has assiduously protected the independence of inspectors general," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.