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story.lead_photo.caption Parts of a letter written by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., to FBI director Christopher Wray are photographed in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Johnson says edits to a draft FBI statement on the Hillary Clinton email investigation appear to have watered down the significance of the bureau's findings. Johnson said he had obtained from the FBI a draft statement that then-Director James Comey produced in May 2016 in anticipation of closing out the Clinton email case. The document shows line-by-line edits. Though the FBI had not yet interviewed Clinton about her use of a private email server, officials had already determined that criminal charges were probably not warranted. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

WASHINGTON — The White House said Friday newly revealed FBI records show there is "extreme bias" against President Donald Trump among senior leadership at the FBI. The accusation came hours before Trump was scheduled to speak at the FBI training academy in Quantico, Va.

Trump, who has described the agency as "in tatters," is to speak at a ceremony at the FBI campus for law enforcement leaders graduating from a program aimed at raising law enforcement standards.

Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told Fox News Channel that edits to former FBI Director James Comey's statement on Hillary Clinton's private email server and text messages from a top agent critical of Trump are "deeply troubling."

"There is extreme bias against this president with high-up members of the team there at the FBI who were investigating Hillary Clinton at the time," Gidley charged, as special counsel Robert Mueller pushes on with a probe of possible Trump campaign ties to Russia. Gidley says Trump maintains confidence in the FBI's rank-and-file.

Edits to the Comey draft appeared to soften the gravity of the bureau's finding in its 2016 investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state.

Gidley said the disclosure of politically charged text messages sent by one of the agents on the Clinton case, Peter Strzok, were "eye-opening." Strzok, who was in the room as Clinton was interviewed, was later assigned to special counsel Robert Mueller's team to investigate potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. He was re-assigned after the messages were uncovered this summer.

About 200 leaders in law enforcement from around the country attended the weeks-long FBI National Academy program aimed at raising law enforcement standards and cooperation. Coursework included intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science.

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  • RBear
    December 15, 2017 at 9:20 a.m.

    One agent does not create “extreme bias” by an entire team. It’s just more fodder Trump is trying to sow to attempt to derail the investigation. So his attempt to pull Comey off Flynn’s tail is not bias?

  • JakeTidmore
    December 15, 2017 at 10:43 a.m.

    Trump admin does like making a volcano out of a lowly mud mound. Goes along with those fabulous castles in the air that they constantly create from literally nothing.

  • wildblueyonder
    December 15, 2017 at 1:14 p.m.

    It seems Mueller has had more than enough time to find out if there was any wrongdoing. Could it just be there wasn't any?

  • Packman
    December 15, 2017 at 3:06 p.m.

    drip, drip, drip. It's only a matter of time before critical mass is reached on the rigged FBI investigation not only involving Mueller's team and the laughable Trump/Russia collusion but the Hillary rogue email server too. Drip, drip, drip.

  • TimberTopper
    December 15, 2017 at 3:27 p.m.

    Just another WH lie. Stated for the gullible, and they'll take the bait.

  • tenpoint
    December 15, 2017 at 3:50 p.m.

    the democrats needs to get over getting beat and start running the country like they used to do that bunch of DEMOCRATS makes the rank and file americans sick . they need to grow up to adults.the minorties are not supposed to run the country.THIS COUNTRY NEEDS TO SEEK GODS WILL AND THEY WILL accomplish something.

  • Foghorn
    December 15, 2017 at 4:05 p.m.

    Ken Starr’s endoscopy of Clinton spanned 4yrs. I suggest all those calling for Mueller to back off now had better relax and put the kettle on.

  • RBear
    December 15, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

    tenpoint, aside from making a racist statement or attempting to I can’t understand a word you’re saying. It seems you can’t put a coherent thought together.

    December 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.


  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    December 15, 2017 at 5:53 p.m.

    Jane Reno, kept on giving Kent Starr assignments those four years.