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We're watching how Donald Trump is using this platform of unfettered communication now that he’s commander in chief. Here is everything Trump has tweeted since he was sworn in as 45th president of the United States. In many cases, we look at what he was reacting to and whether what he said was accurate. And, as much as possible, we'll relate what else was going on at the time. Check back for more as Trump continues to tweet.

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Trump bashes FBI's handling of Hillary Clinton email probe: 'A rigged system!'

The FBI's Hillary Clinton email investigation that ended last year without charges remains a lingering grievance for President Trump, who for months has held it up as an example of a "rigged" criminal justice system that shielded his Democratic opponent from punishment for her private server.

Trump flared up again Friday, tweeting that FBI Director James B. Comey exonerated Clinton months before the investigation was actually over.

Trump's tweet appeared to have been prompted by the Senate Judiciary Committee's release Thursday of excerpts from interview transcripts involving top FBI officials, including people close to Comey.

The interviews were done by investigators from the independent Office of Special Counsel, who were trying to determine whether Comey's actions had violated a federal law that bars government officials from using their positions to influence an election. That investigation was closed following Comey's firing by Trump in May.

There is some support for Trump's contention that Comey expected to close out the investigation well before he actually did, but there is more to it. Transcripts released by the Senate Judiciary Committee show that Comey, who had been receiving regular briefings on the investigation, had determined that charges were not warranted months before Clinton and other key witnesses had been interviewed.

But Trump's tweet overlooks the fact that the FBI never actually closed out the investigation until all of the witnesses were interviewed, which means that Comey and his agents could have changed their assessment at any time.

It's also rather simplistic to say that Comey "exonerated" Clinton. Though he declined to recommend criminal charges, he delivered a public rebuke of her during an unusual news conference in which he chastised her and her aides as "extremely careless" in their handling of classified information.

And Comey did effectively reopen the investigation months later, when the FBI discovered an additional batch of emails tied to the case on a laptop belonging to former Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, has filed for divorce.

The public revelation of the emails, coming days before the Nov. 8 election, led to bipartisan criticism that the FBI was inappropriately commenting on an open investigation.

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