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In texts, FBI agents on Russia probe called Trump an ‘idiot’ and other insane statements that have fueled GOP claims that bias tainted Clinton and Trump investigations.
Two FBI agents assigned to the investigation into alleged collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia exchanged text messages referring to the future president as an “idiot,” according to copies of messages turned over to Congress Tuesday night by the Justice Department.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller removed one of the agents, Peter Strzok, from the Russia probe “immediately” after learning of the texts in late July, the department said in a letter to lawmakers.
The other agent, Lisa Page, had already ended her assignment to Mueller’s office.
Copies of the messages show the pair reacting to various developments as the presidential race unfolded and that their reaction to Trump was negative from early on.
“I just saw my first Bernie Sanders bumper sticker. Made me want to key the car,” Page wrote.
“He’s an idiot like Trump. Figure they cancel each other out,” Strzok replied
The messages, which were turned up during a Justice Department inspector general investigation into potential political influence on investigative decisions during the campaign, are fueling Republican calls for a second special counsel to investigate Mueller’s operation.
About 375 texts were handed over by the Justice Department, arriving on Capitol Hill the night before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to face a prolonged grilling in front of the House Judiciary Committee.
In one exchange from August 2016, the FBI’s Lisa Page forwarded a Donald Trump-related article to Peter Strzok, writing: “And maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace.”
He responded: “Thanks. It’s absolutely true that we’re both very fortunate. And of course I’ll try and approach it that way. I just know it will be tough at times. I can protect our country at many levels, not sure if that helps.’”
Strzok texted Page, “Omg [Trump’s] an idiot.”
“He’s awful,” Page answered.
“America will get what the voting public deserves,” said Strzok, to which Page responded. “That’s what I’m afraid of.”
New York Times article about Muslim lawyer Khzir Khan, who became embroiled in a war of words with Trump after Khan spoke at the Democratic National Convention.
“Jesus. You should read this. And Trump should go f himself,” Page wrote in a message attached to the article.
“God that’s a great article,” Strzok answered. “Thanks for sharing. And F TRUMP.”
The agents also don’t seem to have been fans of Attorney General Eric Holder.
“Oh God, Holder! Turn it off turn it off turn it off!!!!” Strzok wrote when Holder appeared at the Democratic National Convention in July 2016.
“Yeah, I saw him yesterday and booed at the TV,” Page replied.
At a House hearing last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray said he’d seen the texts, but he declined to characterize them or comment on them, saying he wanted to await the outcome of the inspector general’s review.
Some of the messages were partially redacted in the copies sent to Congress. Justice Department Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said in a letter to lawmakers that the deletions were made to “protect the privacy interests of third parties and sensitive law enforcement information, and remove irrelevant information.”
Huny Badger is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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