Texts between two senior FBI officials involved in both the probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails and possible connections between Trump associates and Russia show the two frequently discussed their political views, and their intense dislike of candidate Donald Trump and fear he might win.
A review of the texts between senior FBI agent Peter Strzok and senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page were sent to lawmakers Tuesday night. The texts are now the subject of an ethics investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general.
Thousands of text messages from FBI official Peter Strzok were obtained and published by the news media . Many displayed the anti-Trump bias that led to Strzok’s demotion from the Mueller investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion.
Peter Strzok, a counter-intelligence agent who also helped run the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, expressed a clear preference for the Democratic candidate while leveling expletive-laden insults against Republicans. The GOP, he said in one exchange, “needs to pull their head out of their ass.”
The disclosure of 375 text message communications between Strzok and FBI colleague Lisa Page not only included disparaging references to Trump but also slammed former Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley – and pondered the sexual preference of Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
In one example, Page texts, “He’s awful,” apparently in reference to Trump.
Strzok responds, “America will get what the voting public deserves.”
Page replies, “That’s what I’m afraid of.”
On March 4, 2016, Page texted: “God, Trump is a loathsome human,” to which Strzok replied: “Yet he may win.”
Strzok then added: “Good for Hillary,” to which Page replied: “It is.”
That conversation, which takes place after 2 in the morning, includes Strzok texting: “God, Hillary should win 100,000,000-0.”
On March 16, 2016, Page texted Strzok: “I can not believe Donald Trump is likely to be an actual, serious candidate for president.” The next month, she texted: “So look, you say we text on that phone when we talk about Hillary because it can’t be traced, you were just venting bc you feel bad that you’re gone so much but it can’t be helped right now.”
Over and over, the two express their contempt for people way beyond Trump and Clinton – other politicians, the press, and lawmakers. “I LOATHE Congress,” Strzok texted Page on June 22, 2016.
On Election Day, he texted: “OMG this is F*CKING TERRIFYING,” forwarding a story saying Clinton could lose, to which Page replies, “Yeah, that’s not good.”
Days after the election, Page texted to say she bought “All the President’s Men,” a book about Nixon and Watergate, because “I needed to brush up on Watergate.”
The texts were published in time for Deputy District Attorney Rosenstein’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, where he is certain to be asked to explain the significance of the texts.
Allies of the president have suggested that reports such as these point to a bias in the FBI against Trump and his political agenda.