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Shocking texts reveal strong anti-Trump bias by ex-Mueller investigators
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A transcript of 10,000 text messages involving Peter Strzok, a senior FBI official tasked with investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, was obtained by Fox News, and the messages leave little doubt that Strzok was unfit to be involved in a supposedly impartial investigation of the president.
The content of FBI Section Chief Peter Strzok’s text messages show that the veteran agent did everything but pick up a picket sign and join the anti-Trump #resistance in the months before he began collecting evidence aimed at prosecuting the president. “F Trump,” Strzok wrote to FBI lawyer Lisa Page. Strzok went on to refer to then-candidate Donald Trump as a “loathsome human” and “an idiot,” demonstrating the deep resentment and blind animus he held for the future president.
Page is a senior FBI lawyer also involved with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and her participation in the probe also leads to speculation about the impartiality of the Russian collusion investigation. Page is even more outspoken in her denigration of Trump than her co-conspirator, who incidentally happens to be her lover.
The pair of federal employees, who were both married to other people, began their electronic exchange months ago. The first bit of noteworthy correspondence occurred on March 2, Strzok wrote to Page explaining that someone “asked me who I’d vote for, guessed [Ohio Gov. John] Kasich.”
Page, a registered Democrat, was less hesitant about her favorites, and she appeared to persuade Strzok to vote democrat. “Seriously?!” she wrote. Would you not [vote] D[emocrat]?”
“I don’t know,” Strzok answered. “I suppose Hillary [Clinton],” the deputy director of FBI counterintelligence conceded.
Shortly after this initial declaration of their political allegiance to the Democratic Party, the discussion became much more opinionated and foul-mouthed. “God, Trump is a loathsome human,” Page texted.
“Yet he many[sic] win,” Strzok responded predicting a Trump victory. “Good for Hillary.”
The pair of Never-Trumpers were not finished texting that day, however. As if to prove that his own disgust for the GOP candidate equaled that of his mistress, Strzok wrote, “Omg [Oh my God] [Trump’s] an idiot.”
“He’s awful,” Page agreed.
America will get what the voting public deserves,” said Strzok, prompting Page to respond, “That’s what I’m afraid of.”
In a chilling display from an espionage operative that is sure to spark Big Brother paranoia, Strzok explained, “[Trump] was pretty much calling for death for [NSA leaker] Edward Snowden,” Strzok said. “I’m a single-issue voter. 😉 Espionage Machine Party.”
Consciousness of guilt
After Super Tuesday, when it was clear that Trump would score the GOP nomination, the democratic duo began to reconsider their confidentially biased assessment of Trump. Indicating that they had earlier discussed the inflammatory content of their text messages, Page wrote:
So look, you say we can text on that phone when we talk about Hillary because it cant (sic) be traced.
This exchange validates the fact that Page and Strzok were aware that their texts were inappropriate. Yet, this didn’t stop them from continuing their Trump bashing.
Commenting on the celebrity speakers present at the Republican National Convention, including actor Scott Biao and a Duck Dynasty reality television star popular in Middle America, Strzok texted, “Its PATHETIC!”
In one of the few messages from Strzok that seemed to extend beyond thoughtless name-calling and ad-hominem attacks, Strzok wrote to a description of Trump that could have been lifted straight from a Washington Post article:
[Trump] appears to have no ability to experience reverence which I [SIC] the foundation for any capacity to admire or serve anything bigger than self to want to learn about anything beyond self, to want to know and deeply honor the people around you.
Page was panicking at this point in the race. She answered “He’s not ever going to become president, right? Right?”
Strzok worked hard to ensure that Hillary Clinton would defeat Trump. He edited documents from FBI Director James Comey, calling the former Secretary of State’s use of an unauthorized email server “extremely careless,” instead of the more serious “grossly negligent.”
The section chief and rising star within the agency also interviewed Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin. Although emails from the staffers clearly showed that they were aware of Clinton’s home-brewed server, they lied to Strzok when he questioned them on the subject.
Disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was not so lucky when he committed the same offense. Strzok spoke with Flynn in an impromptu interview that resulted in a grand jury indictment for misleading investigators.
Mills and Abedin were more fortunate, or perhaps they just had the “right politics.” Neither were held accountable for lying.
Strzok’s efforts were for naught, however, and Trump’s unexpected victory surprised Strzok, who texted his partner on Election Day to voice his consternation. “[censored] terrifying,” he wrote.
Later, in a text that revealed how Strzok felt about the president’s Department of Justice appointment of Jeff Sessions, he told Page, “Sessions for AG,” to which she responded, “Good God.” The DOJ and FBI are expected to closely cooperate as two mutually reinforcing entities.
The texts sent between Strzok and Page are dated between August 2015 and December 2016 and comprise the period of the presidential campaign and the investigation into Clinton’s unauthorized email server. While Strzok was reassigned to the FBI’s Human Resources Department following the discovery of his text messages, Page was transferred out of the Mueller investigation for unrelated reasons.
An analysis from Associated Press reporters Sadie Gurman and Eric Tucker notes that “the last of the messages are from last December, so it’s unclear how helpful they will be to Trump allies seeking to prove that Mueller’s probe was tainted by bias.”
Of course, this irrational estimation from the mainstream media assumes that Strzok would have stopped “loathing” Trump just in time to conduct an impartial investigation of the “idiot.” Not likely.
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