Records of text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa page, both of whom worked on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe investigation, have raised concerns over their obvious anti-Trump sentiments.
The texts were exchanged during the 2016 presidential campaign season, and discovery of the texts caused Mueller to boot Strzok off the Russia investigation in August.
One text which has raised the most concern was dated August 15, 2016. Strzok wrote, “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office—that there’s no way he gets elected—but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40…”
The Wall Street Journal published a report Monday, claiming that the “insurance policy” term meant that the FBI needed to “aggressively investigate allegations of collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The agent didn’t intend to suggest a secret plan to harm the candidate but rather address a colleague who believed the Federal Bureau of Investigation could take its time because Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was certain to win the election, the people said.
Strzok was reportedly referring to a meeting between himself, Page, and FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. The wording of the text has been interpreted to mean they were planning some action to prevent Trump from winning the election.
The Wall Street Journal pushed back on that theory.
At the meeting, Ms. Page suggested they could take their time investigating the alleged collusion because Mrs. Clinton was likely to win, the people said.
If they move more deliberately, she argued, they could reduce the risk of burning sensitive sources.
Mr. Strzok felt otherwise, according to these people.
His text was meant to convey his belief that the investigation couldn’t afford to take a more measured approach because Mr. Trump could very well win the election, they said. It would be better to be aggressive and gather evidence quickly, he believed, because some of Mr. Trump’s associates could land administration jobs and it was important to know if they had colluded with Russia.
Strzok was also the lead agent on the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and has been tentatively identified as the person who made the edits on the statement that then-FBI Director James Comey eventually made, in which he said no criminal charges would be filed against Clinton.
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