Republicans, who continue to support a thin-skinned bully, racist, and alleged sexual predator who is ruining our standing in the world and kicking people of color out of America, and a man who quite possibly colluded with Russia to win the election, are now concerned that the Russia investigation is biased against Donald Trump because two agents who formerly worked on the probe called him an “idiot” and a “douche” during the 2016 presidential campaign.
In text messages dating back to 2015—in which they also criticized attorney general Jeff Sessions, Bernie Sanders, aspects of the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Obama administration, and other Democrats—FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page mocked Donald Trump and his campaign rhetoric as racist and infantile. The text messages were first reported on by the New York Times earlier this month.
Politico recounts some of the exchanges:
Responding to a Washington Post story about Trump saying it hadn’t been proven that Russian President Vladimir Putin had killed anyone, Page wrote: “What an utter idiot.”
In a March 2016 message, Page exclaimed: “God trump is a loathsome human....omg he’s an idiot.”
“He’s awful,” replied Strzok.
The agents sometimes expressed respect or outright support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“God Hillary should win 100,000,000 - 0,” Strzok wrote in March 2016, calling himself a “conservative Dem.”
“Also did you hear [Trump] make a comment about the size of his d*ck earlier? This man can not be president,” Page said later in the exchange.
Here are more texts from Page:
“Full of dog whistles,” she wrote. “The racism is barely even veiled anymore.”
Shortly after the election, Page suggested Trump might be brought down by scandal.
“Bought all the president’s men,” she wrote. “Figure I needed to brush up on watergate.”
In one exchange, Strzok wrote, “I am worried about what Trump is encouraging in our behavior. The things that made me proud about our tolerance for dissent.” Page reportedly expressed concern “about a Clinton presidency, reflecting the mood of many in the public who disliked both candidates,” the Times wrote. This all seems...pretty accurate to me?
Politico reports that Special Counsel Mueller pulled Strzok off the probe “immediately” after uncovering the texts in July and that Page had “already ended her assignment.”
The texts were submitted to Congress by the Department of Justice—an institution which, under Trump, has sought to repeal civil rights for immigrants and LGBT people and has attempted to prosecute a woman for laughing at Attorney General Jess Sessions–-as part of a probe into the FBI’s handling of investigations around Hillary Clinton’s private server and the Trump campaign’s involvement with Russian officials. Though the nearly 400 texts are likely to lead to a grilling of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the New York Times reports that FBI agents are allowed to express opinions “as an individual privately and publicly on political subjects and candidates,” and notes that it’s “highly unusual for the government to release these types of documents” during an open investigation.
Republicans are nonetheless courageously plowing forward with their mission to investigate the investigation into Trump’s alleged misconduct, telling the Times that they are pushing for Mueller to appoint a second special counsel “to investigate political partisanship in the department and to scrutinize Mr. Trump’s former presidential rival, Mrs. Clinton.”