Ever since the existence of missing FBI texts was revealed back in January, conservatives have speculated that the texts held a “smoking gun” that would prove a conspiracy by the FBI against the Donald Trump campaign in 2016. Today, they may have gotten their wish.
President Trump was briefed today on a long-awaited inspector general report that audited the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. In it, an FBI agent, Peter Strzok, texted FBI attorney Lisa Page that “we’ll stop” Trump from becoming president, according to the Washington Post.
“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” the lawyer, Lisa Page, wrote to Strzok.
“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok responded.
Strozk and Page have been at the center of a maelstrom after it was revealed the two had an affair while working at the upper echelon of the FBI and had texted about the investigations Strzok was working on, which included Clinton’s email server and the counterintelligence investigation into Trump in 2016.
According to Bloomberg, which also obtained a copy, the report did cite the texts, however, it did not conclude there was evidence of bias.
“We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed,” the report read.
However, that assertion was dwarfed by the reveal of the texts itself, which was leaped on by leading conservative commenters, who have been calling the FBI corrupt since this all began.
WOW! From the FBI agent who SIGNED THE OPENING DOCUMENT of Russia investigation (Peter Strozk):— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) June 14, 2018
(1) assured his girlfriend "We'll stop" a @realDonaldTrump presidency AND
(2) crafted an "insurance plan" in Andy's office in event that Trump winshttps://t.co/9u0lxfvP1D
The report also takes particular aim at FBI Director James Comey saying that his behavior damaged “the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice.”