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.
How is it that Lisa Page's question ("Trump's not going to become president, right?") was leaked, but Peter Strzok's response ("No, we'll stop it") was not until now? And how is that not a massive deal?
My mind is boggled.
— Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) June 14, 2018
WOW! From the FBI agent who SIGNED THE OPENING DOCUMENT of Russia investigation (Peter Strozk):
(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
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) June 14, 2018
Interestingly, Page's text about Trump "never ever" being elected was produced to Congress and has been public. But not Strzok's "we'll stop it" response. https://t.co/dKlSoUvoLD
— Alex Pappas (@AlexPappas) June 14, 2018
BOOM! Peter Strzok, a key investigator on both the Clinton email case and the investigation of Russia and the Trump campaign, assured an FBI lawyer in August 2016 via text that “we’ll stop” Trump from making it to the WH.
How is this less crime than stopping bridge lanes?
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) June 14, 2018
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.”