DOJ Inspector General Clarifies Details, Timeline Around Anti-Trump Texts


Special Counsel Robert Mueller's methodical inquiry into the alleged Trump administration collusion in Russian meddling in the 2016 election seems to be coming to a head. So investigations could only be staffed by people who had no political leanings or opinions at all.

Jordan said he believes Strzok is the "guy who bootstrapped up the dossier" and "dressed it all up and made it look like it was real intel" and took it to a secret FISA court to get surveillance warrants on the Trump campaign. One of the officials said in an election night text that the prospect of a Trump victory was "terrifying".

This week, in a highly unusual decision, the Justice Department showed reporters many of those texts, so they would then be disseminated to the public.

"The last couple of weeks have not been good", said Rep. Trey Gowdy, the House Oversight Chairman and member of the House Intelligence Committee, who earlier this year urged Republicans to give Mueller "a chance to do his job".

He said he had two fundamental questions he wanted answered: Did the Federal Bureau of Investigation pay Steele; and did it use what he wrote to get surveillance warrants on Trump campaign members?

So did these FBI agents act on their fervent anti-Trump beliefs in ways that might have compromised the integrity of both investigations?

Everyone agrees that it's important that Mueller's investigation be conducted with the highest standards, in which all the participants examine evidence objectively, pursue potential crimes to wherever they lead, and implicate only those whose actions were genuinely problematic or criminal. That's what Mr. Mueller did here.

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But Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he was confident the team was being run "appropriately".

According to Fox News, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's office initially asked to see the text messages on government-issued phones of people on the FBI's Hillary Clinton email investigation. He then cites substantial reasons to doubt that members of Mueller's team (past and present) are unbiased and conflict free. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, read each of the donations to Rosenstein on Wednesday, asking how he could "with a straight face" say they were impartial. Republicans have seized on the exchange of texts between the two officials who worked for Mueller to suggest the team is biased against Trump and its conclusions can't be trusted. His dislike of Trump has nothing whatsoever to do with the credibility of the investigation or the outcome of its findings.

The content of the text messages was released to the US Congress on Tuesday, and details have been obtained by US media.

There are some derogatory comments about Democratic officials, including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and former Attorney General Eric Holder, but some of the harshest comments are reserved for Trump.

"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", Strzok wrote to Page on August 15, 2016, about the time the FBI launched the Russian Federation investigation.

Days after the election, Page texted to say she bought "All the President's Men, " a book about Nixon's demise from the Watergate scandal, because "I needed to brush up on Watergate". Trump is an [expletive] idiot, is unable to provide a coherent answer.

In August 2016, Strzok responded to a New York Times story that carried the headline of "Donald Trump is Making America Meaner" by saying, "I am anxious about what Trump is encouraging in our behavior". "I suppose Hillary [Clinton]".