Lawmakers on Capitol Hill received copies of text messages from anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok on Tuesday, which suggest a plot to take down President Donald Trump before the election. Now, there are some very real concerns surrounding whether Trump is in present danger thanks to some of the Obama hold-overs still in his administration.
Peter Strzok has emerged as a controversial figure within the federal government. He was involved in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into unsubstantiated “collusion” between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials to steal the 2016 presidential election.
He was also involved in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State, which ultimately resulted in no charges against the former Democratic nominee, despite a mountain of evidence which exists to prove her highly unlawful behavior.
In fact, Strzok was the person who made the legally significant change to former FBI Director James Comey’s language on Hillary Clinton’s actions in the criminal investigation from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless.”
The former FBI official, who was recently fired from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia team over messages critical of President Trump, reportedly edited a key phrase that removed possible legal implications in former FBI Director James Comey’s statement about his decision on the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
One source told the news outlet that electronic records reveal that Strzok changed the language from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless,” scrubbing a key word that could have had legal ramifications for Clinton. An individual who mishandled classified material could be prosecuted under federal law for “gross negligence.” [Source: The Hill]
On Tuesday, the Department of Justice gave Congress 90 pages of text messages between Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was reportedly romantically involved. The fact that these two were having an affair is enough to discredit Strzok, but his text messages suggest that credibility may be the least of our concerns at this point.
The Department of Justice released 90 pages of text messages late Tuesday night, many harshly critical of candidate Donald Trump, that were exchanged between an FBI lawyer and an agent who was later assigned to Robert Mueller’s special counsel team.
The e-mails were exchanged between Peter Strzok, one of the top FBI agents assigned to the Mueller investigation, and Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer. The two were romantically involved.
When Mueller learned of the e-mails last summer, he removed Strzok from the team. [Source: NBC News]
Many of the text messages between Strzok and Page show a very strong anti-Trump and pro-Hillary bias. Below is a list of messages Strzok sent Page which paint a terrifying picture of just how much the FBI agent hated then-candidate Donald Trump.
Courtesy of The Daily Wire:
- “How was Trump, other than a douche?”
- “Omg. You listening to npr? Apparently Melania’s speech had passages lifted from Michele Obama’s…. unbelievable.”
- “God, it’s just a two-bit organization. I do so hope his disorganization comes to bite him hard in November.”
- “I am riled up. Trump is a f**king idiot, is unable to provide a coherent answer.”
- In response to final Trump-Clinton debate: “I can’t pull away. What the f**k happened to our country??!?!”
- “YUUUUGE. Though we may save that for the man, if we ever open on him :)”
- “OMG I CANNOT BELIEVE WE ARE SERIOUSLY LOOKING AT THESE ALLEGATIONS AND THE PERVASIVE CONNECTIONS. What the hell has happened to our country!?!?!??”
- “He’s an idiot like Trump”
- In response to a news article about Trump forwarded by Page: “And F Trump.”
- “God Hillary should win 100,000,000-0.”
- “OMG this is fucking terrifying: A victory by Mr Trump remains possible.”
- When asked who he would vote for, he replied, “I suppose Hillary [Clinton].”
While these messages from Strzok to Page are expressly concerning, one text message that raises serious questions was sent from Page to Strzok. It reads, “So look, you say we can text on that phone when we talk about Hillary because it can’t be traced.” Why would either of them be concerned about their communications being traced if they did not have something to hide?
The most suspicious text message, however, was sent by Strzok to Page, and it suggests that the pair and their associates were literally willing to do anything to ensure that Trump did not take office, even if he were duly elected by the American people.
Later in a text from August 15, 2016, Strzok tells Page: “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office” – an apparent reference to Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe – “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 . . . .” Page does not appear to have responded, according to records reviewed by CNN. [Source: CNN]
That text message has serious implications and raises grave questions about what exactly was going on behind the scenes at the FBI, an agency that is supposed to operate in a politically unbiased way. If this was happening in 2016, there’s no telling what they will do in 2020. Pray for our president.