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FBI Agent: 'We'll Stop' Trump's Election

The inspector general found the agent was willing to intervene in election
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 14, 2018 3:30 PM CDT
Part of the the Department of Justice Inspector General's report   (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

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An FBI investigator who worked on probes into Hillary Clinton's emails and into Russian interference in the 2016 election told an FBI lawyer "we'll stop" Donald Trump from becoming president. Per the AP, the new inflammatory texts between Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page are among emerging details highlighted in the report by the Justice Department's inspector general, which is critical of former FBI director James Comey's handling of the investigations. According to the report, Page texted Strzok in August 2016: "(Trump's) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!" Strzok responded: "No. No he won't. We'll stop it." The report says the watchdog "did not find documentary or testimonial evidence" that political bias directly affected parts of the probe, but it says Page's and Strzok's conduct "cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation."

Back in December, the Justice Department began to turn over to Congress other texts involving Strzok, who was removed from Robert Mueller's team over the derogatory comments about President Trump. At the time, the DOJ also said its record of messages sent to and from Strzok was incomplete because the FBI, for technical reasons, had been unable to retrieve about five months' worth of communications. As the Washington Post notes, Trump is very likely to use the new report in a bid to undermine the unrelated Mueller investigation into collusion with Russia during the 2016 election. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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