A key FBI investigator in the probes into Russian election meddling and Hillary Clinton’s email server wrote to his bureau colleague and lover that “we’ll stop” Donald Trump from becoming president.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Thursday revealed the text message exchange between the agent, Peter Strzok, and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, in his report on the FBI’s and Justice Department’s probe into the bureau’s handling of the probe into Clinton’s emails, The Washington Post reported.
“[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 in the August 2016 exchange.
Special counsel Robert Mueller removed the pair from the investigation once their emails were discovered, and Page later resigned from the bureau.
The report also criticized fired FBI director James Comey for missteps in how he handled the probe, but said his actions were not motivated by political bias.
Trump was going to be briefed Thursday on the 500-page report, and the president was expected to use it to ramp up his attacks on Comey and the Justice Department.
But the report said there was no evidence that the election was “rigged” in Clinton’s favor, as the president has repeatedly charged, the paper reported.
Trump also attacked Mueller’s Russia probe on Twitter on Thursday.
“Now that I am back from Singapore, where we had a great result with respect to North Korea, the thought process must sadly go back to the Witch Hunt, always remembering that there was No Collusion and No Obstruction of the fabricated No Crime,” the president wrote.
“So, the Democrats make up a phony crime, Collusion with the Russians, pay a fortune to make the crime sound real, illegally leak (Comey) classified information so that a Special Councel [sic] will be appointed, and then Collude to make this pile of garbage take on life in Fake News!” he raged in another tweet.
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