“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president right? Right?!” former FBI attorney Lisa Page wrote to FBI agent Peter Strzok.
Strzok replied, “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”
The text exchanges between the FBI employees included in Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s 581-page report follow others indicating a bias so strong that it influenced the way Strzok and Page conducted themselves.
“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 Page. “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
“Maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace,” FBI agent Page texted Strzok in another exchange. “I can protect our country at many levels,” Strzok responded.
It does not take a seasoned FBI investigator to deduce what it means to “stop” a candidate, create an “insurance policy” in case of that candidate’s election, and “protect” the country against “that menace.”
The verbiage certainly exercises Trump partisans. It bothered the more even-keeled inspector general, too.
The specific email in which Strzok talks of stopping Trump, Horowitz explains, “caused us to question the earlier Midyear investigative decisions in which he was involved, and whether he took specific actions in the Midyear investigation based on his political views.”
This includes the delay on acting on the discover of the Anthony Weiner laptop containing Clinton emails. The report states that “we did not have confidence that Strzok’s decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Midyear-related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop was free from bias.”
Damningly, and quite ironically, the report notes that those investigating the improper use of personal email accounts to conduct government business improperly used personal email accounts to conduct government business. The inspector general points out that “we learned during the course of our review that Comey, Strzok, and Page used their personal email accounts to conduct FBI business.”
FBI agents stop criminals, not candidates. When they fixate on the latter, they risk becoming the former.