The highly anticipated Inspector General’s report into the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails reveals a previously unreported text by FBI agent Peter Strzok to lawyer Lisa Page that allegedly says “we’ll stop” Trump’s election, The Washington Post is reporting.
The IG’s report is not going to be made public until the afternoon of June 14, 2018. However, the leaks of its alleged contents started in the late morning. Among the key passages: The revelation of the new Strzok text that is sure to provoke controversy.
Here’s what you need to know:
The New Text Was Made Just a Few Months Before the Presidential Election
US GovernmentPeter Strzok.
The Washington Post story contains a transcript of the alleged text.
“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” the lawyer, Lisa Page, wrote to Strzok, according to The Post.
“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok responded, The Post says the IG report reveals. The text was sent in August 2016 only a few months before the presidential election, and after the FBI had started its investigation into Trump campaign aides, according to The Post.
The IG Report Will Take Aim at Comey But Clears Him of Political Bias, Reports Say
In addition, there have been other leaks about the IG report. Bloomberg is reporting that the IG report will also take aim at former FBI Director James Comey by saying he deviated from past FBI and Department of Justice protocol when he revealed the FBI had reopened its investigation into Clinton’s emails shortly before the 2016 presidential election; however, the report is also expected to say that the IG did not find evidence of political motivation, according to Bloomberg.
Bloomberg wrote that the IG report will say that Comey’s handling of that disclosure was damaging to “the agencies’ image of impartiality even though he wasn’t motivated by politics.”
Strzok Has Become a Flashpoint for Republican Critics of Robert Mueller
GettyRobert S. Mueller III.
Peter Strzok, a counter-intelligence officer in the FBI, has become a flashpoint for Republican criticism of the Robert Mueller investigation into Donald Trump.
Previous tweets he and Lisa Page wrote also provoked headlines. Strzok was quietly reassigned from his position in the probe, and it was later revealed that he and the FBI lawyer, Page, wrote anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton text messages to one another, calling into question Strzok’s objectivity in the Mueller investigation into Trump’s campaign and Russia.
Strzok was also a …read more