Those text messages exchanged between an FBI agent, ousted from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigatory team, and what is believed to be his girlfriend have been turned over to Congress by the Department of Justice, and some of those 375 messages are now being revealed to the public.
The troublesome nature of the messages reveal two agents with a distinct dislike for Donald Trump, who was, at the time of the exchanges, running for the presidency. They turned up during a DOJ inspector general investigation.
Upon learning of the texts back in July, Mueller immediately bounced the agent, Peter Strzok, from the team and sent him to a human resources position.
The other agent, Lisa Page, had already ended her time with Mueller’s office.
“I just saw my first Bernie Sanders bumper sticker. Made me want to key the car," Page wrote in an August 2015 exchange.
“He’s an idiot like Trump. Figure they cancel each other out,” Strzok replied.
These were personal texts, and if anyone was reading them without knowing who the players behind them were, it would seem like the same back and forth that was seen on random social media accounts throughout the election.
The fact that these are FBI agents has some Republicans clamoring for a second special counsel, specifically for investigating Mueller’s investigation, if that makes sense.
Responding to a Washington Post story about Trump saying it hadn’t been proven that Russian President Vladimir Putin had killed anyone, Page wrote: "What an utter idiot."
In a March 2016 message, Page exclaimed: "God trump is a loathsome human....omg he's an idiot."
"He's awful," replied Strzok.
To be fair, I’ve said much the same thing. I mean, I’m not an FBI agent or part of any special investigation, but the idea that there are individuals out there who found candidate Trump to be unacceptable is not an unusual thing.
But then there was the Hillary cheerleading.
"God Hillary should win 100,000,000 - 0," Strzok wrote in March 2016, calling himself a "conservative Dem."
"Also did you hear [Trump] make a comment about the size of his d*ck earlier? This man can not be president," Page said later in the exchange.
We all did. We can no longer claim to be a moral nation. At least, a large portion of our nation see no value in clinging to the virtuous aspirations of our forefathers.
Speaking of morals, the relationship between Strzok and Page is said to be an extramarital situation, which would mean neither were in a position to claim any sort of moral high ground.
And while Page was worried about Bern victims (or as she called them, “Sandernistas”) ruining Hillary Clinton’s chances, Strzok was more concerned with WikiLeaks and Russian involvement.
“I’m not worried about them. I’m worried about the anarchist Assanges who will take fed information and disclose it to disrupt,” Strzok replied, referring to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who published emails hacked from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
And I don’t know what he thought WikiLeaks might reveal that they hadn’t already revealed, but then, this was back in July 2016.
They also didn’t seem to believe Trump would prevail.
That one was a shock to many people, on both sides of the aisle.
Shortly after the election, Page suggested Trump might be brought down by scandal.
“Bought all the president’s men,” she wrote. “Figure I needed to brush up on Watergate.”
And their casual text talk wasn’t reserved strictly to Trump.
They had a few shots for other elected officials, as well.
Page speculated on Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s sexuality, saying he was “long suspected of being gay.”
The agents also don’t seem to have been fans of Attorney General Eric Holder.
“Oh God, Holder! Turn it off turn it off turn it off!!!!” Strzok wrote when Holder appeared at the Democratic National Convention in July 2016.
“Yeah, I saw him yesterday and booed at the TV,” Page replied.
I share their revulsion.
Since Strzok and Page were said to be having an affair, some of what was sent to Congress was redacted, in order to protect the names of innocent third parties, but what they may have shared regarding their political opinions is the main focus – not the affair.
Should any of this bring Mueller’s entire investigation into question?
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee earlier Wednesday doesn’t think so. He told the committee he sees no reason to fire Mueller.
Other lawmakers have given Mueller similar votes of confidence.
As it is, FBI agents are not restricted from having political opinions, or from expressing them. This, however, has raised some eyebrows, as Republicans are reeling from the scandal, and leery of the potential problems with having partisan players as part of the team.