About Those Anti-Trump Texts from FBI Agents

Republicans and Fox News are making a huge deal out of the release of thousands of text messages between two FBI agents, one of them initially involved in the Trump/Russia investigation but removed from it because many of those texts were very stridently anti-Trump.

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The messages were sent during the 2016 campaign and contain discussions about various candidates. On March 2, Strzok texted Page that someone “asked me who I’d vote for, guessed [Ohio Gov. John] Kasich.”

“Seriously?! Would you not [vote] D[emocrat]?” Page responded.

“I don’t know,” Strzok answered. “I suppose Hillary [Clinton].”

“I would [vote] D,” Page affirmed.

Two days later, Page texted Strzok, “God, Trump is a loathsome human.”

“Yet he many[sic] win,” Strzok responded. “Good for Hillary.”

Later the same day, Strzok texted Page, “Omg [Trump’s] an idiot.”

“He’s awful,” Page answered.

So we know that they’ve got a clear view of reality, at least. But it’s also clear that Mueller did the right thing removing Strzok from the investigation to avoid any appearance of bias, which he did as soon as he was made aware of those texts, last summer in the early days of his taking over of the investigation. At the same time, I guarantee you that you could find a million anti-Hillary text messages between FBI agents during that same time period. FBI agents aren’t exactly known for being a bunch of bleeding heart liberals.

We know why the Republicans are making such a huge deal out of this, because they’re trying to undermine the integrity of the entire investigation. But this is a ridiculous argument. Even if Strzok despises Trump and want him dead, how would that make the investigation any less credible? His job was to interview witnesses. How would any bias change that job or how he does it? He can’t introduce fake evidence, he can’t change the legal analysis of the evidence they have (that’s done above his head, by the career prosecutors working under Mueller).

The outcome of the investigation will be the same as it would be if Strzok was the biggest Trump fan in the world or if he never existed at all and another FBI agent had been in that position. His dislike of Trump has nothing whatsoever to do with the credibility of the investigation or the outcome of its findings.

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