An FBI Attorney who was part of Mueller’s investigative team until February sent several anti-Trump texts. The texts were released in the IG report published Thursday.
One of the anti-Trump text messages sent to a colleague read, “Viva le Resistance.”
The Daily Caller reports:
The lawyer is not identified, but he worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation and was the FBI’s lead attorney on the investigation into Russian election interference. He was assigned to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation soon after it began in May 2017 and left in late February of this year after some of his private messages were shared with the special counsel.
The inspector general’s report focuses on instant messages that the attorney exchanged with a colleague about the Clinton and Russia probes.
“I am numb,” the attorney wrote on Nov. 9, 2016, the day after President Trump’s election.
“I am so stressed about what I could have done differently,” the lawyer continued, apparently referring to the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email probe.
The attorney’s messages show that he was distressed at the FBI’s decision in October 2016 to re-open the investigation into Clinton’s emails. Democrats have claimed that decision hurt Clinton at the polls.
The text message is actually more concerning in context (DC ctd.)
The FBI lawyer also suggested that he would work to resist the Trump administration.
“Is it making you rethink your commitment to the Trump administration?” one FBI lawyer wrote on Nov. 22, 2016.
“Hell no. Viva le resistance,” the future Mueller attorney responded.
During interviews with the office of the inspector general, the lawyer claimed that his “personal political feelings or beliefs … in no way impacted” his work on the Clinton or Russia investigations.
The lawyer did acknowledge that the messages created the perception of anti-Trump bias. He told investigators that he “can understand the, the perception issues that come from” the Nov. 22, 2016 exchange.
This is not the first time text messages from Mueller’s team suggest a deep-rooted anti-Trump bias. Rewind to December when the Strzok/Page text messages were made public. Strzok and Page described Trump as an “idiot” and discussed how Hillary should’ve won.
As I blogged back in December:
To his credit, Mueller reportedly removed Strzok from the investigation as soon as he was aware of the text messages.
As we’ve discussed before, it’s not impossible to be objective beyond political ideology, but the degree to which several members of Mueller’s team disliked Trump and clearly held loyalties to Hillary certainly taints the argument that Mueller’s Russian investigation remains focused and apolitical.
Professor Jacobson discussed the issue at great length here.DONATE
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