(CNSNews.com) – Referencing the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (IG) report on the actions of the FBI during the 2016 presidential election, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said that FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page “did not bring bias” to their investigation of Hillary Clinton’s illicit use of a private server and email for State Department business and her mishandling of classified documents.
In 2016, Strzok was a senior counterintelligence officer at the FBI and Page was a senior attorney. They were among the few top FBI officials investigating the Clinton case. Strzok and Page, although married to other people, reportedly were having an adulterous affair at the time. Their text messages, disclosed by Congress and the IG report, reveal that they despised Donald Trump and desperately wanted Hillary Clinton to be elected president.
In one exchange, documented in the IG report, Page texted Strzok in August 2016, “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”
Strzok responded, “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”
At a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday, Nadler said the IG report “specifically finds that whatever the private political opinions of Strzok and Page expressed in the emails between the two of them, they did not bring that bias in any way to the investigation.”
When asked if he believed Strzok should be fired, Nadler said, “My personal opinion is, no. Lots of people have, we don’t know the political opinions of other people, and as long as they showed bad judgement writing those things but as long as they kept them from affecting their judgements or from affecting their decision.”
“The key finding in the investigation, one of the key findings of the Inspector General, is that none of those personal political opinions affected the investigation of the decisions in the investigation in any way, and therefore do not detract from the validity of the whole thing,” Nadler continued.
Some of the other text messages between Strzok and Page, as documented in the IG report, include the following:
July 18, 2016 , Page: “Donald Trump is an enormous d*uche.”
August 26, 2016, Strzok: “Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart. I could SMELL the Trump support....”
October 19, 2016, Strzok: “I am riled up. Trump is a fucking idiot, is unable to provide a coherent answer.”
August 8, 2016: In a text message on August 8, 2016, Page stated, “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Strzok responded, “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”
House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said of the report, it “conclusively shows an alarming and destructive level of animus [against Donald Trump] displayed by top officials at the FBI.”