(CNSNews.com) - The day after Donald Trump was elected president, an FBI employee engaged in an “instant message” conversation with an FBI attorney who had worked on the Clinton email investigation, then moved to the Russian meddling investigation, and would later become an attorney working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller on that investigation.
Speaking of Trump’s election, the FBI employee told the FBI lawyer: “You promised me this wouldn’t happen. YOU PROMISED.”
Later, in the same instant messaging exchange, according to the inspector general's report released today, the FBI attorney responded: “I am just devastated. I can’t wait until I can leave and just shut off the world for the next four days.”
This same FBI attorney then lamented that the newly elected Trump would likely dismantle the “progress” the outgoing President Obama had achieved.
“I just can’t imagine the systematic disassembly of the progress we have made over the last 8 years,” he said. “The ACA is gone. Who knows if the rhetoric about deporting people, walls, and crap is true.”
“We have to fight this again,” he went on to say.
“Also,” he said, “Pence is stupid.”
'Uneducated, Lazy POS'
The other FBI employee with whom this FBI attorney was instant messaging expressed his view that Trump voters were "all poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS."
“Trump’s supporters are all poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS that think he will magically grant them jobs for doing nothing,” said this FBI employee to the FBI attorney. “They probably didn’t watch the debates, aren’t fully educated on his policies, and are stupidly wrapped up in his unmerited enthusiasm.”
The facts about the messages that “FBI Attorney 2” sent by instant message are included more than 400 pages into the inspector general report released this afternoon about the FBI’s investigation of the Clinton email scandal.
“FBI Attorney 2”—as the IG calls him—was one of five FBI personnel involved in the Clinton email investigation that the IG discovered had sent texts and instant messages that revealed their political bias in favor of Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump.
“These messages reflected political opinions in support of former Secretary Clinton and against her political opponent, Donald Trump,” said the IG report. “Some of these text messages and instant messages mixed political commentary with discussions about the Midyear investigation, and raised concerns that political bias may have impacted investigative decisions.” (The FBI referred to the Clinton email investigation as “Midyear Exam,” “Midyear,” or “MYE.”)
FBI Attorney 2 sent the instant messages in question over what the IG calls the “Secret FBINet system” using a government phone.
He worked, in succession, on the Hillary Clinton email investigation, then the Russian meddling investigation begun in 2016, and then on Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.
“FBI Attorney 2 was assigned to the Midyear investigation, the Russia investigation, and the Special Counsel investigation,” says the IG report. “We found instant messages in which FBI Attorney 2 discussed political issues, including three instant message exchanges that raised concerns of potential bias.”
The report does not indicate the precise date that this attorney was assigned to the Russian investigation, but points out that he was on the investigation as of Nov. 22, 2016, when he had an instant message exchange about the investigation with another FBI attorney and said: “Viva le restistence.” Later, in early 2017, when Trump took office, he became the “primary FBI attorney” in the Russian investigation.
“FBI Attorney 2 was assigned to the Midyear investigation early in 2016,” says the report. “FBI Attorney 2 was not the lead FBI attorney assigned to Midyear and he told us he provided support to the investigation as needed. FBI Attorney 2 told us that he was also assigned to the investigation into Russian election interference and was the primary FBI attorney assigned to that investigation beginning in early 2017. FBI Attorney 2 told us that he was then assigned to the Special Counsel investigation once it began.”
The Nov. 22, 2016 instant messaging exchange between the two FBI lawyers discussed the compensation paid to a Trump campaign employee who was the “subject of an FBI investigation.”
“FBI Attorney 2 sent an instant message to FBI Attorney 1 commenting on the amount of money the subject of an FBI investigation had been paid while working on the Trump campaign,” says the report. “FBI Attorney 1 responded, ‘Is it making you rethink your commitment to the Trump administration?’ FBI Attorney 2 replied, ‘Hell no.’ and then added, ‘Viva le resistance.’”
The IG report said: "We asked FBI Attorney 2 if 'Viva la resistence' signaled he was going to fight back against President Trump."
"That's not what I was doing," the lawyer responded to the IG. "I just, again, like that, that's just like the entire, it's just my political view in terms of, of my preference. It wasn't something along the lines of, you know, we're taking certain actions, in order to, you know, combat that or, or do something like that. Like that was not the intent of that."
'I Can't Stop Crying'
Yet perhaps the most remarkable instant messaging exchange involving this FBI attorney that the IG published is the one he had with an unidentified FBI employee the day after Trump was elected. Here—verbatim--is the passage from the IG’s report where he presents this instant messaging exchange:
The second exchange we identified occurred on November 9, 2016, the day after the presidential election. FBI Attorney 2 and another FBI employee who was not involved in the Midyear investigation exchanged the following instant messages. Note that the sender of the instant message is identified after the timestamp and intervening messages that did not contribute to the understanding of this exchange are not included.
09:38:14, FBI Attorney 2: “I am numb.”
09:55:35, FBI Employee: “I can’t stop crying.”
10:00:13, FBI Attorney 2: “That makes me even more sad.”
10:43:20, FBI Employee: “Like, what happened?”
10:43:37, FBI Employee: “You promised me this wouldn’t happen. YOU PROMISED.”
10:43:43, FBI Employee: Okay, that might have been a lie…”
10:43:46, FBI Employee: “I’m very upset.”
10:43:47, FBI Employee: “haha”
10:51:48, FBI Attorney 2: “I am so stressed about what I could have done differently.”
10:54:29, FBI Employee: “Don’t stress. None of that mattered.”
10:54:31, FBI Employee: “The FBI’s influence.”
10:59:36, FBI Attorney 2: “I don’t know. We broke the momentum.”
11:00:03, FBI Employee: “That is not so.”
11:02:22, FBI Employee: “All the people who were initially voting for her would not, and were not, swayed by any decision the FBI put out. Trump’s supporters are all poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS that think he will magically grant them jobs for doing nothing. They probably didn’t watch the debates, aren’t fully educated on his policies, and are stupidly wrapped up in his unmerited enthusiasm.”
11:11:43, FBI Attorney 2: “I’m just devastated. I can’t wait until I can leave today and just shut off the world for the next four days.”
11:12:06, FBI Employee: “Why are you devastated?”
11:12:18, FBI Employee: “Yes, I’m not watching tv for four years.”
11:14:16, FBI Attorney 2: “I just can’t imagine the systematic disassembly of the progress we made over the last 8 years. ACA is gone. Who knows if the rhetoric about deporting people, walls, and crap is true. I honestly feel like there is going to be a lot more gun issues, too, the crazies won finally. This is the tea party on steroids. And the GOP is going to be lost, they have to deal with an incumbent in 4 years. We have to fight this again. Also Pence is stupid.”
11:14:58, FBI Employee: “Yes that’s all true.”
11:15:01, FBI Attorney 2: “And it’s just hard not to feel like the FBI caused some of this. It was razor thin in some states.”
11:15:09, FBI Employee: “Yes it was very thin.”
11:15:23, FBI Attorney 2: “Plus, my god damned name is all over the legal documents investigating his staff.”
11:15:24, FBI Employee: “But no I absolutely do not believe the FBI had any part.”
11:15:33, FBI Attorney 2: “So, who knows if that breaks to him what he is going to do.”
The IG’s report includes FBI Attorney 2’s explanation of this exchange. In his explanation, FBI Attorney 2 denied that he promised this other FBI employee that Trump would not be elected. “FBI Attorney 2 told us that the ‘did not promise [the employee] anything,’ and stated, “I think, again, it’s just the kind of the way that [the employee] and I converse.”
The IG reported: “FBI Attorney 2 again reiterated that his ‘personal feelings or beliefs…in no way impacted’ his work on the Midyear or Russia investigations.”
Here, verbatim, is a passage from the IG’s report where he relates FBI Attorney 2’s explanation for the instant message exchange he had with another FBI employee about President Trump’s election:
We asked FBI Attorney 2 about this exchange. FBI Attorney 2 stated, “I’d say that we’re just discussing our personal feelings on [the outcome of the election] between friends, yeah.” When asked about the FBI employee meant by “[y]ou promised me this wouldn’t happen,” FBI Attorney 2 told us that he “did not promise [the employee] anything,” and stated, “I think, again, it’s just kind of the way that [the employee] and I converse. We tend to exaggerate some statements back and forth to one another.” We also asked FBI Attorney 2 what he meant by “I am so stressed about what I could have done differently.” FBI Attorney 2 replied:
“That was a, that was a reference to, again, just in terms of the way that we opened or how long it took us to open [in October]. You know, with the, with the knowledge that the information was there [on the Weiner laptop], why we didn’t work on it to, to gain access sooner, as opposed to later because it was a, a bit of a, of a gap between us learning of the information in New York and, and officially getting the case reopened again....
"Just in terms of like what I could have done to, to either have accelerated the process or to, like how I expressed to [FBI Attorney 1] that I didn’t know if this was the correct way for the Bureau to be doing this notification, et cetera. Whether, you know, I could have said something differently to her that would have resonated in, or, or would have been part of the discussion. But I wasn’t anywhere near the, the room deciding on these factors.... It was just kind of like a discussion on how I could have either moved the process along more quickly or more efficiently at a, at a more, at an earlier time, or whatnot.”