FBI officials considered appointing a special prosecutor to oversee a probe into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE’s use of a private email server, Politico reported Thursday.
Texts between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page show that former U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald was considered for the probe's team.
"Thought of the perfect person [FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyCountering the ongoing Republican delusion How Biden should sell his infrastructure bill 'Finally, infrastructure week!': White House celebrates T bill MORE] can bounce this off of?" Strzok said in a March 2016 text to Page. "Pat....You got to give me credit if we go with him....And delay briefing him on until I can get back and do it, Late next week or later."
"We talked about him last night, not for this, but how great he is," Page responded.
"I could work with him again....And damn we'd get sh-t DONE," Strzok replied.
Politico noted that the idea of naming a special prosecutor for the case appeared to have been discussed at meetings among top FBI officials, but it’s unclear how seriously Fitzgerald was considered for the job.
Fitzgerald did not immediately return Politico’s request for comment.
Former FBI Director James Comey tapped Fitzgerald to lead the probe into the identification of CIA agent Valerie Plame. The then-Chicago U.S. attorney ultimately charged Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff Lewis Libby with false statements and obstruction of justice.
Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGOP blocks bill to expand gun background checks after Michigan school shooting GOP ramps up attacks on SALT deduction provision Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks MORE (R-Iowa) asked FBI Director Christopher Wray in a letter Thursday whether the bureau had ever requested the Department of Justice to appoint a special prosecutor, and "If not, why not?"
This revelation comes after Republicans raised questions over whether an anti-Trump “secret society” existed at the Department of Justice and FBI, based off a fragment from Strzok and Page’s texts.
However, the entire text referring to the “secret society” was revealed earlier this week, and GOP Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonWisconsin senators ask outsiders not to exploit parade attack 'for their own political purposes' It's time to bury ZombieCare once and for all Marjorie Taylor Greene introduces bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to Rittenhouse MORE (Wis.), who had promoted the concept, said there was a “real possibility” that the text was a joke.