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FBI officials praised Comey, mocked lawmakers in texts

FBI officials praised Comey, mocked lawmakers in texts
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Two FBI officials who disparaged President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE in text messages reportedly exchanged other messages in 2016 praising former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyFormer FBI lawyer speaks with House lawmakers on Rosenstein, 2016 Emmet Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGahn departure McGahn departs as White House counsel MORE and criticizing Congress.

The two officials — FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page — in an exchange mocked Congress as "worthless," The Associated Press reported.

In the exchange in July of 2016 — while Comey was defending the bureau's decisions regarding Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWatchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US Republicans cancel airtime in swing Vegas district The Democratic Donald Trump is coming MORE's private email server to Congress — Page wrote in a text message that Congress is "utterly worthless."

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Strzok responded: "Less than worthless."

They also offered praise for Comey, referring to him as "brilliant."

“God he is SO good,” Strzok said. “I know,” Page responded. “Brilliant public speaker. And brilliant distillation of fact.”

The exchange is part of pages of text messages the Justice Department gave to Congress.

The discovery of messages critical of Trump between Strzok and Page led special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE to remove Strzok from his team. Those texts have also fueled accusations among GOP lawmakers that Mueller's probe is tainted by partisanship.

A handful of Republicans have said their back and forth reveals bias against the president within top levels of the government.

Some GOP lawmakers have particularly homed in on the fact that the two officials were involved in the federal investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified information with an email server as secretary of State as well as Mueller's probe into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Trump fired Comey last year. In recent weeks, Comey has taken to Twitter to comment on various political events.