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 TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE in text messages reportedly exchanged other messages in 2016 praising former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThere are poor ideas, bad ones and Facebook's Libra Trump has considered firing official who reported whistleblower complaint to Congress: report Broadcast, cable news networks to preempt regular programming for Trump impeachment coverage 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 Clinton2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Manafort sought to hurt Clinton 2016 campaign efforts in key states: NYT 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 (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' 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.