Trump pressed Sessions to fire FBI agents who sent anti-Trump texts: report
President Trump questioned both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray over why two FBI officials were still at their jobs after it was revealed they sent text messages critical of the president during the campaign.
Vox reported Friday that Trump earlier this year asked his attorney general and FBI director why agent Peter Strzok and counsel Lisa Page were still employed by the bureau. In a meeting alone with Sessions, Trump reportedly pushed for their dismissal, Vox reported.
Texts between Strzok and Page from 2016 were revealed last December, months after the two were removed from the team of investigators under special counsel Robert Mueller.
The two FBI officials repeatedly disparaged Trump in the days surrounding the 2016 presidential election while working on the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, including in a text from Strzok to Page after Trump’s victory that read: “OMG I am so depressed.”
“I don’t know if I can eat. I am very nauseous,” Page replied.
The two, who were at the time involved in an extramarital affair, also were revealed to have texted similar negative messages aimed at Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee for president.
Trump and his allies have pointed to the texts as evidence of blatant favoritism among FBI agents involved in high-profile investigations. Strzok briefly served as Mueller’s top agent on the Trump probe, while Page also worked for the special counsel’s office as an attorney.
“NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!” the president tweeted in February after texts revealed the two wrote that then-President Obama “wants to know everything we’re doing.”
“A man is tweeting to his lover that if [Clinton] loses, we’ll essentially do the insurance policy,” Trump said in a Wall Street Journal interview the month before. “’We’ll go to phase two and we’ll get this guy out of office.’”
“This is the FBI we’re talking about — that is treason,” Trump continued. “That is a treasonous act. What he tweeted to his lover is a treasonous act.”
In the meetings Vox reported on, the president reportedly also asked the Justice Department to devote more resources to turning over documents requested by the House Judiciary Committee in its ongoing probe of possible FBI mismanagement of the Clinton email probe and Trump/Russia investigation.
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