FBI agent in texts: 'We'll stop' Trump from becoming president

An FBI agent who was removed from the probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign texted an FBI attorney that the agency would "stop" then-candidate Donald Trump from becoming president.

Text messages disclosed Thursday in a highly anticipated report from the Justice Department's internal watchdog showed Peter Strzok, a top investigator into former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic strategist laments 'low bar' for Biden debate performance Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel Trump to hold campaign rally in Pennsylvania next month MORE's use of a private email server and into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, seemingly reassuring lawyer Lisa Page that Trump would not become president, The Washington Post reported.

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“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Page texted Strzok in August 2016.

“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok responded.

The text messages' disclosure comes as part of the inspector general's review of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien Comey3 reasons why impeachment fatigue has already set in Day 2 impeachment ratings drop by more than 1 million from first day Chris Wallace on Yovanovitch testimony: 'If you're not moved, you don't have a pulse' MORE's handling of the Clinton email investigation.

In his report, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded that Comey "deviated" from standard FBI procedure in the Clinton investigation, but was not motivated by political bias.

The conclusion, first reported by Bloomberg, also found that Strzok's and Page's potential political biases never "directly affected" the specific investigative actions that were reviewed in the report.

“We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed,” the report's conclusion reads. 

Strzok and Page were removed from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE's investigation over the text messages, which were obtained by internal investigators, in the summer of 2017. The exchange, however, negatively affected public perception of the office, the report found.

“The conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation,” the report says.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE and his GOP allies in Congress have pointed to the text exchange as proof of systemic political bias against him in both the Mueller investigation and within the top ranks of the federal government.

Trump called the agents' text messages an act of "treason" in a Wall Street Journal interview published in January.
 
“A man is tweeting to his lover that if [Clinton] loses, we’ll essentially do the insurance policy,” Trump told the Journal. “'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,” the president continued. “That is a treasonous act. What he tweeted to his lover is a treasonous act.”

Updated 12:40 p.m.