President Trump does seem to have moved to the offensive when it comes to the investigation against his campaign by special counsel Robert Mueller. The president on Thursday accused an FBI agent who criticized him while serving Mueller of committing “treason” against the U.S.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump argued that FBI agent Peter Strzok plotted to undermine his presidency before he even took office. Strzok was at one time a key figure in the 2016 FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information. He had to be removed by Mueller from the special counsel investigation when it was discovered that he exchanged anti-Trump text messages during the investigation with FBI agent Lisa Page. He was also reportedly having an affair with Page.
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In one text exchange, Strzok says that there’s “no way” Trump gets elected, but just in case he does there needs to be an “insurance policy” in place because “we can’t take that risk.”
Trump said in the “Journal” interview: “A man is tweeting to his lover that if [Clinton] loses, we’ll essentially do the insurance policy. 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.”
The president’s allies are now insisting that these text messages are evidence that the FBI was compromised by partisans who not only gave Hillary Clinton a pass, but were eager to dismantle Trump.
No one seems to be certain about what Strzok meant when he said “insurance policy,” but it is likely that he was referring to the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians.
Trump defended his campaign in the “Journal” interview: “Of course there was no obstruction — there was no crime,” Trump. “They make up a crime, and the crime doesn’t exist, and then they say obstruction.”
Strzok was reassigned from the special counsel in the summer and sent to the FBI’s human resources department. Page, who called the president an “idiot” in the text exchanges, also left the special counsel’s team.
Both Strzok and Page are expected to meet with House Intelligence Committee investigators about their involvement in the Trump and Clinton investigations.
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