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New York Democrat Jerry Nadler defended Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe Wednesday morning after the release of anti-Trump text messages between two FBI officials.

In the texts, Peter Strzok, who was a top FBI counterintelligence agent and later worked on Mueller's team, expressed his support for Hillary Clinton, calling Trump a "f***ing idiot" and a "d**che" and writing "F TRUMP."


Speaking before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Nadler downplayed the significance of the text messages.

“Peter Strzok wasn’t saying anything about Donald Trump that the majority of Americans weren’t also thinking at the same time," said Nadler, the committee's ranking Democrat.

He added that it is a testament to Mueller's "integrity" and "situational awareness" that he pulled Strzok off the Russia probe as soon as he became aware of the 2016 texts.

Strzok was reassigned to the FBI’s human resources division after the discovery of the exchanges with the FBI’s Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair.

Nadler said Trump's call for an investigation of Mueller's investigation is, at best, "wildly dangerous to our democratic institutions." He discouraged his colleagues from calling for such a probe.

"I understand the instinct to want to give cover to the president. I am fearful that the majority's effort to turn the tables on the special counsel will get louder and more frantic as the walls continue to close in around the president," Nadler said. 

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