Rep. Jordan on New Anti-Trump FBI Texts: 'It Goes Past Bias, It's Animus'
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said newly released text messages show that FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page weren't just biased against President Trump, they felt "animus" toward him and his supporters.
Strzok and Page, who were involved in an extramarital affair, exchanged thousands of texts during the presidential campaign, transition and first months of the Trump presidency.
On Election Day 2016, Page wrote, "OMG THIS IS F***ING TERRIFYING." Strzok replied, "Omg, I am so depressed." Later that month, on Nov. 13, 2016, Page wrote, "I bought all the president's men. Figure I need to brush up on watergate."
The next day, Nov. 14, 2016, Page wrote, “God, being here makes me angry. Lots of high fallutin’ national security talk. Meanwhile we have OUR task ahead of us.”
It is unclear what "OUR task" referred to, but Jordan suggested it could be related to a text Strzok sent in August alluding to an "insurance policy" in case Trump won the presidency.
He said this is just more evidence that a second special counsel needs to be appointed to thoroughly investigate this entire affair.
"It certainly warrants investigation and it certainly brings into a new perspective that there's this idea from President Obama that there was no political influence at the top levels of the FBI," Jordan said, noting that a newly released text also suggests Obama was interested and potentially involved in the FBI's Hillary Clinton email investigation.
He added that Strzok and Page also resented Trump's supporters and the "ignorant hillbillys [sic]" who voted against then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's wife for a state Senate seat.
"They talk about walking in Walmart and saying, 'Oh, I can smell the Trump supporters,'" Jordan said. "The animus towards people who support President Trump is so obvious."
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