President Donald Trump. Reuters
The Justice Department’s watchdog said it uncovered a series of text messages between two FBI agents cheerleading President Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 election.
“Trump!” one FBI agent said on November 9, 2016. “Hahaha. S— just got real,” another replied. “Yes it did,” the first agent said.
The second agent responded: “I saw a lot of scared MFers on … [my way to work] this morning. Start looking for new jobs fellas. Haha.”
The texts were revealed in the inspector general Michael Horowitz’s highly anticipated report on the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation. The report, published Monday, debunked many of Trump’s conspiracy theories about anti-Trump bias among top brass at the FBI and the Justice Department.
There is no “documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI’s decision to seek FISA authority on Carter Page.”
The Russia investigation, spearheaded first by FBI Director James Comey and later by the special counsel Robert Mueller, found that Trump’s campaign enthusiastically welcomed Russian interference in the 2016 election but that there was not sufficient evidence to bring a conspiracy charge against anyone on the campaign.
It also found that there were over 10 instances in which Trump tried to obstruct justice in the investigation but that he was largely unsuccessful because his own staff refused to carry out his orders. Mueller declined to make a “traditional prosecutorial judgment” on whether to charge Trump, citing a 1973 Office of Legal Counsel memo that said a sitting president could not be indicted.