Published On: Tue, Apr 17th, 2018

Comey condemns FBI lovers for ‘terrible judgment’ in anti-Trump texts

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Former FBI Director James Comey said a pair of FBI lovers who exchanged anti-Trump text messages displayed ‘terrible judgment.’

Comey, who has unleashed withering criticism on ‘morally unfit’ to serve Trump in interviews as he promotes his new book, didn’t hold back from two agents of the Bureau once led.   

‘I had no idea,’ Comey said, when asked about agents, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who carried on an affair and exchanged some 50,000 text messages which catalogue in part their sometimes visceral responses to the candidates under investigation during the 2016 campaign.

‘It really bugs me. I think it’s terrible judgment,’ Comey told USA Today in a sit-down interview. 

Former FBI Director James Comey said he had 'no idea' about the conduct of two FBI agents who had an affair and exchanged anti-Trump texts

Former FBI Director James Comey said he had 'no idea' about the conduct of two FBI agents who had an affair and exchanged anti-Trump texts

Former FBI Director James Comey said he had ‘no idea’ about the conduct of two FBI agents who had an affair and exchanged anti-Trump texts

Comey continues: ‘It doesn’t change my view of the case, but the FBI is a public-trust organization,’ Comey said. ‘That they are bad-mouthing candidates using FBI (phones) is terrible,’ he added.

The pair both worked on the early days of the Russia investigation. Strzok, who also worked on the Clinton email probe and interviewed fired former national security Michael Flynn during the Russia probe, got reassigned by special counsel Robert Mueller to human resources after the messages were revealed in the course of an IG probe.

In one of the texts from Strzok, after Trump won the election, he wrote Page: ‘OMG I am so depressed.’ Page wrote back: ‘I don’t know if I can eat. I am very nauseous.’

But other texts obtained by CNN reveal that Strzok helped write the October letter Comey sent to Congress announcing the in effect reopening the Clinton email probe – part of what Clinton considers Comey ‘shivving’ her election campaign.

Lisa Page's (above) texts with Peter Strzok came out in the course of an IG investigation

Lisa Page's (above) texts with Peter Strzok came out in the course of an IG investigation

Lisa Page’s (above) texts with Peter Strzok came out in the course of an IG investigation

Peter Strzok got reassigned from the Mueller probe over the texts

Peter Strzok got reassigned from the Mueller probe over the texts

Peter Strzok got reassigned from the Mueller probe over the texts

 Stzrok also edited Comey’s infamous July 2015 statement, in which language changed from calling her ‘grossly negligent’ to Comey labeling her conuct ‘extremely careless.’ 

With his own government career behind him, Comey isn’t holding back from issuing his own denunciations of the president. He called him ‘morally unfit’ to be president, and didn’t rule out in a pair of interviews the Russians having leverage over him. 

‘It’s hard to explain some things without at least leaving your mind open to that being a possibility,’ Comey told the paper.

‘There’s a non-zero possibility that the Russians have some, some sway over him that is rooted in his personal experience, and I don’t know whether that’s the business about the activity in a Moscow hotel room or finances or something else.’

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