FBI agent Peter Strzok was removed from the bureau’s investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in late July 2016, after Special Counsel Robert Mueller discovered his deep-seated bias in text messages to Lisa Page, a lawyer assigned to the FBI probe. Page’s role on Mueller’s team had already ended by the time the texts were discovered, but news of Strzok’s removal only came out this month.
Strzok and Page had been having an affair as well during the time they were assigned to the Trump-Russia collusion investigation. The passion they shared for lamenting the rise of Trump last year is exhibited in several messages, which the Department of Justice (DOJ) shared with the House and Senate judicial committees late Tuesday after many requests.
“What an utter idiot,” a text from Page to Strzok read, referring to Trump. Accompanying the message was a link to a story about Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the Washington Examiner.