Pres. Trump accuses Federal Bureau of Investigation agent of 'treason' in newspaper interview

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

The text messages critical of President Donald Trump that were traded between two FBI employees investigating the Trump campaign's connections to Russian Federation were treasonous, the president told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Thursday.

There is some debate about what Strzok meant by taking out an "insurance policy", but he appeared to be referencing the investigation into whether Trump campaign officials had improper contacts with the Russians.

Strzok wrote a text message on August 15, 2016, to Lisa Page, with whom he was romantically involved, saying, "I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office - that there's no way he gets elected - but I'm afraid we can't take that risk". Strzok was reassigned within the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In one cryptic text message from August 2016, Strzok expressed concern that Trump would win the election.

Referring to one of Strzok's text messages, the president told the Wall Street Journal, "A man is tweeting to his lover that if she [Clinton] loses, we'll essentially do the insurance policy".

"I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office - that there's no way [Trump] gets elected - but I'm afraid we can't take that risk", Strzok wrote to Page, his mistress.

Strzok's reference to an insurance policy has drawn the attention of congressional Republicans. His texts have been used by Trump and supporters to make a case that the Mueller investigation hasn't been objective. The Journal reports that he said that the messages, some of which have been turned over to Congress, were treasonous. Strzok was pulled from special counsel 's investigation in December, following the discovery of text messages where Strzok called Trump an " in an exchange with FBI lawyer Lisa Page. The texts surfaced as part of an internal Justice Department investigation. Trump reportedly asked. The lawmakers in the meeting, which included members of both parties, were "taken aback" by the comment, the Post says. The Justice Department didn't respond to a request for comment.

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