Newly released text messages between Peter Strzok, the recently demoted FBI agent on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, and his alleged mistress Lisa Page may be worse than anyone imagined. The Justice Department provided congressional committees with thousands of text messages between the pair late Tuesday night, and many of them are highly critical of the president.
Throughout the 2016 campaign, Strzok and Page referred to then-candidate Trump as a “loathsome human being,” “an idiot,” “awful,” and a “douche,” among other insults. Strzok also indicated that he would vote for Hillary Clinton, even as he was leading the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s improper use of a private server while secretary of State.
Strzok was reassigned to human resources in July 2017 after the Justice Department’s inspector general discovered the disparaging messages.
Page, a lawyer who was also assigned to the Russia probe, completed her detail before the special counsel’s office became aware of the texts, CBS reported.
The text messages provided to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees indicate that Strzok and Page began sharing their intense political opinions via text message sometime in 2015. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) asked the Justice Department to produce copies of the communications earlier this month.
In November 2015, Page wrote that she hoped House Speaker Paul Ryan “falls and crashes in a blaze of glory,” to which Strzok replied: “Yes, And me too. At some point the Rep party needs to pull their head out of their ass. Shows no sign of occurring any time soon.”
Here, Strzok seemed certain that the woman he was supposed to be investigating would win:
In one message, Page sent Strzok a link to a story about Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin, with the text: “What an utter idiot.”
In March 2016, Page texted Strzok: “God trump is a loathsome human,” to which Strzok replied: “Yet he may win.”
Strzok later asked Page whether she thought Trump would be a worse president than Sen. Ted Cruz. She replied, “Trump? Yes, I think so.”
Also in March 2016, Strzok and Page discussed who they would vote for in the coming presidential election. Strzok said, “I suppose Hillary,” and then moments later texted: “I would D[Democrat.”
“He doesn’t think you’re an R, does he?” Page asked Strzok. (It is unclear who “he” is.)
Strzok replied in a series of texts: “He think I wouldn’t vote for her right now. He knows I’m a conservative Dem. But now I wonder.”
Also in March, Page seemed to be concerned about whether their texts about Trump could be discovered. “So look, you say we can text on that phone when we talk about Hillary because it cant be traced,” she wrote.
In a text some are calling a “smoking gun,” Page linked to a New York Times article and said: “maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace.”
Strzok replied: “I can protect our country at many levels, not sure if that helps.”
The two traded disparaging messages about the Republican National Convention in July 2016, mocking the Trump campaign and the Republican speakers. “Its PATHETIC!” Strzok wrote to Page.
“TURN IT ON, TURN IT ON!!! THE DOUCHEBAGS ARE ABOUT TO COME OUT,” Strzok messaged Page on July 19, 2016.
Page replied moments later: “And wow, Donald Trump is an enormous d*uche.”
“Hi. How was Trump, other than a douche? Melania?” Strzok texted roughly eight hours later.
“Trump barely spoke, but the first thing out of his mouth was ‘we’re going to win sooo big.’ The whole thing is like living in a bad dream,” Page wrote back.
Also in July 2016, Page texted: “God, it’s just a two-bit organization. I do so hope his disorganization comes to bite him hard in November.” Strzok wrote back: “It HAS to, right? Right?!? Panicked”
Strzok and Page also made fun of other Republican leaders, calling Ben Carson “crazy-ass grain storage pyramid Ben Carson,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “a turtle,” and Ryan “a jerky.”
“This campaign is like watching a train wreck happen over and over again,” Page messaged Strzok on July 21, 2016. A week later, Strzok called Bernie Sanders’ supporters “stupid*ass” and “idiots.” Page wrote back that she “really really” likes former Vice President Joe Biden.
Page, in August 2016, sent Strzok an article about Gold Star father Khizr Khan, who famously decried Trump at the Democratic National Convention.
“Jesus. You should read this. And Trump should go f himself,” she said. Strzok replied, “God that’s a great article. Thanks for sharing. And F Trump.”
Strzok/Page texts obtained by Fox's @JakeBGibson
"LP – Jesus. You should read this. And Trump should go f himself. Moment in Convention Glare Shakes Up Khans American Life https://t.co/1nZ11E3gBC
PS – God that’s a great article. Thanks for sharing. And F TRUMP."
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) December 13, 2017
The pair disparaged Trump’s supporters in August 2016: “Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart. I could SMELL the Trump support,” Strzok said. Page wrote back, “Yep. Out to lunch with (redacted) We both hate everyone and everything.”
Strzok tried his hand at psychoanalysis in a longer text to Page: “HE [Trump] appears to have no ability to experience reverence which I [sic] the foundation for any capacity to admire or serve anything bigger than self to want to learn about anything beyond self, to want to know and deeply honor the people around you,” Strzok wrote. Page wrote back, “He’s not ever going to become president, right? Right?”
On Election Day, Strzok reacted like most Democrats when he saw Trump was winning, calling it “f*****g terrifying.” A week after the election, Strzok and Page expressed disgust that Jeff Sessions was likely to be named attorney general.
“Sessions for AG,” Strzok texted, along with a profanity. Page replied, “Good god.”
These damning texts were released the night before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was set to appear before the House Judiciary Committee to testify about the special counsel’s probe on Wednesday.
Rosenstein has praised Mueller’s investigation despite accusations from Republicans that it is obviously compromised.