Dec 13, 2017, 12:09 AM ET

Senior FBI agent removed from Mueller's team repeatedly called Trump 'an idiot'

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The senior FBI agent removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team over the summer repeatedly called President Donald Trump "an idiot," and said the Republican Party "needs to pull their head out of their" rear-ends, according to text messages he sent to an FBI colleague that were reviewed Tuesday by ABC News.

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ABC News first reported in August that Peter Strzok, who had been tapped only weeks earlier by Mueller to help lead the probe of alleged Russian meddling in last year's presidential election, had left Mueller's team. Strzok is now working for the FBI’s Human Resources Division.

The Justice Department’s inspector general, looking into an array of FBI actions tied to last year’s election, found the text messages sent between Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page, who also worked on Mueller’s team into the summer.

Even without knowing the contents of those messages, Trump and fellow Republicans seized on the news, using it to question the integrity of Mueller’s probe.

But now lawmakers know exactly what Strzok said in those messages, after the Justice Department tonight sent copies of them to House and Senate committees.

"God trump is a loathsome human," Page texted Strzok on March 4, 2016, the day after a Republican primary debate.

Strzok responded, "Yet he may win," adding later, “Omg he’s an idiot.”

In the early morning of Oct. 20, 2016, hours after the final debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton, Strzok texted: "I am riled up. Trump is [an] idiot, is unable to provide a coherent answer."

Numerous times over the next several months, Strzok expressed concern that "the absolute bigoted nonsense of Trump,” as he called it, could incite racial tensions inside the United States. "I am worried about what Trump is encouraging in our behavior,” he wrote to Page on Aug. 14, 2016. “The things that made me proud about our tolerance for dissent -- what makes us different from Sunnis and Shias losing each other up -- is disappearing."

And then on Nov. 21, 2016, after Trump had been elected the next president of the United States, Strzok told Page he was “worried racial tension is going to get really bad."

In all, ABC News reviewed more than 375 messages exchanged between Strzok and Page from August 2015 to December 2016.

Their criticisms were not only aimed at Trump -– they also targeted other Republican candidates for president and former attorney general Eric Holder.

Strzok has spent much of his law enforcement career working counterintelligence cases, and he has been widely praised by federal law enforcement officials who spoke with ABC News.

According to The Washington Post, Strzok and Page were involved in a romantic relationship.

"Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the Special Counsel's Office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation," Mueller spokesman Peter Carr said in a recent statement. "Lisa Page completed her brief [assignment] and had returned to the FBI weeks before our office was aware of the allegations."

During a House hearing last week, FBI director Chris Wray disputed any suggestions that FBI agents bring inappropriate biases to their work.

“The FBI that I see is tens of thousands of agents and analysts and staff working their tails off to keep Americans safe from the next terrorist attack, gang violence, child predators, spies from Russia, China, North Korea and Iran,” Wray said.

He continued, "The FBI that I see is tens of thousands of brave men and women who are working as hard as they can to keep people that they will never know safe from harm ... The FBI that I see is people -– decent people – committed to the highest principles of integrity, professionalism and respect."

Wray noted that the Justice Department’s "outside" and "independent" inspector general is currently looking into allegations related to Strzok and others. "And when that independent fact-finding is complete, we will hold our folks accountable if that’s appropriate," he said.

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  • Stephanie Robertson

    Oooh...TRUTH hurts!! Love it.

  • Leo

    What's wrong with calling trump an idiot? That's not bias, it's just fact. Even Rex said so!

  • macmom1

    Really? The real issue is what American with any basic intelligence hasn't used that sentiment?

  • twiz1

    I don't disagree with the agent, but the problem is this would or at least should be taken just as seriously if they were looking into say the fast and the furious while at the same time being super critical of Holder and Obamas politics. Leave your personal feelings and rhetoric at the door if you work as an investigator, especially on high profile cases.

  • Mickey

    Big deal over nothing. tRump is an "idiot" on a world-wide scale. If you don't like "idiot" use "moron" which is the Tillerson code word.

  • Bluefire

    It must be hard for people to not say that openly.

  • ArghONaut

    Very bad form, but a defense of truth should stick!

  • Bev Guyer

    So he voiced what the majority of the US has been thinking for the last 11 months, what's the big deal?

  • PerchLady

    The Trump attorneys should be praising Mueller for relieving that FBI agent last July as soon as he was made aware of the emails. Mueller removed the "bias". Let's move on.

  • bp4truth

    Truth is an absolute defense, isn't it? Secretary of State Tillerson called Trump an "idiot", as well. Idiot is probably the truest and fairest thing one could say about Trump!

  • Provoke Discussion

    Calling Trump an idiot is an insult to idiots. Really he is more of an arrogant narcissist.

  • loydfair

    A JOKE ........... A FARCE .............. A NIGHTMARE ........... the orange idiot in the wh !!!

  • loydfair

    i always thought that the truth will set you FREE !

  • jon rhodes

    It's a shame to be punished for being right.

  • ralphpetrillo

    Most people agree with the FBI agent. Trump is hated in the US. He is cutting taxes for the wealthy.

  • Michael McCall

    What's The BIG Story? trump Is An Idiot.

  • thetruthhurts

    He needs his position back. Hell everyone that does and does not work for trump knows Damn Well trump is an Bigly Sad Idiot.

  • realitycheck

    Who hasn't? Trump is what it is LOL

  • Ideology

    If exposing Trump's corruption requires violating an impartial justice system, I can't agree with that. Too much to lose.

  • Lawrence Wilson

    OK, so in other words the comments he made about Trump & republicans have proven to be both truthful & factual, the only error was not having said the same about Democrats

  • Dicazi

    He should have spoken up when first picked for this team.
    Obvious he could not be fair.
    Yet his bias was soon discovered and he was fired.
    That's a good thing.
    Trump's people should stop trying to twist it around.

  • Tony Radcliffe-Hung

    I'm sorry, but for me, "Idiot" in this case does not indicate bias. It seems quite an accurate and objectively verifiable term for this president.

  • Ruben Delgadillo

    I prefer to call Trump mentally challenged.

  • veronica

    He may have been removed for saying it, but he sure as hel wasn't wrong.

  • Eugene S Reynolds

    Should have been promoted!

  • 40acre

    Honestly....I can't imagine ANY person who had to investigate Trump and Trump's actions who would NOT come to the same conclusion. As for the analysis of those attributes the agent has been proven correct.

  • Brian

    What's the issue? Mueller found out and let him go.....aka the right thing to do. All Mueller has to do is go over everything that agent did to make sure it was on the up and up...and if not, he'll fix it. Republicans are grasping for straws.