DOJ watchdog says no proof FBI officials' Trump criticism impacted probes: report

Source: The Hill | June 14, 2018 | Olivia Beavers

The Justice Department’s ethics watchdog reportedly found no evidence that the political leanings of two FBI officials, who exchanged text messages critical of President Trump during the 2016 presidential race, directly affected the FBI’s investigations, while noting that their conduct “cast a cloud” over the bureau’s actions.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz did not find that the conduct or potential political bias of FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page “directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed,” according to the report’s conclusions, which were obtained Thursday by Bloomberg.

“We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed,” Horowitz’s report conclusions reads, according to Bloomberg. 

“The conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation.”

Page and Strzok have faced a barrage of attacks by conservatives who say their “anti-Trump” text messages serve as proof of systemic bias against the president. 

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