FBI report says anti-Trump texts ‘cast a cloud’ over probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the FBI investigated both presidential candidates in 2016, two FBI employees exchanged thousands of personal texts and messages that included a running political commentary. That included newly released messages in which an agent expressed a desire to “stop” the election of Republican Donald Trump.

The Justice Department’s internal watchdog said in a report Thursday that those messages “cast a cloud” over the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s emails, even if they didn’t affect the investigation. The report also cited anti-Trump communications sent by three other unnamed FBI employees.

The report details a message in which FBI agent Peter Strzok (struhk) responded, “We’ll stop it,” after FBI lawyer Lisa Page asked if Trump would become president.

The inspector general’s report said that exchange is antithetical to the FBI’s core values.