The fact that an agent who ended up working on the Mueller investigation had anti-Trump conversations through text message is, in the end, really not relevant to anything. If anything, the result – being removed from the investigation entirely – proves how far Robert Mueller is willing to go in order to maintain the utmost integrity. This is a win for the investigation, not a loss.
Additionally, it really shows how desperate Republicans are to try and vindicate Trump at any cost. If all you have to discredit the investigation is that a professional happened to have personal feelings about someone, your case is not looking good. It’s especially bad when the conversations took place quite a while ago, as in this case.
Republicans are pulling out all the stops to make this a big deal now. According to a statement from the Department of Justice, the original release of the salacious text messages – which were acquired by the media before they were officially released to the media – was unauthorized. At that time, only people on the House Judiciary Committee had access to the information. That means Republicans on the committee probably leaked the text messages to Fox News.
Once again, it’s really not relevant. It’s pretty likely that members of the team hate Trump. The fact is that most people hate Trump. Having supreme distaste for somebody doesn’t stop you from doing your job properly. It’s likely there are bodyguards of Trump’s that hate him, aides, family members, wives, etc. Millions of people across the United States grimace inwardly while getting the job done with a smile. The evidence assembled by Mueller’s team is what matters – not the people on it. Republicans seem to think that if you can’t refute the evidence, you should attack the person presenting it.
‘In a statement Thursday sent to POLITICO in response to the House Democrats’ latest letter, Isgur Flores said DOJ had provided key Judiciary Committee members with the texts in their offices Tuesday night before Justice’s Public Affairs division shared the same messages with the media.
‘“As we understand now, some members of the media had already received copies of the texts before that — but those disclosures were not authorized by the department,” she added.
‘DOJ had been planning to include the text messages as part of the final IG report, Isgur Flores added, but then changed course and opted for the early release after getting congressional committee requests for the material.’
While Republicans continue to argue that personal opinions are a sign of investigative bias, they can’t seem to come up with any time where that bias has changed judgement on a case. There is no evidence withheld, nor evidence fabricated. There is no evidence of anything but professionalism. As POLITICO goes on to report, “Democrats countered that the messages were private exchanges protected under the First Amendment. ‘Peter Strzok did not say anything about Donald Trump that the majority of Americans were not also thinking at the same time,’ Nadler said.”
It just goes to show, yet again, that Republicans will put power and party above the country every single time they are granted an opportunity to do so. The only way to hold Donald Trump accountable for his actions is to give the Senate and House to the Democratic Party in 2018.
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