GOP Sen. Lankford: Anti-Trump Texts Do Not Discredit Entire Mueller Probe


Sen. James Lankford commented on the controversial text messages from FBI agents who were fired by the Mueller probe last year showing a clear anti-Trump bias.

"Obviously, I don't think it taints the entire process," Lankford said about the Mueller probe on CBS's 'Face The Nation' on Sunday. "But it certainly taints that season of it, and it's something you should look at with any political investigation that he was on at the time."

DICKERSON: Let me ask you about the texts that were released this week from investigator -- an investigator on the Mueller team.

What is your opinion about those texts, one of which referred to an insurance policy? There's a lot of debate about that text and what exactly was meant by it. But how serious do you think this is in the context of the larger investigation that you know something about?

SEN. JAMES LANKFORD: I think it's serious anytime you have an investigator within an investigation has an obvious political bias, whichever direction that goes.

It's clear this individual within the Mueller team that was also on the Clinton e-mail investigation team on the FBI, in their leadership, had a strong bias against now President Trump when he was candidate Trump and was very clear about that.

When that was discovered by the Mueller team, they fired him, appropriately so, and took him off of that team. But that is a big consideration. We expect the Justice Department to be blind and be fair to all sides, not have a clear political bias and express it so strongly.

DICKERSON: But given that Mueller took him off the investigation, do you think this taints the larger project he's doing, since you know the scope of that larger project?

LANKFORD: Yes, it's very serious to be able to have someone inside.

What they have got to determine is, was he directing the investigation one way or the other while he was on the investigation? Is that something they can go back and repair and look and see if there's any kind of bias that is in it.

Obviously, I don't think it taints the entire process, but it certainly taints that season of it, and it's something you should look at with any political investigation that he was on at the time.

Again, we want our FBI agents to be neutral and to be nonpolitical, not very actively engaged politically.

"I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office - that there’s no way he gets elected - but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk," FBI agent Peter Strzok texted on Aug. 15, 2016. "It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40."

"Andy's office" is supposedly referring to Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, according to lawmakers who plan to ask the involved parties under oath. McCabe is reportedly scheduled to testify behind closed doors in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

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