One of the texts that has been uncovered in the 10k mother load of texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page is big one that suggests Strzok had an ‘insurance policy’ to prevent Trump from winning the election:
Text-from Peter Strzok to Lisa Page (Andy is Andrew McCabe): "I want to believe the path u threw out 4 consideration in Andy's office-that there's no way he gets elected-but I'm afraid we can't take that risk.It's like an insurance policy in unlikely event u die be4 you're 40"
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) December 13, 2017
The obvious question is whether or not this ‘insurance policy’ was in fact the anti-Trump dossier.
Whatever the case, Andrew McCarthy says this is clearly not just political banter:
Obviously, this is not political banter. Clearly indicates professional duties infected by political viewpoints, which is disqualifying. I was going on the published accounts I'd seen, which didn't include this one. Should follow my own advice to wait til all facts in. https://t.co/fXk7GPnk5U
— Andrew C. McCarthy (@AndrewCMcCarthy) December 13, 2017
He’s right. We’re not just talking about having a political affiliation, but acting on it as well which makes it ‘bias’, as Kimberly Strassel points out:
Press is focusing (deliberately) on Strzok texts expressing hostility to Trump, and noting it is OK for agents to have political opinions. Press needs to to focus on the messages suggesting he'd act on that hostility ("insurance policy")--which is not OK.— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) December 13, 2017
Rosenstein explains difference between agents having "opinions" (OK) and "bias" (not OK). Mueller's decision to fire Strzok therefore indicates Mueller saw bias. Bias from a lead agent on both Clinton/Trump probes.— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) December 13, 2017
To paraphrase a TRS commenter, the question isn’t why Strzok was fired, but why he was hired by Mueller to begin with? I’m not saying that everyone in the FBI knew of Strzok’s political affiliations and biases, but I suspect that quite a few knew and I wonder if this was ever a consideration when Mueller hired him.