FBI Debated in 2016 How Aggressively to Probe Trump Campaign

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Recently released transcripts of former DOJ attorney Lisa Page's congressional testimony is shedding stunning new light on the depth and scope of widespread anti-Trump bias and abuse at the department during and after the 2016 presidential election.

"But they were the personal communications, not the work ones", added Strzok, who acknowledged having an extramarital affair with Page.

Page, who came to prominence over anti-Trump texts she exchanged with former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok while both were assigned to the Clinton and Trump investigations, stressed that senior bureau officials were also expressing anti-Clinton animus - but that neither affected how agents working those cases carried out their jobs.

In the past week, Collins has released transcripts of similar interviews with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom Strzok exchanged anti-Trump text messages during the 2016 election and investigations into his campaign.

President Trump called out Justice Department over its possible mishandling of the email investigation in a tweet Wednesday.

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Earlier this month, Rep. Douglas A. Collins (R-Ga.), the House Judiciary Committee's ranking Republican, also released the transcript of an August interview with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, who had contact with the author of a controversial dossier - partially funded by Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee - alleging that Trump had personal and financial ties in Russian Federation. Page has since left the bureau. Collins said on the House floor Thursday that he meant to release additional transcripts from that GOP-led probe in the weeks ahead, in the name of transparency.

In it, he wrote: "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". The Department of Justice under President Trump has reportedly launched an investigation into whether the foundation acted as a "pay-to-play" scheme. Page admitted to the committee that the menace she was referring to was Donald Trump.

"And he is saying, no, we have to, you know, do what we have to do in order to get to the bottom of this because it is like an insurance policy".

Strzok also said Comey initially concluded Clinton had shown "gross negligence" in how she handled classified information - a finding that could lead to charges - but dialed that back to "extreme carelessness" by the time he finished his memo.

But Page explained those FBI officials were not directly involved in any decision-making about the Clinton investigation and it had no effect on the overall investigation result.

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