FBI officials said Clinton 'has to win'
race to White House: NYT
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[December 13, 2017]
(Reuters) - Senior FBI officials who
helped probe Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign told a colleague
that Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had to win the
race to the White House, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.
Peter Strzok, a senior FBI agent, said Clinton "just has to win" in a
text sent to FBI lawyer Lisa Page, the Times reported.
The messages showed concern from Strzok and Page that a Trump presidency
could politicize the FBI, the report said, citing texts turned over to
Congress and obtained by the newspaper. http://nyti.ms/2AOHylP
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is investigating
the texts in a probe into FBI's handling of its investigation into
Clinton's use of a private email server for official correspondence when
she was Secretary of State under former President Barack Obama, the
Strzok was removed from working on the Russia probe after media reports
earlier this month suggested he had exchanged text messages that
disparaged Trump and supported Clinton.
Strzok was involved in both the Clinton email and Russia investigations.
Republicans, including Trump, have in recent weeks ramped up their
attacks on the FBI and questioned its integrity.
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes part in the
Women for Women International Luncheon in New York City, New York,
U.S., May 2, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Special Counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees are
investigating possible links between Donald Trump's campaign and
Russia. Russia denies meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections.
The FBI, the Democratic National Committee and the White House did
not respond to a request for comment outside regular business hours.
Reuters was unable to contact Peter Strzok and Lisa Page for
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair)
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