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What about pro-Trump bias in the FBI?

Referring to the Dec. 16 Sunpaper article “Trump: Americans ‘very angry’ at FBI,” the Justice Department has selectively leaked about 375 text messages between a former FBI agent and an FBI lawyer. The texts were exchanged during 2015-2016, before Mr. Trump became president. The agent was later chosen to be part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating Russian interference in the election. When it was discovered this past July that some of the prior messages were critical of Mr. Trump, Mr. Mueller acted appropriately by removing the agent from his investigative team in August.

However, we do not know whether the Justice Department has checked the text messages of all members of the team for bias in favor of Mr. Trump, as a candidate or as president. Since the investigation is supposed to be impartial, any members who had expressed pro-Trump bias should have also been removed from the team.

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Just prior to the 2016 election, there were reports that deep antipathy to Hillary Clinton existed within the FBI. This was probably the motivation for the late October leaks that hindered her campaign. The key question is whether any of the members of the investigative team harbored this resentment, which would indicate a pro-Trump bias. Has the Justice Department looked into this matter? If not, then I wonder why?

Ron Lambert, Timonium

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