Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, in a comprehensive and at-times scathing report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, exposed extraordinary text messages by a top FBI official vowing to "stop" Donald Trump -- while calling then-director James Comey's actions in the case "insubordinate." The long-awaited report was released Thursday afternoon, spanning nearly 600 pages and scrutinizing the actions of numerous figures who played a key role in the Justice Department and FBI's investigation. It is the result of an 18-month investigation, incorporating dozens of witness interviews and hundreds of thousands of documents. But one of the most stunning findings concerns texts between agent Peter Strzok and bureau colleague Lisa Page. According to the report, Page texted Strzok in August 2016 and said: " not ever going to become president, right? Right?!" "No. No he won't. We'll stop it," Strzok responded. Strzok was a lead investigator on the Clinton case and later worked the Russia investigation before being removed from that assignment.
Jason Chaffetz former Chairman of House Oversight and Government Reform committee & Fox News contributor sat down with Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss the IG report.
On reaction to the IG report: First of all, hats off to Michael Horowitz and the Inspector General crew that he assembled. I think it's a very thorough report that he assembled and and he's a very credible person. It didn't leak in advance and that's saying a lot in Washington D.C. With that said, I think it's a terribly sad day for the FBI. I think if you are a supporter of Hilary Clinton's and wanted to see her elected you've got a lot to be very upset about. I think what we're all left with is a doubt that justice will prevail and that people will give a fair and unbiased approach to it and I think that's a deep concern. (00:45)
On Page and Strzok text messages: It's so counter to what we expect of our FBI, our agents. My grandfather was actually a career FBI agent and I just looked up to him with all the admiration and I think most of America does, that the G-Men and women that go out there and put their lives on the line will be fair even if they may disagree or vote a different way, but that's the fundamental problem. (3:17)
On the finding that no political bias affected the investigation: Look I think both sides feel like they were dealt with unfairly because they were dealt with unfairly. I mean that's just the bottom line. there are too many text messages. people in their own words that destroy their own credibility. (6:27)
On if he thinks Hilary Clinton committed a crime: Come on she's the former First Lady. She's a former Senator. She understands that there's a reason why they have the Federal Records Act and that they keep these e-mails. You can't claim that after serving in the Senate as long as she did that she did not know that and by the way the statute does not require you to prove intent. (9:00)