Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Tuesday that his office is looking into FBI official Peter Strzok’s text messages and their possible relation to the Russia probe, Fox News reports.
Horowitz said in Testimony before the House Oversight and Judiciary committees that the messages, which were written towards the end of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server, "clearly [show] a biased state of mind."
"I can’t imagine FBI agents even suggesting that they would use their powers to investigate any candidate for office," Horowitz said at one point. "I thought this was completely antithetical to the core values of the department and extremely serious."
When asked by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., if that bias impacted the investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion with President Donald Trump’s campaign, Horowitz said: "That’s a matter we’ve got under review and are looking at right now."
Goodlatte noted that the text messages, described in the report as "hostile," were sent close to when the Russia probe began.
"Correct," Horowitz responded. "In fact, there were these other text messages in roughly the same time period."
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