The FBI is “Trumpland” and a deep resentment of “the antichrist” Hillary Clinton within the agency is spurring a series of leaks aimed at hurting her campaign, the Guardian reported Friday, quoting multiple FBI sources.
“The FBI is Trumpland,” one current agent told the Guardian, adding that Clinton is “the antichrist personified to a large swath of FBI personnel,” and that “the reason why they’re leaking is they’re pro-Trump.”
The report was based on what the British paper said were interviews with several current and former FBI officials, none of whom were willing, or cleared, to speak on the record, the Guardian said.
They described the atmosphere inside the bureau as “chaotic” and said that there was widespread “outrage” over director James Comey’s decision not to recommend an indictment over Clinton’s maintenance of a private email server on which classified information transited, the Guardian said.
However, it also noted, not all assessments of the mood in the FBI were so stark or so pro-Donald Trump.
“There are lots of people who don’t think Trump is qualified, but also believe Clinton is corrupt. What you hear a lot is that it’s a bad choice, between an incompetent and a corrupt politician,” a former FBI official told the paper.
The stance of the FBI and its director, Comey, has become a major campaign issue after Comey, on October 27, informed Congress that his team was looking into further Clinton emails.
The emails were found on a device that belonged to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of close Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Weiner’s actions are being looked into over a sexting scandal unrelated to the Clinton campaign.
The timing of Comey’s letter, just 11 days before Election Day, drew criticism from Democrats and some Republicans, who cast it as unprecedented and potentially tipping the scales in the presidential race in favor of Republican Donald Trump.
Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state has dogged her campaign since early last year. In July, Comey recommended against criminal prosecution after a months-long investigation, but rebuked Clinton and her aides for being careless with classified material.
The FBI did not officially comment on the Guardian report.