Federal Bureau of Investigation lovers' newly released texts: Obama 'wants to know everything'

Saul Bowman
February 8, 2018

In a text from August 2016, Page told Strzok that he was "meant to protect the country from that menace", referring to Trump.

An interim report released Wednesday morning by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) via the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee contains the Strzok-Page SMS (text) messages quoted above. The outcome of the race was "disappointing", he said, adding that Loudoun County is "still largely ignorant hillbillys". "Good for her for running, but curious if she's energized or never again".

FBI Director James Comey testified under oath before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, 2016, that Obama's Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, had instructed him to describe the investigation into Clinton as a "matter" instead of a "criminal investigation".

The tranche of communications include a September 2, 2016, exchange in which FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and bureau lawyer Lisa Page discuss talking points on the case that were prepared for then-FBI Director James Comey. How many Americans still believe there is a secret society within the Federal Bureau of Investigation determined to take down President Trump?

The message was one of more 50,000 texts the pair sent over a two-year span between July 2015 and July 2017.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE on Wednesday seized on the report, tweeting "NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!" without any additional context. At that point, the email investigation had been formally closed, and the FBI had separately opened a counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference in the presidential campaign.


In August 2016, for example, Strzok texted, "I'm anxious about what happens if HRC is elected".

In a May 19, 2017 text message, Strzok appeared to express hesitation about joining Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation team because he had a "gut sense" that "there's no big there there".

The officials' assessment of Comey, facing hours of questions about his decision not to seek charges against Clinton for her use of a private email server, was unmistakably flattering.

Congress, Page wrote in one text, is "utterly worthless". "Figure I need to brush up on Watergate".

The texts also show a puzzling gap in the timing between the discovery of emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop and Comey's infamous letter to Congress about the investigation right before the election. Strzok replied, "Omg, I am so depressed".

He was also flummoxed earlier in the investigation by what he said was the "worst news" - that a computer specialist had used wiping software to delete email messages, making it, he said, potentially "much harder" to recover what they needed.

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