Federal Bureau of Investigation texts referred to briefing Obama on Russian interference, not Clinton probe
- Author: Stacy Houston Feb 08, 2018,
Feb 08, 2018, 12:19
Texts exchanged between Strzok and Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page have been a source of controversy since the Justice Department released messages in which the two officials disparaged President Donald Trump.
Johnson's committee took particular aim at one September 2, 2016, exchange in which Page - on the day the FBI released documents about the then-closed Clinton email investigation - told Strzok that President Barack Obama "wants to know everything we are doing".
However, it's unclear whether Obama's purported interest was in the FBI's investigation of Clinton - or in the Trump campaign.
"I can guarantee that not because I give Attorney General [Loretta] Lynch a directive, that is institutionally how we have always operated", the former president claimed.
"The Unmaking of the President 2016: How FBI Director James Comey Cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency". The messages reveal feelings that Rep. Jordan thinks must have affected the agent's judgment as he investigated first Hillary Clinton's email scandal and later the supposed connections said to exist between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russian officials. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, is disputed by a source familiar with one of the FBI official's thinking who said that those texts referred to Obama's broader interests in issues of potential Russian interference in the election, not the Clinton investigation.
There's no question both Strzok and Page were stridently opposed to Trump's candidacy and the prospect of a Trump administration, using words like "idiot", "loathsome", "menace" and "disaster" to describe him.
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"Potus wants to know everything we're doing", she said, according to Fox, using shorthand for then-President Barack Obama.
In addition, the report adds, their messages raise the question of whether "any personal animus and/or political bias influenced the FBI's actions with respect to President Trump". We have a strict line, and always have maintained it, previous president. Strzok replied, "Omg, I am so depressed".
The Washington Times picked up the story, running with the headline: "Newly released texts raise questions about Obama's role in Clinton probe".
Got called up to [then-FBI Deputy Director] Andy [McCabe]'s earlier. hundreds of thousands of emails turned over by Weiner's atty to sdny, includes a ton of material from spouse.
The Justice Department produced a "first tranche" of the Strzok-Page text messages on December 12 and January 19 in response to a written request from Sen. "Figure I need to brush up on Watergate".
Comey announced in July 2016 that he had cleared Clinton of criminal wrongdoing in the email probe, saying that 'we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues meant to violate laws governing the handling of classified information'.