For Republicans, the continuing release of the text messages of star-crossed lovers FBI Agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page are the gift that keeps on giving.
A recently revealed text message includes communications about drafting notes for former FBI Director James Comey to present to then-President Obama. The text message in question, one of thousands analyzed by Fox News, was sent from Page to Strzok on September 2, 2016. In it, Page wrote to her lover about preparing Comey since “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.”
A recently revealed Senate report hints the text message raises serious questions concerning Obama’s personal involvement in the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server. Obama has largely denied knowing any information pertaining to or being involved in the Clinton investigation. But, the previous president did rebuke Comey for reopening the probe while he was stumping for Clinton’s campaign at an event on November 2, 2016. Comey announced to Congress he was reviving the Clinton investigation on October 28, 2016. After Clinton lost the election, many Democrats vehemently blamed Comey for the result.
At the campaign rally, Obama criticized Comey’s decision to address Congress about updates concerning the Clinton affair. During an interview with NowThis News, Obama said, “We don’t operate on incomplete information” and “We don’t operate on leaks. We operate based on concrete decisions that are made.” At the time, the former president also praised Clinton. He stated, “I know her. And I wouldn’t be supporting her if I didn’t have absolute confidence in her integrity.”
Strzok and Page both worked for Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the probe into possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. Strzok was removed from the Russia investigation in August of 2017. While Page left the probe in July of last year, her exit wasn’t reported until the end of September. The recently released communications between the lovers also reveal additional information concerning the timing of the discovery of “hundreds of thousands” of emails on former disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner’s personal computer. The finding of these emails resulted in Comey sending his letter to Congress announcing plans to reopen the Clinton investigation.
In a text message written on September 28, 2016, Strzok told Page, “Got called up to Andy’s [McCabe] earlier.. hundreds of thousands of emails turned over by Weiner’s atty to sdny [Southern District of New York], includes a ton of material from spouse [Huma Abedin]. Sending team up tomorrow to review… this will never end.”
In his October 28, 2016 letter to Congress, Comey said, “in connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday..” If Clinton’s emails on Weiner’s computer were found at the end of September, why did Comey’s investigative team wait at least an entire month to notify him about them?
Other text messages released show more of Strzok’s and Page’s utter contempt for Trump. On the day of the 2016 presidential election, Strzok revealed his fear to his lover. She responded, “Omg, I am so depressed.” In a November 13, 2016 communication, Page told Strzok, “I bought all the president’s men. Figure I need to brush up on watergate.” On November 14, 2016, Page continued her tirade when she texted Strzok, “God, being here makes me angry. Lots of high fallutin’ national security talk. Meanwhile we have OUR task ahead of us.”
The FBI lawyer’s meaning of this text message is unknown. However, according to the Senate report, due to Strzok’s August 15, 2016 text to Page about an “insurance policy,” additional investigating is warranted to discover what actions the two lovers might have taken. TheBlaze reported that “The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is slowly making the text messages public as the FBI releases them as part of a congressional investigation.”
~ Conservative Zone