by Daveda Gruber:
Text messages released on Thursday told a story. FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were concerned about being too tough on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the bureau’s investigation into her email practices. She might hold it against them as president was projected from them.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley released new messages between bureau officials Page and Strzok, who were having an affair and had exchanged over 50,000 texts while we went through the election.
Page texted Strzok on Feb. 25, 2016, in the middle of the presidential campaign, while referring to Clinton, “One more thing: she might be our next president. The last thing you need going in there loaded for bear. You think she’s going to remember or care that it was more [DOJ] than [FBI]?”
Strzok replied that he “agreed” and he had relayed their discussion with someone named “Bill.”
Page briefly worked on the special counsel investigation.
Strzok worked on the Clinton case and was assigned to the special counsel’s probe into Russia and the Trump campaign. This was after a number of anti-Trump texts were discovered on his phone.
The FBI investigated Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state during the campaign, as we all know.
Then-FBI Director James Comey decided against recommending prosecution against Hillary Clinton. He did fault and her associates for being “extremely careless” with classified information.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said while on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “It’s clear that [Strzok and Page] did not want her charged. They wanted her to be the president of the United States.”
Some top officials at the FBI are politically biased against Trump, Republicans have argued. Strzok and Page spoke of a “secret society” within the Department of Justice and the FBI and Strzok spoke of an “insurance policy” against a Trump win.
Gowdy, R-S.C., said, “The fix was in even before they interviewed the target of the investigation.”
New texts were released by Grassley on Thursday.
Page told Strzok that then FBI Chief of Staff thought McCabe should not have participated in the probe.
She wrote, “Rybicki just called to check in. He very clearly 100% believes that Andy should be recused because of the ‘perception.”
Strzok replied with “God.”
When asked by Page why Mcabe should be recused he replied, “I assume McAuliffe picked up.”
McCabe eventually did recuse himself from the Clinton probe one week before the election.
Grassley asked Wray in the letter, “If McCabe eventually recused himself one week before the election, why did he not do so sooner?”
Grassley also told Wray he was concerned that Page and Strzok were transmitting government records on personal systems inappropriately.
In a June 2017 message, Strzok wrote of typing a document on a “home computer.”
Grassley said Page and Strzok also referenced other conversations “via iMessage, presumably on their personal Apple devices.”
Grassley said, “It appears that Strzok and Page transmitted federal records pertaining to the Clinton investigation on private, non-government services. It is important to determine whether their own similar conduct was a factor in not focusing on and developing evidence of similar violations by Secretary Clinton and her aides.”
The Justice Department’s inspector general said he recovered a number of missing text messages between Strzok and Page and then the new messages surfaced the same day.
Wow, this is just the beginning. I can only imagine what is yet to come.