STRZOK AND PAGE: ‘God he is so good…’
(Ana Michaels, Liberty Headlines) In a press release this morning, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), released a report that raises troubling questions about how the FBI conducted their investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.
Specifically, the report outlines serious problems with the agency’s application of the “rule of law.”
The report questions to what extent any “personal animus and/or political bias influenced the FBI’s investigation” and the extent to which the “Obama Department of Justice or White House influenced the FBI’s investigation.”
The report also calls into question the degree to which any “personal animus and/or political bias influenced the FBI’s actions with respect to President Trump.”
Major findings from the report include:
- The FBI did not use a grand jury to compel testimony and obtain the vast majority of evidence, choosing instead to offer immunity deals and allow fact witnesses to join key interviews.
- There were substantial edits to former FBI Director James Comey’s public statement that served to downplay the severity of Secretary Clinton’s actions, and that the first draft of the memo was distributed for editing two months before key witnesses were interviewed.
- Director Comey stated that he had not consulted with the Justice Department or White House, when text messages among FBI agents involved in the investigation suggest otherwise. Two key investigators discuss an “insurance policy” against the “risk” of a Trump presidency, and “OUR task.”
- Messages discuss “unfinished business,” “an investigation leading to impeachment,” and “my gut sense and concern there’s no big there there.” The messages strongly underscore the need to obtain still-missing text messages and other information regarding the FBI’s actions and investigations into the Clinton email scandal and Russian involvement in the November 2016 election.
- Senior FBI officials—likely including Deputy Director Andrew McCabe— knew about newly discovered emails on a laptop belonging to former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner for almost a month before Director Comey notified Congress.
Other bombshells in the text messages between disgraced FBI employee Peter Strzok and his lover, FBI attorney Lisa Page, included a text dated September 2, 2016 which reads “POTUS wants to know everything we are doing.”
This information contradicts statements made by former President Obama in April of 2016, in an interview on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace.
In that interview, former President Obama “guaranteed” he did not get personally involved in FBI investigations.
Excerpt of the interview via Grabien News:
OBAMA: “I can guarantee. I can guarantee that not because I give Attorney General [Loretta] Lynch a directive, that is institutionally how we have always operated. I do not talk to the Attorney General about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line and always have maintained it. I guarantee it. I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department or the FBI, not just in this case but in any case. Period. Nobody gets treated differently when it comes to the Justice Department because nobody is above the law.”
WALLACE: “Even if she ends up as the Democratic nominee?”
OBAMA: “How many times do I have to say it, Chris? Guaranteed.”
Another area of the report released by Johnson includes a text from Lisa Page indicating that then-Attorney General Lynch knew in advance no charges would be brought against Clinton:
On July 1, 2016, following Attorney General Lynch’s announcement that she would follow the FBI’s recommendation in the Clinton investigation, Page wrote, “It’s a real profile in couragw [sic], since she knows no charges will be brought” against Secretary Clinton. Director Comey held the exoneration announcement press conference on July 5, 2016.
The same section of the report continues, raising the question of whether or not former FBI Director James Comey may have lied to Congress:
Appearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on July 7, 2016, Director Comey testified that he “did not coordinate [his statement] with anyone. The White House, the Department of Justice, nobody outside the FBI family had any idea what I was about to say.” These statements seem to be at odds. The statements by both Comey and Lynch were carefully crafted for public consumption. Page’s text message, in contrast, was never intended to see the light of day, was therefore more candid, and may have greater credibility. Because Director Comey’s July 7 statement was given under oath, this discrepancy requires further investigation.
Included in the report are additional details from text messages between Strzok and Page that suggest the FBI knew of additional emails discovered on the laptop of former Congressman Anthony Weiner and that the agency stalled both on investigating the emails and on telling Congress about them until just days before the 2016 election.
Additionally, texts between Strzok and Page discussing how to get around FBI retention of records policies by getting her an iPhone that the agency was looking to removing “security/monitoring” requirements.
On July 20, 2017, DOJ Office of Inspector General (OIG) obtained the initial batch of text messages. Special Counsel Mueller was informed by the OIG about the inappropriate anti-Trump text messages by Peter Strzok, who was swiftly booted from Mueller’s team on July 27, 2017.
According to the report, Congress was not informed of these text messages until over four months later.
This conversation about records evasion raises very serious questions about the FBI’s investigation and the retention of records associated with it.
Strzok’s and Page’s texts also show the pair believed Comey to be a “brilliant” speaker while calling Congress “utterly worthless.”
“God he is SO good,” wrote Strzok.
“I know. Brilliant public speaker. And brilliant distillation of fact,” Page texted back.
Texts exchanged between the pair took place during and after Comey’s testimony to Congress in defense of his decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton in the email server case.
Strzok is known to have altered the language of Comey’s announcement not to seek charges against Clinton, revising her behavior originally stated as “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless.”
The press release included a link to download Chairman Johnson’s various letters to agencies and other source documents.