Washington, D.C. — Despite claims of maintaining a hands-off policy regarding pending investigations, newly revealed text messages between alleged lovers— FBI agent Peter Strzok (of “insurance policy” text infamy) and FBI attorney Lisa Page— contain a message from Page denoting the preparation of talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to brief President Barack Obama.
The newly released text from Page specifically notes that “potus wants to know everything we’re doing,” and comes on the heels of newly released Senate report that raises questions about Obama’s involvement in the Clinton email investigation.
This message from Page, if accurate, seemingly obscures a public statement made by then-President Obama, who on April 10, 2016, said:
“I do not talk to the Attorney General about pending investigations. I do not talk to the FBI directors about pending investigations.”
But wait#Obama said he was totally hands off
Hmmmm, oh screw it
— Jim Hanson (@JimHansonDC) February 7, 2018
An interim report titled “The Clinton Email Scandal and the FBI’s Investigation of It” from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee stated:
“Although sometimes cryptic and disjointed due to their nature, these text messages raise several questions about the FBI and its investigation of classified information on Secretary Clinton’s private email server. Strzok and Page discussed serving to ‘protect the country from the menace’ of Trump ‘enablers,’ and the possibility of an ‘insurance policy’ against the ‘risk’ of a Trump presidency.
The two discussed then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch knowing that Secretary Clinton would not face charges—before the FBI had interviewed Secretary Clinton and before her announcement that she would accept Director Comey’s prosecution decision.
They wrote about drafting talking points for then-Director Comey because President Obama ‘wants to know everything we’re doing.’
Strzok and Page also exchanged views about the investigation on possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign—calling it ‘unfinished business’ and ‘an investigation leading to impeachment,’ drawing parallels to Watergate, and expressing Strzok’s ‘gut sense and concern there’s no big there there.’
The text messages raise several important questions that deserve further examination:
• Whether, and the extent to which, any personal animus and/or political bias influenced the FBI’s investigation;
• Whether, and the extent to which, the Obama Department of Justice or White House influenced the FBI’s investigation; and
• Whether, and the extent to which, any personal animus and/or political bias influenced the FBI’s actions with respect to President Trump.”
The newly released texts call into question the timeline of events surrounding the discovery of “hundreds of thousands” of emails on the computer of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop. Weiner is the husband Hillary Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, who was vice-chair of Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Of specific note, on Sept. 28, 2016, Strzok texted 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.”
A month later, Comey told Congress that it was reopening the Clinton email investigation “due to recent developments.”
“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…” Comey told members of Congress on Oct. 28, 2016.
The aforementioned text raises questions about when Comey became aware that emails relevant to the Clinton email investigation had been found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, according to the Senate memo.
Wednesday, during an appearance on “Fox and Friends,” Rep. Louis Gohmert questioned the recently released text message implying Obama’s involvement in the Clinton email investigation, and noted the need for an investigation to determine Obama’s involvement.
“It is extraordinary. Clearly the FBI [and Justice Department] covered for Hillary Clinton,” Gohmert told Fox.
Gohmert said that he believes transcripts of the FISA application, used to attain a warrant to surveille Trump advisor Carter Page, should be released, noting that the FISA court was presented “lies” in the FBI’s warrant application, as alleged in the House Intelligence Committee memo.
“Either the judge was duped with false information into signing a warrant or the judge is so worthless and was part of all this and didn’t care if he didn’t have the facts,” said Gohmert.
“If a fraud is presented to the court, you don’t have to have a hearing, you can just order them in contempt for six months in jail. These people should be in jail for what they did.”