Last month, text messages surfaced between former FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, lovers who worked on both the Clinton email investigation and Robert Mueller’s Trump investigation. Those texts, sent in 2015 and 2016, showed the two to be anti-Trump, and pro-Clinton.
Flash forward to now. On Friday evening, a new cache of 384 pages of text messages was delivered to Capitol Hill. This batch included additional texts sent in 2016, as well as texts sent after May 17, 2017.
1.) Two noteworthy messages came on May 19, 2017, just two days after Mueller was appointed special counsel. The anti-Trump Peter Strzok seemingly suggests a possible motive of the Trump/Russia probe was “an investigation leading to impeachment,” but that he was hesitant to participate because of his “gut sense and concern there’s no big there there.”
FBI texts that stand out: Peter Strzok says he has "a sense of unfinished business" that was "unleashed" by the Clinton email case. "Now I need to fix it" Strzok says. Later, he calls the Russia probe "an investigation leading to impeachment" BEFORE he has joined the Mueller team pic.twitter.com/3aFifIoQ73— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) January 23, 2018
Strzok also appears to say he doesn't personally believe the FBI will find anything related to collusion. Says "I hesitate" to take the spot on Mueller's team "in part because of my gut sense and concern there's no big there there." pic.twitter.com/uH3VaAS1BW— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) January 23, 2018
2.) Other noteworthy text messages released Friday further demonstrate the agents’ pro-Clinton, anti-Trump bias.
- Immediately after Ted Cruz dropped out of the 2016 presidential race, Strzok texted Page that the “pressure really starts to finish MYE…” MYE, or Mid Year Exam, was the FBI’s code name for the Clinton email investigation.
- On June 30, 2016, FBI personnel circulated a draft of former Director Comey’s July 5 statement exonerating Hillary Clinton. It included that Clinton emailed President Obama from her private server while overseas – in the “territory of sophisticated adversaries.” This text shows that FBI officials edited the draft to say “another senior government official” instead of “the President,” seemingly downplaying the significance. (The final version of Comey’s July 5 statement omitted both references altogether.)
- This exchange suggests then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch knew – prior to her July 1 announcement that she’d accept the FBI’s recommendations in the Clinton email investigation – that former Director Comey would not be recommending criminal charges. Page sarcastically joked that Lynch’s July 1 announcement was a “real profile in couragw [sic], since she knows no charges will be brought.”
3.) Inexplicably, the FBI failed to preserve text messages between Strzok and Page between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017. This gap is significant because the texts would shed light on the first several months of the FBI’s Russia investigation leading up to the day Mueller was appointed special counsel. Former national security adviser Susan Rice’s decision to “unmask” Trump transition officials also occurred during this time period.
From: Michael Ahrens - Communications/Research
Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 3:24 PM
To: Michael Ahrens - Communications/Research
Subject: texts from last night
For several months we’ve been told that the special counsel’s office is conducting an unbiased, independent investigation into the 2016 election. But newly-revealed text messages from at least two members of Robert Mueller’s team, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, raise questions about the impartiality of the investigation.
Here’s just a sampling of the lovers’ typo-ridden anti-Trump texts:
During the Republican National Convention…
“…you’re meant to protect the country from that menace” ---
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