Federal Bureau of Investigation official texted 'POTUS wants to know everything we're doing'

Aaron Brown
February 8, 2018

The latest text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page show one exchange that references former President Obama in relation to the Clinton email investigation.

For his part, President Trump responded on Twitter to the newly released texts, describing them as "bombshells".

The relevant text, from Page to Strzok, revealed that "potus wants to know everything we're doing".

It suggests that a text from FBI lawyer Lisa Page raised questions about the "type and extent of President Obama's personal involvement in the Hillary Clinton email controversy and the FBI investigation of it".

But on April 10, 2016, then-President Barack Obama gave a very different answer to questions of bias within the Justice Department. As Judd Legum at Think Progress noted on Wednesday, Comey closed the Clinton email investigation on July 5, 2016 - almost two months before Page's supposedly explosive text. "It keeps unfolding and unfolding, and it gets dirtier and dirtier", Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy said on "Happening Now" on Wednesday.

Other text messages in the Senate report, some of which have been previously released, show Strzok and Page expressing strongly negative opinions about Donald Trump and the prospect he'd become president. In some of those messages, Strzok and Page spoke ill of Trump, even calling him an "idiot" at one point.

Both Page and Strzok briefly worked on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, though Page's detail on the team ended before the messages were discovered.

So the Page text story is a flawless distraction.

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"The last text is from Page to Strzok, comes on June 23, 2017 when she wrote, "Please don't ever text me again".

Over the course of their two-year extramarital affair, Strzok and Page exchanged some 50,000 text messages.

Indeed, the text message was sent on September 2, 2016, months after the bureau had closed its investigation into Clinton, and before it reopened that investigation. The misleading messaging was delivered to millions of people through Fox News' airwaves and through other pro-Trump media, which went into overdrive.

"OMG I am so depressed", Strzok wrote to Page the day after Trump's election victory.

Also included is what the report says is evidence of substantial edits to former FBI Director James Comey's public statement "that served to downplay the severity of Secretary Clinton's actions" - and new text messages between two FBI employees that disproved Comey's claim that he hadn't consulted with the Justice Department or White House.

Later that month, on November 13, 2016 Page wrote, "I bought all the president's men".

A person familiar with Strzok's thinking reiterated this account, telling CNN that the text referred to Obama's broader interests in issues of potential Russian interference in the election more generally.

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