Trump extols 'bombshell' Federal Bureau of Investigation texts on Hillary email probe

Howard TerryFeb 08, 2018

The Associated Press reports the new texts were among 50,000 sent between Page and Strzok, along with messages criticizing Trump during the campaign as an "idiot".

"POTUS wants to know everything we're doing" a text between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page read in September 2016 as former FBI Director James Comey prepared a briefing on the email investigation case.

Despite the ambiguity over the context of the text, President Donald Trump seized on the news Wednesday, tweeting that the "NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!"

Conservatives - including the president- quickly pounced on the texts. The document dump does not include five months of messages that Strzok and Page exchanged between December 13, 2016 and May 17, 2017, a crucial time period in the Russian Federation investigation.

The pair had worked on special counsel Robert Mueller's team that is investigating whether the Trump administration was involved with Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

The problem: We already know none of that is true.

Page sent this message on September 2, 2016, announcing to her lover that she had a meeting to discuss "TPs for D" - talking points for the director, i.e. James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - because of Obama's interest.

That revelation threw the presidential election into chaos. We have a strict line and always have maintained it.

In one August 15, 2016 exchange, Strzok wrote of a meeting that had occurred earlier that day in then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's office.

What exactly Obama wanted to know about the investigation - if anything - is unclear.

The answer lies perhaps in the timing of the Fox News piece, which comes just days after a Republican effort to make look Trump look good failed - and days before Trump could squash a Democratic effort that could make him look bad. For example, on April 10, 2016-after Strzok expressed his frustration about being "left out of the loop"-he wrote to Page: 'Gmailed you two drafts of what I'm thinking of sending Bill, would appreciate your thoughts".

But it wasn't until a month later that Comey informed Congress he was reopening the investigation into Clinton's emails. The memo was a piece of partisan spin, and not a particularly compelling one at that. The warrant to spy on members of the Trump campaign was approved in October.

A source close to the FBI agent confirmed to The Daily Caller last month that Strzok indeed believed that he had not seen any strong evidence of collusion up to that point in the investigation.

The next day, November 14, 2016, Page wrote, "God, being here makes me angry". The misleading messaging was delivered to millions of people through Fox News' airwaves and through other pro-Trump media, which went into overdrive.

Millions will go for the latter because while Page was anxious that she and Lover Boy Strzok and their thousands of texts would be discovered, they had outed Obama in a saga that went all the way from "Potus wants to know" to "Inquiring Minds DEMAND to know".

Strzok and Page's also provide some insights into their handling of the Clinton and Trump investigations.

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