Peter Strzok and Lisa Page have disgraced the FBI. That has been the sentiment of many in law enforcement and beyond. Yet after the content of so many text messages became public yesterday, the disgrace is confirmed. They were so bias in their work it could easily be labeled “corruption.” They have brought embarrassment upon themselves and thus tarnished the hard work accomplished by so many.
Normally I would say individuals can only disgrace themselves, not their agency. But the magnitude of Strzok and Page’s actions have reverberating effects attributed to “all” agents, and it isn’t right. Their inability to perform an impartial investigation nullifies anything they’ve accomplished in the past. Sadly, they are/were politically driven and it tainted results. Consequently, Americans are questioning the ability of the FBI to be fair and impartial based upon the actions of a select few at the top.
Strzok and Page were concerned about being too tough on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the bureau’s investigation into her email practices because she might hold it against them as president, text messages released on Thursday indicated.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley released new messages between bureau officials Page and Strzok, who were having an affair and exchanged more than 50,000 texts with each other during the election, reported Fox News.
“One more thing: she might be our next president,” Page texted Strzok on Feb. 25, 2016, in the midst of the presidential campaign, in reference to Clinton.
“The last thing you need [is] going in there loaded for bear,” she continued. “You think she’s going to remember or care that it was more [DOJ] than [FBI]?”
Strzok replied that he “agreed” and he had relayed their discussion with someone named “Bill.”
Strzok not only worked on the Clinton case, but was assigned to the special counsel’s probe into Russia and the Trump campaign after a number of anti-Trump texts were discovered on his phone. Page also briefly worked on the special counsel investigation.
Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said Thursday in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray that the exchange, among others, concerned him.
“The text messages that were provided raise serious concerns about the impartiality of senior leadership running both the Clinton and Trump investigations,” Grassley said.
It raises more than concerns, it displays their partiality, and it favored Hillary Clinton.
During the campaign, the FBI investigated Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Then-FBI Director James Comey decided against recommending prosecution. While he faulted Clinton and her associates for being “extremely careless” with classified information, it is believed by many that her actions were “grossly negligent.”
And it’s far more than semantics. “Grossly negligent” makes it a crime, “extremely careless” allowed her to walk. Reports from the Daily Mail and others indicate Comey’s earlier version of his now infamous overview of the Clinton email investigation contained the words, “grossly negligent,” but were changed.
“It’s clear that [Strzok and Page] did not want her charged,” Rep. Trey Gowdy, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” He added, “They wanted her to be the president of the United States.”
Republicans, arguing some top officials at the FBI are politically biased against Trump, have seized on the texts, including one where Strzok and Page spoke of a “secret society” within the Department of Justice and the FBI and Strzok spoke of an “insurance policy” against a Trump win.
“The fix was in even before they interviewed the target of the investigation,” Gowdy, R-S.C., said.
New texts released by Grassley on Thursday also indicated that FBI officials believed FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should be recused from the Clinton investigation because of his family’s ties to Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who is close with the Clintons.
In an October 28, 2016 text exchange, Page told Strzok that then- FBI Chief of Staff James Rybicki thought McCabe should not have participated in the probe.
“Rybicki just called to check in,” she wrote. “He very clearly 100% believes that Andy should be recused because of the ‘perception.’”
“God,” Strzok replied.
Asked by Page why McCabe should be recused now, if not before, Strzok said: “I assume McAuliffe picked up.”
McCabe eventually recused himself from the Clinton probe one week before the election.
Really? What good did that do?
“If McCabe eventually recused himself one week before the election, why did he not do so sooner?” Grassley asked Wray in the letter.
Grassley also told Wray he was concerned that Page and Strzok were transmitting government records on personal systems inappropriately. In a June 2017 message, Strzok wrote of typing a document on a “home computer.”
The senator said Page and Strzok also referenced other conversations “via iMessage, presumably on their personal Apple devices.”
“It appears that Strzok and Page transmitted federal records pertaining to the Clinton investigation on private, non-government services,” Grassley said. “It is important to determine whether their own similar conduct was a factor in not focusing on and developing evidence of similar violations by Secretary Clinton and her aides.”
The new messages surfaced the same day the Justice Department’s inspector general said he recovered a number of missing text messages between Strzok and Page.
Fox News has learned from U.S. government officials that the inspector general recovered the texts by taking possession of “at least four” phones belonging to Strzok and Page.
So their bias has been exposed. As a result, many wonder how they have maintained employment with the FBI. Moreover, as the lid gets blown off this attack against Donald Trump, both as a candidate and president, will it lead to indictments?
The following messages between Strzok and Page show discussions in context as reported by Fox News. These messages led to Strzok’s removal from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, but were reported prior to yesterday’s bombshell.
Peter Strzok – Martin O’Malley is a freak show.
Lisa Page – Yikes Baby! Yeah, that’s what everyone says.
Strzok – He asked me who I’d vote for, guessed Kasich.
Page – Seriously?! Would you not D?
Strzok – I don’t know. I suppose Hillary.
Page – I would D.
Page – God Trump is loathsome human.
Strzok – Yet he many win.
Strzok – Good for Hillary.
Page – It is.
Strzok – Would he be a worse president than Cruz?
Page –Trump?, yes I think so
Strzok – I’m not sure.
Strzok – Omg he’s an idiot.
Page – He’s awful
Strzok – America will get what the voting public deserves.
Page – That’s what I’m afraid of.
Strzok – God Hillary should win. 100,000,000-0.
Page – I know
Page – Also did you hear him make a comment about the size of his d**k earlier? This man cannot be president.
Strzok – Yes I did. In relation to this size of his hand. All the “Lil Marco” blah blah blah
Strzok – Ok I may vote for Trump.
Page – What? Poor Kasich. He’s the only sensible man up there.
Strzok – He was pretty much calling for death for Snowden. I’m a single-issue voter. 😉 Espionage Machine Party
Strzok – Exacty re Kasich. And he has ZERO appeal
Page – What the f is wrong with people? A Texas Candidate pushes the boundary to the far right.
Strzok – That Texas article is depressing as hell. But answers how we could end up with President trump
Page – Wasn’t it? Seriously, how are people so incredible ignorant?
Strzok – I have no idea, but it depresses me. Same people who drive more when they get extra daylight from daylight savings, I’m guessing.
Page – Don’t listen to npr morning- npr Richard Clarke is an uninformed do*che.
Page – I can not believe Donald Trump is likely to be an actual, serious candidate for president.
Page – So look, you say we text on that phone when we talk about Hillary because it can’t be traced, you were just venting, bc you feel bad that you’re gone so much but that can’t be helped right now.
Strzok – Right. But did you say anything other than work? I did, [redacted].
Strzok – This is clear and utter bias by the media specifically the NY TIMES, WAPO, and CNN who if you look at all of them have large donors for Clinton.
Strzok – The fact citing source they used is owned by a newspaper which publicly endorsed Clinton.
Page – And holy sh-t Cruz just dropped out of the race. It’s going to be a Clinton Trump race. Unbelievable.
Strzok – What?!?!??
Page – You heard that right my friend.
Strzok – I saw trump won, figured it would be a bit
Strzok – Now the pressure really starts to finish MYE….
Page – It sure does. We need to talk about follow up call tomorrow. We still never have.
Strzok – K. Rybicki just sent another version.
Page – Bill just popped his head in, hopefully to talk to him.
Strzok – Hope so. Just left Bill. Talked about the speed, the [redacted] stuff relating to the case, and what I told you about earlier.
Strzok – He changed President to “another senior government official.”
Strzok – They fully deserve to go, and demonstrate the absolute bigoted nonsense of Trump
Strzok – Truly
Strzok – Now we’re talking about Clinton, and how a lot of people are holding their breath, hoping.
Page – Hi. Just leaving my meeting now. How we make law in this country is offensive and irresponsible.
Strzok – I know it is. Its why I LOATHE congress. Can’t wait to hear the story.
Strzok – Holy cow….nyt breaking Apuozzo, Lync [sic] will accept whatever rec and career prosecutors make. No political appointee input.
Strzok – Lynch. Timing not great, but whatever. Wonder if that’s why the coordination language added.
Page – No way. This is a purposeful leak following the airplane snafu.
Strzok – Timing looks like hell. Will appear to be choreographed. All major news networks literally leading with “AG to accept FBI D’s recommendation.”
Page – Yeah, that is awful timing. Nothing we can do about it.
Strzok – What I meant was, did DOJ tell us yesterday they were doing this, so D added that language.
Strzok – Yep. I told Bill the same thing. Delaying just makes it worse.
Page – And yes. I think we had some warning of it. I know they sent some statement to rybicki, bc he called andy.
Page – And yeah, it’s a real profile in couragw [sic], since she knows no charges will be brought.
Page – Thought this was spot on. Hillary Clinton: Survivor https//NYTi.ms/29z0oku
Strzok – And meanwhile, we have Black Lives Matter protestors, right now, chanting “no justice no peace” around DoJ and the White House…
Page – That’s awful.
Page – Have you read this? It’s really frightening. For Whites Sensing Decline, Donald Trump Unleashes Words of Resistance http://NYTI/ms/29WCu5!
Strzok – I have not. But I think it’s clear he’s capturing all the white, poor voters who the mainstream republicans abandoned in all but name in the quest for the almighty $$$
Page – Yeah, it’s not good.
Strzok – Poll Finds Emails Weighing on Hillary Clinton, Now Tied With Donald Trump http://nyti.ms/29RV5gf
Page – It is
Strzok – And are you kidding me? Duck Dynasty now Scot Baio? Ridiculous
Page – Wait, is that who is speaking at the convention?!
Strzok – Yes!!!!!!
Page – Charles in Charge?! That’s the best they can do? Lmfao
Strzok – It’s PATHETIC!
Page – That unbelievable. My god. Thank god it’s on.
Page – Likely to come down shortly so we can bust through more of this sh*t. Just fyi.
Strzok – Oooh, TURN IT ON, TURN IT ON!!! THE DO*CHEBAGS ARE ABOUT TO COME OUT. You can tell by the excitable clapping.
Page – My god, I’m so embarrassed for them. These are like second-run stars. Nothing the B-list to relate to the kids these days.
Page – And wow, Donald Trump is in an enormous do*che.
Strzok – Hi. How was Trump, other than a do*che? Melania? And any luck with home purchases?
Page – Trump barely spoke, but the first thing out of his mouth was “we’re going to win soooo big.” The whole thing is like living in a bad dream.
Strzok – Jesus.
Page – Melania was perfectly fine, except the whole point of the spouse talking is to reveal those personal stories, what a ind human the candidate is. There was none of that.
Strzok – That was her job! What the hell did she talk about? Winning huuuge?
Page – I don’t know. Lots of my husband is great but no description to back it up.
Strzok – Omg. You listening to npr? Apparently Melania’s speech had passages lifted from Michelle Obama’s…Unbelievable
Page – NO WAY!
Page – God, it’s just a two-bit organization. I do so hope his disorganization comes to bite him hard in November.
Strzok – It HAS to, right? Right?!? Panicked
Strzok – And hey. Congrats on a woman nominated for President in a major party! About damn time! Many many more returns of the day!!
Page – That’s cute. Thanks
Page – Yeah, it is pretty cool. She just has to win now. I’m not going to lie, I got a flash of nervousness yesterday about trump. The sandernistas have the potential to make a very big mistake here…
Page – I really really like Joe Biden.
Strzok – Opened on Trump? If Hillary did, you know five field offices would…
Page – Jesus. You should read this. And Trump should go f himself. Moment in Convention Glare Shakes Up Khans American Life http://nyti.ms/2aHulE0
Strzok – God that’s a great article. Thanks for sharing. And F TRUMP.
Page – And maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace. To that end comma, read this:
Page – Trump Enablers Will Finally Have to Take A Stand http://nyti.ms/2aFakry
Strzok – Thanks. It’s absolutely true that we’re both very fortunate. And of course I’ll try and approach it that way. I just know it will be tough at times. I can protect our country at many levels, not sure if that helps
Page – He’s not ever going to become president, right? Right?!
Strzok – OMG did you hear what Trump just said?
Strzok – Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart. I could SMELL the Trump support…
Page – Yep. Out to lunch with (redacted) We both hate everyone and everything.
Page – Just riffing on the hot mess that is our country.
Strzok – Yeah…it’s scary real down here
Page – Man, I should’ve started drinking earlier. I’m genuinely stressed about the debate.
Page – God, she’s an incredibly impressive woman. The Obamas in general, really. While he has certainly made mistakes, I’m proud to have him as my president. Voice Shaking, Michelle Obama Calls Trump Comments on Women Intolerable.
Page – Full on dog whistles too. “We do not want this election stolen from us. Everybody knows what I’m talking about.” The racism is barely even veiled anymore.
Strzok – I am riled up. Trump is a f***ing idiot, is unable to provide a coherent answer.
Strzok – I CAN’T PULL AWAY, WHAT THE F**K HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY (redacted)??!?!
Page – I don’t know. But we’ll get it back. We’re America. We rock.
Strzok – Donald just said “bad hombres”
Strzok – Trump just said what the FBI did is disgraceful.
Page – Article is out but hidden behind paywall so can’t read it.
Strzok –Wsj? Boy, that was fast. No word from [redacted] Should I “find” it and tell the team?
Page – No, I think not. Maybe he didn’t get a chance, or [redacted] decided not to say anything until tomorrow.
Strzok – Not behind pay wall. I need to send
Strzok – The article is not behind a paywall We get several hours of warning about every other email, but not this, arguably more important than most…
Page – Jesus [redacted] Then fine. Send it to everyone you know. Or I can not tell you about it at all and you can just come across it given all the time you spend reading the Journal.
Page – What differ now does it make to send it to the team Sunday night vs monday morning?
Strzok – Or I can get it like I do every other article that hits my Google news alert. Seriously.
Page – Send me the Google alert.
Strzok – Give me a break. Go look at EVERY article I’ve sent the team. Count them. Then count every Godd*mn heads up I get from [redacted] but NOT this one. Them tell me I should sit on THIS one and let them hear from someone else. You’re not being fair about this.
Strzok – This is all Matt / Justice officials warned FBI that Comeys decision to update congress was not consistent with department policy – The Washington Post https://washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/justice-officials-warned-fbi-that-comeys-decision-to-update-congress-was-not-consistent-with-department-policy
Page – Yeah. I saw it. Makes me feel WAY less bad about throwing him under the bus in the forthcoming CF article
Strzok – Yep the whole tone is anti Bu. Just a tiny bit from is. And serves him right. He’s gonna be pissed…
Page – Sorry. Rybicki called. Time line article in the post is super specific and not good. Doesn’t make sense because I didn’t have specific information to give.