President Donald Trump is weighing in via Twitter regarding newly surfaced text messages between former FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that refer to government employees “leaking like mad” in the days leading up to the Russian collusion probe. Referring to them as both a “disaster and embarrassment” to the Department of Justice, President Trump managed to convey his utter contempt for the conduct of the FBI agents involved.
Fox News originally reported on Wednesday of the newest batch of text messages discovered, adding them to the growing pile of evidence that proves President Trump’s claims that certain elements within the government were actively seeking to undermine or even oust him when Special Counsel Robert Mueller launched his probe into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The President tweeted – “More text messages between former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are a disaster and embarrassment to the FBI & DOJ. This should never have happened but we are learning more and more by the hour. “Others were leaking like mad” in order to get the President!”
More text messages between former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are a disaster and embarrassment to the FBI & DOJ. This should never have happened but we are learning more and more by the hour. “Others were leaking like mad” in order to get the President! ……..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018
This newest batch of text messages is dated December 15, 2016, and part of a lengthy exchange between the couple potentially revealing a possible deliberate operation to leak for “political purposes”
Fox News reports on the text exchange –
“Oh, remind me to tell you tomorrow about the times doing a story about the rnc hacks,” Page texted Strzok.
“And more than they already did? I told you Quinn told me they pulling out all the stops on some story…” Strzok replied.
A source told Fox News “Quinn” could be referring to Richard Quinn, who served as the chief of the Media and Investigative Publicity Section in the Office of Public Affairs at the FBI. Quinn could not be reached for comment.
Strzok again replied: “Think our sisters have begun leaking like mad. Scorned and worried, and political, they’re kicking into overdrive.”
In one passage, Strzok apparently misread a reference to “rnc” as “mc,” and then, realizing his error, blamed his “old man eyes.”
It is unclear at this point whom Strzok was referring to when he used the term “sisters,” though some in the intelligence community have speculated it could be in reference to another government agency.”
There are currently 17 in the Intelligence Community which includes the CIA, the FBI, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the National Security Agency.
President Trump’s text referencing the “leaking like mad” FBI agents came directly on the heels of multiple mainstream news media outlets reporting they were still convinced that somehow despite all evidence to the contrary that Russian President Vladimir Putin was somehow personally involved, Putin himself specifically approved Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Just a few days prior, The New York Times published an article entitled “Russian Hackers Acted to Aid Trump in Election, U.S. Says,” citing “senior administration officials.”
And in another story published by The New York Times, this one on Jan. 10, 2017, it suggests Russian hackers “gained limited access” to the Republican National Committee. Interestingly enough, on that very same day, BuzzFeed News published the infamous anti-Trump dossier.
Fox News continues –
Following the text about “sisters leaking,” Strzok wrote to Page:
“And we need to talk more about putting C reporting in our submission. They’re going to declassify all of it…”
Page replied: “I know. But they’re going to declassify their stuff, how do we withhold…”
“We will get extraordinary questions. What we did what we’re doing. Just want to ensure everyone is good with it and has thought thru all implications,” Strzok wrote. “CD should bring it up with the DD.”
A source told Fox News that “C” is likely in reference to classified information, whereas “CD” is Cyber Division, and DD could refer to former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March for making an unauthorized disclosure to the news media, and “lacked candor” under oath on multiple occasions.
It is unclear what “submission” Strzok and Page were referring to.
A source told Fox News that the messages were part of a newly released batch of Strzok-Page communications from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, uncovered as part of his investigation into the start of the FBI’s Russia investigation.”
The entire country now knows the names of Strzok and Page after their affair made headlines last December after IG Horowitz discovered a series of anti-Trump text messages between the two former FBI agents.
Strzok and Page were both a part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating potential Russian meddling and collusions with Trump campaign associates in the 2016 presidential election. Page served on the special counsel’s team on a short detail, prior to her return to the FBI’s Office of General Counsel in July 2017.
The discovery of these anti-Trump text messages was the impetus that ultimately got Strzok removed from Mueller’s team. He was then reassigned to the FBI’s office of human resources before ultimately being fired in August 2018 after testifying before Congress just weeks prior to answer for his conduct. Page also testified before Congress in a closed-door hearing.
In June 2018, IG Horowitz confirmed he is currently investigating whether Strzok’s anti-Trump bias factored into the launch of the bureau’s Russia investigation. This is in addition to the recent release of a 600-page report from the IG’s office on the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while conducting official business as secretary of state.