Right-Wing Media Explodes Over New FBI Texts, Misrepresents the Facts

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".

Johnson's report argues in its footnotes that the text could well be about the Clinton probe because Justice Department official Stephen E. Boyd had told the committee that the DOJ would redact personal text messages and text messages relating to other investigations.

Because the FBI officially wrapped up its investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state without bringing charges in July 2016, it's not clear to what "everything" Page was referring.

Texts by two key investigators include discussions about an "insurance policy" against the "risk" of a Trump presidency, "unfinished business" and "an investigation leading to impeachment". Clinton and the Democrats later blamed Comey and Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe for her loss, but that abruptly stopped after Comey's firing by President Donald Trump in May 2017.

On top of that, the newly revealed texts show that the Federal Bureau of Investigation didn't learn about the new Clinton emails later found on Anthony Weiner's computer until September 28, 2016 - weeks after Page's message to Strzok. Strzok and Page, who worked for a short period of time on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, have been in the spotlight ever since a slew of anti-Trump messages between them surfaced past year.

Three days after Page sent Strzok the text about then-President Obama wanting to know what they were working on, then-President Obama spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in China about intelligence they'd discovered about Russians meddling in the American election. The piece would end up not being published, but the Obama administration did publicly finger Russian Federation as being behind the election hacking in a joint statement from the Department of Homeland Security and the director of National Intelligence.

The text message about Obama's desire "to know everything we're doing" meant that Obama wanted "to know what they're doing to try to stop Trump", Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Wednesday on Fox News' "Fox & Friends".

Weeks before that, Strzok confided to Page that Justice Department lawyers were concerned by the late discovery of classified marking notations along some paragraphs in State Department emails. We have a strict line and always have maintained it. Johnson says that is referring to the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. "Sending team up tomorrow to review. this will never end", Strzok wrote to Page on September 28, 2016.

In the final text between the two officials, Fox News reported, Page told Strzok: "Please don't ever text me again". "Figure I need to brush up on Watergate".

  • Gwendolyn Kim