Page-Strzok text: 'POTUS wants to know everything we're doing'

Wendy Jensen
February 8, 2018

Though numerous messages already had been made public, President Donald Trump quickly seized on their release, writing on Twitter, "NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!".

Sen. Johnson's report noted that the September 28, 2016 text message raises questions about when FBI officials first knew of emails on Weiner's laptop that were relevant to the Hillary Clinton investigation.

The actual message in question was sent from Strzok to Page on September 2, 2016, wherein he explains he is drafting talking points for D - presumably then-FBI Director James Comey - because "POTUS wants to know everything we're doing", meaning then-President Barack Obama.

During a White House news conference on December 16, 2016, Obama discussed the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Director James Comey, saying, "It is always a challenge for law enforcement when there's an intersection between the work they are doing and the political system".

I was probably too easy on Comey at the time of the Clinton emails investigation, but the core of my argument remains valid: Comey was put in a ridiculous position.

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Johnson released the text messages in a 25-page report that outlines how, in their view, Obama kept tabs on the investigation into Clinton's email, an issue that hung over much of the 2016 election.

The text message from the agent also serves as a reminder that wasn't above declaring Mrs. Clinton free of wrongdoing while the probe was still going on.

After that investigation ended in July 2016, Strzok was tapped to lead the bureau's investigation into Russian interference in the presidential campaign.

In previously released text messages, Strzok and Page referred to Trump as an "idiot" and a "loathsome human".

"Yes, bc potus wants to know everything we are doing", Page said. The FBI did not reopen its investigation of Clinton's emails until later that month.

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It was on October 28, 2016 that Comey informed Congress that, "Due to recent developments", the FBI was re-opening its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct government business.

Other texts sent on Election Day 2016 show the lovers' disdain toward Mr. Trump.

Republicans and President Donald Trump himself have cited the messages as evidence the Russian probe amounts to a wider plot to undermine him. Page, who had also been detailed to that team, left that assignment before the messages were discovered. "Now I need to fix it and finish it".

That one, incidentally, has Page telling Strzok "Please don't ever text me again". The Daily Caller ran a similar story, but edited it later after reviewing the texts, saying it's not clear which investigation the agents are referring to.

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