The FBI has told Judicial Watch that they will have to wait at least three years before they can get their hands on the full communications intercepted between controversial agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The freedom watchdog filed a FOIA lawsuit against the Justice Department in January to obtain the communications, many of which have already been released to the public through congressional channels.
These communications, thus far, have shown Americans that these two FBI agents – both heavily involved in both the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump investigations – had a serious bias against the latter. The texts have also indirectly shown: The Obama White House was more involved in the Trump investigation than it let on, there was a “secret society” of FBI agents working against Trump, Loretta Lynch’s faux-recusal from the Clinton investigation was a total farce, and much more.
Judicial Watch is eager to see the full slate of messages to determine what else the Bureau might be hiding from the American public, but apparently the FBI isn’t going to hand them over. Not, at least, anytime soon.
“FBI just told @JudicialWatch it needs at least three years to process and turn over releasable anti-@RealDonaldTrump Strzok-Page communications. Outrageous,” tweeted JW founder Tom Fitton.
Outrageous is right, but it’s just the latest example of a Justice Department that seems determined to cover up its tracks. And for some reason we still cannot figure out, Attorney General Jeff Sessions seems blithely willing to participate in this coverup. Maybe he’s still sore over the president’s public criticism of him? Maybe he thinks he’ll lose control of the DOJ if he starts making serious waves? We’re not sure what it’s about, but the time has come for President Trump to think seriously about allowing Sessions to step down so he can install someone who actually cares about putting things right inside this troubled agency.
The FBI’s stonewalling of Judicial Watch can be put right beside the DOJ’s refusal to respond to a congressional subpoena for unredacted records relating to the Trump/Russia case. The House Intelligence Committee has been demanding the document that kicked off the investigation for months at this point, and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein continues to sandbag Congress. And that’s not even getting into Rosenstein’s refusal to yank Robert Mueller’s leash.
We grew to expect this kind of chicanery under the Obama administration, but there’s no excuse for it to be continuing while Trump is in the White House.