Republican congressional investigators released a new set of text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page this week, and they may prove that the Obama White House was coordinating secretly with the intelligence community in the Trump/Russia investigation – quite contrary to the story they were telling the public. In the texts, GOP investigators say, Strzok and Page indicate that the White House, the CIA, the FBI, the DOJ, and the Democrat leadership in the Senate were all “colluding” and sharing information as the 2016 race between Trump and Hillary Clinton was just getting started in August of 2016.
“Make sure you can lawfully protect what you sign,” Page wrote to Strzok on Aug 2. “Just thinking about congress, foia, etc. You probably know better than me.”
The next day, Strzok wrote to Page, describing then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe concerned with “information control” as it related to the new Trump/Russia investigation.
On August 8, Strzok texted: “Internal joint cyber cd intel piece for D, scenesetter for McDonough brief, Trainor [head of FBI cyber division] directed all cyber info be pulled. I’d let Bill and Jim hammer it out first, though it would be best for D to have it before the Wed WH session.”
According to Republican investigators who spoke off the record to Fox News, the “D” in these texts refers to FBI Director Jim Comey. McDonough is White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.
A congressional source told Fox News that while there was not necessarily a smoking gun in the texts, they were disturbing enough to create the need for further investigation.
“We are not making conclusions,” said the source. “What we are saying is that the timeline is concerning enough to warrant the appointment of an independent investigator to look at whether or not the Obama White House was involved [in the Trump-Russia investigation].”
Perhaps the most troubling aspect of the texts is this: On August 27, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid published on open letter to James Comey demanding that the FBI begin investigating any contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow officials. It was made to seem as though Reid came by this through published reports and rumors and that the FBI, at the time, was not involved in any such investigation. The day after the New York Times reported on Reid’s letter, Strzok sent a link to the Times article to Page.
He then said, “D [which is Comey] said at am brief that Reid called him and told him he would be sending a letter.”
This has led Republicans to believe that Reid’s letter was meant as “cover” for the fact that the FBI and the DOJ, in coordination with the White House, had already been investigating the Trump campaign for more than a month by that time.
“The ‘here we go’ text between Strzok and Page indicates the FBI/ DOJ knew the letter from Reid was coming,” a congressional source told Fox News. “This created the inference they knew it would create public calls for an investigation into Russian interference — covering them.”
This could be the beginning of the end for the former president, his staff, and their claims of distance from the intelligence community’s investigation into Trump’s supposed collusion with Russia. Trump has claimed all along that this was a partisan witch hunt aimed at helping Hillary Clinton and, ultimately, destroying his presidency. And with every new leak, his version of the story becomes more and more credible.