Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley has released text messages from lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page proving the FBI’s probe against Hillary was tainted out of consideration that “she might be our next President.”
Without a doubt, Strzok and Page’s well known anti-Trump feelings also played in their decision to dishonestly edit the language of Comey’s statement in an effort to exonerate Clinton at all costs.
A text message exchange between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page is evidence that the FBI was “pulling punches” in its investigation into Hillary Clinton, a top Republican senator is alleging.
In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, drew attention to a Feb. 25, 2016 text message exchanged between Strzok and Page.
As deputy chief of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, Strzok helped lead the Clinton email probe. Page, with whom he was having an affair, is an FBI lawyer who worked directly under Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
In the text message flagged by Grassley, Page suggested that Strzok should not take an aggressive approach to Clinton because of the strong possibility that she would be elected president.
“One more thing: she might be our next president. The last thing you need us going in there loaded for bear. You think she’s going to remember or care that it was more doj than fbi?” Page wrote.
Strzok said he agreed with that assessment.
“I called Bill and relayed what we discussed. He agrees. I will email you and [redacted] same.”
“Bill” is likely Bill Priestap, the FBI’s chief of counterintelligence.
In his letter to Wray asking for answers about the texts, Grassley asserted that the message was evidence that the FBI officials were “Pulling Punches in the Clinton Investigation.”
Strzok was the agent who edited then-FBI Director James Comey’s statement exonerating Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing over using a private email server to maintain classified emails.
Strzok removed language from that statement which called Clinton’s actions “grossly negligent” — a term indicating criminal wrongdoing — with the non-legal term, “extremely careless.”