Newly uncovered text messages suggest that FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were trying to gather information about the Trump team, following the 2016 election.
FOX News reports:
Strzok-Page texts suggested using post-election briefing to gather information on Trump team
Text messages between former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page indicate they discussed using briefings to the Trump team after the 2016 election to identify people they could “develop for potential relationships,” track lines of questioning and “assess” changes in “demeanor” – language one GOP lawmaker called “more evidence” of irregular conduct in the original Russia probe.
Fox News has learned the texts, initially released in 2018 by a Senate committee, are under renewed scrutiny, with GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Homeland Security Committee chair Ron Johnson sending a letter Thursday night to Attorney General Bill Barr pushing for more information on the matter.
“Any improper FBI surveillance activities that were conducted before or after the 2016 election must be brought to light and properly addressed,” the senators wrote.
Here are some examples of the text messages:
“Re above re email, it might be more important for (redacted) to know that (redacted) briefed Pence, no?” Page writes.
Strzok responds: “I think that’s a good idea. I”ll talk with (redacted) so they build messaging/don’t overlap.”
The texts continue with Strzok telling Page he consulted “Bill” – a possible reference to his supervisor, Bill Priestap – about who to send to handle the briefing.
Strzok: “Talking with Bill. Do we want (redacted) to go with (redacted) instead of (redacted) for a variety of [reasons]?”
Page: “Hmm. Not sure. Would it be unusual to have show up again? Maybe another agent from the team?”
People now believe these two infiltrated the transition team of Vice President Pence.
National Review reports:
Pence Lashes Out at Strzok, Page for Talk of ‘Infiltrating’ His Transition Team
Vice President Mike Pence on Friday condemned beleaguered FBI agent Peter Strzok and Justice Department lawyer Lisa Page for discussing the possibility of “infiltrating” his transition team in a series of text messages reviewed by Republican lawmakers.
Pence is demanding further investigation into why Strzok and Page planned to send an agent to his first intelligence briefing as vice president in order to report back on his activities.
“I was deeply offended to learn that two disgraced FBI agents considered infiltrating our transition team by sending a counter intelligence agent to one of my very first intelligence briefings only 9 days after the election,” Pence said in a statement provided to Axios. “This is an outrage and only underscores why we need to get to the bottom of how this investigation started in the first place. The American people have a right to what happened and if these two agents broke the law and ignored long-standing DOJ policies, they must be held accountable.”
It’s amazing that unelected members of the intelligence community were able to do this.