This will prove how “controversial” at the very least the FBI was under the Obama presidency. Newly released text messages suggested that agents knew the outcome of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation in advance.
One of the almost 400 pages of text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page turned over to Congress by the Justice Department, one more than hinted that no charges would be filed against Clinton before the bureau interviewed the Democratic presidential candidate.
It has since been revealed, of course, that Strzok and Page were engaged in an extramarital affair. The lovers worked on both the Clinton probe and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian investigation before being taken out last year after their anti-Trump texts emerged.
It is worth noting that it was Strzok who tried to soften the blow by changing the description of Clinton’s actions from “grossly negligent” to a mere”extremely careless.” The implication, of course, is that the original, former description would, of course, carry criminal penalties.
A May 4, 2016, text exchange between the illicit lovers discussed the “pressure” to wrap up the Clinton email server investigation after Trump won the GOP nomination. The conversation went as seen from the documents of Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee:
Ms. Page: And holy shit Cruz just dropped out of the race. It’s going to be a Clinton Trump race. Unbelievable.
Mr. Strzok: What?!?!??
Ms. Page: You heard it right my friend
Mr. Strzok: I saw trump (sic) won, figured it would be a bit.
Mr. Strzok: Now the pressure really starts to finish MYE…
Ms. Page: It sure does. We need to talk about follow up call tomorrow. We still have time.
The MYE, of course, refers to “ Mid Year Exam”, the FBI’s code name for the Clinton private email server scandal investigation.
In a series of text messages to each other, Page and Strzok chatted about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s decision to defer to the FBI in the Hillary case, with Page even claiming Lynch knew all along that no charges would be brought against Clinton.
More disturbing is that according to the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson, the bureau also failed to preserve five months worth of text messages between the lovers from the period of December 14, 2016, to May 17, 2017. The texts could have run into thousands.
The bureau merely blamed the failure of their technical system for retaining text messages sent and received on FBI mobile devices to preserve said messages. DOJ attorney Stephen Boyd cited “misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the bureau’s collection capabilities for the failure of the country’s top intel agency in the world to preserve said messages.