FBI's Strzok, Page Felt 'Pressure' to Close Clinton Investigation When Trump Emerged as Likely GOP Nominee

By Susan Jones | June 14, 2018 | 12:25 PM EDT

FBI headquarters in Washington. (Photo: FBI)

(CNSNews.com) - The thousands of text messages exchanged by Peter Strzok and Lisa Page of the FBI--both of whom were involved in the Clinton email investigation, and later the Trump-Russia investigation--reveal Strzok's and Page's disdain for Donald Trump and their support for Clinton -- even before the Clinton email investigation concluded.

On May 2, 2016, still primary season, Peter Strzok wrote to Lisa Page, "I have my standing MidYear at 9:10, but should be fast."

"MidYear" or "MYE" stands for MidYear Exam, the name the FBI gave to the Clinton email investigation. Strzok was the lead investigator, and in that message, he is talking about a meeting.

Two days later, on May 4, Page told Strzok that Sen. Ted Cruz had just dropped out of the Republican primary race. "It's going to be a Clinton Trump race. Unbelievable," Page wrote to Strozk.

"What?!?!??" Strzok replied.

"Now the pressure really starts to finish MYE ..." Strzok texted.

"It sure does," Page replied.

Disdain for Trump, while investigating Clinton

A month later, on June 12, 2016, the two FBI agents, who were having an extramarital affair, were discussing the case of two high school valedictorians who admitted they were in the country illegally.

One of them was admitted to Yale University, and Strzok was agreeing with Page that the two girls "fully deserve" to go to college, to "demonstrate the absolute bigoted nonsense of Trump."

"Truly," Strzok added.

As part of this exchange on the valedictorians, Strzok told Page that he had started to read an article she'd sent him. "And while i hate Trump, part of me thought (redacted) would not/may not get into (redacted) because they're white and not from buttf*ck Texas."



A day later, on Monday June 13, Strzok texted Page, to discuss "emails we (actually ICIG) [Intelligence Community Inspector General] found that have portion marks (C) on a couple of parras. DOJ was Very Concerned about this...."

(C) means the paragraphs contained classified information.

"Found on laptops?" Page asks.

"No," Strzok says. "Found on the 30k (emails) provided to State originally." Those are the emails from Hillary Clinton's private server that she decided to turn in to the State Department.

"No one noticed," Strzok says. "And while minor, it cuts against "never send or received anything marked classified." (The latter a quote from Hillary Clinton.)

Clinton interview set up

"Oh jesus. Have something to tell you," Page texted Strzok later that same day, June 13.

"Get us a clue," Strzok texts Page.

"July 2," she replied.

"Oh boy," Strzok said.

July 2 is the date that Hillary Clinton secretly made her way to FBI headquarters, accompanied by her aides and lawyers, to sit for an interview with the FBI. Strzok was the lead FBI agent in the room. Clinton did not give her testimony under oath.

On June 17, 2016, Peter Strzok, meeting with someone  unknown, tells Page, "Now we're talking about Clinton, and how a lot of people are holding their breath, hoping."

"DID YOU TELL HIM THAT YOU ARE THE LEAD ON THAT CASE?!" Page wrotes back. Was she suggesting that the conversation might have posed a conflict for Strzok?



On June 30, 2016, Strzok wrote that "all the airport tarmac articles [about Attorney General  Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton] burst out. Took a little bit. Not a big deal, just ASTOUNDINGLY bad optic."

"And doesn't help what the D (FBI Director Comey) is trying to do," Strzok said in a second text.

Comey apparently was planning to exonerate Clinton, as he did five days later.

"Yup," Page responds. "Stupid stupid stupid. And if we had done it, we'd never be hearing the end of it."

A day later, on July 1, Strzok texted Page about "breaking" news, that Attorney General Loretta Lynch "will accept whatever rec[commendation] D (Comey) and career prosecutors make. No political appointee input."

"Timing not great, but whatever. Wonder if that's why the no coordination language added," Strzok says, apparently referring to Comey's upcoming July 5 statement closing the Clinton case. That statement had been drafted and was being edited.

"Timing looks like hell," Strzok texted. "Will appear choreographed. All major news networks literally leading with AG to accept FBI D's recommendation."

A few texts later, Page writes: "And yeah, it's a real profile in couragw (sic), since she (Lynch) knows no charges will be brought."



Sure enough, on July 5, 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey announced the end of the Clinton email investigation, announcing that she was "extremely careless" in her handling of emails, but no charges would be brought.

 


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