Rep. Trey Gowdy: Strzok-Page Texts Show 'Manifest Bias' Against Trump

By Susan Jones | January 23, 2018 | 11:07am EST
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) (Photo: Screen grab/Fox News)

( - Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), a member of the House intelligence committee, wants to know how the world's premier law enforcement agency managed to lose five months of text messages between two FBI agents who displayed anti-Trump/pro-Clinton biases in some of the 50,000 messages they exchanged.

Gowdy said some of the texts that have been released to Congress show agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page discussing how to avoid having their texts captured.

"So what's missing is important, but also what's there is important," Gowdy said. "It is manifest bias -- not just against Trump, but against his kids, against his business interests. There's a text where they hope the Trump Hotel fails. That is a level of bias that you rarely see and you never see from law enforcement officers."

Gowdy said he's also troubled by a text, sent the day after the election, that references a secret society. "Now I have no clue what that means," Gowdy said. "But it's the day after the election, it is the same two people that were discussing a little bit later in the text the damage they had done with the Clinton investigation and how they could, quote, "fix it and make it right."

Rep. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) during a radio interview on Tuesday read a May 19, 2017 text message from Peter Strzok to Lisa Page -- written two days after the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel -- that said:

"You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I'd be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern that there's no big there there."

Gowdy said it sounds like Strzok has no interest in participating in an investigation that might clear Donald Trump; his only interest was in fixing what happened to Clinton because of the email investigation.

Gowdy said that is something "stunning for an FBI agent to admit."

Gowdy, meanwhile, is calling for former FBI Director James Comey to return to Congress to testify about his decision not to charge Hillary Clinton in connection with her "extremely careless" handling of classified emails.

Comey has already told Congress that the decision not to prosecute Clinton was made after the FBI interviewed her, but apparently the fix was in beforehand.

In one of her text messages to Strzok, Lisa Page sarcastically called it courageous for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to say she would accept the FBI's conclusions in the Clinton email investigation -- "since she knows no charges will be brought."

That text reportedly was sent four days before Comey announced publicly that no charges would be brought -- and before the FBI had even interviewed Clinton.


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