Sen. Graham Asks Rosenstein, Did Strzok or Page Hire or Supervise FBI Informants?

Susan Jones | June 27, 2018 | 6:12am EDT
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wants to know if FBI Agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page had any role in hiring or supervising FBI informants to penetrate the Trump campaign. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - Disgraced FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok heads to Capitol Hill today, to meet behind closed doors with members of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.

Among other things, lawmakers want to know what Strzok meant when he assured his lover Lisa Page that he would "stop" Trump from becoming president and that there was some kind of "insurance policy" to make sure it didn't happen.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced on Fox News Tuesday that he also has specific questions about Strzok's role in the Trump-Russia investigation.

In a June 26 letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Graham asked for answers to two questions about the FBI's use of at least one informant to nose around the Trump campaign:

Graham wants to know:

1. Did Strzok or Page have any role in retaining or supervising the (FBI) informant or directing the decision to use the informant? Did Strzok or Page have any such role as to any informant used to investigate the Trump Campaign or Trump associates?

2. Did Strzok or Page have any role in reviewing, approving, or supplying information for the FISA warrant obtained to surveil Carter Page?

Carter Page was an unpaid and peripheral Trump campaign adviser who says he met the informant, an American professor working at Cambridge University in England, when Page was invited to attend a conference in July 2016.

"Well, what we know now is the person in charge of the Clinton email investigation, Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page, were in the tank for Clinton and hated Trump," Graham told Fox News's Martha McCallum on Tuesday. "Now, Did those two people start an investigation against the Trump campaign because they had a political bias? Or was it based on legitimate evidence?

"How would you like this guy supervising a confidential informant against the Trump campaign, given his bias and given his dislike for President Trump? He should be the last guy to go to court to get a warrant on anybody associated with the Trump campaign. My question is, what role did they play in the Russia investigation?"

After the FBI cleared Hillary Clinton -- a foregone conclusion, Graham noted -- Strzok and Page both moved on the Trump-Russia investigation.

"The question now is about the Russia investigation," Graham said. "Was it a counterintelligence investigation where they were worried about Russia trying to penetrate the Trump campaign? If that's the reason they investigated the Trump campaign, they should have told the Trump campaign, hey, there's some people associated with Russia that you need to be aware of. The fact that they never told the Trump campaign about the investigation is very curious to me."

Graham also said he's "shocked" that most media outlets outside of Fox News don't seem to "give a damn that the head investigator for the FBI wanted to stop Trump and basically bastardized an investigation of Clinton -- had a bias that was beyond belief."

Many of the tens of thousands of text messages Strzok and Page exchanged showed clear bias against Trump and support for Hillary Clinton.

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