Recently released text messages from anti-Trump DOJ officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are shedding new light on the stunning level of political bias at the Department of Justice, with new communications showing officials were “leaking like mad” after the 2016 election.
According to the Washington Examiner, the exchanges reveal the massive number of intentional leaks coming from inside the DOJ and the FBI regarding the Department’s investigation into Russian collusion.
“A newly released series of text messages from former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — the pair involved in an extramarital affair and shared texts critical of President Trump — show that others may have been ‘leaking like mad’ ahead of the federal Russia probe,” writes the Examiner.
“Oh, remind me to tell you tomorrow about the times doing a story about the rnc hacks,” Page told Strzok in December 2016.
“Think our sisters have begun leaking like mad,” Strzok mysteriously replied. “Scorned and worried, and political, they’re kicking into overdrive.”
On that same day the conversation occurred, multiple news outlets reported that U.S. intelligence officials believed Russian President Vladimir Putin had a direct role and authorized Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The report comes after Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., expressed “grave concerns regarding an apparent systemic culture of media leaking by high-ranking officials at the FBI and DOJ related to ongoing investigations” in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein this week, reacting to other texts between Strzok and Page were given to Congress.
Meadows is particularly concerned with a text sent on Apr. 10, 2017.
“I had literally just gone to find this phone to tell you I want to talk to you about the media leak strategy with DOJ before you go,” Strzok wrote.
Thar text came a day before the Washington Post reported that former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page had been surveilled by the FBI after the agency received a warrant from the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a move that has elicited backlash because it partly relied on details included in the unverified and so-called “Trump dossier” that contains damaging information about Trump.
But Strzok’s lawyer Aitan Goelman said the “media leak strategy” was a reference to a DOJ-wide initiative to identify and prevent staff members from disclosing information to the media.
h/t Sean Hannity