Republican Report on Clinton Emails Raises Questions About FBI Procedure

Republican Report on Clinton Emails Raises Questions About FBI Procedure

This is intriguing because Republicans have been wanting to know what President Obama was doing the entire time the Clinton email investigation was being conducted, as well as the opening of the counter-intelligence investigation into the Trump campaign, particularly, the FISA court warrant approved to monitor adviser Carter Page.

Because the FBI officially wrapped up its investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state without bringing charges in July 2016, it's not clear to what "everything" Page was referring.

In a message on Election Day that was released on Wednesday, Page wrote: "OMG THIS IS F***ING TERRIFYING".

But it wasn't until a month later that Comey informed Congress he was reopening the investigation into Clinton's emails.

"God he is SO good", Strzok said.

The next day, November 14, 2016, Page wrote, "God, being here makes me angry". "Brilliant public speaker. And brilliant distillation of fact".

The messages were among thousands of text messages first obtained by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General, and are now in the hands of Congress.

The discovery of the pair's exchages led to Strzok's reassignment from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's meddling in the election.

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"I$3 t has to be about the Russian Federation probe", former Department of Justice official Matthew Miller told ThinkProgress in reference to the September 2, 2016 texts.

There is a footnote to this part that says "The Justice Department notified the Committee that it had redacted other text messages that were personal in nature or relating to other investigations".

"Nearly three out of four Republicans believe the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department are trying to undermine U.S. President Donald Trump, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday", Reuters reported.

Strzok was removed from Mueller's group last summer after Mueller learned of the texts.

So the Page text story is a ideal distraction. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), to FBI Director Christopher Wray. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, meanwhile, has been more muted in his support, saying some criticism may be appropriate and that political bias "in either direction" must be eliminated.

The main reason to be skeptical is that we're not even sure what kind of briefing Strzok and his mistress, Lisa Page, were texting about. Page called Trump a 'loathsome human, ' before writing 'I cannot [sic] believe Donald Trump is likely to be an actual, serious candidate for president.' Strzok called Trump 'an idiot' and opined Clinton 'should win 100,000,000 - 0.' Strzok and Page also used expletives to describe Trump.

Many of them discuss office issues, but also show the two making disparaging comments about Trump before and after the election.

Sen. Johnson's report noted that the September 28, 2016 text message raises questions about when FBI officials first knew of emails on Weiner's laptop that were relevant to the Hillary Clinton investigation.

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