The latest batch of text messages between the pair of embattled FBI agents at the center of the Special Counsel’s probe into President Donald Trump‘s campaign and alleged Russian collusion reveals that one of the agents may have seen his participation in the investigation as a path to “impeaching” President Trump, said several congressional sources.
The recent text messages between FBI special agent Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page were turned over last week by the Department of Justice to six congressional committees. Those text messages, as previously reported, shed new light on the political leanings, unvarnished bias and possibly a concerted effort by some members of the FBI to influence Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation, congressional sources reveal.
More importantly, said Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican, and member of the House Judiciary Committee, is the text where Strzok is discussing whether to join the Special Counsel, as well as his previous involvement in the FBI investigation into Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server.
“[My] gut sense and concern is there’s no big there-there”
Rep. Jordan said that the “impeachment” text is extremely concerning because of how it’s framed and in the context of the onslaught of text messages reviewed by congressional members. It also shows possible intent on the part of Strzok to influence the Special Counsel’s Office investigation, he said.
In an August 2016 text message, Strzok tells Page, “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
The reference to Andy is believed to be current Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who announced he is retiring from the FBI in March and the “insurance policy” reference is being investigated by several congressional committees which have access to the full scope of the text messages.
Rep. Jordan said the August text message in conjunction with the text messages recently released is “deeply concerning” and illustrate strong indications that the pair needs to be fully investigated. He added that “the best way to understand the text messages is by looking at the full scope of their communications.”
On Tuesday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that requested the text messages, released two pages of Page and Strzok’s communications.
In one of the newly released texts regarding last year’s announcement of the Special Counsel investigation, Strzok tells Page that his “gut sense and concern is there’s no big there-there.”
But then at 12:36 a.m. on March 19, two days after the Special Counsel has convened, Strzok texts Page saying “for me, and this case, I personally have a sense of unfinished business. Unleashed it with MYE. Now I need to fix it and finish it.”
Strzok, who was also a central figure in the Trump Russia investigation, which began in the early summer of 2016, might be referring in this text to that particular investigation. “MYE” is the acronym for their codename Mid-Year Exam, a reference to the Clinton investigation, which Strzok was also involved in.
Strzok then goes back and forth in texts with Page, who is apparently is trying to talk him out of joining the Special Counsel investigation. Then at 12:40 am he sends another text in reference to the Special Counsel saying, “Who gives a f**ck, one more AD-like (redacted), or whoever. An investigation leading to impeachment?”
Strzok, who was deputy assistant director of the counterintelligence division, was removed from the Special Counsel’s office after the DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz uncovered nearly 50,000 texts messages between the agents, who were also having an affair. He was moved to the FBI’s Human Resources office.