Newly released text messages between a pair of FBI anti-Trump officials at the center of the Russia investigation controversy show that they sought to “get around” rules established by the government to preserve text messages, stating that none of the agencies abide by the rules then “why should we.”

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page discussed getting new Apple iPhones, in lieu of their Samsung 5 government issued phones in text messages they exchanged in August 2016. They noted in the texts that the new phones would help keep their text messages from government collection after speaking with the FBI’s IT director, according to newly released August 2016 text messages.

“According to text messages produced by the committee, Ms. Page and Mr. Strzok make references to communicating with other FBI employees via text message, phone call, email, and voice mail,” stated Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, in a letter dated Jan. 31, to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “Additional text messages suggest that FBI officials used non-official email accounts and messaging programs to communicate about official business.”

Here’s a portion of the text messages:

Strzok: “Hot damn. I’m happy to pilot that…we get around our security/monitoring issues?”

Page: “No, he’s proposing that we just stop following them. Apparently, the requirement to capture texts came from omb, but we’re the only org (I’m told) who is following that rule. His point is, if no one else is doing it why should we.”

Page: Helps that Dd had a terrible time with his phone [redacted] which made him concerned for our folks all over the place.

Page: These phones suck as much as they do because of the program we use to capture texts, full stop.

Strzok: No doubt.

Strzok: I’m not convinced short of OPR, that text capture capability really deters anything.

Strzok: If I want to copy/take classified, I’m sure as hell not going to do it on this phone.

In the above text messages, Strzok’s reference to “Dd” is possibly referring to Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, per Johnson’s letter’s footnote.

Strzok was removed from his role in Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel’s Office after the text messages were obtained by DOJ’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation. He is now in the FBI’s Human Resources department. Page is no longer with the Special Counsel’s office but remains employed at the FBI.

The committee is investigating the full context of the text messages and asking Rosenstein to provide answers, according to the letter.

A number of congressional committees are investigating Page and Strzok’s involvement in the bureau’s investigation into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to send classified information. Intelligence agencies believed Clinton’s communications were intercepted by foreign state actors.

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  1. I urge the FBI Inspector General to get their report finished quickly and out to the public ASAP.
    The constant damage being done by failing to address the problems and clean house is dramatic.
    The FBI also needs to reassess its ability to manage a combined law enforcement and domestic intelligence mission, without the priority of enforcing the law being compromised.
    I personally am a retired FBI staffer, and I cannot stand the disgrace this slow roll is doing to our nation.

  2. “Why not just join in the failure?”

    That has to be my favorite line from the newest batch of these recovered texts.

    Here’s to hoping Trump and the Republicans latch on to that and tie it to every democrat running in 2018.

  3. the more i read of these two, the more i wonder how many like them exist within our government.
    I work had as a civil servant, the record keeping rules are in place for this reason. We are accountable to the people. Not the body politics.

  4. Why are Strzok and Page still drawing a government salary? They are both dirty.
    Has someone threatened Wray to stop publication of the ‘memo’? He’s done a 180 on the memo in the last 48 hours.
    Is Horowitz personally investigating Mueller? Can Mueller REALLY be trusted to be impartial, or does someone have the goods on him, too?

  5. “Additional text messages suggest that FBI officials used non-official email accounts and messaging programs to communicate about official business.”

    Messaging programs…hmm…sounds like Gliph to me. Remember the “Palpatine’s Revenge” messaging sessions that took place hours before Mueller was appointed and were subsequently intercepted/hacked and placed on the deep web back in May?

    Great work, Sara!

  6. Apparently most if not all of our government agencies are corrupt………how can anyone have confidence in these people???

  7. I agree. They democrats seem so quick to investigate the president (when there was no trace of evidence) but the republicans have been passive in investigating the criminals when they have strong evidence.

  8. Do you suppose that one of the many reasons the FBI and DOJ are terrified about this matter is the disclosure of the alteration of 302 forms as SOP? The implications are far more widespread than Trump, Clinton and Russia. This practice would call into question evidence collected in any recent case where a 302 serves as the basis for a conviction and might provide opportunity for appeal in a large number of cases. I’m not an attorney but this seems to open a huge can of worms. It clearly shows the FBI to not be credible. It will undermine a lot of hard legitimate work collaterally. Having said that the memo needs to be released.

    Keep up the great work Sarah!

    I recently told on of our local news anchors: “You can be an actor or a journalist but you can be both at the same time.”

  9. This morons are involved in law enforcement? No wonder other countries are stealing our secrets, these two boobs. Less we forget Comey was leaking to the press too? UN FING REAL!!!

  10. Yep, they seriously undermined the public’s trust by being political operatives. One more thing, if they are on FBI phones, using FBI infrastructure, the messages are not private, they belong to the employer – the FBI.

  11. This will be the issue. If this shows the 302 were altered, and 302 are the club the FBI uses to force convictions or cooperation. Then every case that used them is suspect. This may overturn hundreds of convictions going back for years/decades. I bet people at DOJ/FBI are shitting themselves.
    Release all the info and declassify all underlying source material. We the people should see it all no redactions. If it hurts methods and procedures then make new ones, the people need to see all the info left and right.

  12. I thought it would become a defense attorney’s dream.

    I recently told on of our local news anchors: “You can be an actor or a journalist but you can’t be both at the same time.”

    Should’ve read “can’t” originally.

  13. Conspiracy. Collusion. Obstruction of Justice.

    Maybe Page and Strzok will be allowed conjugal visits after they’re sentenced to Club Gitmo.

  14. Ah yes, the nations top-cops, protectors of the people. If someone else is breaking the law we might as well do so also. What a creed to follow, what a shining example to the country of what politicized law enforcement is. The stark reality these fine FBI officers are oart and parcel the result of the Obama/Clinton/dnc crime cartel.

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  16. It has been clear to me that the Obomber ran the government like the mafia in which he nominated crooks at the top levels in many departments that would be so loyal to him that they would follow him right over the cliff. Then these ‘heads’ put more corrupt people in which would perpetuate the corruption down the line sort of like an upside down tree. Obomber’s was without a doubt the most corrupt administration in the history of the USA. The American people want and deserve justice with putting the criminals in the graybar hotel.

  17. they are not being passive, they are being thorough. we need to be patient for a little longer. it takes time to collect enough evidence to actually convict well-connected politicians (etc.) of serious felonies.

  18. when does a federal government employee who commits CRIMES against our country ever gets prosecuted or are we going to have two permanent standards one for them and the real one for taxpayers who pay for their salary, retirement and health; sounds more and more like a Russian state

  19. They were discussing this with James Turgal, who was Mueller’s pick to run the FBI’s HR division in 2013 when he was director. HR is also the division where Mueller tried to hide Strozk. This is getting awfully close to Mueller.

  20. Would there be any reason not to believe it? Because we SAY SO?
    I’m more concerned that we’ve become what appears to be.

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