FBI Texts: Obama 'Needs to Know The whole lot We're Doing'

Violet Powell
February 8, 2018

President Donald Trump is chiming in on the new batch of texts between Federal Bureau of Investigation officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page revealed by Fox News on Wednesday, tweeting that the messages are "BOMBSHELLS!". On Wednesday the news agency reported that in one text four days before the election, Page told Strzok that the "American presidential election, and thus, the state of the world, actually hangs in the balance".

Only, it's not about the Clinton investigation, and, as ThinkProgress' Judd Legum points out, it is impossible that it would have been.

Newly revealed text messages between FBI paramours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page include an exchange about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to President Obama, who wanted "to know everything we're doing".

Multiple outlets have pointed out that this couldn't have had anything to do with the Clinton email investigation, since that had been closed in July.

On November 6, 2016, Comey told lawmakers that a review of those newly discovered emails had not altered the agency's view that Clinton should not face criminal charges. Mr. Obama said in December 2016 that he had addressed the issue of tampering with the election process with Mr. Putin at that September meeting. As Judd Legum at Think Progress noted on Wednesday, Comey closed the Clinton email investigation on July 5, 2016 - almost two months before Page's supposedly explosive text.

What exactly the text refers to isn't specified in the exchange.

However, it's unclear whether Obama's purported interest was in the FBI's investigation of Clinton - or in the Trump campaign.

That memo, too, cited in part the text messages between Strzok and Page.

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In other exchanges, Page and Strzok made it clear that they supported Clinton in the Democrats' primary contest over Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

Lisa Page, Peter Strzok.

-Personal animus and/or political bias influenced the FBI's actions with respect to Trump and his campaign or transition officials.

For example, on election night of November 8, 2016, Strzok describes the results as "f***ing terrifying" and Page responds with "Omg, I am so depressed". "Meanwhile, we have OUR task ahead of us".

But Comey did document his 2017 meetings with President Donald Trump, he said, because he feared Trump would interfere with the Russian Federation probe.

The mention that "Obama wants to know everything" is "concerning", but its actual meaning is "something we've got to figure out", said Representative Jim Jordan of OH, a senior Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee.

The message was one of more 50,000 texts the pair sent over a two-year span between July 2015 and July 2017. The bureau's inspector-general says he has them, however.

Other texts showed more anti-Trump sentiments. In Washington, however, truth still takes a back seat to politics.

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