More than a year into Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and more than two years into the FBI’s overall investigation into the Russian election meddling of 2016, the powers-that-be are no closer to proving their theory: That the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to hack into the DNC and release emails harmful to Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency. Not one shred of evidence has been found or released. In the meantime, a veritable mountain of evidence has been found to prove that forces within the intelligence community were sent on a political witch hunt against Trump – a hunt that was still in full swing long after the election was over.
Newly revealed text messages between FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page show that there was a coordinated effort by the FBI and the Department of Justice to drip unfavorable news about the president to the media in the early months of his first term.
“I had literally just gone to find this phone to tell you I want to talk to you about media leak strategy with DOJ before you go,” Strzok wrote to Page on April 10, 2017.
Two days later, Strzok referenced two new mainstream media stories about the FBI’s FISA warrants against Cater Page, praising his lover for her involvement. “Well done, Page.”
In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Rep. Mark Meadows said the “new documents raise grave concerns regarding an apparent systemic culture of media leaking by high-ranking officials at the FBI and DOJ related to ongoing investigations.”
Keep in mind that Strzok and Page both refused to answer many pertinent questions when testifying before Congress. Their reasoning? That the FBI does not comment on ongoing investigations. So it is apparent that this is a rule that FBI senior officials lean on when they don’t want to cooperate with lawmakers on Capitol Hill but feel licensed to ignore when it serves their political interests.
In the letter to Rosenstein, Meadows said that the new messages justified continued investigation of the DOJ’s conduct and asked for the Deputy AG’s assistance in uncovering further information.
“In light of the new information, our task force is requesting to review text messages, emails, and written communication form FBI and DOJ officials Stu Evans, Mike Kortan, and Joe Pientka between June 2016 to June 2017,” said Meadows. “These additional documents, with an emphasis on communication between the aforementioned individuals and Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr, and Andrew Weissmann, would provide critical insight into the backdrop of the Russia investigation.”
So far, Rosenstein has been less than cooperative with lawmakers looking to shine a light on the cockroaches who acted so dishonorably throughout this Trump/Russia investigation. We’ll see if his tune changes, or if he will continue to be a shield for corruption inside the Department of Justice.