We previously reported that FBI operative Peter Strzok was fired after allegations surfaced that he held and acted on biases against Trump. This was disturbing given the fact that Strzok played a key role in several investigations with the potential to directly or indirectly impact Trump, his campaign or his presidency.
Now, it’s been revealed that Trump’s Department of Justice is reading through “over 10,000 texts” between Strzok and Lisa Page after the reasons behind his firing came to light. Fox News reported that DOJ officials confirmed that they are going through the messages so they can hand them over to the House Intelligence Committee.
Strzok worked as an FBI counterintelligence agent before he was reassigned to the FBI’s human resources division after the discovery of his anti-Trump texts with Page, with whom he was having an affair. Page also briefly served on Mueller’s team and has since returned to the FBI.
DOJ officials said that the process of going through the 10,000 texts could take “weeks,” and that the thousands of text messages between Strzok and Page span over “several months.” This comes as the committee is threatening to move forward with a contempt resolution against top DOJ and FBI officials barring an imminent breakthrough, after the agencies did not comply with a deadline to hand over long-sought information that goes well beyond text messages.
House investigators have zeroed in on Strzok, as they have long believed him to be a key figure in the chain of events when the bureau, in 2016, received the infamous anti-Trump “dossier” and launched a counterintelligence investigation into Russian meddling in the election that ultimately came to encompass FISA surveillance of a Trump campaign associate. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has been trying to get documents and witnesses from the DOJ and FBI to determine what role, if any, the dossier played in the move to direct the surveillance.
Nunes expressed skepticism with how these have events have unfolded this past weekend, saying that after Strzok’s anti-Trump texts were revealed, the DOJ expressed a “sudden willingness to comply with some of the Committee’s long-standing demands.”
“This attempted 11th-hour accommodation is neither credible nor believable, and in fact is yet another example of the DOJ’s disingenuousness and obstruction,” Nunes added.
A DOJ spokeswoman told reporters on Sunday that officials will “continue to work with congressional committees to provide the information they request consistent with our national security responsibilities.”
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