(National Sentinel)Â Swamp Creature: The Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General released new details Thursday about how it came into a trove of biased, anti-Trump text messages sent by FBI agent Peter Strzok, the controversial figure at the heart of investigations into Hillary Clinton and Team Trump last year.
Justice Department watchdog Michael Horowitz said his office obtained the text messages from the FBI on July 20. A week later he met with Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to show them the politically-charged messages.
Strzok had been selected as an investigator by Mueller for a team looking into allegations of “collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Russian government last year, to which so far no evidence has surfaced.
Strzok was removed “immediately” from the investigation after Mueller learned of them,Â The Daily Caller reported.
The Strzok texts, which he exchanged with Lisa Page, his mistress and an FBI lawyer, were discovered as part of the inspector generalâ€™s investigation into the FBIâ€™s handling of the Clinton email investigation, the site reported further.
InÂ writing to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, Horowitz noted that the IG’s office received the texts after officials requested the FBI to provide all communications from phones the bureau issued to a select group of employees who worked on the Clinton email probe.
As the FBI’s No. 2 counterintelligence official, Strzok conducted many of the most important interviews pertaining to the investigation, including interviews with Clinton herself and her top aides, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills — both of whom may not have answered Strzok’s questions truthfully.
â€œAfter finding a number of politically-oriented text messages between Page and Strzok, the OIG sought from the FBI all text messages between Strzok and Page from their FBI-issued phones through November 30, 2016, which covered the entire period of the Clinton e-mail server investigation,â€ Horowitz wrote to Grassley and Johnson on Wednesday.
The FBI turned over the requested messages on July 20, 2017.
After reviewing them, the IG enlarged his probe to include all texts that Strzok and Page exchanged from Nov. 30, 2016, to July 28, 2017. Those were delivered to his office Aug. 10,Â The Daily Caller reported.
After reviewing those exchanges, Horowitz expanded the investigation to include all of the text messages exchanged between Strzok and Page from Nov. 30, 2016 to July 28, 2017.
Horowitzâ€™s office received those messages on Aug. 10.
Strzok was demoted after he was removed from Mueller’s investigatory team, but the reason for his demotion remained secret for some four months.Â The New York Times and theÂ Washington Post published simultaneous, leaked reports Dec. 2 revealed the existence of the texts and naming them as the reason why Strzok was demoted.
One text was cryptic in that it appeared to indicate Strzok was prepared in some way to prevent then-GOP nominee Donald J. Trump from becoming president. It also appears to implicate current FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe.
â€œI want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andyâ€™s office â€” that thereâ€™s no way [Trump] gets elected â€” but Iâ€™m afraid we canâ€™t take that risk,â€ Strzok wrote to Page, a reference to an “insurance policy” against a Trump victory.
Andy is believed to be Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
â€œItâ€™s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before youâ€™re 40,â€ Strzok added.
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