(National Sentinel) Unprecedented: Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and fired FBI agent Peter Strzok, who were once lovers, engaged in a coordinated effort to leak damaging — but unsubstantiated — information to the dishonest Washington establishment press in order to damage POTUS Donald Trump, according to newly released emails.
Investigative reporter Sara A. Carter notes that Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein saying a “review of the new documents raises grave concerns regarding an apparent systemic culture of media leaking by high-ranking officials at the FBI and DOJ related to ongoing investigations.”
Carter reported further:
The review of the documents suggests that the FBI and DOJ coordinated efforts to get information to the press that would potentially be “harmful to President Trump’s administration.” Those leaks pertained to information regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant used to spy on short-term campaign volunteer Carter Page.
The letter lists several examples:
— April 10, 2017: (former FBI Special Agent) Peter Strzok contacts (former FBI Attorney) Lisa Page to discuss a “media leak strategy.” Specifically, the text says: “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.”
— April 12, 2017: Peter Strzok congratulates Lisa Page on a job well done while referring to two derogatory articles about Carter Page. In the text, Strzok warns Page two articles are coming out, one which is “worse” than the other about Lisa’s “namesake”.” Strzok added: “Well done, Page.”
Readers recall that Carter Page was the former Trump campaign official who was spied on using FISA warrants that were reportedly based on the bogus “Russia dossier” that were first issued in October 2016 during the Obama administration and renewed three times, including during the Trump administration.
Meadows is demanding that more texts and documents related to other former senior DOJ and FBI officials, including fired Deputy Director Andrew McCabe — currently said to be under grand jury investigation — be handed over to Congress as well.
“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 in the letter, according to Carter.
“To be clear, we are not suggesting wrongdoing on the part of Evans, Kortan, and Pientka- and, in fact, previously reviewed documents suggest that some of these individuals may share the committees’ same concerns,” the letter said.
“However, 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.”
Pientka, along with Strzok, interviewed former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn in January 2017. Both walked away believing he had not lied to them, though he later pleaded guilty to lying to federal officials.
It’s believed he did that in order to save his family from being financially ruined by special counsel Robert Mueller.
So far, the FBI has not granted the committee’s permission to subpoena Pientka, though he has said he wants to tell lawmakers Flynn wasn’t lying when he spoke to the FBI.