(National Sentinel) Compromised: FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who exchanged damning text messages with counterintelligence official Peter Strzok critical of President Donald J. Trump, has resigned from the bureau, along with another official said to be close to fired FBI Director James Comey.
As reported by The Daily Caller, the bureau has confirmed that Page tendered her resignation. She had faced months of scrutiny over scores of text messages she exchanged with Strzok, at one point the FBI’s No. 2 counterintelligence official.
The messages showed a deep animosity towards Trump at a time when both officials were working on the bureau’s investigation into alleged Team Trump collusion with Russia.
Some of those texts show them cryptically discussing how best to proceed with the investigation, which the FBI launched July 31, 2016.
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok wrote to Page in an Aug. 15, 2016 text referring to then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
“It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40,” he added.
“OMG THIS IS F***ING TERRIFYING,” Page wrote to Strzok on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016.
“F Trump,” Strzok wrote in another text.
The Justice Department’s office of the inspector general discovered the biased text messages as part of the watchdog’s investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation, The Daily Caller‘s Chuck Ross reported.
Page and Strzok also worked closely on the probe of Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified emails. Both were also seeing each other romantically.
In addition to Page, Comey confidant James Baker has also resigned, The New York Times reported Friday.
Baker was the FBI’s top lawyer until December when he was reassigned by the new director, Christopher Wray, who began installing his own team.
Baker was investigated by the Justice Department on the suspicion he shared classified information with reporters. Thus far he’s not been charged with any crime.
Both of these resignations come directly ahead of a highly anticipated investigatory report from the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General, headed by Michael Horowitz.
There has been much speculation that the report will be highly critical of a number of aspects of the FBI’s investigation and handling of the Clinton email scandal, though it’s not clear who will be highlighted in the report.