(National Sentinel) So Corrupt: We already knew that anti-Trump FBI officials and lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were in on the plot to trip up President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
But as more and more documents are turned over to investigators in Congress and elsewhere by the corrupted FBI and Justice Department, we are learning that the effort was far more complex and involved than what has been revealed so far.
On Friday, investigative journalist John Solomon reported that newly revealed texts between Strzok and Page indicate the FBI was in ‘hurry-up’ mode to get something on Trump ahead of the November 2016 election.
And now many can argue that indeed, their political bias had an impact on the Trump-Russia collusion probe.
Solomon, via The Hill:
Memos the FBI is now producing to the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general and multiple Senate and House committees offer what sources involved in the production, review or investigation describe to me as “damning” or “troubling” evidence.
They show Strzok and his counterintelligence team rushing in the fall of 2016 to find “derogatory” information from informants or a “pretext” to accelerate the probe and get a surveillance warrant on figures tied to the future president.
One of those figures was Carter Page, an academic and an energy consultant from New York; he was briefly a volunteer foreign policy adviser for the GOP nominee’s campaign and visited Moscow the summer before the election.
The memos show Strzok, Lisa Page and others in counterintelligence monitored news articles in September 2016 that quoted a law enforcement source as saying the FBI was investigating Carter Page’s travel to Moscow.
“At a minimum, the letter provides us a pretext to interview,” Strzok wrote to Lisa Page on Sept. 26, 2016.
Within weeks, that “pretext” — often a synonym for an excuse — had been upsized to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court warrant, giving the FBI the ability to use some of its most awesome powers to monitor Carter Page and his activities.
There were three FISA warrants issued against Page, none of which has produced a single shred of evidence that Page did anything wrong.
Additional texts between Strzok and Page reveal they were desperate to persuade a high-ranking DOJ official to sign off on the FISA warrant.
Sally Yates and Rod Rosenstein eventually signed off on the FISA applications.
More via Solomon:
In one email exchange with the subject line “Crossfire FISA,” Strzok and Lisa Page discussed talking points to get then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to persuade a high-ranking DOJ official to sign off on the warrant.
“Crossfire Hurricane” was one of the code names for four separate investigations the FBI conducted related to Russia matters in the 2016 election.
“At a minimum, that keeps the hurry the F up pressure on him,” Strzok emailed Page on Oct. 14, 2016, less than four weeks before Election Day.
Four days later the same team was emailing about rushing to get approval for another FISA warrant for another Russia-related investigation code-named “Dragon.”
“Still an expedite?” one of the emails beckoned, as the FBI tried to meet the requirements of a process known as a Woods review before a FISA warrant can be approved by the courts.
“Any idea what time he can have it woods-ed by?” Strzok asked Page. “I know it’s not going to matter because DOJ is going to take the time DOJ wants to take. I just don’t want this waiting on us at all.”
You can tell by this that it was dawning on Strzok, Page, McCabe, and others within DOJ and FBI that they thought Trump had a decent chance of beating Hillary as the election drew closer.
Hence, the urgency.
It gets worse, though.
After Trump won the same scoundrels went into hyperdrive to “scrub” the names of everyone involved in Trump’s transition team.
We need ALL of their names to scrub, and we should give them ours for the same purpose,” Strzok emailed Page on Nov. 10, 2016, citing a Daily Beast article about some of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s allegedly unsavory ties overseas.
“Andy didn’t get any others,” Page wrote back, apparently indicating McCabe didn’t have names to add to the “scrub.”
“That’s what Bill said,” Strzok wrote back, apparently referring to then-FBI chief of counterintelligence William Priestap. “I suggested we need to exchange our entire lists as we each have potential derogatory CI info the other doesn’t.” CI is short for confidential informants.
Peter Strzok is set to appear before Congress next week if he doesn’t ignore the congressional subpoena.
If he does, Potus Trump should instruct the Justice Department to charge him and anyone associated with this scam.
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