(National Sentinel) Corrupt: Spygate is the scandal that just keeps on giving, as newly revealed texts from fired FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok prove.
The messages between Strzok and his one-time lover, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, reveal that the counterintel agent sought to use CNN‘s report on the bogus “Russia dossier” as a pretext to interviewing people tied to the Trump-Russia ‘collusion’ investigation … reports CNN.
Earlier this week, Freedom Caucus member Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said that the text exchanges between Strzok and Page indicated the two were coordinating leaks to the media that were then utilized in some way by investigators seeking to deepen the fake collusion investigation, including obtaining FISA court warrants to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page (long after Page left the campaign and after the president won the 2016 election).
In addition, Meadows said lawmakers are also aware which reporters Page and Strzok leaked to.
Mind you, it was CNN that reported (leaked) information regarding former FBI Director James Comey’s briefing of then-President-Elect Donald Trump on a two-page summary of the Russia Dossier as a means of justifying their January report.
Notes Zero Hedge:
This is a troubling development in light of a May report that the FBI knew that CNN was “close to going forward” with the Steele Dossier story, and that “The trigger for them is they know the material was discussed,” clearly indicating active communications between CNN and the FBI.
Weeks later, as the Daily Caller‘s Chuck Ross notes, the FBI approached former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos “under the guise of interviewing him about his contacts with an alleged source for the dossier.”
In short, knowledge of the Comey-Trump briefing was leaked to CNN, CNN printed the story, Strzok wanted to use it as a pretext to interview people in the Trump-Russia investigation, and weeks later George Papadopoulos became ensnared in their investigation.
And when one considers that we learned of an FBI “media leak strategy” this week, it suggests pervasive collusion between Obama-era intelligence agencies and the MSM to defeat, and then smear Donald Trump after he had won the election.
The media leak strategy was also reported by investigative journalist Sara A. Carter, who noted that Meadows included some examples of the incriminating texts in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein this week:
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.”
The FBI’s culture of leaking to the media to advance a political agenda — in this case, one that seeks to undermine a sitting president — is pervasive, at least among its leadership.
Recalled that Comey stated plainly to lawmakers under oath he leaked contents of a “confidential memo” he supposedly wrote following private meetings with POTUS Donald Trump, in which he asserted the president pushed him to back off investigating then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — an act that could be considered felonious given that all conversations with the president are considered classified. Comey said he did so in order to spur the appointment of a special counsel.
Also, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired after the DOJ Inspector General reported that he, too, had engaged in unauthorized leaks to the media, then lied about it (he is said to be under grand jury investigation).
In an email to top FBI officials with the subject “Flood is coming,” McCabe wrote: “CNN is close to going forward with the sensitive story … The trigger for them is they know the material was discussed in the brief and presented in an attachment.” McCabe does not reveal how he knew CNN’s “trigger” was Comey’s briefing to Trump.
McCabe shot off a second email shortly thereafter to then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates along with her deputy, Matthew Alexrod, with the subject line “News.”
“Just as an FYI, and as expected,” McCabe wrote, “it seems CNN is close to running a story about the sensitive reporting.” Again, how McCabe knew this is unclear and begs investigation.
The culture of leaks and lies at the FBI did not start with POTUS Donald Trump’s election, but it was certainly exacerbated by it. Now, if there is any hope to repairing the reputations of the Justice Department and FBI two things have to happen: 1) The offenders must be charged and tried; and 2) Mueller’s probe, which was built on lie, should go away.