Democrats are livid about the recent release of text messages by the Department of Justice (DOJ). The angered liberals are going after the DOJ, demanding names of the people who evaluated and released the hundreds of messages between FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
Politico has reported that several Democrats including Jerrold Nadler, the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee want answers. They sent a letter to DOJ Public Affairs Director Sarah Isgur Flores requesting the following:
- The names of DOJ officials who evaluated the messages for release.
- The names of DOJ officials who approved the media sharing messages which were still being released to Congress.
- The names of reporters who attended the Tuesday briefing.
A similar letter of request went to Justice Department Inspector Michael Horowitz. Flores told Politico;
“As we understand now, some members of the media had already received copies of the texts before that — but those disclosures were not authorized by the department.”
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— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) December 14, 2017
The content of the text messages may very well be the undoing of Robert Mueller’s special counsel. The two FBI agents were having an affair at the time and the messages were vicious in their hatred of President Trump and their support for Hillary Clinton. The messages have resulted in questions about the integrity of the FBI and how they handled both the Russia/Trump probe and the Clinton email investigation.
Strzok was an integral part of both investigations. He handled vital interviews including Hillary herself. On August 15, 2016, he sent a text to Page that read;
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
“Andy” is believed to be FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. The text is extremely unsettling as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte explained on Fox & Friends this week;
“This [text] is the one that concerns me the most. Andy is presumably Andrew McCabe … and this text is very troubling because it suggests that they’re doing something, they have a plan to take action to make sure that Donald Trump does not get elected president of the United States at the highest levels of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
— Rep. Jamie Raskin (@RepRaskin) December 15, 2017
Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee voiced similar concerns;
“Some of these texts appear to go beyond merely expressing a private political opinion, and appear to cross the line into taking some official action to create an ‘insurance policy’ against a Trump presidency…Former Director Comey’s claims that the FBI ‘doesn’t give a rip about politics’ certainly are not consistent with the evidence of discussions occurring in the Deputy Director’s office around August 15, 2016.”
Democrats certainly have cause for concern. The release of the messages has started a downward spiral and this time, they may not have the resources to stop it from taking down many of them along the way.
Source: The Gateway Pundit