Newly released text messages reveal the two anti-Trump, pro-Clinton FBI officials engulfed in a massive scandal spoke about ways to “get around” federal rules requiring the preservation of their cell phone text messages and how to “copy/take classified” information off their phones.
In text messages released Thursday from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page discussed ignoring federal archive rules that have been part of the agency for many years, raising serious questions about what else they might be hiding.
Strzok, who is still employed at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, served as the top counterintelligence analyst at the FBI before being fired by special counsel Robert Mueller last summer. He was fired after an internal query discovered he had been sending thousands of anti-Trump text messages to Page, a top lawyer at the FBI with whom he was having an affair.
In one exchange, Page wrote to Strzok that she was going to get a new Apple iPhone, which would likely have been from the FBI’s IT department.
Strzok replied: “Hot damn. I’m happy to pilot that…we get around our security/monitoring issues?”
Page: “No, he’s proposing that we just stop following them. Apparently the requirement to capture texts came from omb, but we’re the only org (I’m told) who is following that rule. His point is, if no one else is doing it why should we.”
Page wrote that McCabe, “had a terrible time with his phone [redacted] which made him concerned for our folks all over the place.”
Referring to her Samsung phone, she added: “These phones suck as much as they do because of the program we use to capture texts, full stop.”
“No doubt,” Strzok replied, adding, “I’m not convinced short of OPR, that text capture capability really deters anything.”
Strzok added: “If I want to copy/take classified, I’m sure as hell not going to do it on this phone.”
Strzok and Page abused their power on numerous occasions to accelerate the phony Russia investigation — and they should be held accountable for their actions.
The committee revealed it had major questions about what Strzok meant by trying to “pilot” Page’s phone, and whether they were able to hardwire the cell phones to wipe them clean or not record information.
Deleting or taking classified information is very serious, and unlike with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, they should go to prison.
Source: Washington Examiner