Two Congressional watchdog committees are straining at the leash and ready to rip some traitorous throats out, starting with a pair of officials that were caught red-handed, illegally conspiring to leak Hillary-slanted sensitive information. Nearly three dozen text messages prove Peter Strzok and Lisa Page intentionally leaked confidential results of the Clinton probe to the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.
When the stories, planted by the frisky couple involved in a long-running extra-marital affair, came out, they patted themselves on the back. One of their leaks prompted Strzok to text, “Just a tiny bit from us.” Page had seen it. It made her feel better about the way they had stabbed James Comey in the back for another story. “Makes me feel WAY less bad about throwing him under the bus to the forthcoming CF article.”
When the “CF” Clinton Foundation story came out, they kicked around the best way to “discover” it for sharing with their co-workers. “Article is out, but hidden behind paywall so can’t read it,” Page tapped out on Oct. 24, 2016. Strzok was impressed with the Wall Street Journal’s prompt attention. “Wsj? Boy that was fast. Should I ‘find’ it and tell the team?” Strzok assured Page he could make it seem innocent enough. “I can get it like I do every other article that hits any Google News alerts, seriously.” Some of their illicit activities were even done on official work phones. “I wouldn’t search on your work phone, no idea what that might trigger,” Strzok texted. “Oops. Too late,” Page responded back.
When they were quoted as “Justice Department attorneys and FBI officials” in a Washington Post story, they almost got busted. Page got a call from the FBI chief of staff, James Rybicki. “Sorry, Rybicki called. Time line article in the post (sic) is super specific and not good. Doesn’t make sense because I didn’t have specific information to give.”
The story in the Post quoted them anonymously as saying why a probe into “whether donors to the Clinton family charity were given improper benefits by the Hillary Clinton-led State Department” wasn’t needed. “Justice Department attorneys and FBI officials in Washington viewed the agents’ presentation as lacking substantive evidence. The attorneys felt it relied too heavily on public reports and the book “Clinton Cash,” and denied the agents authority to move forward, according to people familiar with the discussions. The 2015 book, by conservative author Peter Schweizer, relied heavily on public records and presented a largely circumstantial case that State Department actions were driven by donations to the Clinton Foundation and payments to Bill Clinton.”
Strzok played a key role in the Clinton email probe. At the time the texts were exchanged, Lisa Page worked as a Justice Department attorney advising the Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe. After the election, both were assigned to jobs high up the ladder on Robert Mueller’s “Russia counterintelligence” witch hunt.
Strzok and Page are under investigation, along with other top FBI and Justice Department officials, by both the House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Evidence gathered by the independently investigating panels has already revealed a treasure trove of information. Just one part of that is the string of messages related to the Hillary Clinton email probe.
House Intelligence Committee chairman, Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), recently demanded that the FBI and DOJ turn over a pile of paperwork and make a whole list of witnesses available for interrogation, including Strzok and Page.
When they got the latest subpoena, threatening them with contempt of Congress, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein went crying to Paul Ryan. Their last-ditch effort to resist turning over the requested records and witnesses fell on deaf ears. Ryan told them in no uncertain terms that the Congressional watchdog committees are entitled to anything they ask for, so turn it over now. Strzok and Page have already been scheduled to testify.
The committee is expected to grill Page, asking her about any other “forthcoming” information she may have shared with reporters while she served as an adviser to McCabe. They plan to put Strzok under the hot lights and ask exactly what the “tiny bit” was that the media got from “us” was.
Under Obama, there was an average of three leak investigations a year. There are 27 going on right now. The Intelligence Committee subpoena Nunes issued shows the committee recently dug out another mole. “I understand that your office is researching records related to the details of an April 2017 meeting between DOJ Attorney Andrew Weissman (now the senior attorney for Special Counsel Robert Mueller) and the media,” Nunes writes. Weismann will be scheduled for grilling soon too.