Skip to comments.Strzok-Page Emails Reveal Disturbing Look at Early Mueller Investigation (Vanity)
Posted on 02/08/2018 3:36:48 PM PST by mojito
Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released a majority staff report titled The Clinton Email Scandal And The FBIs Investigation Of It, along with over 500 pages of text messages between agent Peter Strzok, formerly the Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI's Counterintelligence Division, and FBI attorney Lisa Page. Many of the text messages have not been released previously.
One aspect of the newly released texts that has not received any media attention is the overwhelming number of texts that deal with Page and Strzok's comments on and numerous contacts with members of the Mueller investigation in its earliest days. It appears that the office of the Special Counsel, which was established when Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller on May 17, 2017, either had its offices in a designated section inside the FBI headquarters building in Washington DC, or in very close proximity. This afforded numerous and frequent contacts between Mueller and his staff, many of them former FBI officials, and then current FBI officials, who might be presumed to be fact witnesses of the Special Counsel's investigation. How this is not prejudicial to the investigation is beyond me.
Strzok's and Pages' texts in this regard commence on May 18, 2017 (p. 457 of the released texts document). Many, if not most of the texts between them concern whether to join the Mueller investigation or remain at the FBI. The texts relate their daily interactions with Mueller team members and FBI counterparts where they appear to be in a near continuous fret regarding their career status and ambitions. Page, it appears, does join the Mueller team but worries that she is not in the top rank of attorneys, while Strzok hesitates, Hamlet-like, between joining the Mueller investigation and remaining with the bureau.
Their interactions are oftentimes comic in their mutual near-obsessive careerist absurdity. At other times, their remarks take on a more sinister quality:
5/24/2017 (p. 464)
PAGE: So if you really do want to join the team, don't let my participation stop you. Truly.
STRZOK: Make sure you're weighting all your considerations honestly and appropriately. You said tonight you want to stay and protect the FBI. ls that true, or is it really stay and protect Andy? What if it's Director Townsend? Staying for Andy is perfectly fine. Just be brutally honest with yourself.
l don't know what l want, Lisa. l don't want to be anything but the lead agent. And l think even that is going to be a far cry from the inner sanctum of what Bob decides. I don't think agents will play a significant role. I (or whoever) might work into that circle of trust, but he's not going to view the lead agent the same as aaron (sic)
PAGE: No, but Aaron might, which would be as good as Bob doing it.
(For reference the team is the Mueller investigation, Andy is Andrew McCabe, and Townsend is Frances Townsend, former Director of Homeland Security under George W. Bush. Bob is Robert Mueller and Aaron is Aaron Zebley, former FBI Chief of Staff to Mueller and partner with Mueller at the WilmerHale law firm, where Zebley represented Clinton IT staffer Justin Cooper who installed her illegal server when she was Secretary of State.)
The context here seems to imply that Page and Strzok are aware that the FBI and McCabe might need protection because of the handling of the Clinton server investigation.
Then theres this exchange:
6/4/2017 (pp. 474-475)
PAGE: Please, when you get a chance, plug with Aaron all the behind the scenes work I did with Andy, Jim, etc. to get this result. Andy was NOT going to do it just based on Mueller's convo with him - he just didn't understand what the problem was. AND I did a lot of work to help them understand that [redacted] was not the right guy.
STRZOK: Thank you.
Of course l will.
PAGE: I worry they think l'm too loyal to Andy or Comey, won't truly trust me because of that. Maybe this will help.
STRZOK: I wouldn't worry about that
Just be you
That will be enough
PAGE: It hasn't been yet.
STRZOK: This is true. And l don't think it's that they don't trust you because of Andy or Comey. I think they just don't trust, generally. You will work your way in. Patience.
And sigh. Ok. Don't worry too much about Mueller and Aaron. You're gong (sic) to be ok. :)
So just what is the behind the scenes work that Page has been doing, just coincidentally related to a problem that McCabe didnt understand?
Theres a lot more here, and it bears investigating. I want to encourage other FReepers to take a look at this and post anything of interest they might find.
Good hunting, my FRiends.
And the title should say “Texts” not “Emails”.
I want to know more about what they had to say about the meeting on the tarmac.
I havent read through the texts but I read someone who claimed to and what they pointed out was that here is this guy who thinks he is super agent with 20 years and he is being played by this basically just out of Law School lawyer to advance her career and he is too stupid to realize it.
Well it was in the fall-out after the tarmac meeting of Bill Clinton and AG Lynch but before Shrillary had even been “interviewed” on July 5 that Page texted Strzok to say that of course Lynch “knows” that Hillary will never be charged (why it was no “profile in courage” for AG Lynch to say publicly that she would “accept” recommendations from the FBI regarding the Clinton email investigation). I’m not looking for that text now, but it’s been out there.
That’s my impression - that Page wanted Mueller to know that she pushed for the creation of the Special Counsel behind the scenes at the FBI and that the person with the redacted name was not the right person to be appointed as Special Counsel.
Yeah. I remember that. Id be disappointed if thats the only one.
...but... are you sure you don't have the two culprits' IDs reversed? Sure looks like it...
Gonna go look back at the whole "INBOX/OUTBOX" bit -- and at whose phone it was; I recall being confused by that at first...
Outbox is Page.
help them understand that [redacted] was not the right guy. I would bet a couple of bucks thar “redacted” is Trump. What would be the “national interest” to redact it?
FWIW, Page was appointed to Meuller’s Special Counsel Team
in June 2017. Can’t locate exact date. She was still working there on Sept. 20 per news article. On Sept 29 it was in paper that she had left the Special counsel.
There have been many articles since the damm burst. Some say it was a Temp. position. That was never mentioned in the article of June 2017 Re: her appointment.
Barf. What a couple of simpletons
Has Saturday Night Live gotten around to doing a parody of these two?
I wonder why...
In all these voluminous texts, is there actually the slightest hint of romance/affair?
The whole “affair” texting bit is starting to sound like “wedding & yoga” emails and “grandchildren” tarmac chats.
They were not removed from the investigation for their biases, contrary to what’s been reported.
They were removed for getting caught.
Mueller doesn’t have enough integrity to remove them for their conduct.
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