FBI Refuses To Pursue Personal Strzok-Page Texts; Grassley Goes Nuclear

The FBI is refusing to pursue work-related text messages and emails sent on the personal devices of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page– the FBI “lovebirds” discovered to harbor extreme political bias for Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump while actively involved in cases against each candidate during the 2016 US election. Clinton was of course exonerated by the FBI despite overwhelming evidence of criminal conduct, while Trump’s entire presidency has been tainted by the spectre of unproven Russian collusion.

Over 50,000 text messages between Strzok and Page were discovered by the Department of Justice’s internal watchdog, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), leading to their removal from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation – which has since devolved into trying to embarrass the President over allegedly paying a porn star not to discuss consensual sex. Of note, Page tendered her resignationon Friday.

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In a Wednesday letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray said that the FBI was not “obligated” to collect all communications between employees, and would not be pursuing communications Strzok and Page sent to each other on their personal devices.

In response, Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) went nuclear – reminding Wray in a Friday letter cc’d to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that “Although, as your letter notes, the FBI is not “obligated” to collect all communications between employees, it is obligated to collect and preserve federal records.” 

Grassley goes on to note that previously released text messages between Strzok and Page “show substantial reason to believe government work was performed on non-government systems during the course of a high-profile investigation,” and that those communications could prove vital to the Committee’s investigation.

The work-related communications on nongovernment systems could shed more light on how the FBI handled the Clinton investigation and would constitute federal records that the FBI would be obligated to retrieve and preserve under the Federal Records Act. –Sen. Grassley to FBI Director Wray

The letter then provides several examples in which Strzok and Page explicitly referred to exchanging work-related information over their personal devices.

“For example, in two text messages Strzok said to Page:”

Gmailed you two drafts of what I’m thinking of sending Bill, would appreciate your thoughts. Second (more recent) is updated so you can skip the first.

Yep. Sent something to your gmail, work-related. Think I’m going to pull here and send to Kortan….

“In another text message, Strzok and Page appear to use the encrypted iMessage application on their personal Apple devices to discuss work-related material:”

Strzok: Want to imsg it to me, or want to do it in person?

Page: It’s not that sensitive.

Strzok: Ok. You can imsg just for convenience of typing, too, if you want

Strzok: And I have no good, awful, sh*tty terrible (work) news. I can’t say it here, and you can’t share with Andy (yet). I’m upset.

Page: Can you share it on imsg?

Strzok: Yes just sent[.]8

Grassley then excoriates the FBI – comparing Strzok and Page’s use of personal devices for work purposes to Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information on her personal server – which Strzok and Page were investigating.

“Under 18 U.S.C. § 2071, it is illegal to willfully and unlawfully conceal, remove, or destroy a federal record. Secretary Clinton alienated thousands of federal records when she used a nongovernment server and email for official work, many of which were deleted rather than returned to the State Department when the Department requested them. Ironically, as FBI employees tasked with investigating Clinton’s similar conduct, Strzok and Page appear to have used nongovernment systems for official work as wellThis Committee has yet to receive a satisfactory explanation as to why the FBI apparently let Secretary Clinton off the hook for multiple § 2071 violations. It is disturbing that even at this late date, and with all the litigation surrounding Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server for official business, the FBI seems similarly uninterested in even attempting to retrieve federal records of its own employees that appear to have been alienated as well.

Grassley then asks three questions of Wray, noting that he expects the response to be unclassified:

  • Why has the FBI not requested from Ms. Page or Mr. Strzok any official work-related material from their personal devices and email accounts?
  • Why has the FBI not conducted searches of non-FBI-issued communications devices or non-FBI email accounts associated with Mr. Strzok or Ms. Page for official work-related material?
  • The FBI’s May 3, 2018, response letter also failed to answer questions 1-5, 8, and 11. Please provide answers and the requested documentation by the deadline.

Full letter below

via www.zerohedge.com

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4 comments

  1. The only way to ever again have ANY faith in the FBI/DOJ will be to investigate, prosecute and incarcerate the lowlife traitors (I cannot think of another name for anyone attempting a coup, seditionist maybe?) involved in this injustice and attempted government coup. The penalties should be the severest allowed. If this is not done we will be assured that there are multiple laws for differing classes of people. In that case there is no law and no one is bound by it!

    1. Yep! However, it’s not just DoJ and the FBI.You ned to throw in doxens of other little tyrranical fiefdoms (e.g. BLM, BATF, both DOEs, EPA, etc.) We’ve reached the state of anarcho-tyranny where the government puts it’s entire force against the middle (taxpaying) class to make sure it “tows the line” (continues to pay) while allowing the scum to run wild because their presence creates the appearance of a necessity for government. The American middle class turned out in the last election to try and save the Constitutional republic only to find out that the worst corruption is buried deeply within the gears of every part of the system. The swamp moves between open hostility and minimal responsiveness to the elected President and outright contempt (that’s what this is) to the people’s elected representatives in Congress. The entire population of many agencies (and a good number of judges and shysters) need to be removed from any positions of trust. The alternative, as the government resorts to compelling obedience from the citizens while forcing them to accept foreign invaders (criminals and gang members from the southern border), terrorists, and parasites from the entire world will be massive bloodshed as productive citizens cease and refuse to accept or respect a government totally unresponsive to those upon whom it is dependent for its sustenance.

  2. I agree entirely.The Visigoths are not at the gates of Rome,they are INSIDE it already.Our once proud nation is at the brink of judicial disaster should all this not be revealed and prosecuted.There is likely an FBI chapter doing it’s proper job on one level,and another at the top,clandestine ,controlling the game of cover-up and spin along with the intel agencies.I think Brennan and Obama themselves launched this whole thing on their own with Hillary in the wings.
    All roads will lead back to Seth Rich,mark my words,and the DNC at it’s top is part of that cabal as well.
    The whole thing began with the illegal effort to derail Trump’s election,then morphed into pinning it all on the Russians.OBAMA knew of Russian hacking meddling very very early,did nothing serious about it,then they used the big boogeyman Russia as the catch-all byword on which to pin and blame their election failure AND everything else illegal they did.It got out of their control.
    I would be so low,at this point, as to think the DNC/CLINTON gang sought Rich’s murder for his leaks to Wikileaks, through CIA AND FBI triggers using known Russian agents with Russian guns in case they got caught.Same deal in 1963 with CIA Cord Meyer’s wife Mary who was a common JFK visitant,found dead in a D.C.park shot execution style,murder never solved.Who the hell remembers that?
    These are bad people folks,not to be messed with

    1. I agree with your primary premise. However the corruption goes well beyond the DNC and includes members of both political parties, the “Deep State” and many invisible individuals hidden within various organizations both within and without the government. Buchanan was correct years ago when he pointed out that we’re engaged in a culture war. The big problem is that one side is only lately beginning to realize that it is and has been under attack. The 2016 election showed that side capable of awakening. The question now is whether it can continue to maintain its focus in the face of open hostility by “its own) government, academia, the media, the elite and the parasites (both individual and corporate) which populate and control the current system.

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