For four months, the FBI and DOJ have stonewalled Devin Nunes’ oversight committee and hidden the bombshell revelation that one of the lead investigators in Hillary’s email probe was blatantly pro-Hillary and anti-Trump.
For nearly four months, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, the Justice Department and the FBI have kept secret the fact that the FBI agent who oversaw the Russia investigation exchanged anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton text messages with an FBI attorney who was also his mistress.
Those messages, the existence of which were revealed in bombshell reports published over the weekend, highlight a pattern of the Mueller team.
Many of Mueller’s prosecutors — it has been extensively reported — have made campaign contributions to Clinton and other Democratic political candidates. And a review by The Daily Caller shows that Mueller lawyers involved in the cases against four Trump associates are Democratic donors.
But Peter Strzok’s text messages — which he exchanged with Jill Page, an FBI lawyer who worked briefly on the Russia investigation — are perhaps the most significant evidence of anti-Trump bias uncovered so far on the Mueller team.
The discovery could also undermine the integrity of Mueller’s expansive investigation. That’s because Strzok is the FBI agent picked in July 2016 to supervise the then-fledgling investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.
Strzok’s central role in the probe is already raising questions about how and why the collusion investigation was opened in the first place.
Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser targeted in the early stages of the investigation, told TheDC on Sunday that he is “curious…whether [Strzok’s] fingerprints” are on a secret surveillance warrant taken out against him in Sept. 2016, just after he left the Trump team.
It is unclear what information was used in the application for the warrant, though it has been reported that the infamous and uncorroborated Steele dossier was cited.
Page is accused in the dossier of being the Trump campaign’s collusion contact with the Kremlin, an allegation he vehemently denies.
The Trump-Russia investigation was opened several weeks after Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, first briefed FBI agents. The former British spy was working at the time for an opposition research firm that had been hired by the Clinton campaign and DNC to investigate Trump’s dealings in Russia.
Mueller inherited the Russia investigation this May, when he was appointed special counsel after Trump fired James Comey as FBI director.
Strzok’s departure from Mueller’s squad, reported in August, puzzled reporters covering the Russia investigation beat.
Mueller’s press shop refused to provide an explanation for the move, characterizing it only as a personnel move. Congress was also kept in the dark. Requests for interviews with Strzok pushed by House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes were rejected by DOJ and FBI officials for months.
Saturday’s report of Strzok’s text messages caught Nunes by surprise. The Republican issued a statement blasting the FBI and DOJ for “hiding” information and “stonewalling” congressional inquiries.
Nunes also questioned whether Strzok handled the dossier.
“This is part of a months-long pattern by the DOJ and FBI of stonewalling and obstructing this Committee’s oversight work, particularly oversight of their use of the Steele dossier,” Nunes said in a statement on Saturday.