by Stephen Dietrich, Associate Publisher
President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe as an unfair partisan “witch hunt” and claims its very existence as proof that there are career bureaucrats inside Washington, D.C. working to undermine his administration.
Trump’s claim has been repeatedly dismissed by the mainstream media as a “fringe” conspiracy theory that is without evidence.
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In the last two weeks, however, one government whistleblower has publicly said the Mueller investigation “was all a set-up.” Another came forward to claim there is a “high-level, coordinated effort to subvert the president” inside government intelligence agencies. A third wrote an explosive New York Times op-ed detailing their role in an active conspiracy to undermine Trump.
But none of that compares to the bombshell uncovered by investigative journalist Sara Carter on Tuesday.
Carter claims to have further evidence Trump was right — and it also shows the mainstream media has willfully been hiding the truth.
There’s no need to put on a tin-foil hat to believe this one, folks. If Carter is right, it is rock solid proof that no one can deny.
Tuesday, The Horn News reported that uncovered text messages between Peter Strzok — formerly a top FBI official in Mueller’s probe — and then-girlfriend Lisa Page showed the two were engaged in a “media leak strategy” to undermine Trump.
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North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows wrote to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that the text messages “should lead a reasonable person to question whether there was a sincere desire to investigate wrongdoing or to place derogatory information in the media to justify a continued probe.”
“I had literally just gone to find this phone to tell you I want to talk to you about media leak strategy with DOJ before you go,” Strzok messaged on Apr. 10, 2017, Meadows letter claims.
The next day, Apr. 11, 2017, The Washington Post — citing anonymous “law enforcement and other U.S. officials” — published a front-page article on the former Trump aide Carter Page titled, “FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page.”
On Apr. 13, 2017 The Guardian wrote an article titled “British spies were first to spot Trump team’s links with Russia” — also citing unnamed sources.
That same month, former FBI Director James Comey signed an extension on the FISA wiretap warrant on Trump aide Carter Page, using mainstream media articles as part of his evidence.
The Washington Post, however, firmly denied Meadow’s accusations that they were involved in the “media leak strategy” in a Wednesday article titled, “Trump’s latest, highly premature Peter Strzok conspiracy theory.”
“But there is a much less nefarious possible explanation here: That Strzok and Page were not discussing fostering leaks but, rather, combating them,” The Post told readers, citing Strzok’s lawyer.
That, it seems, is a bald faced lie. And their editors knew it.
Carter revealed more “damning” text messages Wednesday between the two former FBI agents.
“Also, apparently [The New York] Times is angry with us about the WP [Washington Post] scoop and earlier discussion we had about the Schmidt piece that had so many inaccuracies. Too much to detail here, but I told Mike [redacted] and Andy they need to understand we were absolutely dealing in good faith with them. The FISA one, coupled with the Guardian piece from yesterday,” Carter says Sztrok wrote on Apr. 14, 2017 — just two days after The Post article attacking Trump.
“‘Mike’ mentioned in Strzok’s text message is Mike Kortan, the former FBI assistant director for public affairs who retired in February,” Carter said sources told her. “‘Andy’ was in reference to former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. McCabe was fired earlier this year after it was revealed in DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report that said he lied to investigators and leaked information to the media.”
If so, these text messages are solid evidence that Strzok and Page weren’t working alone.
Instead, they would be proof that at least two FBI officials — which include a leading investigator inside Mueller’s team — were conspiring with top FBI officials and contacts in the media to undermine Trump’s administration.
What the mainstream media tried to dismiss as a “fringe” conspiracy theory has quickly become very, very real.
— Stephen Dietrich is the Associate Publisher of The Horn News.