Disturbing new text messages between FBI agents have chilling implications for the future of our democracy — and they could lead to former President Barack Obama being brought up on criminal charges.
Critics have long suspected that Obama was illegally meddling in the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email probe. It was an accusation dismissed as a conspiracy theory by the mainstream media.
Now there’s undeniable proof.
On Sep. 2, 2016, FBI lawyer Lisa Page texted Peter Strzok about prepping former FBI Directory James Comey and told him that “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.” POTUS is a common acronym for “President of the United States.”
“According to a newly released Senate report, this text raises questions about Obama’s personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation,” Fox News reported. If it links Obama to direct meddling in a criminal investigation for political purposes — something that has been openly suspected by multiple sources — it could lead to his arrest.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The day Comey defended his decisions not to move forward in the Hillary email probe, the two FBI officials traded texts gushing over Comey — and mocking American voters inability to stop him.
Congress, wrote Page in one text, is “utterly worthless.” ″Less than worthless,” replied Strzok, who was actively involved in email investigation. “Utterly contemptible.”
The officials’ assessment of Comey, facing hours of questions about his decision not to seek charges against Clinton for her use of a private email server, was unmistakably flattering.
“God he is SO good,” Strzok said. “I know,” Page responded. “Brilliant public speaker. And brilliant distillation of fact.”
That exchange is included among 384 pages of text messages between Page and Strzok provided by the Justice Department to Congress. The texts, part of an inspector general investigation into the handling of the Clinton email probe, are most notable for derogatory messages about President Donald Trump — the discovery of which led to Strzok’s reassignment from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
The texts proved an explosive development when revealed in December, giving rise to Republican allegations of bias in the FBI and the Justice Department and leading Trump to make an extraordinary allegation of “treason” against Strzok.
There’s no question both Strzok and Page were stridently opposed to Trump’s candidacy and the prospect of a Trump administration, using words like “idiot,” ″loathsome,” ″menace” and “disaster” to describe him. In one text four days before the election, Page told Strzok that the “American presidential election, and thus, the state of the world, actually hangs in the balance.”
They frequently texted each other news stories about Russian election meddling, denigrated Trump associate Roger Stone and, in one profanity-laced message, Strzok cursed out the “cheating [expletive] Russians.”
Other texts show how deep their hatred of Trump went. Page wrote, “OMG THIS IS F***ING TERRIFYING” on Election Day 2016, to which Strzok replied, “Omg, I am so depressed.”
A few days later, Page may have hinted at an impeachment plot. She wrote, “I bought all the president’s men. Figure I need to brush up on watergate.”
The next day, Nov. 14, 2016, Page texted, “God, being here makes me angry. Lots of high fallutin’ national security talk. Meanwhile we have OUR task ahead of us.”
According to Fox News, “Page’s meaning here is unclear, but Senate investigators say, coupled with Strzok’s Aug. 15 text about an ‘insurance policy,’ further investigation is warranted to find out what actions the two may have taken.”
And the shocking texts, which encompass a two-year period beginning around the start of the Clinton email investigation in 2015, cover far more ground than Trump.
They underscore how the Clinton inquiry, well before the launch of the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia, caused anxiety and tension within the FBI and Justice Department as witness interviews, strategic decisions and even public statements were picked apart internally and in the news media in the months preceding the election.
Strzok was distressed, for instance, that former President Bill Clinton was caught having a private meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch aboard her plane in the investigation’s final stages. Lynch subsequently announced that she would accept the FBI’s recommendations, setting the stage for Comey’s announcement that the FBI would not seek charges.
The texts also make clear that FBI leadership knew weeks before Comey alerted Congress that a trove of emails relevant to the Clinton investigation had been found on a laptop belonging to former Rep. Anthony Weiner.
It remains unexplained why Comey waited a month before revealing the discovery of new emails and before obtaining a warrant to scour them.
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On Sept. 28, 2016, one month before the news became public, Strzok told Page that he’d been summoned to the deputy director’s office because “hundreds of thousands of emails” had been turned over by Weiner’s attorney to prosecutors as part of a sexting investigation, with a “ton of material” believed to be from Weiner’s wife.
“This,” Strzok wrote, “will never end.”
Strzok was wrong, though… thanks to his own words, it could end with Obama and Hillary both in handcuffs.
The Associated Press contributed to this article