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Strzok-Page Texts Refer to 'Oconus Lures' (Spies) in December of 2015

FBI officials Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The Senate on Monday released 500 pages of documents, including text messages between demoted counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and his paramour, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.  One of the formerly redacted texts suggests that the FBI may have been snooping into the Trump campaign way earlier than previously believed. Without mentioning any campaign specifically, the December 2015 text message refers to "oconus lures," which is FBI lingo for spies outside the continental United States.  Strzok was leading the Clinton investigation at the time and would go on to play a central role in the Trump/Russia probe. It is being assumed that the pair was referring to the FBI's efforts to bait & hook unsuspecting Trump campaign officials overseas.

The FBI's "Crossfire Hurricane" counterintelligence operation didn't officially begin until July 31, 2016.

President Trump referred to the text message in a tweet Tuesday evening:

Strzok’s supervisor, Bill Priestap, was interviewed behind closed doors on Tuesday as part of an ongoing joint investigation by the House Judiciary and Oversight committees. According to a Fox News source on Capitol Hill,  Priestap was "a very cooperative witness," although there were still unanswered questions regarding Priestap's overseas travel.

One line of questioning Tuesday concerned a by Priestap in May 2016 and whether it was connected to the Russia case. The trip was referenced by Strzok in a May 4, 2016, text message to FBI lawyer Lisa Page that said "Bill" would be "back from London next week."

Strzok himself traveled to London in early August of 2016 to meet with intelligence contacts and conduct secret interviews.

A lawmaker close to the matter told Fox News that Strzok played "a more central role than previously known" in both the Russia and Hillary Clinton email investigations.

Peter Strzok was pulled off of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team last year after Special Counsel Michael Horowitz uncovered his and Page's highly political and profoundly anti- Trump text messages.