On the day after the election, FBI official Peter Strzok and senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page, his paramour, discussed how they could undo the damage they did in the Clinton investigation, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) revealed on Fox News Tuesday morning.
Gowdy said recently released text messages exchanged between the pair during the 2016 election show a level of anti-Trump bias “that you rarely see.”
Strzok was a top counterintelligence agent with the FBI when he was involved with the Hillary Clinton email investigation and FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. He exchanged more than 50,000 messages with Page, according to Fox News.
As Gowdy and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) revealed last night, one of the messages included a reference to a “secret society” of officials within the Department of Justice and the FBI that apparently met the day after the election of Donald J. Trump to plot against the president-elect.
But that’s not all. On Tuesday, Gowdy revealed more from the already concerning text message.
“It’s the day after the election and it’s the same two people that were discussing a little bit later in the texts the damage they had done with the Clinton investigation and how they could ‘fix it’ and make it right,” Gowdy said.
(One can only guess that the two had in mind the damage they did to Clinton’s campaign by uncovering the gross negligence in which she handled classified emails.)
“That is a level of bias that is stunning among law enforcement officers,” Gowdy said.
Fox News host Sandra Smith asked Gowdy about a tweet from Milwaukee radio talk show host Jay Weber that quoted a Strozk text verbatim, revealing that Strzok had doubts about joining the Mueller probe because there was “no big there there.”
The Strozk text verbatim on joining the Mueller investigation: May 19th, 2017- 'You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I'd be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern that there's no big there there.'
— Jay Weber (@JayWeber3) January 23, 2018
That text message was unearthed by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI).
“It tells me that one of the lead counterintelligence agents in the country doesn’t think there’s anything there there,” Gowdy said, adding: “What really disappoints me the most is that he has no interest in participating in an investigation that might clear Donald Trump. His only interest is if there’s ‘something there’ so he can then fix what he did with the Hillary Clinton email investigation.”
The congressman expressed disbelief that this law enforcement officer could be so crooked. “For him to only be interested if there’s ‘something there’ where he can get the president is stunning for an FBI agent to admit,” he exclaimed.
“I don’t know how much damage they did. It’s really not my job to prove that. That’s [Inspector General] Michael Horowitz and Jeff Sessions’ job to find out much damage these two agents and others did,” Gowdy said. “But I care a lot about about the Department of Justice and the FBI, and it breaks my heart that we are having to have this conversation about two agents that only wanted to get the president, they didn’t have any interest in clearing him.”