Imagine what the Mueller special counsel investigation might be like now if Peter Strzok and Lisa Page had refrained from texting each other on their official FBI phones.
Strzok and Page would still, of course, have the same hatred for Trump –- we just wouldn’t be aware of it. It would be a SECRET. It would be something they shared privately during five-hour lunches, and we wouldn’t be talking about it now. Presumably, Strzok would still be working with the special counsel team to bring down the President, right alongside the other fervently pro-Hillary attorneys and pit-bull investigators appointed by the “non-partisan” prosecutor Robert Mueller.
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Although her boss, then-deputy FBI Director Andrew “Andy’s office” McCabe, might still be gone --- he was sent packing and faces legal jeopardy after lying to investigators about media leaks --- Page would either be on Mueller’s team along with Strzok or would have chosen to stay at the FBI in a high-level position. Both she and Strzok would still maintain their top-secret security clearances and could pretty much find out anything about anyone, as we’ve seen how good they are at getting FISA warrants. They’d still be working together behind the scenes to ensnare Trump associates and get them to implicate the President in a “collusion” that never was. We would never have known about any “insurance policy.”
On this subject, John Solomon outdoes himself in his latest column, pointing to one Strzok-Page text that leaps out in a particularly chilling way. Sent by Strzok to Page just two days after Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel, it’s the one that says “there’s no big there there.” Until Page testified before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees last Friday and Monday, congressional investigators couldn’t say for sure that he was talking about the Trump/Russia case, but according to several eyewitnesses at her closed-door session, she “confirmed in the most pained and contorted way that the message in fact referred to the quality of the Russia case.”
Let’s take a moment for her confirmation to sink in.
This just tops everything. If you have steam coming out of your ears right now, you should see mine! Good grief, look at what our country has been put through over this fake investigation into Trump “colluding” with Russia to win the election. After all this time --- all this finger-pointing, all this distraction from the country’s real problems that Trump is actually trying to FIX --- we still don’t have any evidence that Trump was working with the Russians in any way. And to top it off, now we learn that FROM THE OUTSET, the FBI’s lead investigator in the Trump/Russia probe was saying “there’s no big there there.”
If we didn’t have Strzok’s text, we would never have known this. But the investigators would still be trying to come up with whatever they could on the President, going so far as putting his former campaign people in solitary confinement if necessary to get him to testify. Testify to what, exactly?
Solomon points out that by the time of Mueller’s appointment, the FBI’s best counterintelligence agents had been digging for some time. They had used an unverified “dossier” paid for by the Hillary campaign in a FISA application to get a warrant to spy. They really didn’t have anything, and Strzok admitted as much. Yet Rod Rosenstein signed the authorization for a special counsel and appointed Mueller to the job.
To put the Strzok text in context, he and Page were debating whether to continue their rise at the FBI or to join the special counsel team –- “an investigation leading to impeachment?” Strzok mused. Page, who seems from these texts and her testimony to be the more grounded of the two, said, “We should stop having this conversation here,” and later referred to “the different realistic outcomes of this case.”
If I understand correctly, Strzok’s and Page’s personal phones have not been turned over. I wonder if that’s where they went for conversations that more fully indulged their impeachment fantasies, or if those were saved for the five-hour lunches.