New Strzok-Page texts call into question Obamas 2016 statement on FBI probes
Barack Obama wanted to 'know everything' the FBI was 'doing' according to newly released text messages between FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page; reaction and analysis on 'The Five.'
Newly released text messages between FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page saying Barack Obama wanted to "know everything? the FBI was "doing? could raise questions about the former president's 2016 statement that he was not involved in discussing pending probes.
The texts were part of a batch released by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., along with majority staff from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Strzok and Page, who worked for a short period of time on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, have been in the spotlight ever since a slew of anti-Trump messages between them surfaced last year.
In the new text message chain from Sept. 2, 2016, Page mentioned Obama in the context of a briefing for then-FBI director James Comey.
"Checkout my 9:30 mtg on the 7th," Strzok texted Page.
"I can tell you why you're having that meeting. It's not what you think," Page responded.
"TPs [talking points] for D [Comey]?? Strzok asked.
"Yes, bc potus wants to know everything we are doing," Page said.
The message suggested that Obama would meet Comey regarding an FBI matter.
Yet, on April 10, 2016, Obama told Fox News Chris Wallace that he did not have any involvement in ongoing FBI investigations.
"I do not talk to the attorney general about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations," Obama said on "Fox News Sunday." "I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI, not just in this case, but in any case."
It's unclear from the texts what exactly Strzok and Page were referring to with the apparent talking points for Comey. According to the Senate report, the text raises questions about Obama's involvement in the Clinton email investigation.
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