(CNSNews.com) — The government watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in federal court this week to obtain the phone-text messages of FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who discussed an “insurance policy” against Donald Trump’s electoral win and referenced a “secret society” to apparently counter Trump’s actions.
Counterintelligence officer Strzok and FBI Attorney Page, who were involved in an extra-marital affair with each other, sent a reported 50,000 texts to each other between 2015 and mid-2017, according to news accounts and members of Congress.
Five months of messages, December 2016 and May 2017, were not retrieved because of technical problems, claimed the FBI last week. However, it was reported this week that those allegedly missing messages have been recovered, said the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General.
“I don’t believe for one minute that the Strzok-Page texts are really missing,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a press release.
“The IRS told us that Lois Lerner’s emails were ‘missing,’ and we forced them to admit they existed and deliver them to us,” he said. “The State Department hid the Clinton emails but our FOIA lawsuits famously blew open that cover-up.”
“We fully intend to get the ‘missing’ Strzok and Page documents,” said Fitton. “And it is shameful the FBI and DOJ have been playing shell games with these smoking gun text messages. Frankly, FBI Director [Christopher] Wray needs to stop the stonewalling.”
In its lawsuit filed against the Justice Department on Jan. 24, Judicial Watch is requesting the following, for the time period Feb. 1, 2015 to the present, under the Freedom of Information Act:
“All records of communications, including but not limited to, emails, text messages and instant chats, between FBI official Peter Strozk and FBI attorney Lisa Page;
“All travel requests, travel authorizations, travel vouchers and expense reports of Peter Strozk;
“All travel requests, travel authorizations, travel vouchers and expense reports of Lisa Page.”
According to Judicial Watch, “The text messages are of public interest because Strzok and Page were key investigators in the Clinton email and Trump-Russia collusion investigations. Strzok was reportedly removed from the Mueller investigative team in August and reassigned to a human resources position after it was discovered that he and an FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, who worked for FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and with whom Strzok was carrying on an extramarital affair, exchanged pro-Clinton and anti-Trump text messages.”
Some of the text messges between Strzok and Page were released by the DOJ and Congress in December. In those texts, Page refers to Trump as an “enormous douche,” a “loathsome human” who “should go F himself.”
Strzok, who “investigated” Hillary Clinton’s illicit use of a private server and mishandling of classified documents, says in his texts, “F TRUMP,” he is a “f***ing idiot,” and his supporters are “PATHETIC” and “DOUCHEBAGS.”
Strzok is the FBI agent who rewrote part of FBI Director James Comey’s exoneration of Hillary Clinton in 2016, replacing the words “grossly negligent,” a legal term, to “extremely careless” in regard to Clinton’s mishandling of classified documents.
Strzok, working as a lead investigator for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, also reportedly participated in the FBI’s interview of Clinton, as well as the FBI’s interview of former Trump adviser Michael Flynn.
Page, who briefly assisted with Mueller’s investigation, was assigned at the FBI to work under Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who worked under James Comey, until the latter was fired by President Trump in May 2017.
FBI Deputy Director McCabe helped oversee the FBI’s investigation (2015-16) into Clinton’s illicit use of a personal email server. McCabe is married to left-wing Democrat Dr. Jill McCabe. She was urged to run for a state senate seat in Virginia in 2015 by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a long-time Clinton ally, shortly after Clinton’s email scandal was uncovered.
In late 2015, a McAuliffe-led PAC, Common Good VA, paid Jill McCabe $467,500. In addition, a second Democratic PAC paid Jill McCabe $292,500.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal and Fox News, Andrew McCabe did not disclose those payments to his wife on his 2015 financial disclosure forms. Also, as Judicial Watch has discovered, Andrew McCabe did not recuse himself from the Hillary Clinton email investigation until one week before the 2016 presidential election, despite McCabe’s ties to McAuliffe, a Clinton ally, and the Democratic PAC that was paying his wife, Jill McCabe.
In mid-December 2017 it was reported that Andrew McCabe, 49, would resign from the FBI in February or March of 2018, when he would be eligible to receive his full pension and benefits.
Strzok’s,incidentally, is married to the pro-Clinton Melissa Hodgman, who was promoted to Associate Director of Enforcement at the SEC by President Barack Obama in late 2016, after the FBI found Clinton emails on convicted felon Anthony Weiner’s laptop. (Weiner is married to top Clinton aide huma Abedin.)
According to Judicial Watch, FBI agent Peter Strzok “is suspected of being responsible for using the unverified dossier to obtain a FISA warrant in order to spy on President Trump’s campaign.” The dossier was in part paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee through the company Fusion GPS to ex-British spy Peter Steele.
It was revealed in December that Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, was hired by Fusion GPS to help “with its research and analysis of Mr. Trump.” Bruce Ohr reportedly met with Fusion GPS officials at the Justice Department. He also reportedly tried to conceal these meetings and after this was discovered he was demoted and moved to a different office in the DOJ.
According to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Bruce Ohr, during the 2016 presidential campaign, met with ex-British spy Christopher Steele, who wrote the salacious dossier on Trump. Ohr also reportedly met with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson after the election.
“That dossier was used as a basis for getting warrants to spy on Americans associated with Donald Trump’s campaign,” said House Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) in December.
“This is why we need a second special counsel which we called for months ago,” he said. “[E]very time we learn more, it just reinforces the idea that we need that second special counsel.”