Messages suggest Obama played role in early stages of Russia investigation.
The recently released text messages reveal a massive coordinated campaign between former President Barack Obama’s White House, the FBI, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Justice, and former Senate Democratic leadership to spring the Russia probe.
On Wednesday, GOP congressional investigators released text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, where they strongly implied Obama was leading the charge behind the scenes.
Strzok was a senior counterintelligence official before being demoted at the bureau and fired by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team last year.
An internal investigation found that he had been sending hundreds of anti-Trump text messages to Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair.
Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, then-Nevada Democrat Sen. Harry Reid, and CIA Director John Brennan coordinated to launch the Russia probe — which Strzok and Page said “contradicts” what they said publicly at the time.
On Aug. 2, 2016, Page wrote to Strzok saying, “Make sure you can lawfully protect what you sign. Just thinking about congress, foia, etc. You probably know better than me.”
The next day, Strzok wrote back by saying former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was concerned with “information control” regarding the initial investigation into President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
That means McCabe knew Obama’s administration was falsely claiming they had no involvement in the Russia probe.
In a message dated Aug. 8, 2016, Strzok texted Page: “Internal joint cyber cd intel piece for D, scenesetter for McDonough brief, Trainor [head of FBI cyber division] directed all cyber info be pulled. I’d let Bill and Jim hammer it out first, though it would be best for D to have it before the Wed WH session.”
Discussing the texts, GOP lawmakers said “D” referred to former FBI Director James Comey and “McDonough” referred to Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.
On Aug. 25, 2016, Brennan briefed Reid on Capitol Hill about the Russia probe.
Two days after the briefing, Reid wrote a letter to Comey requesting an investigation into alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia officials.
On Aug. 30, 2016, Strzok texted Page, “Here we go,” and included a link to a New York Times report titled, “Harry Reid Cites Evidence of Russian Tampering in U.S. Vote and seeks FBI inquiry.”
Strzok replied Page saying, “D [Comey] said at am brief that Reid called him and told him he would be sending a letter.”
Strzok and Page said the Obama administration was claiming they had no involvement in the Russia investigation, but that they were pulling major strings behind closed doors.
McDonough, who worked closely with Obama every single day, was the middle man that related information to and from Brennan, Comey, and Reid to trigger the Russia investigation against Trump.
That would suggest Obama and his officials lied about their involvement in spurring the Russia witch hunt against Trump.