Things seem to be getting worse for the former leadership in the FBI.
On Thursday evening, Fox News reported that new text messages between FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page show that the two were planning on gaining intelligence on President Trump after the election by gathering people to create relationships in the White House to collect intel for them.
Check out what the The Daily Caller reported.
In a letter Thursday to Barr, Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin cite a series of text messages from Nov. 17, 2016 exchanged between then-FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and then-FBI attorney Lisa Page.
In the texts, Strzok makes a reference to using “our CI guy” to develop “potential relationships” with Trump transition team members. Strzok suggested using the “CI guy” — a likely reference to a counterintelligence official — to assess whether unidentified Trump officials expressed a “different demeanor.”
Grassley and Johnson say in the letter that they are not entirely sure what Strzok and Page were referring to in the text messages, but they want a briefing from Barr to find out if the two bureau officials were trying to keep tabs on President Donald Trump’s team.
Any improper FBI surveillance activities that were conducted before or after the 2016 election must be brought to light and properly addressed,” Grassley and Johnson said.
Stefan Halper was used by the FBI to gather intel on Carter Page, Sam Clovis and George Papadopoulos.
We share your concerns about these activities, and are troubled by the apparent unauthorized disclosures of surveillance efforts and other classified information during the same time period,” Grassley and Johnson noted.
“Talking with Bill. Do we want Joe to go with Evanina instead of Charlie for a variety of reasons?” Strzok said to page in November of 2016.
“Hmm. Not sure. Would it be unusual to have [sic] show up again? Maybe another agent from the team?” Page responded.
“Or, he’s ‘the CI guy.’ Same. might [sic] make sense. He can assess if thete [sic] are any news [sic] Qs, or different demeanor. If Katie’s husband is there, he can see if there are people we can develop for potential relationships,” wrote Strzok. Keep in mind that Strzok was the head of the Trump-Russia probe at one point
“I told him I’m sure we could ask you to make the swap if we thought it was smart. It’s not until Mon so Bill can always discuss with him tomorrow,” Strzok added.
Grassley and Johnson have made it clear that they want a briefing on the situation in May.
“The nature of these communications, and the precise purpose of any attempts to ‘develop relationships’ with Trump or Pence transition team staff are not immediately clear,” they said. “Were these efforts done to gain better communication between the respective parties, or were the briefings used as intelligence gathering operations? Were these efforts done to gain better communication between the respective parties, or were the briefings used as intelligence gathering operations?”
“Any improper FBI surveillance activities that were conducted before or after the 2016 election must be brought to light and properly addressed,” they added.
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