5 The Strzok Texts
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FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok exchanged text messages with colleague Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer with whom he was allegedly having an extramarital affair, that were open about their shared hatred of Donald Trump. This is especially troubling because Strzok was assigned to a team tasked with objectively determining whether Trump had colluded with Russia to steal the election.
Yet Strzok made no pretense of hiding his dislike of the current president, calling Trump a “d—che” and showing obvious favor for candidate Clinton throughout the course of the 2016 election.
Former President Barack Obama also came under scrutiny as a result of these text messages. In one September 2016 communique from Page to Strzok, Page mentions that “potus [then-president Obama] wants to know everything we are doing.” Obama had previously stated that he had not conferred with the FBI regarding the Clinton email investigation, to which Strzok and Page were assigned at the time.
Another Strzok text references a mysterious “secret society.” Some people believe that this term referred to a secret group within the FBI that is biased against Trump. Others say that the term is simply an attempt at humor and shouldn’t be taken seriously.
But perhaps the most damning text that Strzok sent to Page seems to suggest plans at the highest levels of the FBI to undermine Trump in the event of his ascension to the presidency. We’ll discuss that next.
4 The Insurance Policy
In August 2016, Peter Strzok sent Lisa Page a text message that seems to reference a meeting held among Strzok, Page, and Andrew McCabe, who was deputy director of the FBI at the time. The message reads as follows:
I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office—that there’s no way he gets elected—but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.
In this message, Strzok expresses his hope that Page is right and that Trump will not become president. But Strzok also appears to reference his intent to prepare for the unlikely possibility of Trump’s election by way of an unspecified “insurance policy.” Was Strzok organizing or otherwise participating in a resistance within the FBI to undermine the authority vested in Trump by the American people?
Some individuals interpret it that way. Others feel that Strzok was simply voicing his political views without necessarily trying to influence investigations concerning Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
Nevertheless, in late January 2018, FBI Deputy Director McCabe stepped down, retiring earlier than expected, after meeting with FBI Director Christopher Wray to discuss an inspector general report about the Clinton email investigation. Some news accounts said that McCabe’s role in the email investigation was under scrutiny.