STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

House Republican, without evidence, suggests new texts show misconduct of former FBI officials

One of President Donald Trump's closest allies in Congress is alleging misconduct by former FBI officials Pe...

Posted: Sep 12, 2018 9:24 AM
Updated: Sep 12, 2018 9:24 AM

One of President Donald Trump's closest allies in Congress is alleging misconduct by former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, an unproven and disputed assertion that the President amplified Tuesday morning, the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

At issue are claims made by Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, who said on Monday that newly-discovered text messages between Strzok and Page discussing a "media leak strategy with DOJ" suggest a "coordinated effort" by the FBI and the Justice Department to "release information in the public domain potentially harmful to President Donald Trump's administration."

Carter Page

Continents and regions

Donald Trump

Eastern Europe

Europe

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Government and public administration

Government bodies and offices

Government organizations - US

Investigations

Lisa Page

Mark Meadows

Misc people

Peter Strzok

Political Figures - US

Political organizations

Politics

Robert Mueller

Russia

Russia meddling investigation

US Department of Justice

US federal departments and agencies

US federal government

US political parties

US Republican Party

White House

Misconduct

Society

Mobile technology

Technology

Text messaging

Government departments and authorities

Justice departments

US Congress

US House of Representatives

Special counsel Robert Mueller removed Strzok from his team investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election last summer after an internal investigation uncovered a trove of private text messages with Page showing their contempt for Trump. In turn, the President and his allies on Capitol Hill have seized on these messages, at times pushing claims without providing any evidence to substantiate them, with the apparent aim of discrediting the special counsel's investigation.

CNN has not obtained a full record of the latest batch of text messages Meadows references, but according to a letter from Meadows to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Strzok texted Page on April 10, 2017 to say, "I want to talk to you about media leak strategy with DOJ before you go."

In his letter, Meadows also cites additional text exchanges and a contemporaneous news article about former Trump foreign policy aide Carter Page presented with little context.

Strzok's attorney Aitan Goelman disputed Meadows' characterization Tuesday in a statement to CNN and accused the President "and his enablers" of "peddling unfounded conspiracy theories to mislead the American People."

"The term 'media leak strategy' in Mr. Strzok's text refers to a Department-wide initiative to detect and stop leaks to the media," Goelman said.

The President, however, was quick to tweet out his dismay Tuesday and blame the Justice Department for inaction. In a tweet citing Fox News, the President wrote, "New Strzok-Page texts reveal 'Media Leak Strategy.'" Trump tweeted, "So terrible, and NOTHING is being done at DOJ or FBI - but the world is watching, and they get it completely."

Strzok was fired from the FBI last month for his conduct and Page resigned in May.

The latest unearthed text messages, provided to lawmakers in early August, are part of a second tranche of a critical time spanning from December 2016 to May 2017, according to a Justice official.

Yet this isn't the first time that the President and Republican lawmakers have latched onto the texts without context.

In January, conservatives speculated about a nefarious "secret society" at the FBI stemming from a text exchange, only to later learn it was a reference to a gag gift of Vladimir Putin-themed calendars that one of the employees purchased for those working on the early stage of the Russia investigation.

In February, a Republican senator pointed to a text from Page in September 2016 that said "potus wants to know everything we're doing," alleging -- without any corroboration -- it proved President Barack Obama had demanded information about the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information.

And finally in June, Trump tweeted "SPYGATE is in full force," citing text messages between Strzok and Page and suggesting that an investigation into the Trump campaign started as early as December 2015.

A CNN review of texts between the former FBI officials found no evidence to back up Trump's claims that the Trump-Russia investigation began in December 2015.

However, the Justice Department's inspector general issued a scathing report this summer that made clear the texts did "cast a cloud" over the credibility of the Clinton email investigation, even if the two former officials' views did not directly affect prosecutors' specific investigative decisions.

Terre Haute
Partly Cloudy
54° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 54°
Robinson
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 52°
Indianapolis
Cloudy
57° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 57°
Rockville
Partly Cloudy
48° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 48°
Casey
Partly Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 46°
Brazil
Partly Cloudy
54° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 54°
Marshall
Partly Cloudy
54° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 54°
Clear & Cool
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

Latest Video

Image

Linton pounds North Daviess

Image

North Central upsets Park Tudor

Image

Parke Heritage wins at South Vermillion

Image

Vincennes Lincoln falls on the road

Image

North Knox beats Pike Central

Image

Riverton Parke pounds Cloverdale

Image

South Putnam beats West Vigo

Image

Sullivan hands Owen Valley their first loss

Image

Northview beats TH South for first time since 1995

Image

THN falls on homecoming

WTHI Events

 

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Cases: 1612129

Reported Deaths: 27216
CountyCasesDeaths
Cook61543610987
DuPage1042681360
Will876561092
Lake773641061
Kane66108852
Winnebago39170545
Madison38345578
St. Clair35140571
McHenry33177317
Peoria26076363
Champaign25967184
Sangamon24718273
McLean22003208
Tazewell19833326
Rock Island17919348
Kankakee16856235
Kendall15537107
Macon14565244
LaSalle14539278
Vermilion13343190
Adams12733148
DeKalb11729129
Williamson11528160
Whiteside7944176
Jackson774389
Boone762782
Coles7404113
Ogle718087
Grundy704582
Franklin693999
Clinton683798
Knox6715166
Marion6581138
Macoupin6525100
Henry625674
Effingham612882
Jefferson6116132
Livingston574196
Woodford556191
Stephenson549789
Randolph532197
Monroe510199
Christian496380
Fulton491570
Morgan488996
Logan478474
Montgomery470476
Lee460658
Bureau429188
Perry416671
Saline414064
Fayette403459
Iroquois396973
McDonough356656
Jersey324253
Shelby317343
Crawford307930
Douglas307636
Lawrence303431
Union297347
Wayne276057
White267730
Richland264455
Hancock258834
Pike258056
Clark253538
Cass252228
Bond244824
Clay242247
Edgar237545
Ford235956
Warren227161
Carroll226537
Johnson214925
Moultrie212931
Jo Daviess207226
Washington206627
Wabash202616
Greene200939
Mason200351
Massac200144
De Witt196830
Piatt192114
Mercer191234
Cumberland179825
Menard160812
Jasper153418
Marshall135621
Hamilton129821
Brown10228
Pulaski99211
Schuyler9748
Edwards96815
Stark77227
Gallatin7557
Scott6975
Alexander68111
Henderson66114
Calhoun6452
Hardin56414
Putnam5464
Pope4945
Unassigned1812432
Out of IL60

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Cases: 947918

Reported Deaths: 15377
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1291181990
Lake635721103
Allen53899761
Hamilton44082449
St. Joseph42122590
Elkhart33803491
Vanderburgh30574449
Tippecanoe26915251
Johnson23727418
Hendricks22410342
Porter21832347
Clark17562231
Madison17492385
Vigo16302285
Monroe14545191
LaPorte14389239
Delaware14183222
Howard13971273
Kosciusko11498135
Hancock10935166
Warrick10737178
Bartholomew10635170
Floyd10514208
Wayne10077226
Grant9213204
Morgan8928160
Boone8463111
Dubois7791123
Dearborn769490
Henry7691133
Noble7466101
Marshall7409128
Cass7219118
Lawrence7026153
Shelby6647111
Jackson661386
Gibson6190107
Harrison609386
Huntington604495
Montgomery5853105
DeKalb581091
Knox5535104
Miami548888
Putnam543268
Clinton537465
Whitley529354
Steuben501768
Wabash488692
Jasper483861
Jefferson474492
Ripley457777
Adams446068
Daviess4231108
Scott409165
Clay394957
White393858
Greene393392
Wells389884
Decatur388797
Fayette378578
Posey362341
Jennings356056
Washington334747
LaGrange325175
Spencer321136
Fountain318455
Randolph317190
Sullivan309449
Owen287064
Starke282864
Fulton280454
Orange277859
Jay257038
Perry254152
Carroll245229
Franklin242838
Rush237030
Vermillion235050
Parke221420
Tipton212055
Pike211740
Blackford170534
Pulaski168551
Crawford147318
Newton145845
Benton143916
Brown135846
Martin130217
Switzerland126910
Warren115616
Union98511
Ohio80511
Unassigned0482