FBI Debated in 2016 How Aggressively to Probe Trump Campaign

Nellie Chapman
March 15, 2019

Page and Strzok had been engaged in an affair during the time the Mueller probe was launched.

Strzok was removed in 2017 from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team following the discovery of the messages with attorney Lisa Page. "No he won't. We'll stop it".

According to Strzok, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was unable to access any emails regarding the Clinton Foundation because of a deal "negotiated between the Department of Justice attorneys and counsel for Clinton".

The messages showed that Strzok and Page exchanged disparaging remarks about President Donald Trump. But Page, in 2018, told House lawmakers that whatever she had to say about Trump or Clinton in the past, it didn't affect the quality of investigations.

"If there's an allegation, he, of all people, but everybody would want to know: if this is going on in my campaign I want you to tell me about it", Strzok said.

During the early days of the Russian Federation investigation, FBI officials debated whether Donald Trump's chance of winning should factor into how aggressively they investigated potential coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, two FBI officials told Congress previous year, according to newly released transcripts of their interviews.

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Earlier in the transcript, Page confirms sending a text to Strzok related to their roles in investigating then-candidate Trump in August 2016, where she told Strzok, "Maybe you're meant to stay where you are because you're meant to protect the country from that menace".

Hannity asked if Collins there would be accountability for the revelations released in the transcripts.

"Strzok also texted Page, "[expletive] Trump", and called him a "[expletive] idiot".

(FoxNews.com) Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page admitted under questioning from Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe last summer that "the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information", the congressman alleged in a social media post late Tuesday, citing a newly unearthed transcript of Page's closed-door testimony.

Asked in general terms whether he had "ever been part of the FBI's efforts to infiltrate a US political campaign" or "been part of an effort to put a spy in a USA political campaign", Strzok said no.

Strzok also said Comey initially concluded Clinton had shown "gross negligence" in how she handled classified information - a finding that could lead to charges - but dialed that back to "extreme carelessness" by the time he finished his memo. McCabe has said he could not recall such a meeting taking place.

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