Thank God for Judicial Watch.
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Wednesday it filed a FOIA lawsuit against the DOJ for text messages and other records of FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page.
The timeline of the ‘missing’ text messages is highly suspicious. The ‘missing’ texts begin on December 14, 2016 and go through May 17, 2017 which is the same day Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel.
Via Judicial Watch:
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department for text messages and other records of FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-00154)).
Judicial Watch filed suit after the Justice Department failed to respond to a December 4, 2017, FOIA request for:
- All records of communications, including but not limited to, emails, text messages and instant chats, between FBI official Peter Strozk and FBI attorney Lisa Page;
- All travel requests, travel authorizations, travel vouchers and expense reports of Peter Strozk;
- All travel requests, travel authorizations, travel vouchers and expense reports of Lisa Page.
The time frame for the requested records is February 1, 2015 to the present.
The text messages are of public interest because Strzok and Page were key investigators in the Clinton email and Trump Russia collusion investigations. Strzok was reportedly removed from the Mueller investigative team in August and reassigned to a human resources position after it was discovered that he and a FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, who worked for FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and with whom Strzok was carrying on an extramarital affair, exchanged pro-Clinton and anti-Trump text messages.
President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton blasted FBI Director Christopher Wray and the Bureau’s absurd excuse they ‘lost’ 6 months worth of Strzok-Page texts due to a ‘technical glitch’:
“I don’t believe for one minute that the Strzok-Page texts are really missing. The IRS told us that Lois Lerner’s emails were ‘missing,’ and we forced them to admit they existed and deliver them to us. The State Department hid the Clinton emails but our FOIA lawsuits famously blew open that cover-up. We fully intend to get the ‘missing’ Strzok and Page documents. And it is shameful the FBI and DOJ have been playing shell games with these smoking gun text messages. Frankly, FBI Director Wray needs to stop the stonewalling”
Social media was set ablaze after these new Strzok-Page text messages were released to the public. What is even scarier to think about is the new explosive text messages are a separate batch from the 6 months worth of ‘missing’ text messages.
Imagine what the ‘missing’ text messages say about the Trump transition period, Russia dossier, “secret society” and moments leading up to Mueller’s appointment.
The most shocking thing we have found out in the new batch of text messages is there was a “secret society” of folks within the DOJ and FBI working against Trump.
Everything must be released to the public as soon as possible.
.@JudicialWatch Sues for Text Messages of FBI’s Strzok and Page. I don’t believe for one minute that the Strzok-Page texts are really missing. And Director Wray needs to stop with the stonewalling. https://t.co/ufLvl0pOFL
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 24, 2018