The latest batch of FBI text messages provided by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), show agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page leaked “confidential information,” to reporter Devlin Barrett, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and later the Washington Post.
The Conservative Treehouse reports:
On October 28th, 2016 (as above), at the exact time the re-opening of the Clinton investigation hit the media news-cycle, Page and Strzok were texting. From the released messaging we see at 5:19pm Lisa Page is on the phone with “Devlin”:
Page: 5:19pm “Still on the phone with Devlin. Mike’s phone is ON FIRE.”
Strzok: 5:29pm “You might wanna tell Devlin he should turn on CNN, there’s news on.”
Page: 5:30pm “He knows. He just got handed a note.”
Strzok: 5:33pm “Ha. He asking about it now?”
Page: 5:34pm “Yeah. It was pretty funny. Coming now.”
At 5:36pm Devlin Barrett tweets:
The recently released text messages appear to show Page held a phone call with Barrett about former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe’s superPAC donating a whopping sum to the senate campaign of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s wife.
Sources, as in Lisa Page – who Barrett was just (or still) on the phone with.
Looking back upon the released text messages, and comparing them to reporting by Devlin Barrett, another specific article jumps out.
On October 23rd, 2016, Devlin Barrett reported on a scoop:
“Scoop: McAuliffe PAC gave $467,500 to campaign of wife of senior FBI official who oversaw Clinton email probe” (link)
This October 23rd, 2016, “scoop” aligns with the internal text messaging discussion between Agent Peter Strzok and FBI Attorney Lisa Page who were discussing James Comey’s chief-of-staff James Rybicki recommending that FBI Asst. Director Andrew “Andy” McCabe should be recused from the Hillary Clinton investigation.
From the messaging the recusal was discussed mid-through-late October 2016:
00:52am …”if it’s a matter similar to those we’ve been talking about lately”…
In a letter sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday, Grassley revealed text messages between Strzok and Page show ex-top official James Rybicki believed Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should have recused himself from the Hillary Clinton email Investigation.