Newly Released Strzok-Page Text Messages Raise Questions About Trump-Russia Intel Assessment
Newly released emails, memos and text messages show FBI officials at odds with the CIA’s assessment that Vladimir Putin interfered with the 2016 presidential election.
The IC report was released in January of 2017 and claimed all 16 intel agencies (later corrected to only 4 agencies) agreed that Putin meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help elect Donald Trump.
Newly obtained FBI memos reveal the bureau was at odds with the IC’s assessment on Trump-Russia, says investigative journalist Sara Carter.
Via Sara Carter:
In newly obtained emails, bureau officials noted there was not enough intelligence to support the January 2017 findings by the CIA which concluded Vladimir Putin meddled in the 2016 election to help Trump, according to a numerous documents and text messages obtained by SaraACarter.com.However, while Strzok, Comey and others were disputing the findings of former CIA Director John Brennan and former DNI Director James Clapper behind closed doors, the public perception was that the FBI agreed with the intelligence community’s assessment, as noted in news reports in late 2016 and early 2017.
Strzok, however, was a double-edged sword. Although he believed there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prove Russia wanted Trump in office, text messages suggest he was still intent on proving that members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow. And while Comey also disagreed with the conclusion of the intelligence assessment, he– like Strzok–believed the unverified dossier, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, should have been part of the Intelligence Community Assessment titled “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections.” There is no dispute that the Kremlin meddled in the elections, but the suggestion that it did so to aid Trump set off a wave of controversy for the past several years.
So the FBI didn’t believe there was enough intel to support the notion that Putin meddled in the 2016 election to help Trump, but they launched an investigation with the full power of the bureau based on an unverified dossier paid for by Hillary Clinton.
According to Sara Carter, Strzok sent an email to the FBI press office stating, “We did not have information to differentiate what their ultimate goal was.” He noted that Comey gave the Senate Intelligence Committee the same answer.
“In other words, the activity is one-sided and clear but we can’t say the sole and primary purpose was specifically intended to help someone, hurt someone else or undermine the process. The reality is all three,” Strzok said in the email.
Other text messages from Peter Strzok show the FBI was concerned about information being spread like wildfire throughout the intel agencies and members of the White House.
Strzok even stated some people in Obama’s intel agencies may have “partisan axes to grind.”
“He, like us, is concerned with oversharing,” said Strzok. “Doesn’t want Clapper giving CR cuts to WH (White House). All political just show our hand and potentially makes enemies.” [It is not certain what Strzok means by ‘CR’ in this portion of the text.]
“Yeah, but keep in mind we were going to put that in the doc on Friday, with potentially larger distribution than just the dni,” said Page in response.
Strzok responded, “the question is should we particularly to the entirety of the lame duck usic with partisan axes to grind.”
Other text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page show they were plotting a ‘media leak strategy‘ and congratulating each other after left-wing outlets published their leaks.
Earlier this week, President Trump issued an immediate declassification order of Carter Page FISA docs and other records relating to the Russia probe.
House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes said the FBI’s “insurance policy” against Donald Trump will be exposed once the documents are released to the public.