Newly Released Text Messages Reveal Strzok and Page Discussed “Media Leak Strategy” Ahead of Carter Page FISA Warrant Revelation
Newly released text messages and records obtained by the House Oversight Committee reveal Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were discussing a strategy to leak unverified information to the media in an effort to damage the Trump administration.
The FBI lovebirds were discussing this media leak strategy in April of 2017–just one month after AG Sessions recused himself–a very critical time leading up to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
On Monday, Freedom Caucus Chairman and member of the House Oversight Committee Mark Meadows (R-NC) sent a letter to the DOJ, addressed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein saying a “review of the new documents raises grave concerns regarding an apparent systemic culture of media leaking by high-ranking officials at the FBI and DOJ related to ongoing investigations,” reported Sara Carter.
Rep. Mark Meadows believes April 2017 text messages from Peter Strzok to Lisa Page may be connected to a story the Washington Post broke at almost the exact same time (April 11th) about Carter Page FISA warrants.
One day after the Washington Post ran their story on Carter Page, Peter Strzok congratulated his paramour, Lisa Page on a job well done.
Sara Carter reported:
The letter lists several examples:
- April 10, 2017: (former FBI Special Agent) Peter Strzok contacts (former FBI Attorney) Lisa Page to discuss a “media leak strategy.” Specifically, the text says: “I had literally just gone to find this phone to tell you I want to talk to you about media leak strategy with DOJ before you go.”
- April 12, 2017: Peter Strzok congratulates Lisa Page on a job well done while referring to two derogatory articles about Carter Page. In the text, Strzok warns Page two articles are coming out, one which is “worse” than the other about Lisa’s “namesake”.” Strzok added: “Well done, Page.”
The letter notes the troubling nature of the text messages. Former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions after a scathing report from the DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation charging McCabe with lying to investigators and leaking to the press. Last week, the DOJ announced that McCabe is currently under a grand jury investigation.
The letter notes that the two text messages in April 2017 were during the same time frame as the DBI and DOJ officials were having conversations with reporters. During that time the Washington Post “broke a story on the Carter Page FISA application on April 11, 2017, setting off a flurry of articles suggesting connections between President Trump and Russia.”
Screenshot of letter from Congressman Meadows to Rosenstein:
It is important to note how conflicted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is in this case as he signed a FISA renewal application in June of 2017–one month after he appointed Robert Mueller to special counsel to investigate ‘Trump-Russia collusion.’
There was culture of corruption in the FBI under James Comey’s directorship–he himself leaked to the New York Times contents of classified memos he penned stemming from several conversations he had with President Trump in order to prompt a special counsel investigation.
The President is expected to declassify the 20 redacted Carter Page FISA docs any day now–Republican Congressmen are saying there is exculpatory evidence in the redacted pages of the Page FISA docs.