Following news that former FBI agent Peter Strzok was fired for anti-Trump and pro-Hillary text messages that he sent earlier this year, the Department of Justice is reading through 10,000 messages between Strzok and mistress Lisa Page to be handed over to the House Intel Committee, according to Fox News.
The revelation that such events occurred without the public’s knowledge has many questioning the integrity of the investigation.
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The review process comes as the committee also threatens to move forward with a contempt resolution against top DOJ and FBI officials barring an imminent breakthrough — after the agencies did not comply with a deadline to hand over long-sought information that goes well beyond text messages.
Strzok is a focus of their efforts. House investigators have long regarded him as a key figure in the chain of events when the bureau, in 2016, received the infamous anti-Trump “dossier” and launched a counterintelligence investigation into Russian meddling in the election that ultimately came to encompass FISA surveillance of a Trump campaign associate.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chairman of the House Intel Committee, has sought answers to questions surrounding whether the dossier played any role in justifying surveillance of Trump associates.
Strzok briefed the committee on Dec. 5, 2016, sources said. But within months of that session House Intelligence Committee investigators were contacted by an informant suggesting that there was “documentary evidence” that Strzok was purportedly obstructing the House probe into the dossier.
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