Did Strzok think the Trump-Russia case was a nothing burger?
Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) went on a radio show and read some of the text messages between FBI Agent Peter Strzok and his mistress FBI lawyer Lisa Page, including one that showed Strzok’s doubts on the Trump-Russia collusion case. From Fox News:
In the raw texts released by Johnson’s office, Strzok wrote: “you and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I’d be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there’s no big there there.”
Johnson explained that the text messages indicate “they’re considering joining the Mueller special counsel investigation” and that Strzok has some hesitations “because his gut sense is there’s no big there there.” Fox News continued:
The full context of the texts is not entirely clear. But if they are indeed discussing the Mueller probe, Strzok also wrote that it could be “in the history books” and “maybe the most important case of our lives” — and later mentioned an “investigation leading to Impeachment?”
Page seemed to advise against joining. The texts also showed the FBI lovers effusively praising each other, with Strzok seemingly standing in awe of Page’s “passion and curiosity.”
Both Strzok and Page later served on Mueller’s team for a short period of time, with Page returning to the FBI over the summer and Strzok being reassigned to the bureau’s Human Resources division after revelations of the messages.
The Strzok text that Johnson shared was sent on May 19, 2017—just two days after Mueller’s appointment. The text also came after a five-month gap in records for the Strzok-Page messages.
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