From Fox News
Newly released text messages between FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page saying Barack Obama wanted to “know everything” the FBI was “doing” could raise questions about the former president’s 2016 statement that he was not involved in discussing pending probes.
The texts were part of a batch released by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., along with majority staff from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Strzok and Page, who worked for a short period of time on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, have been in the spotlight ever since a slew of anti-Trump messages between them surfaced last year.
In the new text message chain from Sept. 2, 2016, Page mentioned Obama in the context of a briefing for then-FBI director James Comey.
“Checkout my 9:30 mtg on the 7th,” Strzok texted Page.
“I can tell you why you’re having that meeting. It’s not what you think,” Page responded.
“TPs [talking points] for D [Comey]?” Strzok asked.
“Yes, bc potus wants to know everything we are doing,” Page said.
The message suggested that Obama would meet Comey regarding an FBI matter.
Yet, on April 10, 2016, Obama told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that he did not have any involvement in ongoing FBI investigations.
,,,,,,The conversation took place during an apparent lull in the Clinton email investigation, though it wasn’t necessarily closed, either. In July 2016, Comey announced that Clinton was “extremely careless” in her handling of classified information on her private server but would face no charges. In late October, Comey announced that he would revisit the Clinton investigation.
The Strzok-Page conversation also occurred just days before Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, where he confronted him about cyber concerns amid reports and intelligence surfacing that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential campaign.
A former deputy assistant to Obama, Colin Kahl, highlighted on Twitter a Daily Beast reporter who floated this meeting as relevant to that text exchange.
Also on Sept. 2, 2016, though, the FBI released a full transcript – with redactions – of its interview with Hillary Clinton as part of the email probe, along with a memo summarizing the bureau’s investigation of her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
After the mention of “potus,” Strzok alerted Page to “NYTimes.com breaking,” which could have been the report, “FBI Papers Offer Closer Look at Hillary Clinton Email Inquiry.”
Oh, and by the way:
Now, additional text messages that were sent between the affair-embroiled FBI officials have revealed another bombshell: Documents sent to then-Director James Comey during the Clinton email investigation were purposely edited to hide key information, including Obama’s connection to the scandal.
“The text exchanges also indicate the FBI substituted, and then omitted, damaging language in FBI Director Comey’s July 5, 2016 statement that recommended Clinton not be charged,” explained investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson in The Hill.
“The original draft noted that Clinton had improperly used personal email to contact Obama while abroad in the territory of sophisticated adversaries,” Attkisson reported.
……FBI officials appeared to purposely cover up this very alarming piece of information before the report went to Director Comey.
“According to the text exchange, an FBI official then removed Obama’s name and stated that Clinton had simply emailed ‘another senior government official,’” explained Attkisson.
That decision seemed purposely meant to downplay the seriousness of Clinton’s recklessness with insecure email. But even that watered-down report ended up being hidden.