On May 14, the National Review ran an article by Andrew McCarthy discussing the texts of FBI official Peter Strzok, the man who had been in charge of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation, and the origins of the investigation.
Strzok has come under fire for bias texts with his mistress, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who recently resigned ahead of the impending IG report.
But Ari Fleischer, former Bush administration official flagged something in the article.
Tucked deep in the article was this:
On the afternoon of August 5, Strzok and Page engaged in a tense conversation which involved an imminent meeting with “agency people” — an apparent reference to the CIA. Strzok suggested that, for the new case, they should conduct Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning meetings “with [REDACTED]” just “like we did with mye” — Mid Year Exam, the Clinton probe.
Finally, after some back-and-forth over who should be invited to a major meeting about the new case, a meeting was held. In the aftermath, at about 4:30 p.m., Strzok and Page had the following exchange:
Strzok: And hi. Went well, best we could have expected. Other than [REDACTED] quote: “the White House is running this.” My answer, “well, maybe for you they are.” And of course, I was planning on telling this guy, thanks for coming, we’ve got an hour, but with Bill [Priestap] there, I’ve got no control….
Page: Yeah, whatever (re the WH comment). We’ve got the emails that say otherwise.
It doesn’t say who the source is, but clearly, it’s someone/s in the leadership of either the FBI and/or the CIA who was in the meeting.
While Strzok doesn’t sound completely in line with the idea, it’s the smoking gun that the White House had in fact interceded in the investigation and that someone in leadership believed the White House was in fact “running the investigation.”
Because so much of what has been released so far has been redacted, who this is and exactly how much the White House was involved isn’t clear.
But any involvement in a counter-intelligence investigation might be different from a criminal investigation. But when it’s the campaign of your political opponent, the only proper option would have been to stay far away from involvement.
But instead, they were involved from the very start, from at least August 2016.
Congress needs to get the name and make the DOJ respond to requests for information and documents.
At this point, there’s ample evidence that they were spying on the Trump campaign, that the FBI and CIA spying preceded the July 31, 2016 start date of the FBI investigation.
They need to come clean and give it all up now.