Rep. Gaetz: New Texts Raise 'Alarming Questions' About Obama's 'Involvement With FBI Investigations'

by MICHAEL W. CHAPMAN February 8, 2018

 The new information revealed by the Senate Homeland Security Committee about the FBI's alleged mishandling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail case -- including the FBI text "POTUS wants to know everything we're doing" -- raises "alarming questions about the extent of President Obama's involvement with FBI investigations," said House Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) in a Feb. 7 statement. 

"The most recently released tranche of text messages exchanged between FBI paramours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page is deeply worrisome," said Gaetz. Strozk is one of the top counterintelligence officers at the FBI who was removed in July 2017 from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation about alleged Russia-Tump collusion because of his virulently anti-Trump phone texts. Strzok made those texts while communicating with his married mistress, Lisa Page, a senior attorney at the FBI.  She also served briefly on Mueller's team. (Strzok also is married.) 

Rep. Gaetz continued, "On September 2, 2016, while the FBI was actively investigating Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, Ms. Page said that ‘POTUS wants to know everything we're doing.' This assertion raises alarming questions about the extent of President Obama's involvement with FBI investigations."

"While the President certainly has the right to be informed about ongoing investigations," said Gaetz, "Ms. Page's message, if true, seems to undercut Obama's statement of April 2016, in which he said ‘I do not talk to the Attorney General about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI Directors about pending investigations. I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department or the FBI, not just in this case but in any case.'"

"With clear evidence of anti-Trump bias within the FBI and DOJ, including the use of unverified opposition research to obtain FISA surveillance on members of Trump's team, President Obama's assertion seems increasingly hard to believe," said the congressman. 

"I look forward to investigating this matter more closely with my colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee," said Gaetz, "and I would like to thank the House Intelligence Committee, Senate Intelligence Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee for continuing to investigate these worrisome issues on behalf of the American people."

A memo released by the House Intelligence Committee last week showed that the FBI and Department of Justice signed off on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications in 2016 to obtain warrants from the special FISA court to surveil -- spy on -- Trump campaign associate Carter Page. Then-FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, DOJ official Sally Yates and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein signed off on those applications.

However, the applications did not reveal to the FISA court that the information for the warrant(s) was obtained from a salacious "Russia dossier" about Donald Trump that was compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele, who was ultimately paid for his services by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

As former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a hardcore leftist, testified, the "surveillance warrant" would not have been "sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information." 

Further, as an interim report from the Senate Homeland Security Committee, released Feb. 7, states, "Although sometimes cryptic and disjointed due to their nature, these text messages raise several questions about the FBI and its investigation of classified information on Secretary Clinton's private email server. Strzok and Page discussed serving to 'protect the country from the menace' of Trump 'enablers,' and the possibility of an 'insurance policy' against the 'risk' of a Trump presidency.

"The two discussed then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch knowing that Secretary Clinton would not face charges-before the FBI had interviewed Secretary Clinton and before her announcement that she would accept Director Comey's prosecution decision. They wrote about drafting talking points for then-Director Comey because President Obama 'wants to know everything we're doing.'

"Strzok and Page also exchanged views about the investigation on possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign-calling it 'unfinished business' and 'an investigation leading to impeachment,' drawing parallels to Watergate, and expressing Strzok's 'gut sense and concern there's no big there there.'"

In an April 10, 2016 interview on Fox News, then-President Barack Obamaemphatically stated that he never asked about pending investigations at the FBI or Justice Department and he repeatedly stated that the Hillary clinton e-mail case would not be treated differently than any other case "because nobody is above the above." 

"I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department or the FBI, not just in this [Clinton] case but any case," said Obama. "Full stop. Period. I guarantee it."

E-mails obtained by Congress that were written by then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe,  reveal that the FBI treated the Clinton investigation as "special," and "the decision was made to investigate it at HQ with a small team," instead of through the Washington field office, which reportedly is standard protocol.

Courtesy of CNSNews.com     

Michael writes for CNSNews.com. He has worked as a writer for The McLaughlin Group; associate editor of Consumers' Research magazine; associate editor of Human Events; editorial page editor of The Lima News; journalism fellow for The Phillips Foundation; editorial writer and national issues reporter for Investor's Business Daily; and editorial director of the Cato Institute. Michael graduated with Special Honors in English (B.A.) from the University of Chicago. He lives with his wife, Claire, and their five children in Virginia.


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