The name of Lisa Page was widely recognized over the past year and a half as the FBI agent who, along with her colleague and lover Peter Strzok, sent and received tens of thousands of text messages on their official FBI cell phones which damaged the integrity of the FBI. In the messages, the two discussed how to prevent Donald Trump from winning the 2016 presidential election. The messages included comments like taking an “insurance policy” in case he were to win and included many disparaging remarks of Trump.
As many of the texts have been openly reported, the public has gotten an understanding of the behind-the-scenes and inner workings of the FBI. The curtain was pulled back and people did not like what they saw: a weaponized FBI looking to derail the Republican presidential nominee.
Flash-forward to today and it is being reported that Page has finally resigned. Another FBI agent who worked alongside former FBI Director James Comey, Jim Baker, also resigned.
Per Fox News:
Two FBI officials who worked closely with embattled former bureau director James Comey have left the agency, Fox News has confirmed.
Jim Baker, a top FBI lawyer who was reassigned in late 2017 after being linked to a journalist who wrote about the so-called “Trump dossier,” is reportedly looking to join the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.
Lisa Page, whose electronic communications with another FBI employee drew accusations of political bias, “resigned” Friday to “pursue other opportunities,” an FBI spokesperson told Fox News.
Comey acknowledged Baker’s departure in a tweet, commending his former colleague’s “integrity” and “commitment to the rule of law.”
Page, who was previously a member of Robert Mueller’s special counsel team, came under fire for allegedly sending “anti-Trump” text messages to a colleague.
She was one of Comey’s advisers in 2016 when the former director announced the bureau would not pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified emails.
Comey has said he would have removed Page from any relevant investigations had he known of her anti-Trump bias.
While some of the tens of thousands of texts between Page and Strzok were released to the public, many remain secret. That may soon change as government watchdog group Judicial Watch is suing the Justice Department after failing to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Check it out:
Judicial Watch filed suit after the Justice Department failed to respond to a December 4, 2017, FOIA request for:
All records of communications, including but not limited to, emails, text messages and instant chats, between FBI official Peter Strozk and FBI attorney Lisa Page;
All travel requests, travel authorizations, travel vouchers and expense reports of Peter Strozk;
All travel requests, travel authorizations, travel vouchers and expense reports of Lisa Page.
The time frame for the requested records is February 1, 2015 to the present.
The text messages are of public interest because Strzok and Page were key investigators in the Clinton email and Trump Russia collusion investigations. Strzok was reportedly removed from the Mueller investigative team in August and reassigned to a human resources position after it was discovered that he and a FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, who worked for FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and with whom Strzok was carrying on an extramarital affair, exchanged pro-Clinton and anti-Trump text messages.
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, revealed in a letter dated January 20 that the FBI claimed it is unable to preserve text messages for a five-month period between December 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017, due to “misconfiguration issues” with FBI-issued phones used by Strzok and Page. The missing messages span dates between the presidential transition and the launch of Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, where both Strzok and Page were employed.
The Strzok-Page text messages are potentially responsive to several pending Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuits, but the FBI has yet to produce any of the records, explain the missing records to the courts, or otherwise be forthcoming about these newly disclosed materials.
“I don’t believe for one minute that the Strzok-Page texts are really missing,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The IRS told us that Lois Lerner’s emails were ‘missing,’ and we forced them to admit they existed and deliver them to us. The State Department hid the Clinton emails but our FOIA lawsuits famously blew open that cover-up. We fully intend to get the ‘missing’ Strzok and Page documents. And it is shameful the FBI and DOJ have been playing shell games with these smoking gun text messages. Frankly, FBI Director Wray needs to stop the stonewalling”
As Washington Examiner reports, the FBI will not be collecting text messages between the two agents sent from their personal cell phones. Here’s more:
The FBI will not attempt to obtain messages exchanged on the personal devices of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the FBI officials who came under fire after it was revealed they exchanged text messages critical of President Trump, despite requests to do so from a top Republican senator.
Charles Thorley, the acting assistant director of the FBI’s office of congressional affairs, wrote in a letter this week to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, that FBI employees are “required to adhere to record keeping policies in place where communications constitute records under the Federal Records Act.”
He added in the letter that “the FBI is not otherwise obligated to collect and/or retain all communications between its employees.”
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
That’s convenient for Page and Strzok, who clearly conspired to use their personal phones to avoid required disclosure of their discussions about government information. https://t.co/xOsQC5nABf
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 5, 2018