United States Congresswoman Liz Cheney said she believes former Justice Department officials engaged in potentially treasonous conduct.
Taking to Twitter, former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino shared a post which quoted Cheney who said text messages exchanged between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former Department of Justice attorney Lisa Page “could well be treason” and said the Republican congresswoman was “absolutely right.”
Cheney’s comments were initially made during an interview with ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
The Washington Examiner reports the Wyoming Republican said, “I think what is really crucially important to remember here is that you had Strzok and Page who were in charge of launching this investigation and they were saying things like, ‘We must stop this president, we need an insurance policy against this president.”
She continued: “That in my view when you have people that are in the highest echelons of the law enforcement of this nation saying things like that, that sounds an awful lot like a coup and it could well be treason.”
Here’s more from the Washington Examiner:
Cheney, who is the Republican Conference chairwoman and the third-ranking House GOP lawmaker, referred to a key criticism of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Strzok and Page have long been at the center of some Republicans’ “investigate the investigators” strategy.
Attorney General William Barr this month ordered a federal prosecutor to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation. The inquiry is the third known federal investigation trying to uncover information about the start of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia that later turned into special counsel Robert Mueller’s federal Russia investigation.
Strzok was a lead investigator in the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized private email server and also worked on special counsel Mueller’s investigation when James Comey was FBI director.
He and Page, who were involved in an extramarital affair, attracted scrutiny after it was revealed in December 2017 that the two exchanged text messages critical of Trump.
Fox News reports:
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In an August 2016 text message exchange, they talked about Trump’s chance of being elected president.
“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Page texted Strzok.
“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok responded.
In another text the two talked of an “insurance policy” against the election of then-candidate Trump. Page essentially confirmed in an interview with lawmakers that this referred to the Russia investigation.
She also explained that officials were proceeding with caution, concerned about the implications of the case while not wanting to go at “total breakneck speed” and risk burning sources as they presumed Trump wouldn’t be elected anyway.