Latest: FBI Attorney Caught Exchanging Anti-Trump Text Messages Resigns

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Posted: May 04, 2018 9:55 PM
Latest: FBI Attorney Caught Exchanging Anti-Trump Text Messages Resigns

The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross reports that FBI attorney Lisa Page has resigned. Page is the infamous lawyer who exchanged anti-Trump text messages with another FBI official during on-going investigations into Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The FBI confirmed to DC that Page tendered her resignation on Friday. 

The original story regarding Page and the other Beureau official, Peter Stzrok, broke in December 2017.

From December:

According to the Washington Post, Strzok's actions may have influenced other investigations, such as the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's illegal e-mail use. The "text messages with a colleague" the Times refers to is  regarding messages critical of President Trump exchanged with FBI attorney Lisa Page, with whom Strzok was having an affair.

"Peter Strzok, as deputy head of counterintelligence at the FBI, was a key player in the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server to do government work as secretary of state, as well as the probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election. 

During the Clinton investigation, Strzok was involved in a romantic relationship with FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who worked for Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, according to the people familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

The extramarital affair was problematic, these people said, but of greater concern among senior law enforcement officials were text messages the two exchanged during the Clinton investigation and campaign season, in which they expressed anti-Trump sentiments and other comments that appeared to favor Clinton."

As Matt noted in January, many wondered why Page was even still with the FBI after getting caugt sending the texts.

From January:

"Sara Carter, formerly of Circa News, dropped by Fox And Friends Tuesday morning to discuss the latest batch of FBI texts between FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and bureau lawyer Lisa Page. The two sent tens of thousands of texts, riddled with anti-Trump swipes and praise for Hillary Clinton. It’s clear that these two did not want Donald Trump to be president. The exchanges initially raised eyebrows over an August 15, 2016 text, where Strzok mentioned an “insurance policy”after a meeting with Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Keep in mind; this is the man who signed off on the bureau’s counterintelligence probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians a month earlier. Is this in reference to the Trump dossier? Some say it could be, which is also alleged to have been the basis to secure FISA warrants against members of the Trump campaign. Now, we have a new and rather cryptic text from Lisa Page sent to Strzok the day after the 2016 election, where she mentions a secret society. Is it a joke? Maybe. Does it absolve them of their incredibly unethical and unprofessional behavior that’s put the credibility of the FBI on the line? No. These people were responsible for investigating with objectivity. Strzok was involved in the Russian collusion and Hillary email fiasco, and believe me—there’s some glaring discrepancies on that one. 

Also, we had to grapple for a few days with the development that five months worth of texts between Strzok and Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair, were missing. As Katie wrote today, they’ve been recovered

Yet, Carter also had another good question: what the hell are these two still doing working at the FBI? Strzok was transferred to the human resources division upon his departure from the Russia probe once Special Counsel Robert Mueller found out about the texts last summer. 

Also, concerning the missing Strzok-Page texts, Carter mentioned that her sources at DOJ and the congressional committees gave her two different stories. One is that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz may have grabbed them early on, and if that’s the case, someone deleted them after, pointing to possible obstruction of justice. If not, Carter said, as Katie mentioned, a team would be able to recover them. The next day, Wednesday, there were reports that a glitch impacted multiple phones used by the FBI, which was the cause of the missing texts. But as Allahpundit noted, some clarification is needed because this is all very convenient. "

According to the Daily Caller, the DOJ's inspector general is "expected to release a report this month that will focus more heavily on Strzok and Page. Strzok was sent to the FBI’s human resources division after his removal from the Mueller team."