WASHINGTON, D.C. — Newly released text messages between senior officials at the Justice Department show former president Barack Obama showed intense interest in the FBI’s ongoing investigation of Hillary Clinton.
Text messages (https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/library) sent between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were engaged in a romantic affair at the time, reveal the 44th president wanted to “know everything” about the probe surrounding Hillary Clinton’s email server.
In one text, dated Sept. 2, 2016, Page wrote to Strzok about prepping former FBI director James Comey because “POTUS wants to know everything we’re doing.”
This isn’t the first message to shed new light on the Obama Whitehouse’s influence on the criminal probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Previous messages have detailed widespread abuse of power and disdain toward then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump by the Department of Justice and the FBI.
In one text, Strzok and Page vent about their hatred for Trump, calling the future president a “f–king idiot”. In another, Strzok also calls Conservatives who voted against then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s wife for a state Senate seat “ignorant hillbillys.”
“Disappointing, but look at the district map. Loudon is being gentrified, but it’s still largely ignorant hillbillys. Good for her for running, but curious if she’s energized or never again,” Strzok writes of Virginia Republicans.
The revelations about Obama’s involvement into the investigation surrounding Clinton contradict his own words. In the Spring of 2016, Barack Obama said it wasn’t his place to interfere in the investigation.
“I do not talk to the attorney general about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line,” Obama told Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/transcript/2016/04/10/exclusive-president-barack-obama-on-fox-news-sunday.html).
“I guarantee it. 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. Full stop. Period, ” he added.
Robert Mueller, appointed to oversee a special investigation into possible collusion with Russia to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential campaign, removed Strzok from his position within the agency after similar texts surfaced in the Summer of 2017.
President Trump, when advised of what the newly released texts revealed, took to social media to share his astonishment.
“NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!” Trump tweeted (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/961270833569202176).
Last week, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes released a controversial memo which showed the FBI used the Clinton-financed ‘Trump Dossier’ to secure FISA warrants in an effort to surveil then-candidate Trump and his campaign officials during the 2016 presidential election.
Democrats continue to deny any wrongdoing or efforts to thwart Trump’s campaign.