Grassley Fires Off Scorching Letter To DOJ After Anti-Trump Texts Reveal Burner Phone, "Insurance Policy"

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley fired off a letter late Wednesday to the DOJ, asking Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to explain several disturbing revelations contained within anti-Trump text messages sent between FBI investigators Peter Strzok and his FBI-Attorney mistress Lisa Page - both of whom were central to the Clinton email investigation and the Trump-Russia probe, and both of whom were removed from Robert Mueller's Special counsel when their text messages came to light. Rosenstein appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to answer questions about Strzok, Page and Mueller's investigation. 


Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein

Rosenstein stood by Robert Mueller's investigation, telling lawmakers dismayed at a trove of damning text messages that he is "not aware of any impropriety" on the Special Counsel (which is stacked with anti-Trump Democrats, who have reportedly also sent anti-Trump messages), saying "I think it's important that when we talk about political affiliation... The issue of bias is something different," adding "We recognize we have employees with political opinions. And it's our responsibility to make sure those opinions do not influence their actions. And so, I believe that Director Mueller understands that and he is running that office appropriately." 

Grassley raised serious concerns in his letter to the DOJ addressed to Rosenstein, as just two of over 10,000 (!?) text messages referred to an "insurance policy" against a Trump presidency, and a special phone they used "when we talk about hillary because it can't be traced.

Grassley's letter reads: 

"Yesterday, the Justice Department released a subset of text messages requested by the Committee. The limited release of 375 text messages between Mr. Peter Strzok and Ms. Lisa Page indicate a highly politicized FBI environment during both the Clinton and Russia investigations. For example, one text message from Ms. Page proclaims to Mr. Strzok, “God(,) Trump is a loathsome human.

Some of these texts appear to go beyond merely expressing a private political opinion, and appear to cross the line into taking some official action to create an “insurance policy” against a Trump presidency. Mr. Strzok writes the following to Ms. Page:

I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40…

Presumably, “Andy” refers to Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. So whatever was being discussed extended beyond just Page and Stzrok at least to Mr. McCabe, who was involved in supervising both investigations

Another text from Ms. Page to Mr. Strzok on April 2, 2016, says the following:
So look, you say we text on that phone when we talk about hillary because it can’t be traced, you were just venting bc you feel bad that you’re gone so much but it can’t be helped right now.

That text message occurred during Mr. Strzok’s involvement in the Clinton investigation and days before he interviewed Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills on April 5, 2016 and April 9, 2016, respectively. Thus, the mention of “hillary” may refer to Secretary Clinton and therefore could indicate that Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page engaged in other communications about an ongoing investigation on a different phone in an effort to prevent it from being traced." 

Grassley then asks the following questions of the DOJ:

  1. On what date did you become aware of the text messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page and on what date were they each removed from the Special Counsel’s office?
  2. Are there any other records relating to the conversation in Andrew McCabe’s office shortly before the text described above on August 15, 2016? [the "insurance policy" text] If so please produce them to the Committee.
  3. Please provide all records relating to Andrew McCabe’s communications with Peter Stzrok or Lisa Page between August 7, 2016 and August 23, 2016.
  4. What steps have you taken to determine whether Mr. Strzok, Mr. Page, and Mr. McCabe should face disciplinary action for their conduct?
  5. My understanding is that the Inspector General’s current investigation is limited to the handling of the Clinton email matter only. What steps have you taken to determine whether steps taken during the campaign to escalate the Russia investigation might have been a result of the political animus evidenced by these text messages rather than on the merits?
  6. Has the Department identified the referenced “that phone” Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page used to discuss Secretary Clinton? What steps has the Department taken to review the records on this other phone that allegedly “can’t be traced.” If none, please explain why

Grassley also tweeted "FBI owes answers abt "insurance policy" against Trump victory," adding "...why would senior FBI leaders use secret phones that "cant be traced" to talk Hillary?" 

Grassley grilled Senate Democrats last week for their unwillingness to investigate Hillary Clinton and the Obama Administration, stating that the Democrats on the committee he oversees "only want to talk about [President] Trump." 

There are two major controversies plaguing the credibility of the Justice Department and the FBI right now. On the one hand the Trump Russia investigation, and then on the other hand the handling of the Clinton investigation. Any congressional oversight related to either one of these topics is not credible without also examining the other. Both cases were active during last year's campaign. Both cases have been linked to the firing of the FBI Director.

 

These questions go to the heart of the integrity of our federal law enforcement and justice system.  

With Chuck Grassley on the warpath in the Senate, and the House Intel Committee chasing down FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, one has to wonder how long the FBI and DOJ are going to be able to maintain this farce before shutting it down - especially if in fact other members of Mueller's team also sent anti-Trump messages as journalist Sara Carter has claimed. 

Comments

Dukes NoPension Thu, 12/14/2017 - 07:45 Permalink

Chuck's clearly issued an Assault Letter loaded with a magazine of Hollow Point bullet points.  Look out! I'd love to think that Hitlery et al are having sleepless nights feeling the heat get closer and closer to them.  The layers of the onion are getting peeled back and all those involved are beginning to get exposed.  Alas, no conscience or soul precludes the feelings of worry and sleepless nights.  

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Keyser Dukes Thu, 12/14/2017 - 07:58 Permalink

It won't matter as the FBI and DOJ will just obfuscate the truth and plead ignorance, just as Rosenstein did today... These people are never held accountable, that's the way it works in the home of the brave and the land of the free... At least that's the lie they sold to us a long, long time ago... 

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two hoots Keyser Thu, 12/14/2017 - 08:19 Permalink

Oh no, another letter?   Death by a thousand letters?Somewhere along the line unelected "officials" have usurped the balance of power, we are floundering.   Is anyone answerable to Congress?   Does Congress have any authority outside of cutting off funds?   Maybe this seems like high school bickering to many but it is really about our system of order and rule collasping before our eyes.   Trump is to busy with his insecurities, Tweeting, and I've had enough of that.  It is high time he puts down the phone and leads us out of this mess.Someone needs to wake up the little Hobbit? Hey Sessions, this is far beyond any "Russian Stuff" that you recused yourself from.  Get in the game.  

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Occident Mortal AlaricBalth Thu, 12/14/2017 - 08:43 Permalink

One thing we can be certain of at this moment.Trump won the election and is commadner in chief, also many people in the executive agencies are pathalogically loyal to USA and will serve ANY president with their FULL ability. Many of these people are in the military and it is no surprise that Trump has promoted many such people to the top table. Trump will have all of the information he needs, Trump will have the best intelligence on the planet. He can get this from people who are wholesale loyal to the country. Not everyone in the FBI is a Democrat. Not everyone is a Republican. Some put the country before anything else.Trump himself will know exactly what has transpired, he will have known this from his first week in office because there are lots of people who respect the chain of command and are loyal to the office of the presidency, the big arm wrestle here is not about discovering what has actually happened it is about rediscovering the events using a method that can be shared and managing how the rediscovery of events is released to the public.

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Occident Mortal nmewn Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:13 Permalink

But FFS, we know from Snowden that the NSA can mic up every smartphone on the fucking planet and have practically unlimited storage capacity. In USA we wiretap EVERY CONVERSATION. Think about what that means here. We already know they record everyone within 6 degrees of contact of a suspected terrorist. If you’re buddy is a milkman for a guy who went to school with a guy who walks dogs for a doctor who once checked Melania’s tonsils then they are recording EVERYTHING YOU EVER SAY. If you work at the FBI then of course all of your conversations are recorded and so are your wife and kids and all of their friends and their second cousins too. Talking on a secure phone? Not good enough. You better make sure there isn't another smartphone within 100ft. Since about 2011... EVERYTHING IS RECORDED AND STORED ON RECORD FOR LATER RETRIEVAL.  That is why everyone fell into mass panic when Trump won. Trump has the power to retrieve virtually any past conversation from NSA datafarm. He can ask the NSA how many times Hilary Cliton farted on Tuesday 4th Febuary back in 2013 and the NSA has the power to tell him. THINK ABOUT THAT. Being POTUS is literally like having a super power when it comes to getting information. So remember Trump already knows everything. He knows exactly what has happened and he knows exactly where to look, he just has to rediscover it using a non-invasive method.

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Joe Davola jeff montanye Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:20 Permalink

Funny, I was thinking along those same lines the other day - can't trot out your best evidence just before Christmas.  Most people aren't paying attention during that time and you'd have to rekindle things after new years.  And who knows, something else could happen (NK accidently fires a live nuke, Selma Hayak has video of her and Harvey, etc.) displacing your stuff altogether.

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Thought Processor Occident Mortal Fri, 12/15/2017 - 08:43 Permalink

 Justice Will Come / May Justice Be Done I fear that Justice will come Either in a court room With the accused tried and conviction for some And if not then by those whom Shall use the Barrel of a gun If not the jail, when the system fails, then surely the tomb For justice in the end must surely be done Let us hope that the system prevails, as reboots tend to be bloody.  The ultimate trap would likely be civil unrest.  Don't fall into it.  The system as originally designed actually works.  It was simply corrupted and subverted.  Creating chaos is an age old tactic used by those who are used to creating problems for their solutions.  ANTIFA and it's funding sources should be all the evidence you need for that.Without a functioning and fair justice system, built upon the U.S. constitution, all is lost.  Also local authority supercedes federal authority, unless the local authority is outside the bounds of the constitution, that which the states agreed to.  And if any state believes that the Federal government is acting outside the powers that the states had given it then they can choose to disallow those actions within the state.  And ultimately if needed secede from the union as every state within the union is essentially it's own sovereign state.   We need to demand justice.  And perhaps remember a quote from Nepoleon:“There are but two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the mind.” They might eventually come after your guns but what they really want is control of your minds. Think about it.

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lew1024 SybilDefense Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:47 Permalink

I had the thought that Sessions recusing himself was good tactics, as it focused attention on Rosenstein.  Otherwise,  Sessions would have had to answer those questions and explain "It was Rosenstein". Trump 'being disappointed in Sessions', the ocassional tweet, is an act.I think it means that Trump's team has been planning all of these moves, and agree with the guy above who said it is just a matter of arranging the parallel construction, that someone inside NSA was being honest and has been tracking the criminals the whole time.I think that many of the public investigations in alt-media, e.g. Morphonios, Loomer, Webb, Goodman, Boiling Frog and ?Guy in Japan? are the public face of insiders dropping breadcrumbs to allow public parallel construction and thus keep the pressure on the bureaucracy to do the right thing. QAnon is another, lately, tho I haven't seen results of that.

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MoreFreedom two hoots Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:24 Permalink

"Does Congress have any authority outside of cutting off funds?"No, but the Dept. of Justice has prosecuted people for Contempt of Congress (but obviously not under Obama, where the Attorney General was charged with Contempt of Congress).   Sessions could prosecute this if he so chooses. Rita Lavelle spent time in prison for lying to Congress.  Hillary of course, got a pass.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contempt_of_Congress#Partial_list_of_thos…

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chunga two hoots Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:47 Permalink

Have a look at this fiery letter Chaffetz scorched off 10 months ago.CHAFFETZ ASKS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO UPHOLD INSTITUTIONAL INTERESTS OF CONGRESShttps://oversight.house.gov/release/chaffetz-asks-justice-department-up…

WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking the Justice Department to convene a grand jury or charge former State Department employee Bryan Pagliano for refusal to appear before a committee of Congress, a violation of 2 U.S.C. § 192.

Dilly Dilly!

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Chupacabra-322 BennyBoy Thu, 12/14/2017 - 08:03 Permalink

#1) …exactly why the White Hats are selectively preparing the larger U.S. electorate in advance of the 1.2 million documents which will outline the background of the Inspector General’s year-long investigation into the politicization of the FBI and DOJ.

The recent IG releases of information, Agent Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr and Nellie Ohr; to include FBI Agent Peter Strzok’s text messages with FBI Lawyer Lisa Page; are strategically sequenced -and timed- in their public release.
The information drop today, which includes the text messages, reveals the bigger plot:

August 15, 2016, FBI Agent Strzok tells FBI Lawyer Lisa Page:
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

“Andy’s office” would be FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe; and the appearance here is a clear outline to use the Steele Russian Dossier, as the foundation to the FISA warrant, which would be considered “an insurance policy” against candidate Donald Trump winning the presidency.
Yes, that would be a conspiracy; being discussed in Andrew McCabe’s office. A few weeks later (October 2016), the FBI and DOJ did get the FISA warrant they were discussing in August 2016.

#2) …. And now we know why Andrew McCabe cancelled his scheduled appearance on Capitol Hill yesterday. He didn’t have an “Ohr” problem, he had a larger conspiracy issue that he was likely to be questioned about, and someone tipped him off. After McCabe’s cancellation the IG office distributed the text messages to the full House.

#3) …. And now we know why Nellie Ohr, Fusion GPS contract employee and wife of Associate DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr, began using a HAM radio when the operation against candidate Donald Trump was conceived.

Nellie Ohr was hired by Fusion-GPS to specifically work on the Trump project and coordinate with MI6 Agent Christopher Steele. The Steele Dossier would later become the underlying evidence behind the application for the FISA warrant to wiretap Donald Trump and being electronic surveillance.

#4) ….And now we know, so far, on the FBI side of the conspiracy, the years-long IG investigation has captured FBI Agent Strzok, FBI Attorney Lisa Page, and FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Likely the IG has also captured Bill Priestap, head of FBI counterintelligence and FBI Agent Strzok’s boss. Priestap was the guy who Comey blamed for not informing congressional oversight, and Bill Priestap was also the guy who went to the White House present the information against NatSec Advisor Mike Flynn along with Sally Yates (DOJ).
We do not yet know if the IG has captured enough on FBI Director James Comey.

It would appear, at least so far, that Peter Strzok is willing to fall on his sword and take the blame for steering/manipulating the 2016 FBI investigation of Clinton’s emails; perhaps in an effort to protect James Comey. However, will James Comey get caught in the Russian Conspiracy sting? Too soon to tell.

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/12/13/and-now-we-know/

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Yes We Can. Bu… Chupacabra-322 Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:25 Permalink

#5) BHO knew about all of it.And remember, the reason the FBI refused to pursue HRC's use of private server and destruction of gubmint property, the reason Comey usurped the role of DOJ so that she would not be prosecuted, is because it would have meant BHO too would have to have been prosecuted.http://www.nationalreview.com/article/440380/obama-email-alias-clinton-…

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Yes We Can. Bu… Joe Davola Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:07 Permalink

Excerpt: "...when it emerged that the White House was refusing to disclose at least 22 communications Obama had exchanged with then-secretary Clinton over the latter’s private e-mail account, we knew that Obama had knowingly engaged in the same misconduct that was the focus of the Clinton probe: the reckless mishandling of classified information...."Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/440380/obama-email-alias-clinton-…

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