This One FBI Text In The Russia Probe Should Alarm Every American

Authored by John Solomon, op-ed via TheHill.com,

Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, the reported FBI lovebirds, are the poster children for the next “Don’t Text and Investigate” public service ads airing soon at an FBI office near you.

Their extraordinary texting affair on their government phones has given the FBI a black eye, laying bare a raw political bias brought into the workplace that agents are supposed to check at the door when they strap on their guns and badges.

It is no longer in dispute that they held animus for Donald Trump, who was a subject of their Russia probe, or that they openly discussed using the powers of their office to “stop” Trumpfrom becoming president. The only question is whether any official acts they took in the Russia collusion probe were driven by those sentiments.

The Justice Department’s inspector general is endeavoring to answer that question.

For any American who wants an answer sooner, there are just five words, among the thousands of suggestive texts Page and Strzok exchanged, that you should read.

That passage was transmitted on May 19, 2017. “There’s no big there there,” Strzok texted.

The date of the text long has intrigued investigators: It is two days after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named special counsel Robert Mueller to oversee an investigation into alleged collusion between Trump and the Russia campaign.

Since the text was turned over to Congress, investigators wondered whether it referred to the evidence against the Trump campaign.

This month, they finally got the chance to ask. Strzok declined to say — but Page, during a closed-door interview with lawmakers, confirmed in the most pained and contorted way that the message in fact referred to the quality of the Russia case, according to multiple eyewitnesses.

The admission is deeply consequential. It means Rosenstein unleashed the most awesome powers of a special counsel to investigate an allegation that the key FBI officials, driving the investigation for 10 months beforehand, did not think was “there.”

By the time of the text and Mueller’s appointment, the FBI’s best counterintelligence agents had had plenty of time to dig. They knowingly used a dossier funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign — which contained uncorroborated allegations — to persuade the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to issue a warrant to monitor Trump campaign adviser Carter Page (no relation to Lisa Page).

They sat on Carter Page’s phones and emails for nearly six months without getting evidence that would warrant prosecuting him. The evidence they had gathered was deemed so weak that their boss, then-FBI Director James Comey, was forced to admit to Congress after being fired by Trump that the core allegation remained substantially uncorroborated.

In other words, they had a big nothing burger. And, based on that empty-calorie dish, Rosenstein authorized the buffet menu of a special prosecutor that has cost America millions of dollars and months of political strife.

The work product Strzok created to justify the collusion probe now has been shown to be inferior: A Clinton-hired contractor produced multiple documents accusing Trump of wrongdoing during the election; each was routed to the FBI through a different source or was used to seed news articles with similar allegations that further built an uncorroborated public narrative of Trump-Russia collusion. Most troubling, the FBI relied on at least one of those news stories to justify the FISA warrant against Carter Page.

That sort of multifaceted allegation machine, which can be traced back to a single source, is known in spy craft as “circular intelligence reporting,” and it’s the sort of bad product that professional spooks are trained to spot and reject.

But Team Strzok kept pushing it through the system, causing a major escalation of a probe for which, by his own words, he knew had “no big there there.”

The answer as to why a pro such as Strzok would take such action has become clearer, at least to congressional investigators. That clarity comes from the context of the other emails and text messages that surrounded the May 19, 2017, declaration.

It turns out that what Strzok and Lisa Page were really doing that day was debating whether they should stay with the FBI and try to rise through the ranks to the level of an assistant director (AD) or join Mueller’s special counsel team.

“Who gives a f*ck, one more AD like [redacted] or whoever?” Strzok wrote, weighing the merits of promotion, before apparently suggesting what would be a more attractive role: “An investigation leading to impeachment?”

Lisa Page apparently realized the conversation had gone too far and tried to reel it in. “We should stop having this conversation here,” she texted back, adding later it was important to examine “the different realistic outcomes of this case.”

A few minutes later Strzok texted his own handicap of the Russia evidence: “You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I’d be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there’s no big there there.”

So the FBI agents who helped drive the Russia collusion narrative — as well as Rosenstein’s decision to appoint Mueller — apparently knew all along that the evidence was going to lead to “nothing” and, yet, they proceeded because they thought there was still a possibility of impeachment.

Impeachment is a political outcome. The only logical conclusion, then, that congressional investigators can make is that political bias led these agents to press an investigation forward to achieve the political outcome of impeachment, even though their professional training told them it had “no big there there.”

And that, by definition, is political bias in action.

How concerned you are by this conduct is almost certainly affected by your love or hatred for Trump. But put yourself for a second in the hot seat of an investigation by the same FBI cast of characters: You are under investigation for a crime the agents don’t think occurred, but the investigation still advances because the desired outcome is to get you fired from your job.

Is that an FBI you can live with?

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two hoots FactDog Fri, 07/20/2018 - 19:39 Permalink

Who directed, encouraged Rosenstein to authorize the probe?  Did he do it on his own accord based on previous investigations, was he pushed by Comey?  Just where did the idea come from and based upon what?  (I forgot or never really knew)

added later:

There must be a system for  recourse (political malpractice) when an agency goes down a dead-end or even for a frivolous action and surely for political motives?  It is not enough to just finish it/drop it, let the vote punish, simply resign or let the press spank them, that is not accountability.     

 

 

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Not Too Important two hoots Fri, 07/20/2018 - 20:12 Permalink

It all starts with Brennan, and the people he answers to.

Then there's this:

'Intel Operative who Altered Obama’s Passport Records Turned FBI Informant on Boss John Brennan, Then Turned Up Murdered in D.C.'

"A key witness in a federal probe into Barack Obama’s passport information stolen and altered from the State Department was gunned down and killed in front of a District church in D.C.

Lt. Quarles Harris Jr., 24, who had been cooperating with a federal investigators, was found late at night slumped dead inside a car. He was reportedly waiting to meet with FBI agents about his boss John Brennan."

https://truepundit.com/intel-operative-who-altered-obamas-passport-reco…

 

Seth Rich was also on his way to meet with FBI agents. Something about meeting with FBI agents is lethal.

 

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nmewn Not Too Important Fri, 07/20/2018 - 20:35 Permalink

The other fascinating thing is, Strzoks dad, who he was, where he has been and doing in the past.

He was in Iran when the revolution happened working for, ahem, Bell Helicopter. He was also in Burkina Faso doing "charity work" just as he was the Director later on for Catholic Relief Services in...now wait for it...Haiti....lol.

In the infamous words of Tom Brokaw & Charlie Rose "We really don't know who he is or what he believes." ;-)

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nmewn powow Fri, 07/20/2018 - 21:09 Permalink

Personally, I think you're a self-hating jooo just like George Soros, spammer. In fact, I think you are on the payroll of Soros to spill your spam here. No rational person could post the same thing over & over again without being paid to do it.

Unless of course they are retarded. 

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Big Creek Rising Richard Chesler Fri, 07/20/2018 - 22:05 Permalink

Y’ all have good comments as usual and you’re generally right, but there’s a big problem in that almost 60% of ‘murica is not paying attention. Half of those are airheads more worried about the minivan having enough gas to get to all the soccer games tomorrow and which McDonald’s is closer to the fields. They have four buttons on the radio set to NPR and thus the resultant brain rot. The other half are libtards with no brains to rot. They could find Hillary with a bloody knife in her hand standing over five dead children and convict her of nothing more than having strange ideas about breakfast.

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MoreSun Wahooo Sat, 07/21/2018 - 00:18 Permalink

The zog (deep state) is not near as concerned with China as it is with Russia. So-called israel & China just launched a brilliant propaganda campaign to introduce the jews and the land of milk (death) & honey (destruction) to China with aims to endear its populace with such an undying admiration and kinship that the jew deep state need not worry. 

It is being beamed into all China homes and they plan to repeat it continually. It's a joint effort and has the backing of prominent Chinese and so-called israelis providing an invite for the Chinese to enjoy their delusions.

Russia on the other hand has an elected leader that kicked out some big fish jew oligarchs some years ago. He is also bringing back the Christian Orthodox Church (remember jews are anti-Christs). Putin is not the coziest of friends with the zog.

But, he is proving to be a Friend of The Republic of The United States of America. We share a kinship with the true Russian peoples. He is clearly not a friend of the jew supremacist deep state that has a stranglehold on this country since Dec. 23, 1913. And, the jew deep state is no friend of the citizenry of this nation- (((they))) are the enemy of all good people.

 Get it-Read it: "The Controversy of Zion" By Douglas Reed

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Last of the Mi… WOWurstupid Sat, 07/21/2018 - 06:50 Permalink

Comey, Clapper, and Brennan, the three men who orchestrated the attempted coup d etat of the US government yet they are still allowed to walk around and pretend different. 

If you ever suspect the perversions possible under a large government, this is all the proof you'll ever need. I honestly cannot believe these guys are allowed to walk around and not be hounded like the thieves they are 24/7 until they leave our country forever. 

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MoreSun WOWurstupid Sat, 07/21/2018 - 21:44 Permalink

Fully with you on this one WOWurstupid. Recommend sticking with the Authorized King James Version.

The publishing company of the NIV (new improved version) has been owned by judaistic jew supremacists for many years, and they have made many, many changes and deletions since. It has been thoroughly corrupted, by (((THE))) corruptors.

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glenlloyd Never One Roach Sat, 07/21/2018 - 00:24 Permalink

Trey Gowdy's right, they need to wrap this fucker up and do it now.

Tax payers shouldn't have to foot the bill for this thing when we know that it was all contrived by FBI officials.

This has done nothing but enrich Mueller et al and continue to try and cast a pawl over a duly elected President of the United States.

Trump won and Hillary lost, the fact that the left can't live with that is not my problem.

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Crawdaddy glenlloyd Sat, 07/21/2018 - 00:40 Permalink

Forget thinking that little show dog Trey Gowdy is going to change a fucking thing. He is all show. An enticing, entertaining show, but a fake piece of traitorous shit nonetheless. Just like McStain and Lindsay Graham. May be a bit harsh but mark my words. He will traitor your ass as sure as that little fag from WS, speaker Paul Ryan Traitor dipshit. Fucking traitors!

Wake up peeps - these fuckers are there to trick your dumb ass. Stop believing what these assholes say.

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Carpe Tutti Bastardi Crawdaddy Sat, 07/21/2018 - 06:47 Permalink

Re: Trey Gowdy:

This is what I said back in June 2017:

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 09:09 Permalink

I agree with all but one of your bullet points.....actually there should have been a way lot more,but Trey Gowdy????? There is not one single accomplishment from all the BS hearings he headed.Not one......no one went to jail, no one was convicted of anything, nor fired or nor even demoted.It was Kabuki theatre is all!

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