Yesterday, U.S. Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX) tweeted a portion of the transcripts released by US Rep. Doug Collins of the former FBI lawyer, Lisa Page’s hearing. In his tweet, Radcliffe revealed:
Lisa Page confirmed to me under oath that the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information.
Lisa Page confirmed to me under oath that the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information. pic.twitter.com/KPQKINBtrB
— John Ratcliffe (@RepRatcliffe) March 13, 2019
Earlier today, U.S. Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA) released transcripts from the former FBI agent, Peter Strzok’s June 2018 testimony.
United States Congressman John Ratcliffe tweeted a portion of the transcript, revealing Mueller’s lack of concern about FBI agent Peter Strzok’s virulently anti-Trump text messages to his lover, FBI attorney Lisa Page.
Did Peter Strzok’s hatred of Donald Trump influence the investigations and “evidence” against Donald Trump? Guess we’ll never know.
Did Peter Strzok’s hatred of Donald Trump influence the investigations and “evidence” against Donald Trump? Guess we’ll never know. pic.twitter.com/qxxQbfWmD4
— John Ratcliffe (@RepRatcliffe) March 14, 2019
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) retweeted the same portion of the transcript, calling it “the most significant”part of the hearing.
Gaetz says: “Ratcliffe brilliantly laid out a key moment of candor. There was NO EVIDENCE of collusion 10 MONTHS into the Trump-Russia investigation. Notice the FBI lawyer reaction!
This portion of the hearing was the most significant. Ratcliffe brilliantly laid out a key moment of candor. There was NO EVIDENCE of collusion 10 MONTHS into the Trump-Russia investigation. Notice the FBI lawyer reaction! https://t.co/nHQnas3n4h
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) March 13, 2019
FBI lawyer Lisa Page resigned from the FBI in May 2018, former FBI agent Peter Strzok was fired from the FBI in August 2018.
In a curious twist of events, both Peter Strzok and Lisa Page’s cell phones were reset during the Mueller investigation.
On December 13, 2018, a report by the DOJ revealed that they were unable to recover text messages from anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok and his lover, FBI attorney Lisa Page, who was also virulently anti-Trump, during the period that they were working on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Peter Strzok wasn’t some low-level, hack agent at the FBI; he was the Chief of the Counterespionage Section. He also led the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server and the Russian election interference investigation. Strzok rose in the ranks to become the Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division, the second-highest position in that division.
A December 11, 2018, OIG report that’s been redacted for the public, reveals that iPhones issued by the special counsel’s office to Strzok and Page were reset after they left the special counsel probe in July 2017, making it impossible to retrieve text messages sent and received on those devices.
According to the Daily Caller, Peter Strzok joined special counsel Robert Mueller’s team in early June 2017 and was removed in late July of that year after Horowitz informed the special counsel about the FBI officials’ anti-Trump messages. Page, who served as general counsel to then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, was detailed to Mueller’s investigation May 28, 2017. She left July 15, 2017, and since resigned from the bureau.
The new OIG report focuses mostly on a five-month gap in messages between Strzok and Page. When investigators began looking at Strzok and Page’s FBI-issued phones, they found no messages from Dec. 13, 2016, to May 17, 2017, the same day Mueller was appointed as special counsel.