Information is starting to come out that potentially points to an ugly scheme, by some very dirty people, to destroy a lot of innocent people.
Fox News reports- Text messages between former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page indicate they discussed using briefings to the Trump team after the 2016 election to identify people they could “develop for potential relationships,” track lines of questioning and “assess” changes in “demeanor” – language one GOP lawmaker called “more evidence” of irregular conduct in the original Russia probe.
Fox News has learned the texts, initially released in 2018 by a Senate committee, are under renewed scrutiny, with GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Homeland Security Committee chair Ron Johnson sending a letter Thursday night to Attorney General Bill Barr pushing for more information on the matter.
“Any improper FBI surveillance activities that were conducted before or after the 2016 election must be brought to light and properly addressed,” the senators wrote.
President Trump, speaking to Fox News’ “Hannity” Thursday night,” responded to this report by unloading on Strzok and Page.
“They were trying to infiltrate the administration,” Trump told host Sean Hannity. “Really, it’s a coup. It’s spying. It’s hard to believe in this country we would have had that.”
Trump called the news “very disconcerting,” and emphasized that the Justice Department’s watchdog previously faulted Strzok’s communications with Page.
The text messages begin on the evening of Nov. 17 — nine days after the election. The string discusses an email and briefing to “Pence,” presumably Vice President-elect Mike Pence – and appears to refer to another upcoming briefing.
According to Sara Carter – Senior Republican chairmen submitted a letter Thursday to Department of Justice Attorney General William Barr revealing new texts from former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok to his paramour FBI Attorney Lisa Page showing the pair had discussed attempts to recruit sources within the White House to allegedly spy on the Trump administration.
The texts and sources reveal that Strzok had one significant contact within the White House – Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff Joshua Pitcock, whose wife was working as an analyst for Strzok on the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server.
A senior White House official told this news site that Pitcock’s wife recused herself from the Clinton investigation as soon as Pence and Trump became the Republican nominees in July 2016. A senior law enforcement official also told SaraACarter.com that Pitcock’s wife no longer worked under Strzok after she recused herself from the Clinton investigation.
However, the text messages uncovered from November 2016 and have left questions lingering about the relationship between Strzok, Pitcock and his wife among congressional investigators and lawmakers.
A few weeks after the presidential election, Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page discussed the logistics for the briefing. Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page said the following:
Strzok: Talking with Bill. Do we want Joe to go with Evanina instead of Charli for a variety of reasons?
(Strzok is referring to former FBI Assistant Director of Counterintelligence division Bill Priestap. ‘Joe is referencing FBI Special Agent Joe Pientka, who interviewed former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in January 2017. And Evanina is in reference to William Evanina, National Counterintelligence, and Security Center.)
Tonight, investigative reporter Paul Sperry mentioned FBI agent Joe Pientka in a tweet, as someone who along with FBI agent Mike Gaeta and DOJ official Stu Evans, figures prominently as witnesses in IG Horowitz’s investigation into department FISA abuses. Sperry warned that the findings in the forthcoming IG report are said to be devastating.
BREAKING: FBI agents Joe Pientka and Mike Gaeta, along with DOJ official Stu Evans, are figuring prominently as witnesses in IG Horowitz's investigation of department FISA abuses. The findings in the forthcoming IG report are said to be "devastating."
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) April 25, 2019
Page: Hmm. Not sure. Would it be unusual to have [sic] show up again? Maybe another agent from the team?
Strzok: Or, he’s “the CI guy.” Same.might [sic] make sense. He can assess if there [sic] are any news [sic] Qs, or different demeanor. If Katie’s husband is there, he can see if there are people we can develop for potential relationships
Page: Should I ask Andy about it? Or Bill (Priestap) want to reach out for Andy (McCabe)?Strzok: I told him I’m sure we could ask you to make the swap if we thought it.
There was one major connection in the White House. According to documents, White House sources and the FBI one of FBI’s top counterintelligence analysts who was personally working for former FBI Special Agent Strzok had a spouse working directly for Vice President Mike Pence.
According to One America News Network’s Jack Posobiec, the White House is concerned that former Chief of Staff Joshua Pitcock, may have left FBI listening devices behind at the White House after they discovered his wife worked for disgraced, fired FBI agent Peter Strzok.
BREAKING: White House aides are concerned fmr Pence Chief of Staff Joshua Pitcock may have left behind FBI listening devices after learning his wife worked for Peter Strzok
— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) April 26, 2019
According to Posobiec, Joshua Pitock’s wife, Katherine (or Katie) was a top analyst for Peter Strzok at the FBI.
BREAKING: Fmr Pence Chief of Staff Joshua Pitcock Accused of Spying on Trump for FBI https://t.co/HQshSV2EGv
— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) April 26, 2019
On June 29, 2017, the White House announced the departure of VP Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff, Josh Pitcock, after more than 12 years of working for the Vice President in various capacities.
From the press release:
After more than twelve years of service to Vice President Mike Pence, including most recently as Chief of Staff, Josh Pitcock informed the Vice President of his intention to depart at the beginning of August. Vice President Pence will name Nick Ayers as his new Chief of Staff. Pitcock will continue to serve as Chief of Staff through July and transition duties to Ayers on August 1st.
Pitcock served in several roles for Pence in Congress, including as his Chief of Staff, ran the DC Office for then Governor Pence, and was a senior advisor to Pence during the presidential campaign and transition. Prior to joining Pence, he practiced law for several years.
Vice President Pence stated: “Josh Pitcock’s more than twelve years of service have played an invaluable role throughout my public career. His professionalism and integrity are unmatched and he will be missed. I will always be grateful for the
foundation Josh laid in the Office of the Vice President and wish him every success in his future endeavors. Whatever the future holds for Josh and his family, he will remain one of my most trusted advisors and cherished friends.”
Pitcock stated: “Since joining the Mike Pence team in his Congressional office in 2005, it has been an enormous privilege to serve him in the House of Representatives, the Governor’s office, on the Trump-Pence campaign and transition, and in the White House. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities the Vice President has afforded me, for the trust he has placed in me, and for the personal friendship we have developed over the years. Deciding to leave was not easy, but I believe the time is right for me to transition to the private sector. Nick and I have worked seamlessly together for years and will continue to do so through the transition and thereafter.”