Despite President Barack Obama saying he would steer clear of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email scandal, text messages between FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page shows that may not have been the case.
Text messages released by the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee show Page admitting she was putting together an update on the Clinton investigation so that then-FBI Director James Comey could update President Obama, reports Fox News:
The message, from Page to Strzok, was among thousands of texts between the lovers reviewed by Fox News. The pair both worked at one point for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Page wrote to Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016, about prepping Comey because "potus wants to know everything we're doing." According to a newly released Senate report, this text raises questions about Obama's personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation.
The texts are part of a Senate report titled "The Clinton Email Scandal and the FBI's investigation of it." The possibility that President Obama was being briefed by the FBI is not the only concerning issue raised by the report. Another text shows that the FBI knew about the emails found on Anthony Weiner's laptop a full month before Comey informed Congress:
On Sept. 28, 2016, Strzok wrote to Page, "Got called up to Andy's [McCabe] earlier.. hundreds of thousands of emails turned over by Weiner's atty to sdny [Southern District of New York], includes a ton of material from spouse [Huma Abedin]. Sending team up tomorrow to review... this will never end." According to the Senate report, this text message raises questions about when FBI officials learned of emails relevant to the Hillary Clinton email investigation on the laptop belonging to Weiner, the husband to Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
Comey didn't officially inform Congress until October 28, 2016, long after his agents knew of the emails and after they had already been reviewing them.
The Strzok/Page text messages have created several controversies and raised plenty of questions from their anti-Trump bias, talk of an insurance policy to stop Donald Trump from winning the election, a supposed "secret society" meeting, and questions about the validity of the Mueller investigation.