WOW! New Strzok-Page Texts Suggest Intent To “Copy/Take Classified” Information
Fox News contributor Sara A. Carter reports newly-released text messages exchanged between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page reveals discussions about purchasing Apple iPhones to bypass “government collection,” systems. During one of their exchanges, Strzok tells Page, “If I want to copy/take classified, I’m sure as hell not going to do it on this phone.”
“According to text messages produced by the committee, Ms. Page and Mr. Strzok make references to communicating with other FBI employees via text message, phone call, email, and voice mail,” stated Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, in a letter dated Jan. 31, to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “Additional text messages suggest that FBI officials used non-official email accounts and messaging programs to communicate about official business.”
Here’s a portion of the text messages:
Strzok: “Hot damn. I’m happy to pilot that…we get around our security/monitoring issues?”
Page: “No, he’s proposing that we just stop following them. Apparently, the requirement to capture texts came from omb, but we’re the only org (I’m told) who is following that rule. His point is, if no one else is doing it why should we.”
Page: Helps that Dd had a terrible time with his phone [redacted] which made him concerned for our folks all over the place.
Page: These phones suck as much as they do because of the program we use to capture texts, full stop.
Strzok: No doubt.
Strzok: I’m not convinced short of OPR, that text capture capability really deters anything.
Strzok: If I want to copy/take classified, I’m sure as hell not going to do it on this phone.
In the above text messages, Strzok’s reference to “Dd” is possibly referring to Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, per Johnson’s letter’s footnote.
In the same letter, Senator Johnson asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to produce additional texts and emails from 16 FBI officials, including former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
Senator Johnson has asked for the communications due to concerns that private phones were used to conduct government business. Johnson also asked for emails exchanged between former President Obama and Hillary Clinton, while the then-Secretary of State was reportedly in “territory of a sophisticated adversary.”
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This isn’t the first instance where Strzok and Page have discussed funny business pertaining to information.
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte joined Fox News‘ Maria Bartiromo Sunday to discuss the latest about the Strzok-Page text message saga. During their discussion, Bartiromo says she was told texts between the two FBI agents spoke of the intent to “destroy evidence.”
“After the election, they talked about this secret society, did they also talk about destroying evidence?” asked Bartiromo.
Before the Republican lawmaker could reply, the “Sunday Morning Futures” host followed up with a stunner, saying, “I’m told there are some texts that haven’t been released yet about ‘we gotta get our hands on the hard drive or we gotta get our hands on the thumb drive’.”
Sidestepping the question, Rep. Goodlatte replied, “Well, there is certainly a lot of questions about things we do know about, with regard to the earlier investigation, led by former Director Comey, where evidence was destroyed, before anybody outside of the FBI could get a look at it.”