FBI agents’ texts reveal disgusting hypocrisy

FBI agents’ texts reveal disgusting hypocrisy
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New revelations show that senior FBI officials were committing precisely the same offenses for which they were investigating Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Warning signs flash for Lindsey Graham in South Carolina MORE and President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE.

Newly-released text messages show that FBI special agent Peter Strzok and attorney Lisa Page used personal devices for official government work and “gmailed” government information to one another using unsecured systems.

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The activity would be fine if the duo worked in the private sector and they hadn’t been in charge of one of the most public investigations in FBI history, questioning Clinton for precisely the same thing.

 

Not only did the senior bureau officials send thousands of text messages to one another over a period of five months (which quite frankly begs the question, “Doesn’t anyone work anymore?) According to those texts, the lovers used personal Gmail email accounts to share government documents and information.

They also used personal devices and Apple iMessages to discuss their investigations.

The pair also discussed their advanced knowledge of news articles before they were published, which suggests that the FBI officials may have been complicit in media leaks.

In another twist of irony, Strzok and Page also strategized just how easy to go on Clinton in what they saw as the likely event that she would become president. Of course this is the very definition of collusion – the very thing for which they were investigating then-candidate Donald Trump.

Their actions should have been due cause to recuse themselves from the case or to be forcibly removed from the investigations.

However, blinded by its bias against then-candidate Trump, the FBI did nothing. In fact, the pair’s unethical communications went completely unnoticed by the bureau. 

What’s worse, the FBI appears to have not initially captured or preserved the text messages; it was only this week that a Department of Justice watchdog reported to congress that his office had unearthed the messages.

Before the texts were rediscovered, the FBI was missing messages from several critical time periods: the day that the Trump dossier prepared by British spy Christopher Steele was published by BuzzFeed; the day that then-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBook: FBI sex crimes investigator helped trigger October 2016 public probe of Clinton emails Trump jabs at FBI director over testimony on Russia, antifa Graham: Comey to testify about FBI's Russia probe, Mueller declined invitation MORE was fired by Trump; the day that Strzok interviewed Gen. Michael Flynn on Jan. 24, 2017; and the final day of the missing text messages — May 17, 2017 — the day that Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE was appointed special counsel of the FBI’s Russia investigation. Color me suspicious but those are kind of important time periods during which the American people ought to see the communiques of the FBI officials involved.

After all, it was Page who had been assigned as a top lawyer to Mueller’s special counsel office for the Russia investigation — a post from which she has since (rightfully) been removed.

In his own right, Strzok wasn’t just pushing papers around the FBI, either. He was the senior FBI official who signed the opening argument for the Russia investigation in July 2016, served as the second in command of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, and was the FBI agent that softened the language of the Comey memo regarding Clinton’s use of a private email server from ”grossly negligent” to “extremely careless.”

The fact that the pair was so biased is bad enough; however, the duo behaving so recklessly themselves is, in and of itself, alarming. It is grounds for both of their firings, yet both of them remain at the FBI collecting taxpayer-funded salaries and benefits.

Whatever the ending to the case of the missing text messages, one thing is now abundantly clear: Disgraceful hypocrisy at the FBI was at an all-time high during a time when integrity should have been.

Jen Kerns served as the spokeswoman for the California Republican Party. A two-time appointee of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, she went on to serve as spokeswoman and communications director for the victorious Prop. 8 campaign in California, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Americans for Prosperity in California, and numerous rare successful Statewide races as a Republican press secretary.