FBI texts referred to briefing Obama on Russian interference, not Clinton probe: report

FBI texts referred to briefing Obama on Russian interference, not Clinton probe: report
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Text messages exchanged between two FBI employees stating that then-President Obama wanted “to know everything” referred to the bureau's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, not a probe into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAre Democrats turning Trump-like? The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE’s email server, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senators call for Barr to release full results of Epstein investigation FBI Agents Association calls on Congress to make 'domestic terrorism' a federal crime Senators renew request for domestic threats documents from FBI, DOJ after shootings MORE (R-Wis.) released a report Tuesday that included the exchange between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page, arguing that the texts raised questions about Obama's involvement in the investigation into Clinton's email use.

The report highlights one exchange from September 2016 in which Page wrote, “Potus wants to know everything we’re doing.”

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Associates of Strzok and Page, who were having an affair at the time, reportedly said the two were talking about Obama wanting information on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The exchange occurred days before Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and spoke to him about election tampering, The Wall Street Journal reported. 

By the time the texts were sent, the FBI had closed its investigation into the Clinton email case. It did not reopen the case until October.

The Wall Street Journal report contradicts the claims from Johnson’s report. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE on Wednesday seized on the report, tweeting “NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!” without any additional context.

Page and Strzok have come under fire in recent months after the discovery of text messages between the two that showed them criticizing President Trump and other political figures.

Republicans have pointed to the text messages as evidence of bias among federal law enforcement officials.

Strzok was removed from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE's investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign last summer after the messages were discovered.