White House Special Counsel Robert Mueller just got some bad news when the Justice Department gave various congressional committees nearly 400 pages of additional text messages between two FBI officials who were removed from the investigation into alleged collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.
Fox News reported that lawmakers said the the newly discovered messages appear to indicate that Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer, knew that charges would not be filed against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as a result of the investigation into her email server, before Clinton was interviewed by the bureau.
One exchange between Strzok and Page that occurred on July 1, 2016, referenced then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s decision to accept the FBI’s conclusion in the Clinton investigation. Lynch announced this days after it was revealed that the attorney general and former President Bill Clinton had an impromptu meeting aboard her plane in Phoenix.
“Timing looks like hell,” Strzok texted Page.
“Yeah, that is awful timing,” Page agreed, later adding, “It’s a real profile in couragw [sic], since she knows no charges will be brought.”
Four days after this, then-FBI Director James Comey announced that no charges would be brought against Clinton, even though he said her actions in regard to the private server were “extremely careless.”
Strzok and Page were removed from the investigation last summer after it was discovered that some of their messages to each other included anti-Trump content.
Trump himself has always made it clear that he wants Mueller’s investigation to end as quickly as possible, as he is confident that no evidence of him colluding with Russia will be found, since he knows it never actually happened.
“We have been very open,” Trump told reporters at Camp David. “We could have done it two ways. We could have been very closed, and it would have taken years. But you know, sort of like when you’ve done nothing wrong, let’s be open and get it over with.”
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