More FBI texts have been recovered showing more bias.
While investigators have recovered more FBI texts, there is no reason to think they have found all the missing communications between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. And the ones they announced today that they had recovered don’t show us anything surprising. We already knew that the Hillary Clinton investigation was highly partisan and political.
The Washington Post reports, “Newly recovered FBI texts raise further questions about Clinton investigation.”
Texts between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page appear to show that FBI Chief of Staff James Rybicki believed Mr. McCabe should have recused himself from the investigation. Mr. McCabe did not recuse himself until one week before the presidential election.
“Rybicki just called to check in,” Ms. Page said in the text. “He very clearly 100 percent believes that Andy should be recused because of the ‘perception.’ “
Ms. Page then says, “If it’s a matter similar to those we’ve been talking about lately, why no recusal before?”
“I assume McAuliffe picked up,” Mr. Strzok responded. “But that doesn’t make sense. He said he was interviewing, maybe he’s headed into private practice.”
In another exchange, Ms. Page warned Mr. Strzok about coming on too strong in investigating Mrs. Clinton.
“One more thing: she might be our next president. The last thing you need us going in there loaded for bear,” Ms. Page said in the text.
Mr. Strzok responded that he agreed.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, released the texts and fired off a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray saying the messages raise questions about conflicts of interest in the Clinton investigation.
Mr. Grassley wrote that those leading the investigation “cared very much about politics, to the detriment of the Bureau’s mission and objectivity.”
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