Congress Examining FBI Media Leaks

It looks like former FBI Director James Comey was not the only agency official involved in leaking information against President Trump.

Text messages from FBI agent Peter Strzok to Lisa Page, who he was having an extramarital affair with at the agency, suggests they had knowledge about a news story before it was publically available.

The FBI pair also expressed concern about leaked information in stories that appeared “super specific,” suggesting the information could be traced back to the agency.

The Hill reports:

Republican-led House and Senate committees are investigating whether leaders of the Russia counterintelligence investigation had contacts with the news media that resulted in improper leaks, prompted in part by text messages amongst senior FBI officials mentioning specific reporters, news organizations and articles.

In one exchange, FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and bureau lawyer Lisa Page engaged in a series of texts shortly before Election Day 2016 suggesting they knew in advance about an article in The Wall Street Journal and would need to feign stumbling onto the story so it could be shared with colleagues.

Strzok was part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating possible connections between Russia and officials with President Trump’s campaign.

However, Strzok was reassigned after text messages between him and Page showed a political bias against President Trump.

Congress is examining the texts and is planning to ask Strzok and Page questions.

Fox News reports:

Members of Congress are reviewing the texts and looking to speak with the FBI officials.

The House Intelligence Committee is in the process of scheduling eight witnesses including Strzok and Page. Committee investigators also got access to the remaining documents they had long sought as part of their Russia inquiry during a classified session at the Justice Department on Friday, a source close to the matter told Fox News.

 

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