There is serious talk now about a second special counsel being appointed to look into the FBI and the Justice Department’s handling of the Russia/Trump probe amid the findings of the previously lost five-month span of texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page reports PJ Media.
The text messages between Strzok and Page have revealed a number of things so far in Reps. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA), Trey Gowdy’s (R-SC), and Bob Goodlatte’s (R- VA) investigation into the FBI’s investigation.
Now that the representatives have had a chance to examine the texts there was apparently talk of a “secret society” of officials within the FBI that apparently met the day after the election of Donald Trump to plot against the president-elect.
— John Ratcliffe (@RepRatcliffe) January 23, 2018
Gowdy, Nunes, and Goodlatte met on Saturday to talk about the messages and the FISA memo that may outline surveillance abuse under the Obama administration. The missing text messages, that were missing between December 2016 and May 2017, were during a critical time during the FBI’s Russia investigation. That alone was suspicious enough to keep asking more questions about the messages.
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) January 23, 2018
According to Fox News, Nunes, Gowdy, and Goodlatte are in the process of going through the steps necessary to release the four-page FISA memo and intend to see it released to the public by early February.
The FBI has demanded to see a copy of the memo, but so far — understandably — the Intelligence Committee has declined to show them their hand. Republicans believe that publishing the memo will but pressure on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a second special counsel, Fox News reported.
In the latest batch of messages between Strzok and Page, they suggest that Comey was coordinating with Attorney General Lynch on the decision well ahead of his July 5 press conference.
Rep. Ratcliffe said that former FBI director James Comey needs to come back to Capitol Hill to testify again under oath on the question of when the decision to exonerate former secretary of State Hillary Clinton was made.
“It’s really clear to me that the decision was made in May of 2016 — two months before the press conference,” Gowdy said on Fox’s The Story. “Of course Loretta Lynch knew he wasn’t going to be charged. Everyone except the public knew that she was not going to be charged.”
“We knew that Strzok and Page had an intense anti-Trump bias and that’s okay so long as they check it at the door and do their job,” Ratcliffe said. “But we learned today in the thousands of text messages that we reviewed that perhaps they may not have done that.”
Gowdy also talked further about this ‘secret society’ that was set up within the Department of Justice to basically take down President Trump.
“You have this insurance policy in the Spring of 2016 and then the day after the election … there’s a text exchange between these two FBI agents — these two (supposed to be objective, fact-centric) FBI agents saying, ‘perhaps this is the first meeting of the secret society,'” Gowdy explained. “So of course I’m gonna want to know what ‘secret society’ are you talking about — because you’re supposed to be investigating objectively the person who just won the Electoral College.”
.@RepRatcliffe on 5-month gap discovered in new FBI texts: “For former prosecutors like @TGowdySC & myself…it makes it harder & harder for us to explain away one strange coincidence after another.” https://t.co/jTCsiBqaVi pic.twitter.com/yPKVEJoG91
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 23, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement Monday that a review is “already underway to ascertain what occurred and to determine if these records can be recovered in any other way.
Sessions said, “If any wrongdoing were to be found to have caused this gap, appropriate legal disciplinary action measures will be taken.”
“We will leave no stone unturned to confirm with certainty why these text messages are not now available to be produced and will use every technology available to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source. If we are successful, we will update the congressional committees immediately,” he added.