By Jeff Charles
Those who insist on promoting the Russiagate narrative appear to be headed for a world of hurt. Not only has former FBI official Lisa Page confirmed there was no evidence of Russian collusion at the time Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed, but also new text messages have surfaced, further indicating bias on the part of disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok.
Recently another round of text messages between Page and Strzok were released that show the two may have been colluding to target President Trump. This revelation comes on the heels of the discovery of other messages indicating there was a “media leak” strategy with the DOJ that involved releasing information that would be damaging to the president.
New Texts Exposed
The most recent release includes text messages sent between Strzok and Page two hours after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey. On May 9, 2017, Strzok wrote, “We need to open the case we’ve been waiting on now while Andy is acting.”
“Andy” is former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who became the acting director of the Bureau after Comey’s departure. Page responded, “We need to lock in [redacted]. In a formal chargeable way. Soon.”
“I agree,” Strzok answered, “I’ve been pushing, and I’ll reemphasize with Bill.” The “Bill” in question is believed to be Bill Priestap who heads the Bureau’s counterintelligence division.
The nature of “the case” to which Strzok refers is not yet known, nor is the identity of the person he wanted to “lock in.” But this is not the first time Strzok has referred to “the case” in his exchanges with Page. According to Fox News, three GOP sources on the house intelligence and judiciary committees stated that if there was no evidence of collusion between Trump and the Russians, as Lisa Page has stated, then it brings up the question of whether or not the case refers to a possible charge of obstruction of justice in relation to the president’s firing of Comey.
During his public testimony, Strzok did not answer questions about his reference to “the case,” prompting Representative John Ratcliffe (R-TX) to respond:
“I know, as a former U.S. attorney, that if, in fact, that’s what happened, I know that whoever is the subject of that case that was opened – now that Andy is acting – and whoever you and Ms. Page talked about needing to be locked in soon in a formal chargeable way, well, they would have had their civil liberties violated. They would have been deprived of due process.”
Russiagate Narrative in Trouble
These new revelations, coupled with President Trump’s recent decision to declassify the content of Comey’s text messages along with 20 pages of the FISA application used to obtain a warrant to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, are an indication that the president’s opponents are going to be on the defensive when it comes to the Russia collusion narrative. It appears likely that the documents in question will demonstrate that members of the FBI were motivated by bias against the president.
It is becoming clear there was no evidence that the Trump campaign collaborated with the Kremlin to influence the result of the 2016 election, even at the time Mueller was appointed to investigate those very accusations. The fact that Page and Strzok had this particular conversation right after Comey was fired indicates that they may have been trying to find an alternate avenue to harm the Trump administration.
While we do not yet know if the soon-to-be declassified documents will become the final nail in the coffin of the collusion narrative, the information contained within them will undoubtedly cause a shift in the dynamic of the debate. The Trump administration can now go on the offensive, while the left – and their allies in the establishment media – have to scramble to defend their claims.