Newly released text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, reveal former President Barack Obama was possibly involved in the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
What are the details?
According to text messages reviewed by Fox News, Page wrote to Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016: "Potus wants to know everything we’re doing."
The comment came during a discussion about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to brief Obama on the details of the Clinton investigation.
Senate investigators told Fox News the text message "raises questions about Obama's personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation.” The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is slowly making the text messages public as the FBI releases them as part of a congressional investigation.
For his part, Obama has mostly denied knowing the details of or being apart of the Clinton investigation. However, he did criticize Comey for reopening the case while on the campaign trail for Clinton.
What else did the messages reveal?
The new messages also established a rough timeline for the bureau’s discovery of hundreds of thousands of new emails on a laptop computer owned by Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton adviser Huma Abedin.
According to the messages, the FBI investigators became aware of the emails at the end of September 2016. On Sept. 28, 2016, Page wrote to Strzok: "Got called up to Andy's [McCabe] earlier...hundreds of thousands of emails turned over by Weiner's atty to sdny [Southern District of New York], includes a ton of material from spouse [Huma Abedin]. Sending team up tomorrow to review...this will never end."
It wasn’t until a month later on Oct. 28, 2016, that Comey informed Congress the FBI was reopening the Clinton investigation due to the discovery of emails on Weiner’s laptop.
Other text messages showed more of the same: that Strzok and Page are staunchly anti-Trump and didn’t want him in the White House.
According to Fox, the last text message sent between the two came on June 23, 2017. Page wrote to Strzok: "Please don't ever text me again."
It’s not clear if the couple had a falling out or if Page wanted to cut communication because she learned her relationship and communications with Strzok had been discovered.