Recently, new text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the now-disgraced FBI lovers who were caught in an apparent plot to somehow “stop” the Trump presidency, were revealed.
The messages discuss what appears to be a coordinated effort of federal officials to leak information to the mainstream media, as Strzok and Page marveled that others had begun “leaking like mad.”
On Thursday, President Trump took to Twitter, where he called the texts “a disaster and embarrassment to the FBI and DOJ,” adding, “This should have never happened.”
“‘Others were leaking like mad’ in order to get the President,” said Trump, who has continued to point to Strzok and Page, as well as their role in the ongoing Mueller investigation, as evidence of political bias.
As reported by Fox News
Newly surfaced text messages between former FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that refer to government employees “leaking like mad” in the runup to the Russia collusion probe are a “disaster and embarrassment” to the Department of Justice, President Trump tweeted Thursday.
The text messages, first reported by Fox News on Wednesday, are the latest evidence to bolster Trump’s claim that elements within the government were trying to undermine him when Special Counsel Robert Mueller launched his probe into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“More text messages between former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are a disaster and embarrassment to the FBI & DOJ. This should never have happened but we are learning more and more by the hour. ‘Others were leaking like mad’ in order to get the President!” Trump tweeted, quoting the Fox News report.
Fox News on Wednesday obtained new text messages between Strzok and Page dated Dec. 15, 2016. The texts were part of a lengthy exchange, and appeared to reveal a potential operation to leak for “political purposes.”
“Oh, remind me to tell you tomorrow about the times doing a story about the rnc hacks,” Page texted Strzok.
“And more than they already did? I told you Quinn told me they pulling out all the stops on some story…” Strzok replied.
A source told Fox News “Quinn” could be referring to Richard Quinn, who served as the chief of the Media and Investigative Publicity Section in the Office of Public Affairs at the FBI. Quinn could not be reached for comment.
Strzok again replied: “Think our sisters have begun leaking like mad. Scorned and worried, and political, they’re kicking into overdrive.”
In one passage, Strzok apparently misread a reference to “rnc” as “mc,” and then, realizing his error, blamed his “old man eyes.”
It is unclear at this point whom Strzok was referring to when he used the term “sisters,” though some in the intelligence community have speculated it could be in reference to another government agency.
There are 17 agencies in the Intelligence Community, including the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Security Agency, and the FBI.
The “leaking like mad” text came on the same day that several news outlets reported that U.S. intelligence officials said they were convinced that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved, and approved Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.