The RussiaGate Document Cache A new report claims that the documents President Trump wanted made public in his final days in office contained information about two prominent former FBI officials known for their notorious private exchanges disparaging Trump.
According to a Saturday report in the New York Times, a binder containing materials from the Crossfire Hurricane investigation contained text messages between former FBI special agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page as well as other information that had never before been made public.
There have been 14 FBI whistleblowers, according to Jim Jordan.
Trump’s last-minute declassification memo before leaving office on January 9, 2021, still has an air of mystery surrounding the documents it purports to declassify. Trump wrote that the contents of the binder were no longer classified and that the Attorney General was to “return to the White House an appropriately redacted copy” after making the redactions suggested in the FBI’s January 17 submission.
According to Meadows’s The Chief’s Chief, published in 2021, this directive will make it easier for the public to follow the criminal investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal that began with Operation Crossfire Hurricane, led by special counsel John Durham. I am confident that President Trump’s order will provide much needed clarity and remove any excuse for the final Durham report to remain in a classified vault, he wrote.
The fate of Trump’s declassification order is now in the hands of President Joe Biden’s administration, despite the fact that 19 months have passed since Trump left office without a full disclosure. Bradley Moss, a national security attorney, remarked, “That order, if it exists, can be overruled by Biden now.”
Information about the binder was buried in a lengthy New York Times report about the disorganized final days of the Trump administration; the report was written after an FBI raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort yielded documents, including “highly classified” ones, that were not sent to the National Archives, prompting an investigation by the Justice Department.
Representing Trump at the National Archives, former Trump aide and current document dispute mediator Kash Patel said over the weekend that it appeared Justice Department officials were trying to block the disclosure of documents related to the Russiagate controversy.
Patel told Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo that the public “will never be allowed to see the Russiagate docs or any other docs that President Trump lawfully declassified,” and that this is because there appears to be a “ongoing” counterintelligence investigation. On January 20, 2021, Trump’s last day in office, Patel said that 99% transparency had been achieved. Last Sunday, he revised that number down to 60%.
While investigating the actions of the DOJ and FBI in relation to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, the inspector general of the Justice Department discovered text messages between Strzok and Page in which they expressed a negative opinion of Trump.
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The messages between Strzok, who played a key role in opening the Crossfire Hurricane investigation in 2016 and interviewed retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn in January 2017, and Page, have fueled claims by Trump and his allies to accuse the Justice Department and FBI of political bias which continue to this day with the Mar-a-Lago raid.
A text message sent by Strzok to Page in August 2016 mentioning an “insurance policy” is integral to what Republican investigators have long suspected to be part of a so-called plot to undermine then-candidate Trump — a view rejected by ex-top FBI brass involved in the matter. Strzok and Page, who were romantically linked, have filed separate lawsuits against the Justice Department and the FBI for alleged wrongful firing under political pressure and violating the Privacy Act with the release of their text messages, respectively.
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