A member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says newly released text messages between FBI employees suggests that there has been a "systemic culture of media leaking by high-ranking officials at the FBI and DOJ related to ongoing investigations" intended to damage Donald Trump.
The letter, first reported by Fox News national security and war correspondent Sara Carter, was written by committee member Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, who provides evidence of what he describes as "coordinated" Trump-damaging leaks by FBI employees included in a batch of records released to Congress that were recently found by the DOJ inspector general. Carter notes two key examples:
- April 10, 2017: (former FBI Special Agent) Peter Strzok contacts (former FBI Attorney) Lisa Page to discuss a “media leak strategy.” Specifically, the text says: “I had literally just gone to find this phone to tell you I want to talk to you about media leak strategy with DOJ before you go.”
- April 12, 2017: Peter Strzok congratulates Lisa Page on a job well done while referring to two derogatory articles about Carter Page. In the text, Strzok warns Page two articles are coming out, one which is “worse” than the other about Lisa’s “namesake”.” Strzok added: “Well done, Page.”
Meadows underscored in a tweet Monday that the "media leak strategy" text between the two anti-Trump FBI employees came a day before a significant Trump-Russia article by The Washington Post:
Here's Carter discussing the revelations with Lou Dobbs Monday:
Trump responded to the reports Monday night by quoting from the Dobbs-Carter interview: "We have found nothing to show collusion between President Trump & Russia, absolutely zero, but every day we get more documentation showing collusion between the FBI & DOJ, the Hillary campaign, foreign spies & Russians, incredible."