According to two House Judiciary Committee members who have seen the latest release of text messages (384 pages worth, to be exact) between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials discussed a “secret society” set up within the Justice Department and the FBI after the 2016 election.
“We learned today about information that after — in the immediate aftermath of [Trump’s] election, that there may have been a secret society of folks within the Department of Justice and the FBI, to include Page and Strzok, that would be working against them,” Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) said Monday on Fox News’s The Story.
“I’m not saying that actually happened, but when folks speak in those terms, they need to come forward to explain the context with which they used those terms,” he added.
And according to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the “secret society” discussion began immediately after the election. The day after, in fact.
“There’s a text exchange between these two FBI agents, these two supposedly objective facts-centric FBI agents, that perhaps this is the first meeting of the ‘secret society,’” Gowdy said.
“I’m going to want to know what secret society are you talking about, because you are supposed to be investigating objectively the person who just won [by] the electoral college,” he added. “I’m going to want to know.”
Gowdy also said he saw “more manifest bias” in this latest batch of texts against President Trump “all the way through the election into the transition.”
He also claims to have seen “an interesting text” about FBI Director James Comey and an update to then-President Obama about an investigation.
“I don’t know if it was the Hillary Clinton investigation, because remember that had been reopened in the fall of 2016, or whether it was the Trump investigation. I just find it interesting a head of the FBI was going to update the president of the United States, who at that point would have been President Obama,” said Gowdy.
Additionally, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), and Gowdy released a statement claiming that had met this past weekend to discuss the text messages as well as possible next steps in their oversight of the DOJ and FBI.
“The contents of these text messages between top FBI officials are extremely troubling in terms of when certain key decisions were made by the Department of Justice and the FBI, by whom these decisions were made, and the evident bias exhibited by those in charge of the investigation,” they said.
Furthermore, after the Justice Department notified lawmakers last week of “missing” texts between Strzok and Page dating between mid-December 2016 and May 17, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sternly announced that a review is underway to determine whether they can be recovered.
“We will leave no stone unturned to confirm with certainty why these text messages are not now available to be produced and will use every technology available to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source,” he said.