Federal Bureau of Investigation text: Lynch knew 'no charges will be brought' against Hillary

Cheryl Sanders
January 22, 2018

The FBI did not retain text messages between two agency officials involved in the investigations of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for a five-month period, according to a Senate committee letter.

New text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and bureau lawyer Lisa Page shed new light on the level of anti-Trump bias and corruption throughout the agency in the run-up to the USA presidential election; suggesting the bureau was hoping to conclude Clinton's probe within minutes of Donald Trump's victory over GOP opponent Senator Ted Cruz.

In addition to the communications already made public, the Justice Department on Friday provided Johnson's committee with 384 pages of text messages, according to a letter from the Wisconsin lawmaker that was obtained by The Associated Press.

Strzok and Page were involved in that investigation and also were briefly assigned to work with Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the Russian Federation investigation. One of the new messages mentions a language change in the statement then-FBI Director James Comey would read to America exonerating Hillary Clinton of any wrongdoing in the email probe.

"The loss of records from this period is concerning", Johnson wrote to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday, according to the Daily Caller. While an earlier draft of the statement said Clinton and President Barack Obama had an email exchange while Clinton was "on the territory" of a hostile adversary, the reference to Obama at first was changed to "senior government official" and then omitted entirely in the final version.

Johnson's committee is investigating the FBI's handling of the Clinton email probe.

Page was also a part of Mueller's team, but left before the text messages were discovered. He additionally requests the "degree and scale" of some other records from the Clinton examination that have been lost.

"He said that texts are missing for the period between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017". In the writings Mr. Strzok alludes to "weight" to complete the Clinton examination after Trump got the assignment.

Strzok: I saw trump won, figured it would be a bit... That declaration came days after it was uncovered that the lawyer general and previous President Bill Clinton had an offhand gathering on board her plane in Phoenix, however the two sides said the email examination was never talked about.

Strzok said in a July 1 instant message that the planning of Lynch's declaration "looks terrible".

Page: And yeah, it's a real profile in couragw [sic], since she knows no charges will be brought.

Days later, on July 5, Comey announced the FBI's recommendation that no criminal charges were merited.

Lynch had previously stated that she would the accept the "determinations and findings" of the FBI's investigation, suggesting she was completely out of the loop.

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