by Cillian Zeal
According to Fox News,
a newly uncovered text message chain seems to confirm that FBI lawyer
Lisa Page — one of the two lovebirds whose texts have cast doubt on the
objectivity of the Department of Justice’s investigations surrounding
the 2016 election — claims that she interned for one of the Clintons.
“Get inspired and depressing reading that article about how Obama approached the mail room,” Page said in a text to Strzok on Jan. 19, 2017 — the last full day of the Obama administration.
Needless to say, it was very different when I interned there under Clinton.”
The article she was discussing was a New York Times piece that described the kind of mail the outgoing president would receive.
“At the beginning of his first term, President (Barack) Obama said he
wanted to read his mail. He said he would like to see 10 letters a day.
After that, the 10LADs, as they came to be called, were put in a purple
folder and added to the back of the briefing book he took with him to
the residence on the second floor of the White House each night,” the
article, titled “To Obama With Love, and Hate, and Desperation,” read.
“Choosing which letters made it to the president started here in the
Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House, in the ‘hard-mail
room,’ which had the tired, unkempt look of a college study hall during
finals — paper everywhere, files stacked along walls, bundles under
tables, boxes propping up computer monitors dotted with Post-its, cables
Page is 39 and graduated American University in 2000. It’s unclear which Clinton
she would have interned under; President Bill Clinton was leaving
office as she was graduating and Hillary Clinton was taking her role as
the junior senator from New York in 2001.
Page declined to comment on the latest text.
While the text messages that received the most attention this week
involved ones which plotted leaks to the press, the Clinton message —
assuming it’s accurate and Page is telling the truth — would also
present a conflict of interest.
Both Page and Strzok were involved in the FBI’s Midyear Exam
investigation — the codename for the investigation into Hillary
Clinton’s handling of classified email on a private server during her
time at the State Department.
That wasn’t all, though.
“Strzok and Page both served on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team
investigating Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump
campaign associates in the 2016 presidential election. Page served on
the special counsel’s team on a short detail, returning back to the
FBI’s Office of General Counsel in July 2017,” Fox News reported.
“Page, during her time at the FBI, was a deputy of former Deputy FBI
Director Andrew McCabe, who was long criticized by Trump and
congressional Republicans for his ties to the Democratic Party. McCabe’s
wife received donations during a failed 2015 Virginia Senate run from a
group tied to a Clinton ally, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe — all while the Clinton email probe was underway.”
So, is this a conflict of interest? More evidence of just how much of
a morass the swamp really is? Overthinking a text message? Or none of
Well, the simple answer is that we don’t know, inasmuch as Strzok,
Page and everyone else around them have tried to denude these text
messages of all context. Strzok’s appearance before Congress certainly
didn’t elucidate much, although it may have inspired plenty of GIFs.
However, if this is true, Page was compromised from the beginning —
and that’s a serious problem for anyone trying to push this as mere Jim
Garrison-esque conspiracy theorizing. Time for answers, folks.