Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Senate panel report questions Federal Bureau of Investigation handling of Hillary Clinton email case

Senate panel report questions Federal Bureau of Investigation handling of Hillary Clinton email case

Fox News' Jake Gibson reported overnight that newly released texts between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page indicated that then-President Barack Obama wanted to be informed about all of the activity in their investigation. He was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation team over the summer, after Mueller learned of the texts.

On September 2, 2016, the attorney said she was preparing the information because "potus wants to know everything we're doing", raising new questions about his involvement in the investigation.

Republicans on a key US Senate committee released an interim report on Wednesday that they said raises serious questions about how the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted its investigation into the private email server of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. We have a strict line and always have maintained it.

"Because that's clearly from all the other text messages, that's what they were working on, that's what they cared about", Gohmert said.

"Throughout the primary and general elections, Strzok and Page repeatedly demonstrated hostility to then-candidate Trump and Republicans in general". Echoing Fox News' coverage, President Donald Trump tweeted the texts were "BOMBSHELLS!".

The report doesn't make final conclusions on whether bias or political interference influenced the outcome of the case, but says its findings show the need for further investigation.

The dates of the text messages range from August 2015 to December 2016, according to The Washington Times and other media outlets that obtained copies.

This means it's actually unclear what Obama wanted to know, and not the nefarious move Fox News alleges.

That text came from Strzok to Page on November 4, 2015, the day after Jill McCabe lost a hotly contested Virginia state Senate election. Also included in a batch of newly released documents are email exchanges between top FBI officials drafting the statement that former FBI Director James Comey gave when he exonerated Clinton in the probe.

Republicans and President Donald Trump himself have cited the messages as evidence the Russian probe amounts to a wider plot to undermine him.

The idea that Comey would be part of a conspiracy to improperly brief Obama on the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state goes against everything we know about Comey, everything we know about the email probe and everything we know about Obama. He'd been briefed the previous month on Russian President Vladimir Putin's involvement in a campaign to disrupt and discredit the USA presidential race and help Trump get elected. Gowdy's not saying that Sidney Blumenthal was involved in the dossier effort as a conduit between Hillary Clinton and Christopher Steele ... but if you say it, Gowdy will tell you you're getting "really warm". On Nov. 13, 2016, Page wrote, "I bought all the president's men".

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