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Trump: New FBI Texts are a 'Bombshell.’ Are They?

by Countable | 2.9.18

What’s the story?

On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted:

The president was referring to a text exchange between FBI Agent Peter Strzok and his lover, FBI lawyer Lisa Page. Fox News reported that Page texted Strzok there was a meeting at the bureau because "[Obama] wants to know everything we are doing."

Asked on Fox & Friends to explain the text, House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said that "it means the president [Obama] wants to know what they're doing to stop Trump."

The text messages were released Tuesday in a report by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). In it, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee argues that the texts raise questions about Obama’s involvement into the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails. This would also be at odds with Obama saying, "I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line and always have maintained it. I guarantee it."

Various outlets pushed back against these accusations.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the text messages referred to Obama wanting to "know everything" about the bureau's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election—not a probe into Clinton’s email server.

CNN also noted that text in question was sent on September 2, 2016—"months after the bureau had closed its investigation into Clinton, and before it reopened that investigation. But September 2, 2016 was just days before Obama confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia's meddling in the presidential election."

In January, Johnson acknowledged that a reference made between Page and Strzok of a "secret society" could have been a joke, and not evidence - as he’d claimed - of an anti-Trump plot.

Strzok had been a member of Special Counsel Robert Muller’s investigation until he was reassigned over his anti-Trump texts.

What do you think?

Are the newly-released FBI texts "bombshells"? Should the House and Senate intelligence committees further investigate the matter? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Michael.J.L
    02/09/2018
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    Just more BS from Trump to feed his base. But, I will say if anyone did try to prevent Trump's election they would be a Patriot.

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  • Hillary
    02/09/2018
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    Why are the private conversations of two people in an intimate relationship any of our business? They weren’t in any way threatening. They were just two people commenting on their work. If two teachers text and complain that the administrator was doing something they didn’t like that doesn’t make them insubordinate. If two stock brokers text each other to complain about their boss it doesn’t make them a bad employee. This is just misdirection to try to hide a lot of dark and evil deeds.

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  • phil
    02/09/2018
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    This dude is looney and frankly I put no stock in any lie he tells. I’ll be glad when his time is up so we can get back to normal. Normal isn’t perfect, but this garbage now is the underbelly of Satan!

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  • Donna
    02/10/2018
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    I really wish our society was above this juvenile stupidity. These messages were meant to be private, not paraded out in public for political gain and character assassination. I find the release of these texts completely unconscionable, even if they were sent using a government phone. The DoJ and Congress have no moral right to drag these two civil servants through the mud like this. Put yourselves in their shoes for just two seconds. Would you want your personal email or text messages released, misinterpreted, ridiculed and used for some unethical political reason? I didn't think so. Leave these people alone!

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  • Gail
    02/09/2018
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    Hmmmm. I thought the “bombshell” was Stormi Daniels, the one to whom Trump gave $130,000 to keep her mouth shut.

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  • Jeanne
    02/09/2018
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    More smoke and mirrors from the master of obfuscation. Every time he does this means he has something new to hide. I can’t wait for the return to some degree of normalcy and the end of this lunacy.

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  • Audrey
    02/09/2018
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    This President is always looking for something to divert our attention away from what he is doing to destroy our country.

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  • Robert
    02/09/2018
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    The bomb was dropped when the orange orangutan was elected. We are now feeling the effects of the fallout. It’s a shame that we have 550 other assholes in Washington DC who are supposed to be representing the people of this country and protecting democracy and our constitution, they are failing just as much as the president and should be held responsible. You make them responsible by voting in every election, also do your homework on who your electing.

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  • Mary
    02/09/2018
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    More diversion and BS

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  • Baron
    02/09/2018
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    What President, other than trump, wouldn’t want to know about a foreign government medaling in our election? Of course he’d want to know everything. I can’t understand why so many Republicans are getting in the way of the muller investigation, unless they are trying to protect a would be criminal. Why would they want to do that? Party over country? If so, a dis grace, should be ousted and possibly jail.

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  • Deirdre
    02/09/2018
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    We have a crazy person in the White House who is destroying America and the GOP is letting it happen.

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  • Jennifer
    02/10/2018
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    - Former State Dept. employee reveals he had extensive contact with anti trump dossier author. - FBI stopped paying Author, Christopher Steele, discredited by FBI, yet... - FBI used, in part, dossier to decide FISA court - Nothing in dossier has ever been confirmed as being authentic - NYT reports U S spies bilked out of $100,000 trying to get salacious info on sitting President Trump - Setting aside who paid for the dossier, we are finding that this opposition research was paid for, and its use supported by many in the upper echelon of intelligence dept’s. As far as I am concerned, if found that this dossier—which appears not to have been vetted or authenticated by the FBI—was used for FISA warrants, ANYTHING obtained as a result is fruit of the poison tree and should be thrown out, along with many of the deep state Obama-era CIA and FBI civil servants. In the aftermath of this fiasco, private citizens were unmasked, caught up in this ruse. The tactics employed by the FBI, should be of concern to all, no matter one’s party affiliation. And then we have the Uranium deal: Sen. Grassley’s investigation includes whether our FBI snd DOJ were working in a silo, deciding what to withhold and share with the departments that would have or should have shut the sale down. Or, maybe knowing this deal was in the works, they sat on it, giving Hillary and Obama the cover they needed. Who knows? But I sure want to, because NO deal should have gone forth to sell 20% of our country’s uranium once this was known...”According to The Hill’s report, the FBI had evidence "as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act." The Department of Justice, however, continued investigating the allegations for four more years, “essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil.” Setting that aside, have any of you asked how selling 20% of our uranium supply helped America? How selling it to a country that you Libs and Dems believe is the most evil nation—although it may actually be—in the world would benefit America? None of you cared when Hillary tried to ‘re-set’ the relationship with Russia, or when Russia invaded the Ukraine, or how about when Obama on a hot mic sneakily said to Medev, ‘Tells Vladimir, I’ll have more flexibility after the election.’ ??? Huh??? Now throw in the dossier, paid for by the Clinton campaign with more ties back to Russia. Yes, I do think we have our collusion after all. Let’s just see how deep it was. Grassley, please follow your instincts and follow the money. And 9 agencies in Obama’s Administration—I think history will eventually show as one of the most corrupt and deceitful administrations in my lifetime—singing off on the deal only reinforces to me how far and wide their influence into our government was. This reads like a bad Vince Flynn novel, folks, and it is truly frightening if they get away with it. Our government is to work for all the people and not be politically weaponized to benefit one party over another. When that occurs, it should be of grave concern to all citizens. Civil liberties used to concern Democrats. Not any longer. Sad. Very sad.

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    02/10/2018
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    I like “Countable” for what it stands for and represents. I do not believe it should waste time on topics such as this rhetoric. If it is not intellectually stimulating, such as anything the Republican regime says, and it does not impact the Citizens, such as actual proposed legislation, then maybe Countable should not waste people’s time with posting it and supporting rhetoric, such as FOX News entertainment or the like. I apologize for the run-on “such as” rant....that sounds more unintelligent (Conservative) than intellectual....

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  • Ava
    02/09/2018
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    More distractions!!!

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  • Phil
    02/09/2018
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    This tool is guilty and he knows it. Putin must have a pee tape on him. Why? Even if it was unwittingly, Trump has never turned down anything with the word “gold” in his life. ;-) Everyone knows it’s true.

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  • Mark
    02/09/2018
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    The FBI texts are not bombshells. I would be happy to redirect Donny to basically everything out of the Mueller investigation and the Steele dossier if he would like examples of bombshells.

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  • Timnyc
    02/09/2018
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    Please support the FBI and the DOJ in there pursuit of Justice. Not a administrations short comings and an attempt to stop equal Justice under the law

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  • Loretta
    02/09/2018
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    Please stop this Buffoon... wishing his former Secretary well ...the man can’t even get a security clearance!!!! This from the same person that wants extreme vetting for those seeking to come to the US. He can’t even vet his own team PLEASE. DO YOUR JOB.

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  • Joanne
    02/09/2018
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    This is another ridiculous trump smokescreen. Mueller must be getting closer to something.

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  • John
    02/10/2018
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    More ridiculous smoke-screen nonsense to provide FOX with talking points of no substance...

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