Lisa Page, the disgraced former FBI attorney involved in an illicit love affair with married FBI agent Peter Strzok, was back before Congress late last week for closed-door hearings and dropped a bit of a bombshell.
According to her testimony, the FBI had found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia at the time that Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel, Fox News reported.
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, was in the room for the testimony and told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade that Page “was much more forthcoming than Peter Strzok.”
Page was responding to Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, who was inquiring about a May 2017 text exchange between her and lover boy Strzok talking about joining Mueller’s team when she dropped the noteworthy revelation.
“I think this represents that even as far as May 2017, we still couldn’t answer the question,” Page said, referring to collusion — the FBI had been conducting a counter intelligence investigation for 9 months.
Page stopped mid-answer, according to the transcripts
“…sorry. Can I consult with counsel? I’m sorry. I need to consult with FBI counsel for a moment,” she said.
Page would say she was weighing her words carefully because she’s “not supposed to talk about the sufficiency of evidence.”
“Investigations are fluid, right? And so at various times, leads are promising and leads fade away,” she said. “And so I can’t — I can’t answer more his sentiment with respect to this particular text, but certainly at this point the case had been ongoing. We didn’t have an answer. That’s obvious. And I think we all sort of went back and forth about like what — what the answer was really going to be.”
Ratcliffe told Fox News he interpreted that to mean that Strzok, the lead investigator, had found nothing to suggest collusion.
“I cannot provide the specifics of a confidential interview,” Ratcliffe said. “But I can say that Lisa Page left me with the impression, based on her own words, that the lead investigator of the Russian collusion case, Peter Strzok, had found no evidence of collusion after nearly a year.”
The text in question included Strzok saying “there’s no big there there.”
“Who gives a f*ck, one more A(ssistant) D(irector)…(versus) (a)n investigation leading to impeachment?” Strzok texted on May 18, according to Fox News.
He later texted: “…you and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely I’d be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there’s no big there there.”
As Fox News noted, May 2017 is when former FBI Director James Comey was fired and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentstein appointed Mueller as special counsel, spelling out the boundaries of the investigation in the still-secret “scope memo.”
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