WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A new report came out Wednesday suggesting text messages between an FBI lawyer and an agent reveal that then-President Barack Obama was keeping close tabs on the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
- President Donald Trump posted his reaction on Twitter: “NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!”
- But considering the timing, the text messages could have also been about the Russia investigation and not the Clinton email probe.
In September 2016, FBI lawyer Lisa Page sent a text message to her alleged lover, FBI agent Peter Strzok, about preparing talking points for James Comey, the FBI Director at the time.
“POTUS wants to know everything we’re doing,” Page said, pertaining to then-President Barack Obama.
The couple was also working with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team on their investigation about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Part of the probe was Trump’s campaign involvement.
Some Republicans are saying that the new report is proof of Obama’s involvement in the Clinton email investigation.
The text messages, however, were sent in September 2016. That’s about two months after then-FBI Director Comey stated he was not going to recommend any criminal charges against the Secretary of State for using a personal email server.
There’s also a possibility that the texts could have been about the Russia investigation because they were sent three days before Obama was set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in China.
Trump and other Republicans have considered Page and Strzok’s texts as evidence that the Russia probe is politically motivated.
Democrats believe that Trump is using the texts to subvert Mueller’s investigation. The FBI is looking into whether Trump obstructed justice and whether there’s a link between Kremlin and his presidential campaign.
Source: The Hill