Article by Bryan Howard
April 26, 2019
A developing story establishes there may be cause for concern that a counter intelligence spying happened weeks after Trump won his election. This was exposed in recently released text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Two Republican Senate Committee members sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr over their concern for this illegal action.
Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin sent a letter to Barr citing the November 17, 2016 text messages.
Grassley and Johnson wrote, “Any improper FBI surveillance activities that were conducted before or after the 2016 election must be brought to light and properly addressed.”
Grassley and Johnson continued, “We share your concerns about these activities, and are troubled by the apparent unauthorized disclosures of surveillance efforts and other classified information during the same time period.”
Strzok noted, “Talking with Bill. Do we want Joe to go with Evanina instead of Charlie for a variety of reasons?”
“Hmm. Not sure. Would it be unusual to have [sic] show up again? Maybe another agent from the team?” Page responded.
Strzok wrote, “Or, he’s ‘the CI guy.’ Same. might [sic] make sense. He can assess if thete [sic] are any news [sic] Qs, or different demeanor. If Katie’s husband is there, he can see if there are people we can develop for potential relationships.”
“I told him I’m sure we could ask you to make the swap if we thought it was smart. It’s not until Mon so Bill can always discuss with him tomorrow,” Strzok added.
Grassley and Johnson requested for an breifing on May 9th 2019.
Grassley and Johnson stated, “The nature of these communications, and the precise purpose of any attempts to ‘develop relationships’ with Trump or Pence transition team staff are not immediately clear,” the senators say. “Were these efforts done to gain better communication between the respective parties, or were the briefings used as intelligence gathering operations? Were these efforts done to gain better communication between the respective parties, or were the briefings used as intelligence gathering operations?”
Grassley and Johnson concluded, “Any improper FBI surveillance activities that were conducted before or after the 2016 election must be brought to light and properly addressed.”