According to FBI associates of Lisa Page and Peter Strzok who spoke with the Wall Street Journal, the 2016 text messages “show preparation to brief Barack Obama about Russia’s interference in that year’s election … not, as a Republican senator suggested, meddling by the then-president in the federal Hillary Clinton email investigation.”
A report regarding texts between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page alleges that then-President Barack Obama may have wanted to be informed about matters regarding an investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
According to Fox News, the most recent release of texts shows Page discussed with Strzok a memo that she was tasked with creating for then-FBI Director James Comey. The memo’s alleged purpose was to give Comey talking points to brief Obama.
Fox News reported that a text from Page on Sept. 2, 2016, said: “potus [Obama] wants to know everything we’re doing.”
The claim made in the text is a stark contrast from what Obama said months earlier during an interview with Fox News. In April 2016, he told Chris Wallace:
“I do not talk to the attorney general about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line.”
He added a “guarantee” that there is “no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department or the FBI.”
Obama explained that it wasn’t confined just to Clinton’s case, but “any case” and concluded the statement with, “full stop. Period.”
When asked if Clinton would receive any special treatment, the then-president unequivocally declared that she would not.
“Nobody gets treated differently when it comes to the Justice Department because nobody is above the law,” he told Wallace.
Editor’s Note: This article was updated after publication.