Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley sent a scathing letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray Thursday, demanding answers after newly released texts show the bureau was “pulling punches” from Hillary Clinton’s email probe as early as February 2016.
Grassley’s fired-off the incendiary memo to the FBI chief after the Department of Justice magically found five months’ worth of text messages exchanged between anti-Trump agent Peter Strzok and DOJ lawyer Lisa Page.
One particular message stunningly suggests that the agency was going easy on the former Secretary of State; saying the FBI was aware that she would likely “be our next President” and would “remember” those involved in the investigation of her use of a private email server to handle classified material.
“One more thing: she might be our next president. The last thing you need us going in there loaded for bear. You think she’s going to remember or care that it was more doj than fbi?” asked Page on February 25, 2016.
“Agreed,” replied Strzok. “I called Bill and relayed what we discussed. He agrees. I will email you and [redacted] same.”
According to the Daily Caller, “Bill” is most likely a reference to Bill Priestap, the FBI’s head of counter-intelligence.
“Has the FBI performed any voluntary searches of Strzok or Page’s non-government phones or email accounts to determine whether federal records exist? Please explain why or why not?” asked Grassley.
Read the Senator’s scathing letter here.