Private texts exchanged between senior FBI agent Peter Strzok and the agency’s Lawyer Lisa Page reveal the bureau official was reluctant to join special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian “collusion” because there’s “no big there there.”
Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson was speaking during a recent radio interview when he made the shocking announcement, saying recently revealed text messages between FBI officials show that Strzok admitted that the “odds are nothing” that the special counsel’s office would find wrongdoing inside the Trump presidential campaign.
“It indicates they’re considering joining the Mueller special counsel investigation,” Johnson said on Fox News Radio affiliate WISN. “He doesn’t really want to join that because his gut sense is there’s no big there there. I think that’s kind of shocking.”
Johnson is referring to a communication between Strzok and Page that highlights the senior FBI agent’s apprehension of joining Mueller’s team.
“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,’” he wrote.
The revelation comes just days after the FBI informed Congressional investigators that the bureau is unable to retrieve roughly five months of communications between anti-Trump officials, claiming technical difficulties mysteriously caused the communications to vanish.