Newly revealed text messages between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page appear to show that President Barack Obama wanted to “know everything” they were doing in regards to the agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton‘s private email server.
Some messages between the two agents went missing due to a glitch that affected one in 10 FBI phones. The missing messages sparked a #FindTheTexts hashtag among conservatives. The Department of Justice’s inspector general found the missing messages late last month.
Strzok and Page, who were romantically intertwined, had sent disparaging texts about Trump in previously released text messages.
On Sept. 2, 2016, the two exchanged text messages where Page wrote to Strzok that “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.”
The Associated Press also reviewed messages between the two agents.
Strzok and Page defended then-FBI Director James Comey‘s handling of the Clinton investigation, specifically after the director testified in front of Congress in July 2016.
“God he is SO good,” Strzok said. “I know,” Page responded. “Brilliant public speaker. And brilliant distillation of fact.”
On Sept. 28, 2016, Strzok told Page “hundreds of thousands of emails” had been turned over to the FBI by Weiner’s attorney, including material believed to be from his wife, Huma Abedin, a Clinton aide.
“This will never end,” Strzok wrote.
On Wednesday, Trump weighed in on the texts, calling them “bombshells.”
NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2018
The message regarding Obama has already set off some conservative members of Twitter, who believe that a conspiracy “goes to the top.”
BREAKING: It goes to the Top! Newly revealed text message between anti-Trump lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page appear to show that former FBI Director James Comey had apparently told Strzok and Page that Obama wanted “to know everything we’re doing.”#maga https://t.co/NcumYYKQay— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) February 7, 2018
Just like Watergate, the FISA scandal seems to be moving inexorably toward the head of the snake https://t.co/MuTasCis6R— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) February 7, 2018
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include Trump’s comment.