Strzok-Page Texts Revealed Plot to Infiltrate Team Trump
The correspondence suggests – at worst – that Strzok and Page wanted to conduct an intelligence operation against the president of the United States.
Now, top Republicans want answers to what they consider more troubling conduct in the Trump-Russia probe.
Fox News' Catherine Herridge and Gregg Re have more:
Fox News has learned the texts, initially released in 2018 by a Senate committee, are under renewed scrutiny, with GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Homeland Security Committee chair Ron Johnson sending a letter Thursday night to Attorney General Bill Barr pushing for more information on the matter.
"Any improper FBI surveillance activities that were conducted before or after the 2016 election must be brought to light and properly addressed," the senators wrote.
The text messages begin on the evening of Nov. 17 -- nine days after the election. The string discusses an email and briefing to "Pence," presumably Vice President-elect Mike Pence – and appears to refer to another upcoming briefing.
The messages showed Strzok and Page debating staffing for the upcoming briefing and whether it would make sense to stay with the same agent or send a different one. It is unclear from the texts whether these were part of the formal transition-period briefings between outgoing or incoming administrations or routine intelligence briefings.
Here's a readout of the Strzok-Page texts.
Strzok-Page text readout by on Scribd