FBI Debated in 2016 How Aggressively to Probe Trump Campaign

FBI agent Peter Strzok testifies before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees

During Page's interview with the Judiciary Committee, she essentially confirmed the texts referred to the Russian Federation investigation and said the FBI "knew so little" when the investigation began.

"The Clinton investigation was whether she mishandled classified information". Strzok was dismissed from Robert Mueller's team once the text messages were uncovered by internal investigations.

In a statement Thursday, Strzok attorney Aitan Goelman said his client welcomed the release of the transcript. "We need to go, based on the gravity of this allegation, go investigate it and get to the bottom of it".

"It is further evidence that, contrary to the impression that the President's allies in Congress tried to create with their selective and often inaccurate leaks, Pete at all times discharged his duties honorably, patriotically, and without regard to his personal political opinions", Goelman said.

Strzok waged a similar defense during a contentious public hearing in July of a year ago.

Asked in general terms whether he had "ever been part of the FBI's efforts to infiltrate a USA political campaign" or "been part of an effort to put a spy in a US political campaign", Strzok said no. But Page, in 2018, told House lawmakers that whatever she had to say about Trump or Clinton in the past, it didn't affect the quality of investigations.

But Page explained those FBI officials were not directly involved in any decision-making about the Clinton investigation and it had no effect on the overall investigation result.

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Strzok said he "very much" regretted his text exchanges with Page, who also spoke with congressional investigators in July; a transcript of those proceedings was released earlier this week.

(FoxNews.com) Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page admitted under questioning from Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe last summer that "the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information", the congressman alleged in a social media post late Tuesday, citing a newly unearthed transcript of Page's closed-door testimony.

The Strzok transcript is the third set Mr. Collins has released, following ones from Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and Ms. Page herself.

Both Page and Strzok no longer work at the FBI - Page resigned and Strzok was sacked.

During her 2018 testimony, Page emphasized that senior Federal Bureau of Investigation officials hadn't singled out Trump for criticism and had expressed negative views on former Secretary of State Clinton as well. McCabe has said he could not recall such a meeting taking place.

Shortly thereafter, disgraced and fired former FBI Director James Comey would hold a press conference, just a few months prior to the 2016 election, in which he infamously stated that "no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case" against Clinton.

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