Peter Strzok Deleted ‘Personal’ Communications With Lisa Page

Then-FBI official Peter Strzok testifies before House lawmakers in July

(Washington Examiner) Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., called for increased attention to what former Federal Bureau of Investigation attorney Lisa Page told congressional investigators a year ago about an "insurance policy" against President Trump. "It matters, but it does not matter like a person associated with a presidential campaign receiving and potentially accepting, which we don't know, obviously, but the risk that somebody had received and accepted an offer of assistance from Russian Federation, which I view as our sort of most treacherous adversary".

Deputy Assistant FBI Director Peter Strzok speaks during a joint committee hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, on July 12, 2018.

"People who are on Watergate are still known as somebody who was on Watergate", Page added.

Aitan Goelman, an attorney for Strzok, told The Daily Caller News Foundation on Thursday that Strzok deleted the messages before he was removed from the Mueller team.

In the June interview, Strzok also vehemently objected to the Justice Department inspector general's conclusion that he had prioritized the bureau's Trump investigation, which he led, over an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, which he joined midstream.

In the past week, Collins has released transcripts of similar interviews with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom Strzok exchanged anti-Trump text messages during the 2016 election and investigations into his campaign.

Strzok said he disagreed that a candidate's electability should be part of the equation.

"Just to clarify, we were asked to provide any work-related communications on Special Agent Strzok's personal devices".

The messages showed that Strzok and Page exchanged disparaging remarks about President Donald Trump.

In the transcript, Strzok said the debate over how aggressively to investigate the campaign explained the backstory of a cryptic August 15, 2016, text message he sent Page that has long attracted Republican attention. He said under oath the FBI investigative team unanimously believed Clinton shouldn't be prosecuted.

"She was not considered a target by the Justice Department", Mr. Strzok told the House Judiciary Committee, saying that while investigators saw her as a "critical player", she was "not by any means the only person that we had an investigative interest in".



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