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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Sen. Ron Johnson, Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has released a smattering of texts from the communications between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, former members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team. On Friday, the Department of Justice delivered 384 pages of text messages -- roughly 9,000 texts -- of their texts to Congress. In a discussion about the special counsel's Russia investigation into any ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia, Page, in a text on May 19, 2017, mentions the "different realistic outcomes of this case," according to the records released by Johnson. "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," Strzok responded, according to Johnson.




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The Strzok texts -- and more recently, the missing texts -- have become a point of concern for Republicans, some of whom have questioned the FBI over the situation. The DOJ said 50,000 texts were exchanged between the two in total. It's unclear if or when Capitol Hill will publicly release the texts delivered last week.

On Friday, the Department of Justice delivered 384 pages of text messages -- roughly 9,000 texts -- of their texts to Congress. But the FBI has said it is missing texts for about a five-month period from Dec. 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017, the day Mueller was appointed as special counsel. The DOJ claims many FBI-provided Samsung 5 phones did not capture texts during that time, CBS News' Paula Reid reports.


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#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-23 04:44 PM | Reply

What's this got to do with anything?

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-23 04:49 PM | Reply

I saw this earlier today.

It doesn't prove anything, but it's interesting nevertheless, especially given how anti-Trump this guy is.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-23 05:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Thread gets the lame/silly/stupid flag.

#5 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-01-23 06:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Texts without context... good enough for Trump Pets.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-23 06:31 PM | Reply

Interesting but anecdotal.

Also they are former employees. I doubt Mueller would hang on to koolaid drinkers; he wants competence -- not apt trump interns.

Gotta love GOP logic; one text of 9000 displaying a single employee's skepticism is enough proof for them!

#7 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-23 06:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"You and I both know the odds are nothing."

Well, gosh darn it, why did Trump have to go and fire Comey over nothing? Dumb move on Trump's part; maybe the dumbest move he's ever made in his life if he ends up with an obstruction of justice charge.

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-23 07:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

An out of context text sent before the Mueller investigation got started means what?

#9 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2018-01-23 08:24 PM | Reply

Has what we were waiting for happened yet, #3?

Did we miss it?

#10 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-24 04:49 AM | Reply

Gosh darn it, now I trust Republicans again. Riiiight!!! This thread is based on nonsense, it means absolutely nothing. That Donald Trump and his campaign colluded is not actually even a question, the only question is can we prove it. They are guilty, we all know that, but Republicans can refuse to admit it until the absolute truth is presented. Just like with Nixon. I remember Watergate and the defensive positions that the Republicans took to deny, deny, deny. Even after he resigned we had to listen to those liars still denying the truth for years. They knew the truth then and they know the truth now, they even know how treasonous the truth proves Trump to be, they don't care. They are liars, have always been liars and will always be liars. Their purpose is, in their own minds, more important than mere honesty.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-24 08:37 AM | Reply

The 'collusion' has more to do with money laundering and debts owed the Russians by the Trump Crime Family than with the 2016 election. As Mark Felt once said "Follow the money"...

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2018-01-24 08:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1



And, BTW, I've actually had conversations with right wing conservatives who did admit the lying but justified it with their "cause." I've also had similar conversations with Evangelical Christians who admitted the same. Their convictions actually do forgive dishonesty for the sake of their "missions." They have admitted it to me flat out and some who post here know exactly what I am talking about because they also do the same every day they post here.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-24 08:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Republicans in Congress keep playing the game where they release some information to mislead the public, then the full information comes out and is more damning to Trump and his top aides.

I would explain to right wingers that a single FBI agent's opinion in one text from seven months ago has less probative value than the indictments that have come out of the Mueller investigation and the other information on Trump-Russia links that has come to light, but what's the point? Truth and facts have no place on the Fox News right any more. If lies keep them in power they will happily spread lies.

#14 | Posted by rcade at 2018-01-24 09:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

#12 | Posted by catdog

I totally agree - Follow the money. That's what Mueller and the FBI seem to be doing. I mean opening an investigation into the NRA taking illegal Russian money is just the latest result of this.

When will Americans as a whole get serious and demand:

- Corporations are not people and should stay of politics. (Corporations means all corporations for those of you that don't understand that means non-profits, labor unions and other organizations in addition to what we all see as corporations.)
- Money is not Speech and reasonable caps should be put on contributions so everyone counts.
- PACs/Super PACs should not exist. Let the candidates speak. Don't let wealthy people or corporations with an agenda control the narrative in elections because they have piles of money.
- Lobbyists need to be curbed. I think lobbying is an important function and I will not pretend to have a good fix.

Only when these things happen will we TRULY have government for the people.

#15 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-01-24 10:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"You and I both know the odds are nothing."

You and I both know the odds are Trump will be charged with obstructing justice.

It is just a matter of Time now.

#16 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-24 11:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#13 | Posted by danni

Just listening to NPR last night and they were talking about the Evangelical voting block and how their position has drastically changed over 5 years. I believe in 2011 that 30% believed a politician could still behave ethically and fulfill their duties as an elected individual if they had committed an immoral act in their personal life - such as Trump and his women accusers. In 2016 it was 72% thought they could serve. Five years for a reversal... Says something about Evangelicals.

Look at Rep. Patrick Meehan who says he Saw Aide As A 'Soul Mate' but at the same time insisted that he "never touched her" beyond hugging and "I never expressed any interest in doing so. I never asked for any kind of a relationship." But he settled with her... Just doesn't add up.

#17 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-01-24 11:58 AM | Reply

you're delusional, fishpaw. Leave the bubble.

#19 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-01-24 12:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

you're delusional, fishpaw. Leave the bubble.

#19 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-01-24

FISHPAW is the bubble.

#20 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-24 12:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

That would make Watergate look like child's play.

#18 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-01-24 12

Money-laundering for the Russian mob will make Watergate seem a bit quaint, yes.

#21 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-24 12:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#18 | Posted by fishpaw

Unfortunately for you traitors to your country the dossier was NOT phony and Trump was not not wiretapped prior to the elections. Unless he was talking to the Russians. And if he was he deserves what he gets.

#22 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-24 12:33 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Mike DelMoro @MikeDelMoro

ABC News has obtained the "secret society" text...

It's a stand alone message from Lisa Page:
"Are you even going to give out your calendars? Seems kind of depressing. Maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society"

The full 'secret society' text between FBI agents: Was it meant in jest?


#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-24 10:32 PM | Reply

Paula Reid‏ @PaulaReidCBS

NEW: DOJ confirms "thousands" of FBI-issued phones failed to store text message data over *at least* a one year period (June 2016-May 2017).
12:30 PM - 24 Jan 2018

#24 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-24 10:39 PM | Reply

Apparently, all those lost emails for 5 months JUST were found.

#25 | Posted by Petrous at 2018-01-25 04:55 PM | Reply

DOJ says missing FBI text messages recovered, senator backs off 'secret society' claim

Jan 25, 2018, 4:47 PM ET

The growing saga over text messages sent between two FBI colleagues who briefly worked on special counsel Robert Mueller's team took some unexpected turns Thursday, as a cache of missing messages characterized by President Donald Trump as a major scandal had been recovered and as a top Republican backed off a claim that FBI agents formed a "secret society" to undermine Trump.



#26 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-25 05:03 PM | Reply

"a cache of missing messages characterized by President Donald Trump as a major scandal had been recovered"

What's the over/under on the number of years Rs will continue to claim they're lost?

#27 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-01-25 05:06 PM | Reply

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