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Thursday, February 08, 2018

Early Wednesday, Fox News published an explosive new story alleging President Obama sought detailed briefings about the Clinton email investigation. The report is based on texts between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page released by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security on Tuesday. In a text sent on September 2, 2016, Page tells Strozok that "potus wants to know everything we're doing." Fox News claims this text "raises questions about Obama's personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation." It's simply not a plausible interpretation of the September 2, 2016 text exchange that Obama was seeking a briefing on the Clinton email investigation. FBI Director James Comey closed the Clinton email investigation on July 5, 2016. It was not reopened until October. The same trove of text messages released Tuesday reveals that the FBI did not even become aware of additional emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop until September 28, 2016.

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Fox News suggests the texts were referring to talking points regarding the Clinton email case. But those talking points, according to documents released by the Senate, were completed in June. That makes sense because they were prepared in advance of Comey's announcement in July.

So what was Obama interested in? Most likely, he wanted information about the counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia, which was active on September 2, 2016. Obama has publicly said that he confronted Putin about election interference a few days later at the Group of 20 meeting in China, telling the Russian leader to "cut it out."

"[I]t has to be about the Russia probe," former Department of Justice official Matthew Miller told ThinkProgress in reference to the September 2, 2016 texts.

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The Wall Street Journal, speaking to associates of Strzok and Page, confirms that the texts refer to the Russia investigation not the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails.

Text messages from 2016 show preparation to brief Barack Obama about Russia's interference in that year's election, according to associates of the FBI employees involved in the exchange, not, as a Republican senator suggested, meddling by the then-president in the federal Hillary Clinton email investigation.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-07 08:39 PM | Reply

Cheri Jacobus‏ @CheriJacobus

Cheri Jacobus Retweeted Donald J. Trump
idiot who skips his daily intel briefings thinks that Obama getting daily intel briefings on Russian interference in our elections & two FBI agents discussing it are "BOMBSHELLS!"

Donald J. Trump‏ @
NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-07 08:53 PM | Reply

Given the hyperventilation happening in the white house over #MeullerTime, Donnie Dotard is scared.

#3 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-08 06:49 AM | Reply

Given the severity of this lie could the FCC pull Fox's broadcasting license?

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-08 07:35 PM | Reply

#3

Trump is frightened. Fight or flight? We'll find out soon.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-08 08:58 PM | Reply

#4

FOX probably owns the FCC, how else could they keep putting out those crap lies.

#6 | Posted by bat4255 at 2018-02-08 10:00 PM | Reply

Damn... this is the gang that can't stop shooting their own feet. Everytime they try to shift blame for the underlying need for an investigation into Russia and the many Trumpers having contact with known agents or government officials while always saying "We had no contact with Russians(!)", they end up illuminating more and more evidence implicating their own officials complicity.

If not for the Steele dossier there wouldn't have been grounds to surveil Carter Page? Eh, what about the fact convicted Russian spies are on tape talking about recruiting him as an asset? What about his trip to Russia where he slammed US sanction policy and met with Russian government officials? Oh, and thank you for admitting that Page is indeed a Trump campaign official that had ties and contacts with Russians during the campaign, and that this one was talked about as a potential asset for Russian recruiting in 2013. And those talking about him were part of a convicted Russian spy ring.

Steele was almost a throwaway based on the facts no one disputes above as it regards Carter. And unless Nunes and the GOP decided to point all this out, many would never have known.

And now, Sen. Johnson's back again with more late-breaking scandal of FBI/Obama malfeasance related to Hillary's email investigation? Eh, no. Thanks for bringing into light that in early September of 2016 President Obama was intensely focused on the investigation of Russian meddling and possible coordination/cooperation with members of the Trump campaign. He certainly didn't take it as a "hoax" as our current President has incessantly maintained and neither were some in the FBI at that time, even though the investigation's very existence would have impacted the election perhaps with even greater force than Hillary-connected investigations did.

Anyone with a pea brain would immediately know that if anyone was out to get Trump, they would have leaked the investigation before the election to mortally wound his candidacy. That did not happen. The current investigations are based on finding out the truth and to protect our national security. If Trumpers wouldn't have been intimately involved in all of these matters they wouldn't be suspects. Don't blame the investigators, blame those being investigated.

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-02-08 10:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

If Fox is saying it, it's a LIE. They are the originators of "Fake News".

#8 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-02-09 01:27 AM | Reply

Fox News is a Joke

FTFY

#9 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2018-02-09 01:54 AM | Reply

TONY. The reason the Russia info was not "leaked" before the election is because it did not exist.

The whole Russia thing was made up after Hillary lost because the Dems do not live in the real world and could not accept that people do not like their policies.

#10 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-09 07:26 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

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The whole Russia thing was made up after Hillary lost because the Dems do not live in the real world and could not accept that people do not like their policies.
#10 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

Except they talked about it in the debates, before anyone won or lost.

#11 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-02-09 07:30 AM | Reply

But it's good to see you're so flippant about a foriegn country interfering in our elections.

#12 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-02-09 07:31 AM | Reply

#10 | Posted by sawdust

Really no offense and I don't intend to insult you, but how do you arrive at this stuff?

I would love to understand, when evidence CLEARLY indicates otherwise how you Zig when it took a Zag. The "Russia Thing" was very active during the election. I was reading about it all summer and fall. It didn't suddenly occur after she lost. Please for me lay out the facts as you see them that lead you to this belief.

I will gladly layout the facts indicating you are wrong after that. Don't be a Dodo, follow the bouncing ball.

#13 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-02-09 09:33 AM | Reply

"Really no offense and I don't intend to insult you, but how do you arrive at this stuff?"

Come on, you know how he and other righties form their ideas. They listen to Fox News and repeat what they are told. Trump himself has said virtually the identical statement which also got from Fox News.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-09 09:52 AM | Reply

I would love to understand, when evidence CLEARLY indicates otherwise how you Zig when it took a Zag. The "Russia Thing" was very active during the election. I was reading about it all summer and fall. It didn't suddenly occur after she lost. Please for me lay out the facts as you see them that lead you to this belief.
I will gladly layout the facts indicating you are wrong after that. Don't be a Dodo, follow the bouncing ball.

#13 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE AT 2018-02-09 09:33 AM | FLAG:

And the Hillary investigation was also on going after June despite what this article says.

#15 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-09 10:08 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

#15

You want to admit you were wrong or try to brass it out as you always do?

#16 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-09 10:25 AM | Reply

And while we're on the subject of collusion what about Schiff and getting punked by Russians saying they had pictures of Trump with hookers and Schiff saying he'd send someone over to get them.

#17 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-09 10:32 AM | Reply

Schiff said he was going to contact the FBI about those phony overtures. Do we know that he didn't? BTW, the people who punked Schiff pretended to be Ukrainians, not Russians.

#18 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-09 10:36 AM | Reply

You want to admit you were wrong or try to brass it out as you always do?

#16 | POSTED BY ZED AT 2018-02-09 10:25 AM | FLAG:

Look at the timeline between June and Oct for yourself.

#19 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-09 10:39 AM | Reply

Did you hear about this bombshell:

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump

Wow! -Senator Mark Warner got caught having extensive contact with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch. Warner did not want a "paper trail" on a "private" meeting (in London) he requested with Steele of fraudulent Dossier fame. All tied into Crooked Hillary.
7:22 PM - 8 Feb 2018

which it a GOP senator had already debunked before Trump's tweet:

Marco Rubio‏ @marcorubio

Sen.Warner fully disclosed this to the committee four months ago. Has had zero impact on our work
5:08 PM - 8 Feb 2018

#20 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-09 10:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#18 Ok so Schiff was colluding with the Ukrainians not the Russians.

#21 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-09 10:40 AM | Reply

Senator Mark Warner got caught having extensive contact with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch. Warner did not want a "paper trail" on a "private" meeting (in London) he requested with Steele of fraudulent Dossier fame. All tied into Crooked Hillary.
7:22 PM - 8 Feb 2018
which it a GOP senator had already debunked before Trump's tweet:
Marco Rubio‏ @marcorubio
Sen.Warner fully disclosed this to the committee four months ago. Has had zero impact on our work
5:08 PM - 8 Feb 2018

#20 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY AT 2018-02-09 10:40 AM | FLAG:

Nothing was debunked, Warner just admitted that he did it and he didn't want a paper trail.

#22 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-09 10:44 AM | Reply

The Warner texting "bombshell" is actually debunked in the original Fox article about half way down, but we all know how much Trump doesn't like to read:

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner texted with Russian oligarch lobbyist in effort to contact dossier author Christopher Steele

Trump reacted to the findings in a tweet late Thursday, writing, "All tied into Crooked Hillary."

Warner's text messages were quietly given to the intelligence committee after he and Burr signed a joint request for the messages last June. Warner and Burr privately informed the rest of the Democratic and Republican senators on the panel of Warner's text messages in a meeting last October.

A Warner aide acknowledged that Warner and Burr revealed the texts to their colleagues on the panel because "they realized out of context it doesn't look great." But aides to Warner and Burr both stressed that the chairman was kept apprised of Warner's efforts.

An aide to Burr knew there was a "back channel" Warner was using to try and get to Steele and was not concerned that Warner was freelancing on the matter.

www.foxnews.com

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-09 10:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#15 | Posted by fishpaw

See the thing about the FBI is they have this wonderful serialization system. If it was going on at that time then there would be evidence of it. People with security clearance and access to that information would be able to determine that definitively but we cannot.

But that said why would Comey come out and say the investigation is over and she is off the hook if the investigation was ongoing? Can you explain that?

#24 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-02-09 11:40 AM | Reply

Another batch of emails were found after that announcement and well before Oct.

#25 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-09 12:27 PM | Reply

Here's a faux bombshell I didn't even know about:

Right-Wing Conspiracists Are Pretending The FBI Leaked Anthony Weiner's Contacts

The list isn't Weiner's, and it's been online for over a year.

Over the past 24 hours, the right-wing internet detectives who gave us such hits as "globalist pedophiles chose to headquarter their child sex ring in the middle of a crowded pizza parlor" and "George Soros paid Nazis to march in Charlottesville" have been giddy over a new item supposedly bolstering their cause.

According to fringe sites, countless right-wing Twitter personalities, newfound Trump family friends Diamond and Silk, and r/TheDonald, someone just leaked all of former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner's contacts with the promise of more to come. The most popular theory is that the leak was perpetrated by a rogue FBI agent.

You can see the appeal of such a narrative to the modern conspiracist mindset: some lone G-man, defying the Trotskyist takeover of the bureau and owning the libs by revealing some phone numbers.

Unfortunately for them, it's --------. The contacts that were released are actually from the original Guccifer hack of longtime Clinton family confidant Sidney Blumenthal in 2013. This specific list has been online since at least August 2016.

www.huffingtonpost.com

#26 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-09 12:55 PM | Reply

LOL:

Julius Goat @JuliusGoat

Retweeted Donald J. Trump
Don, do you now think it is bad to have extensive secret contact with Russian operatives and oligarchs because if so I have terrible news about you and every single person you know.

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump

Wow! -Senator Mark Warner got caught having extensive contact with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch. Warner did not want a "paper trail" on a "private" meeting (in London) he requested with Steele of fraudulent Dossier fame. All tied into Crooked Hillary.

#27 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-09 02:38 PM | Reply

Why wont weiner show us his stuff.

There has to be big thick juicy details in there.

Seth Rich was mudered, not randomly mugged. Why?

#28 | Posted by mutant at 2018-02-09 03:16 PM | Reply

"Why wont weiner show us his stuff."

Weiner loves to show his stuff.

If you ask him nice I bet he'll send you a nice pic of his stuff.

#29 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-09 04:41 PM | Reply

"Seth Rich was mudered, not randomly mugged."

What is this a joke?

#30 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-09 05:35 PM | Reply

Seth Rich was mudered, not randomly mugged."
What is this a joke?

-- -- -- -- --

Nope, just a Reichwing Nazi talking point, that's false.

#31 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-02-10 01:57 AM | Reply

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