Trump calls Federal Bureau of Investigation texts 'bombshells!'

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A Republican senator's report questioning former President Barack Obama's involvement in the Clinton email investigation is in dispute based on a timeline of events, and a source familiar with the context of a central text message challenges how it is being portrayed.

Last year, some of their texts provided even more ammo to the FBI, Justice Department, and Mueller's critics.

Fox News was first to report on the latest batch, which is to be released by Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

That memo, too, cited in part the text messages between Strzok and Page.

The Wednesday report from Johnson also looked anew at the July statement from former FBI Director James Comey about Clinton, suggesting it softened the description of her actions.

The discovery of the pair's exchages led to Strzok's reassignment from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's meddling in the election.

That begs the question: Why have the texts become such a big deal?

It is unclear, however, whether the texts actually refer to the Clinton email investigation.

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Both Trump, via Twitter, and the White House seized on those texts, saying they showed bias against Trump by the agents.

During a White House news conference on December 16, 2016, Obama discussed the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Director James Comey, saying, "It is always a challenge for law enforcement when there's an intersection between the work they are doing and the political system".

Other texts showed Page telling Strzok on Election Day, "OMG THIS IS F***ING TERRIFYING", to which Strzok replied, "Omg, I am so depressed".

On September 2, 2016, the attorney said she was preparing the information because "potus wants to know everything we're doing", raising new questions about his involvement in the investigation. "I know", Page responded.

A lawyer for Strzok declined to comment, and a lawyer for Page could not be reached. "Figure I need to brush up on Watergate".

In other exchanges, Page and Strzok made it clear that they supported Clinton in the Democrats' primary contest over Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

On November 14, Page references a meeting that makes her angry, because there is "lots of high fallutin' [sic] national security talk".

Since the leadership at the FBI was unaware of these new emails until almost a month after Page sent her "bombshell" text, there's no reason at all to think Obama had any interest in the Clinton investigation, which he could rightfully assume was closed. Johnson says that is referring to the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. "Meanwhile, we have OUR task ahead of us". At that point, the email investigation had been formally closed, and the FBI had separately opened a counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference in the presidential campaign.

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