WASHINGTON, D.C. — Peter Strzok, the FBI agent embroiled in controversy after more than 50,000 text messages were exposed in which he and fellow FBI agent Lisa Page criticized and mocked President Donald Trump, admitted during one exchange that there was no proof of Trump, Russia collusion, according to published reports.
The text, which chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, calls “jaw-dropping” suggests that Strzok saw no evidence of presidential wrongdoing.
“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 that there’s no big there there,” the text reads.
In an interview with WISN-Milwaukee radio host Jay Weber (https://www.iheart.com/podcast/477-WISN-Clips-28429450/episode/sen-ron-johnson-drops-a-bombshell-28860177/), Johnson read the text, which Strzok sent to Page, who has since been revealed as his mistress.
“I think that’s kind of jaw-dropping,” said Johnson.
“In other words, Peter Strzok, who was the FBI deputy assistant director of the counterintelligence division, the man who had a plan to do something because he just couldn’t abide Donald Trump being president, is saying that his gut sense is that there’s no big there there when it comes to the Mueller special counsel investigation,” he said.
The content of many of the texts has sparked a flurry of interest since it was revealed that approximately 5 months worth, reportedly sent between December 14, 2017 to May 17, 2017, have disappeared, leaving many to question what, if anything, the FBI may have tried to hide.
The controversy forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to comment on the issue, releasing a statement in which he promised to get to the bottom of the matter.
“After reviewing the voluminous records on the FBI’s servers, which included over 50,000 texts, the Inspector General discovered the FBI’s system failed to retain text messages for approximately 5 months between December 14, 2017 to May 17, 2017,” Sessions said. “I have spoken to the Inspector General and a review is already underway to ascertain what occurred and to determine if these records can be recovered in any other way. If any wrongdoing were to be found to have caused this gap, appropriate legal disciplinary action measures will be taken.”
The issue of the missing texts is just the most recent turn of events in the ongoing saga surrounding the FBI’s investigation into alleged collusion with Russian officials to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
According to a report published Tuesday by The New York Times, Sessions, himself, was interviewed at length over the matter last week by Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Both Sessions and Trump have vehemently denied any wrongdoing.