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Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in his weekly update that the Justice Department and the FBI are continuing to “slow-roll” requests for information about the “coup attempt” against President Donald Trump initiated during the Obama administration.
“As we continue uncovering details of the coup against President Trump by top Obama/Deep State officials, we’ve also noted the FBI and DOJ are still slow-rolling the release of information about the scandal,” Fitton wrote on the legal watchdog’s website.
“So, frustratingly slowly – but surely – we’re getting piece after piece of the Obamagate puzzle,” he added.
The update noted that Judicial Watch recently obtained 136 pages of transcribed emails between fired FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and his one-time lover and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
The emails, which are heavily redacted, show Strzok, Page and other top FBI officials in the days after President Trump’s inauguration talking about a White House counterintelligence briefing they believed could “play into” the bureau’s “investigative strategy.”
“On January 19, 2017, the night before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, a series of emails were exchanged among top officials in the FBI’s General Counsel’s office, Counterintelligence Division and Washington Field Office, and included then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former Assistant Director for the Counterintelligence Division Bill Priestap,” the update noted.
The threat was initiated in mid-afternoon Jan. 19 by an assistant general counsel in the FBI’s National Security Law Branch, an email in which nearly all of the message is redacted with the exception of, “I’ll give Trisha/Baker a heads up too.”
Strzok’s response is completely redacted, as is the subsequent response to Strzok.
“I briefed Bill this afternoon and he was trying without success to reach the DD [McCabe]. I will forward below to him as his [sic] changes the timeline. What’s your recommendation?” Strzok wrote shortly after 7 p.m. that evening.
The reply is redacted except for, “Approved by tomorrow afternoon is the request. [Redacted] – please advise if I am missing something.” An unidentified official responds, “[Redacted], Bill is aware and willing to jump in when we need him.”
The weekly update adds:
At 8 p.m., Strzok responds (copying officials in the Counterintelligence Division, Washington Field Office and General Counsel’s office), “Just talked with Bill. [Redacted]. Please relay above to WFO and [redacted] tonight, and keep me updated with plan for meet and results of same. Good luck.” Strzok then forwards the whole email exchange to Lisa Page, saying, “Bill spoke with Andy. [Redacted.] Here we go again …”
The day after President Trump was inaugurated — Jan. 21 — Strzok forwarded an email to Page and a redacted person that he had sent to Priestap, asking them to “not forward/share.”
“I heard from [redacted] about the WH CI briefing routed from [redacted]. I am angry that Jen did not at least cc: me, as my branch has pending investigative matters there, this brief may play into our investigative strategy, and I would like the ability to have visibility and provide thoughts/counsel to you in advance of the briefing,” Strzok wrote.
“This is one of the reasons why I raised the issue of lanes/responsibilities that I did when you asked her to handle WH detailee interaction.”
Scores of other emails provide additional details about the then-emerging operation to undermine President Trump and his new administration, including emails about the so-called “dossier” authored by former British spy Christopher Steele that was paid for by the campaign of Hillary Clinton.
“In April and June of 2017, the FBI would use the dossier as key evidence in obtaining FISA warrants to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page,” the update noted, going on to summarize what information has been unearthed thus far.
“As you can see, your Judicial Watch is compiling the history, over the grievous obstruction by the Deep State, of the gravest political scandal in our nation’s history,” that segment of the weekly update concludes.
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