The Clinton Email Scandal and the FBI's Investigation

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"While the President certainly has the right to be informed about ongoing investigations", said Gaetz, "Ms. Page's message, if true, seems to undercut Obama's statement of April 2016, in which he said 'I do not talk to the Attorney General about pending investigations". Page called Trump a 'loathsome human, ' before writing 'I cannot [sic] believe Donald Trump is likely to be an actual, serious candidate for president.' Strzok called Trump 'an idiot' and opined Clinton 'should win 100,000,000 - 0.' Strzok and Page also used expletives to describe Trump.

Former FBI Director James Comey - quite famously and controversially - announced the end to the Clinton email probe in July 2016.

Nevertheless, Fox News gave the dubious allegation that Obama had an improper role in the investigation a lot of play. The information available to the committee at this time raises serious questions about how the FBI applied the rule of law in its investigation of classified information on Secretary Clinton's private email server. "It's clear you're getting your talking points from a partisan analysis by Think Progress", Shanahan said, referring to a liberal news website.

The text, sent September 2, 2016 from bureau lawyer Page to agent Strzok, reads that "potus [sic] wants to know everything we're doing".

As the FBI-Clinton affair continues to unfold - or, perhaps, unravel - the text messages between lovers Page and Strzok continue to highlight irregularities in the way the Clinton investigation was handled.

The congressman went on to say the content in the messages are cause for concern, and is an example of why a second special counsel investigation is needed.

The significance of Strzok's involvement in the Clinton email probe and Trump Russian "collusion" investigation are a sheer indication that political agendas could very well be manipulating the results of the FBI's major cases.

Conservatives - including the president - quickly pounced on the texts. John McCain, R-Ariz., said it best while commenting on the investigation: "The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests - no party's, no president's, only Putin's".

People familiar with the matter strongly dispute the assertion that the text message referenced the Clinton email probe.

He'd been briefed the previous month on Russian President Vladimir Putin's involvement in a campaign to disrupt and discredit the USA presidential race and help Trump get elected. Obama later publicly stated that he confronted Putin about Russian election interference during that meeting, telling him to "cut it out". And what did he know about the investigation into Clintons emails?

Fox News continued to discuss the story on its air Wednesday afternoon, even after multiple outlets - including the Wall Street Journal, which is controlled by Fox head Rupert Murdoch - had reported contrary information.

I have no doubt that partisan politics can and indeed does affect the decisions made by some people in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Justice Department, and many other government agencies, but to suggest that there may be an O.J. Simpson-like conspiracy happening that involves a large portion of our government's law enforcement: I believe that to be not just utterly ridiculous, but unsafe. Sen.

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