The FBI came under scrutiny this past week as House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (Rep.-SC) raised concerns about the integrity of our nation’s chief law enforcement agency. He and a chorus of other Republicans are demanding an investigation into over 50,000 texts sent between two FBI agents both before and after the presidential election.
The private texts exchanged between two agents ridiculed (then) President-elect Trump and mentioned a “secret society.” Gowdy sees this as proof that the bureau cannot be trusted in its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server or Robert Muller’s probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Over the past weeks, the smoldering investigation by Mueller has blazed into a bonfire in which Democrats and the mainstream media are making a last-ditch effort to undo what many thought could never happen – see Donald J. Trump become the duly elected President of the United States of America.
Running on separate tracks, the American people have seen President Trump boldly beat Special Counsel Robert Mueller to the punch by saying that he welcomed testifying under oath, the FBI coming under scrutiny for inappropriate behavior, and the Department of Justice for wrongful requests for FISA warrants that are wholly in violation of The Constitution.
The press would like you to see these events as separate and coincidental but that would be a mistake. The separate tracks run to the same place – a heavyweight fight between a President who was legally elected by the people and what some have termed the “deep state,” the lifetime employees of powerful institutions such as the DOJ and FBI with the mainstream media firmly in their corner.
When word of the FBI texts hit Washington, the agency announced that over 50,000 of them dating from just before the election until six months ago had been lost.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions then announced the Justice Department would investigate the missing text messages saying:
We will leave no stone unturned to confirm with certainty why these text messages are not now available to be produced and will use every technology available to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source.
Interestingly, the texts the FBI said had been lost due to system failures, were recovered just days later through what Session’s office called ‘forensic measures’.
ABC News asked Senator Ron Johnson (Rep. – WI), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, if he believed there is a “secret society” inside the FBI he said:
Everything I take with a grain of salt … [But] I’ve heard from an individual that … there was a group of managers within the FBI that were holding meetings off site … so when [agents] Strzok and Page … described a secret society, that didn’t surprise me because I had corroborating information.
Appearing on Fox News, Gowdy and Texas Republican John Ratcliffe said that the text message in question that was exchanged between FBI lawyer Lisa Page and former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok is evidence of anti-Trump bias at the top highest levels of the FBI.
Of course, media outlets were quick to smear Gowdy’s investigation. The Washington Post produced two lengthy articles that basically said, “So what?” According to the Post, the lost then found texts are the stuff conspiracy theories are made of.
The problem with this is Special Agent Strzok was not a minor player. He oversaw the Russia investigation when it began in July of 2016. Before that, Strzok helped lead the Clinton email investigation and interviewed Clinton herself only three days before then-FBI Director Comey cleared her of criminal wrongdoing. Strzok was later removed from the Russia investigation in July of that year after the Justice Department’s inspector general discovered the politically-biased text exchanges between he and Page.
Frank Cannon of Townhall offers some fitting commentary to the whole FBI/Russia/FISA affair:
The winners and losers of this struggle will ultimately not be determined by him or anyone else in government; instead, they will be determined by the American people …Will we continue to tolerate the existence of a “deep state” which ensures the men and women voters elect are unable to enact any meaningful change in Washington? Or will we support the President who, despite his flaws, provides perhaps the most promising possibility of destroying that system and returning power to the voters?
~ American Liberty Report