UPDATED 2:45 PM PT – Friday, December 18, 2020
On Thursday, Senate Republicans shared texts of conversations between Strzok and his colleagues, including former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, that discussed how to handle the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.
The release of the correspondence was part of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s investigation into the origins and workings of the hollow probe.
The first few messages date back to July 2016. The texts reveal Strzok was still editing Hillary Clinton’s 302 report, or her FBI interview, just days before then FBI Director James Comey exonerated her of any wrongdoing.
These documents also made several references to the former British spy, Christopher Steele. An early message suggested Strzok knew Steele was a source for an article about Carter Page’s 2016 visit to Moscow.
The texts also highlighted Steele’s meetings with several journalists in the nation’s capital, which was reportedly part of the opposition research crusade bankrolled by the DNC and the Clinton campaign.
Despite this mention, the FBI didn’t let the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court know Steele was dealing with the media. They waited to cut ties with the former spy until after he spoke with Mother Jones reporters in October of 2016.
Additionally, the text messages highlighted that late Senator John McCain was the one to hand off the Steele Dossier to Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein.
This caught the eye of President Trump, who shared an article about the texts on Twitter. He said: “Check out last in his class John McCain, one of the most overrated people in D.C.”
New Peter Strzok Texts Undermine Official Narrative on Start of ‘Russia Collusion‘ Investigation https://t.co/kwmNTZbsYD via @BreitbartNews. Check out last in his class John McCain, one of the most overrated people in D.C.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2020
All in all, these messages show the former administration had discretely begun looking into President Trump and his so-called “ties to Russia” before Crossfire Hurricane was ever formerly opened.