President Trump on Tuesday called the latest Strzok-Page revelations “so terrible” and slammed his Justice Department and FBI for doing “nothing.”
New Strzok-Page texts reveal “Media Leak Strategy.” @FoxNews So terrible, and NOTHING is being done at DOJ or FBI - but the world is watching, and they get it completely.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2018
In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Rep. Mark Meadows said the documents suggest “a coordinated effort on the part of the FBI and DOJ to release information in the public domain potentially harmful to President Donald Trump’s administration.”
Mr. Meadows’ letter included two text messages from Mr. Strzok to Ms. Page about a “media leak strategy” that appeared to include negative articles about former Trump aide Carter Page.
On Twitter later that evening, Mr. Meadows pointed out that the texts were sent from April 10-12, around the same time that reports surfaced about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to monitor Mr. Page.
For months, we’ve seen evidence suggesting FBI/DOJ leaked to the media for their own purposes. TODAY, we have a new text.— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) September 11, 2018
Strzok to Page, 4/10/17: “I had literally just gone to find this phone to tell you I want to talk to you about media leak strategy with DOJ before you go.”
NEWS: We’ve received NEW text messages from the DOJ, once again suggesting our suspicions are true—senior officials at FBI/DOJ selectively leaked info to the media about ongoing investigations related to the Trump admin.— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) September 10, 2018
We just sent this letter to DAG Rod Rosenstein. pic.twitter.com/FgF3f2wM0f
Mr. Strzok has denied the allegations against him in light of the latest documents.
“The term ‘media leak strategy’ in Mr. Strzok’s text refers to a department-wide initiative to detect and stop leaks to the media,” his attorney Aitan Goelman said in a statement. “The president and his enablers are once again peddling unfounded conspiracy theories to mislead the American people.”
• Jeff Mordock contributed to this story.
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