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Congressman Matt Gaetz

Representing the 1st District of Florida

Congressman Matt Gaetz Issues Statement in Response to Release of New Strzok-Page Messages

February 7, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today issued the following statement in response to the recent release of text messages between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page:

“The most recently released tranche of text messages exchanged between FBI paramours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page is deeply worrisome. On September 2, 2016, while the State Department was actively investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, Ms. Page said that ‘POTUS wants to know everything we’re doing.’ This assertion raises alarming questions about the extent of President Obama’s involvement with FBI investigations.

While the President certainly has the right to be informed about ongoing investigations, 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. I do not talk to FBI Directors about pending investigations. I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department or the FBI, not just in this case but in any case.’

With clear evidence of anti-Trump bias within the FBI and DOJ, including the use of unverified opposition research to obtain FISA surveillance on members of Trump’s team, President Obama’s assertion seems increasingly hard to believe. I look forward to investigating this matter more closely with my colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee, and I would like to thank the House Intelligence Committee, Senate Intelligence Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee for continuing to investigate these worrisome issues on behalf of the American people,” Rep. Gaetz said.
 

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