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Trump blasts John McCain after new texts from FBI lover Peter Strzok

Trump blasts John McCain as ‘last in his class’ after new texts from FBI lover Peter Strzok revealed the late senator handed off the ‘dirty dossier’ to journalist Carl Bernstein

  • Trump vented his fury at late Senator John McCain in tweet late on Wednesday
  • He was responding to the release of newly declassified texts from Peter Strzok
  • Former FBI agent Strzok led the Bureau’s Russian collusion investigation in 2016
  • Texts with his FBI lover reveal probe may have opened earlier that admitted
  • Also say that McCain leaked British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s ‘dirty dossier’
  • A McCain aide previously testified that he handed off the dossier to journalists
  • Watergate legend Bernstein’s byline was on the CNN story revealing the dossier 

President Donald Trump has vented his fury at late Senator John McCain, following the release of newly declassified text messages from former FBI agent Peter Strzok indicating that McCain leaked the infamous ‘dirty dossier’ to legendary journalist Carl Bernstein.

‘Check out last in his class John McCain, one of the most overrated people in D.C.’ Trump tweeted late on Wednesday of the Arizona Republican who died of brain cancer in 2018, linking to a report on the new messages.

The new text messages, released by Republican Senators Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley on Wednesday, include a January 9, 2017 exchange between Strzok and Lisa Page, then the FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair.

‘Carl Bernstein (yes that Carl) called [Office of Public Affairs], said he got a ‘dossier’ from McCain,’ Strzok texted Page, who quickly replied: ‘Awesome, let Carl run it down then.’

President Donald Trump has vented his fury at late Senator John McCain, following the release of newly declassified text messages from former FBI agent Peter Strzok

President Donald Trump has vented his fury at late Senator John McCain, following the release of newly declassified text messages from former FBI agent Peter Strzok

John McCain

Carl Bernstein

The messages indicate John McCain (left) leaked the infamous ‘dirty dossier’ to legendary journalist Carl Bernstein (right)

New text messages include a January 9, 2017 exchange between Strzok and Lisa Page, then the FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair

New text messages include a January 9, 2017 exchange between Strzok and Lisa Page, then the FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair

McCain aide David Kramer has previously testified that he leaked British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s anti-Trump dossier to journalists including Bernstein. 

Bernstein, the former Washington Post reporter who broke the Watergate scandal alongside Bob Woodward, had a byline on the January 12, 2017 CNN report that revealed the existence of the so-called ‘dirty dossier’.

The dossier, which included salacious allegations, was funded in part by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Some of its allegations have been discredited, and others remain unproven.

The dossier became a key piece of intelligence under-girding Strzok’s ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ FBI probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.

Strzok, who also ran the FBI’s ‘Midyear Exam’ probe into Clinton’s private email server, later joined Special Counsel Robert Muller’s team, along with Page. Both Strzok and Page left the FBI in disgrace after their secret love affair was discovered by supervisors.

Lisa Page

Peter Strzok

FBI lovers Lisa Page (left) and Peter Strzok left the FBI in disgrace after their secret love affair was discovered by supervisors

A Strzok text message to Page on July 28, 2017, the same day the Australian tip was received, says he wants to discuss '[o]ur open C[ounter-]I[ntelligence] investigations relating to Trump's Russian connections'

A Strzok text message to Page on July 28, 2017, the same day the Australian tip was received, says he wants to discuss ‘[o]ur open C[ounter-]I[ntelligence] investigations relating to Trump’s Russian connections’

Mueller’s probe failed to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. The legality of the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation are now the subject of a separate probe, led by US Attorney John Durham, who himself was appointed as a special counsel earlier this month. 

The new text messages revealed on Wednesday also reveal that the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe has officially admitted.

A Justice Department Inspector General report in December 2019 that the FBI opened its Trump-Russia investigation on July 31, 2016, after receiving a tip from an Australian diplomat.

However, a Stzrok text message to Page on July 28, 2017, the same day the Australian tip was received, says he wants to discuss ‘[o]ur open C[ounter-]I[ntelligence] investigations relating to Trump’s Russian connections’.

Durham’s ongoing probe will investigate whether the FBI had legal predicate to open the Trump-Russia investigation. 

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