Fox News reporter Catherine Herridger reported that the FBI did not tell then-candidate Donald Trump that the ‘Russians’ were trying to infiltrate his campaign during a defensive intel briefing in mid-August of 2016.
Counterintelligence chief Peter Strzok was a coordinator for the FBI briefing, which included multiple agencies in August of 2016, just 18 days after Strzok opened “Crossfire Hurricane,” the CI investigation into ‘Trump-Russia.’
Herridge says the FBI never warned Trump about the so-called ‘Russian outreach,’ nor did they warn Trump that two of his aides, General Mike Flynn and George Papadopoulos were under FBI investigation, even though the defensive briefing is designed to warned candidates about national security threats.
Via Fox News:
A mid-August 2016 counterintelligence briefing for the Trump campaign did not specifically warn officials about Russian outreach to the Trump team, nor did it warn that two campaign aides, Mike Flynn and George Papadopoulos, were already under FBI investigation, Fox News has learned.
The new details about the so-called “defensive briefing” have emerged from congressional letters, text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page, and sources familiar with the matter. Such briefings are designed to warn the candidate and his team about national security threats.
“There was a defensive briefing of candidate Trump on Aug. 17 of 2016,” Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said Thursday on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.” “And I can tell you what he wasn’t told: He wasn’t warned about a Russia investigation that Peter Strzok had opened 18 days earlier.”
Just days before Strzok’s August 2016 “defensive briefing,” text messages indicate Strzok set up times to rehearse. Strzok text his paramour Lisa Page on August 13: “Im going to have (redacted) do his CI (counterintelligence) brief presentation for me and Jon and (redacted) on Mon afternoon.”
Strzok also texted of another planned rehearsal: “I want to do another one Tues AM for at least Bill,” he said in reference to his FBI boss Bill Priestap. “You think add you, [FBI lawyer] Jim Baker? I want both (f)rank and thoughtfulness for feedback. Plus repetitions for him.”
Two days later Strzok sent Lisa Page his infamous “insurance policy” text.
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” he texted at the time. “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
Congressman Ratcliffe (R-TX) slammed Peter Strzok on Thursday.
“Why would Peter Strzok, who would participate at Jim Comey’s direction in a defensive briefing designed to protect and warn a candidate, be the same person who is in fact at that time already investigating the candidate’s campaign? That shouldn’t happen. There should be answers to those questions,” he said.
Congressman Ratcliffe said this issue is of special interest to Attorney General Bill Barr who is currently investigating the origins of the Russia investigation.
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Anti-Trump FBI special agent Peter Strzok never told the Trump campaign that Flynn and Papadopoulos were under investigation during an FBI briefing for the campaign in August 2016 that was supposed to warn the campaign of “national security threats”
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There is also some evidence that Obama was spying on Romney’s campaign as well back to the 2012 election.