Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday the mainstream media is hiding the text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, arguing the anti-Trump messages keep getting worse, reports Fox news. His charge amounts to an accusation that the media is actively colluding with Democrats to hide this growing scandal.
Strzok and Page have been noted to have shared an extramarital affair and exchanged more than 50,000 texts during the presidential campaign, Trump’s transition, and his first months in the White House.
On Election Day 2016, Page wrote, “OMG THIS IS F***ING TERRIFYING.” Strzok replied, “Omg, I am so depressed.”
Later that month, on Nov. 13, 2016, Page wrote, “I bought all the president’s men. Figure I need to brush up on watergate.”
Even the president agrees that this new text messages are alarming and really shed a light on the kind of people who were working in the FBI at the time of the Clinton email investigation and the Russia probe.
NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2018
The next day, Nov. 14, 2016, Page wrote, “God, being here makes me angry. Lots of high fallutin’ national security talk. Meanwhile we have OUR task ahead of us.”
It is unclear what “OUR task” referred to, but Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) suggested it could be related to a text Strzok sent in August alluding to an “insurance policy” in case Trump won the presidency.
In another message, Page wrote to Strzok about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey because “potus wants to know everything.” From this message and with the context of the time, it sounds as though Comey wants to debrief then-President Obama, which Gingrich says he had never heard of happening before.
He questioned whether it had anything to do with “an effort to stop Trump,” arguing it raises questions about Comey’s past statements and Obama’s preemptive efforts to trying to stop a Trump presidency from happening.
“These text messages are to this scandal what the tapes were in 1973 to Watergate. I use the word ‘unraveling’ because they lead you to places you couldn’t imagine and they make you raise questions you’d never thought of and it just gets steadily worse,” he said on “America’s Newsroom.”
Gingrich also brings up that these text messages also bring up Comey’s questionable handling of the Russian collusion and that it also gives more context to how Comey was drafting Hillary Clinton’s exoneration speech before he had even interviewed her.