Chuck Ross at the Daily Caller picked up on another Peter Strzok text which Sen. Ron Johnson described during a radio interview earlier today.
In an interview with WISN-Milwaukee radio host Jay Weber, Johnson read aloud a May 19, 2017 text that Strzok sent to Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer and his mistress.
Strzok wrote: “You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I’d be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern that there’s no big there there.”
Sen. Johnson said, “In other words, Peter Strzok, who was the FBI deputy assistant director of the counterintelligence division, the man who had a plan to do something because he just couldn’t abide Donald Trump being president, is saying that his gut sense is that there’s no big there there when it comes to the Mueller special counsel investigation.” He continued, “Doesn’t know if he really wants to join that because his gut sense is that there’s no big there there. I think that’s kind of jaw-dropping.” You can listen to the full 8-minute interview here.
Chuck Ross published two pages of texts sent between Strzok and Page on May 19, 2017. These appear to have been sent just after midnight and the exchange contains some other interesting comments. Based on one text, it appears this is from Page’s phone, so outbox texts are hers and inbox texts are Strzok.
The conversation starts with Strzok laying out his future career path: “My answer is no way, sac then AD lead the division.” SAC stands for Special Agent in Charge and “AD” is short for Assistant Director. Strzok continues, “And then I think… A case which would be in the history books.” He adds, “A million people sit in AD and staff jobs. This is a chance to DO. In maybe the most important case of our lives.” So that’s the appeal of joining the team.
The rest of the first page appears to be Strzok flattering Page, telling her what an asset she would be to the team. He then adds, “For me, and this case, I personally have a sense of unfinished business. unleashed it with MYE. Now I need to fix it and finish it.” MYE was short for “midyear exam,” the case name given to the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Is Strzok saying he has to “fix” that investigation by participating in the Mueller investigation of Trump?
Again, Strzok returns to how important this case could be saying, “Who gives a f**k one more AD like ______ or whoever. An investigation leading to impeachment?” At this point, Page says, “We should stop having this conversation here. Just tell Bill you need another day and we can discuss tomorrow.” After Strzok makes his comment about hesitating because his gut sense there is no there there, Page again says, “Pete, let’s talk about this tomorrow.” He replies, “Fine. I didn’t think I said anything wrong, but fine.”
There is still a lot we don’t know about the context of all of this but it certainly appears as if Strzok is weighing whether or not to join Mueller’s team. On the plus side for him is the chance to impeach the president and “fix and finish” what started with the Clinton email investigation. On the downside, his gut tells him the Russia collusion investigation is a dead end. All of this reinforces the idea that Strzok’s professional decisions are based on his preferred partisan outcomes. If he was 100% sure he could help impeach Trump, he’d be in but since he’s not sure he may just wait for his next promotion.
Obviously, in the end, Strzok did join Mueller’s team and got dumped for texts exactly like the ones his girlfriend Lisa Page was warning him not to send over his official use phone.