A suspicious reading of the message would be that Page laid out some scenario — a “path” — in which Trump would lose the election without anyone in the room doing anything. Strzok disagreed, arguing that “we can’t take that risk,” after which they decided to do … what?

A non-suspicious reading would be that without context, we don’t know what the conversation was really about, and it might all have been entirely harmless.

The exchange occurred in the early weeks of the FBI’s investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. When he was still director, James Comey told the House Intelligence Committee that the Trump-Russia probe began “in late July” 2016. So, it had been going for two or three weeks when Strzok wrote the “insurance policy” text.