Kirsters Baish| Fox News reported that the two romantically involved FBI officials, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were taken off of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team due to a series of anti-Trump text messages, actually still have Top Secret clearances, as revealed by Senator Rand Paul on Wednesday.
Senator Paul tweeted out a letter than he had sent to the FBI back in January. In the letter, he inquired whether Strzok and Page still had security clearances and if they are still able to “search FISA data or other classified databases.”
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 11, 2018
Towards the end of March, the FBI answered the Republican’s letter.
“All FBI employees must maintain a Top Secret security clearance,” Gregory Brower, then assistant director of the FBI Office of Congressional Affairs, wrote. “Because of security concerns and law enforcement sensitivities, the FBI does not reveal the specific accesses granted to particular employees.”
It was reported last week by the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Brower had resigned from his position last month in order to begin a brand new job at Brownstein Hyatt Barber Schreck, a lobbying and law firm based out of Washington.
Fox News wrote:
“So if [Strzok and Page are] still FBI agents, which apparently they are,” Paul told Fox News’ “Outnumbered Overtime,” “the [FBI’s] non-answer specifically really is an answer, and [it] says they can search our databases.”
Strzok, a former deputy to the assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI, was removed from the Mueller probe over the summer after the texts between him and Page during the 2016 presidential campaign came to light. In one exchange, Strzok referred to then-candidate Trump as “an idiot.” In another, Page described Trump as “a loathsome human.”
The two FBI officials sent around 50,000 text messages to one another during the entirety of the first year of Trump’s presidency. Many of these messages had anti-Trump sentiments.
Fox News was told by GOP congressional investigators last month that some of the messages between Page and Strzok leads them to believe that there was some kind of coordination between high-ranking officials at the Obama White House, FBI, CIA, Justice Department, and former Senate Democratic leadership towards the beginning of the FBI’s investigation into possible Trump/Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Senator Paul told Fox News on Wednesday that Strzok and Page “need to be fired. At the very least, they need to be suspended from any privileges to look at these databases until it’s determined whether or not they can still remain at the FBI.”
Fox News had a former FBI agent on the show, and he asked an important question… Why haven’t Strzok and Page been fired yet?