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Obama DOJ blocked Federal Bureau of Investigation from scrutinizing Clinton Foundation

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Jeannette Daniel | 15 March, 2019, 22:39

He was removed from a senior role with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election over the substance of the texts, though he said no one ever asked him about the intent behind his messages while he was being reassigned.

"I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office-that there's no way [Trump] gets elected-but I'm afraid we can't take that risk", Strzok wrote in a cryptic text message to Page, adding "it's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40". The transcripts reveal the context of Page's texts to Strzok, including the idea of having an "insurance policy" in the case of his election.

Both Page and Strzok no longer work at the FBI - Page resigned and Strzok was sacked.

"I can tell you that in no way would that extramarital affair have any power in coercing me to do anything other than obeying the law and doing honest, competent investigation", Strzok said. "No he won't. We'll stop it".

Facts first: Trump's claims about the Justice Department and Clinton email investigation are not supported by Page's recent testimony or the conclusions reached by independent investigators.

Strzok waged a similar defense during a contentious public hearing in July of past year. Both interviews took place last summer.

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Strzok said he "very much" regretted his text exchanges with Page, who also spoke with congressional investigators in July; a transcript of those proceedings was released earlier this week.

In the transcript, Strzok said the debate over how aggressively to investigate the campaign explained the backstory of a cryptic August 15, 2016, text message he sent Page that has long attracted Republican attention. Both characterized the messages as personal exchanges, strongly denying that they affected the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, made a bold vow Tuesday to show the American people the extent of corruption within the Justice Department with its handling of the investigations involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Trump.

In a statement Thursday, Strzok attorney Aitan Goelman said his client welcomed the release of the transcript.

As deputy chief of FBI's counterintelligence division, Strzok oversaw the Trump-Russia investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane. He said under oath the FBI investigative team unanimously believed Clinton shouldn't be prosecuted. McCabe has said he could not recall such a meeting taking place.

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