Rep. Ratcliffe: Page Admits ‘Text Messages Mean What They Say’

Eric Scheiner | July 17, 2018
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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) says former FBI lawyer Lisa Page was more cooperative in her closed-door testimony with lawmakers than her former colleague and lover, FBI agent Peter Strzok.

“In many cases she admits that the text messages mean exactly what they say, Rep. Ratcliffe told reporters Monday. “As opposed to Agent Strzok who thinks we misinterpreted his own words on any text message that might be negative.”

Strzok and Page drew the attention of the congressional investigation when a series of anti-Trump texts were revealed publicly. 

In a text message sent on Aug. 8, 2016, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page asked Strzok if Trump would become president. “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” replied Strzok.

The duo had a long list of negative things to say about the president in the 50,000 texts they exchanged and even mentioned an “insurance policy” in the event Trump did win.

Strzok was assigned to both the high profile investigations into Clinton’s email server and into potential collusion between Trump officials and Russia.

Strzok was removed from the Russia investigation after the text messages were revealed.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) also has commented that Page has given lawmakers "more insights to who was involved in what."

Gohmert was unsure if lawmakers would eventually hold a public hearing with Page.