Over the past couple of years, Democrats and Republicans have politicized federal investigations to sway public opinion. During the presidential election, Hillary Clinton was investigated for her use of a personal email server. Following the election cycle, Donald Trump and his campaign fell under investigation for possible collusion with Russia.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to emphasize the newly released texts from FBI agents that seem to suggest that former President Barack Obama wanted updates on the Hillary Clinton email investigation during the 2016 presidential election.
Now, Trump and his fellow Republicans are attempting to use the recently uncovered information to defend him.
“NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!” Trump boldly tweeted.
NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2018
Fox News reported that the texts between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page included a conversation about preparing talking points for then-FBI director James Comey to give Obama, who allegedly “[wanted] to know everything we’re doing.”
The two FBI associates also worked on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team that is investigating Russia’s interference with the 2016 election. The investigation is also seeking to find any proof of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Some Republicans are using this exchange as evidence that Obama was more involved in the Clinton email probe than we had previously thought.
But it is worthwhile to note that the newly-revealed texts were sent in September, which is approximately two months after Comey announced that he would no recommend criminal charges against Clinton for using a personal email server during her time as secretary of State.
These texts were sent three days before Obama was scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in China. This seems to imply that the messages could have actually been about the current Russia investigation.
Regardless of the fact of when the messages were exchanged, Trump and his fellow Republicans continue to insist that the texts serve as proof that the Russi investigation is politically motivated.
Strzok and Page have a history of criticizing Trump. In a series of previously released texts during his 2016 campaign, they were very critical of then-candidate Trump.
Of course, on the other side of the coin, the Democrats quickly condemned the president’s use of the texts. They argued that Trump is undermining special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which has placed him under a magnifying glass, searching for evidence that the president obstructed justice or if any ties exist between Moscow and his campaign team.
Trump latest tweet came 10 minutes after his daily intelligence briefing was set to begin, suggesting the president was running behind schedule.
H/T: The Hill