. . . we will see that two reporters were the ones who advanced the stories that matter. Both are women and neither is Maggie Haberman of the New York Times. One of the key reporters is Sharyl Atkisson, who got forced out of CBS because she wasn't willing to perform stenography. The other reporter is Sara Carter:
Newly released text messages between a pair of FBI anti-Trump officials at the center of the Russia investigation controversy show that they sought to “get around” rules established by the government to preserve text messages, stating that none of the agencies abide by the rules then “why should we.”
Former FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page discussed getting new Apple iPhones, in lieu of their Samsung 5 government issued phones in text messages they exchanged in August 2016. They noted in the texts that the new phones would help keep their text messages from government collection after speaking with the FBI’s IT director, according to newly released August 2016 text messages.
Why should they? Oh, it was the law, I suppose. There's more:
Here’s a portion of the text messages:
Strzok: “Hot damn. I’m happy to pilot that…we get around our security/monitoring issues?”
Page: “No, he’s proposing that we just stop following them. Apparently, the requirement to capture texts came from omb, but we’re the only org (I’m told) who is following that rule. His point is, if no one else is doing it why should we.”
Page: Helps that Dd had a terrible time with his phone [redacted] which made him concerned for our folks all over the place.
Page: These phones suck as much as they do because of the program we use to capture texts, full stop.
Strzok: No doubt.
Strzok: I’m not convinced short of OPR, that text capture capability really deters anything.
Strzok: If I want to copy/take classified, I’m sure as hell not going to do it on this phone.
You could interpret that exchange as two employees chafing over unfair work rules. Or it could suggest that the rest of the Obama administration didn't care very much about following its own rules. "Omb" would be the Office of Management and Budget, which would have something to say about governmental employee conduct. Who is "Dd?" Back to Carter:
In the above text messages, Strzok’s reference to “Dd” is possibly referring to Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, per Johnson’s letter’s footnote.
It's also worth recalling the Strzok and Page's texts went missing for a time. Does any of this prove corruption? Not yet. But it certainly is a lot closer than anything we've seen to date concerning the successor of Barack Obama.