“I WANT OBAMA DEPOSED”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 18, 2018) — On Tuesday, the government-watchdog organization Judicial Watch released a video of a Monday evening exchange between its director of investigations, Chris Farrell, and Fox Business’s Lou Dobbs.
During the four-minute interview, Dobbs raised an as-yet virtually unreported claim, apparently emerging from the second day of former FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s closed-door testimony to members of Congress on Monday, that she and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe had exchanged text messages about a meeting with “White House counsel” in mid-October 2016 in regard to ongoing investigatory work.
Page served as counsel to McCabe in 2016 and possibly before. The existence of the newly-revealed texts was reportedly claimed by House Oversight & Government Reform Committee member Mark Meadows.
Strangely, an Internet search as of press time (12:43 p.m. EDT) reveals only one reference to the development by a news source whose page on the topic is “currently offline.”
After Page’s private testimony on Friday, several Republican lawmakers stated that she was “more forthcoming” about answering questions regarding her conduct and that of former FBI Deputy counterintelligence chief Peter Strzok, both of whom worked on the Hillary Clinton private server and Trump-Russia “collusion” investigations.
In addition to Page and Strzok, the conduct of others in the “intelligence community” is also under scrutiny by several congressional committees for potential political bias.
Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, which is investigating the collusion allegation and alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, after the Justice Department’s Inspector General discovered politically-charged text messages between Strzok and Page.
The texts, included in an DOJ Inspector General’s report released last month, indicated a clear disdain and disgust for the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency although at times were also critical of Clinton and her Democratic primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders. Members of Congress have complained that many of the texts were not turned over to them until very late in the development of the IG’s report released on June 14.
One of those texts indicated Strzok’s apparent desire to “stop” a Trump presidency were the American electorate to choose him over Clinton.
On Thursday, Strzok testified for approximately eight hours to members of the House Judiciary and Oversight & Government Reform Committees, during which he claimed that many of the text messages should not be interpreted literally. According to several lawmakers following Page’s Friday testimony, however, Page stated that “the text messages mean exactly what they say.” Media reports quote lawmakers as having found Page cooperative and “very credible” as she offered “new information.”
Although no longer an FBI employee and with private counsel, the FBI was represented by counsel at Page’s testimony, according to media reports. Strzok, too, is represented privately but was reportedly instructed by FBI attorneys as to what he could and could not say as Thursday’s testimony unfolded.
At the outset of his interview with Dobbs, Farrell said that he believes Page is seeking an immunity agreement or the designation of “cooperating witness” in Congress’s ongoing investigations into the Clinton private server and the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion probe.
At the 23-second mark, Dobbs appears to mistakenly say “Strzok” when referring to Page.
Early in his response to Dobbs, Farrell said, “I want Obama deposed” as a result of the revelation that the White House counsel might have been involved in machinations against Trump by the FBI prior to the November 2016 election as evidenced by the reported new text messages.
According to House Judiciary Committee member Louie Gohmert on Friday evening, Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) Frank Rucker allegedly told Strzok that Hillary Clinton’s emails, sent over her private, unauthorized server while she was Obama’s Secretary of State, were captured by “a foreign entity that was not Russia.”
The only other reference this writer was able to find regarding Meadows’s reported assertion appears in a tweet by a private citizen not indicative of the source of the information.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.