Exit by 2 Top FBI Officials Linked to ‘Probers Getting Caught,’ Trump Says

May 7, 2018 11:07 am Last Updated: May 7, 2018 12:16 pm

President Donald Trump suggested on Monday that the two top FBI officials who reportedly left the agency on Friday did so “as part of the Probers getting caught.”

Lisa Page, a senior FBI attorney, and James Baker, the agency’s top lawyer, resigned from their posts on Friday, the FBI confirmed to The Epoch Times.

Page has been at the center of scrutiny over malpractice and misconduct at the FBI after texts between her and senior FBI official Peter Strzok became public. The messages show that the pair shared an extreme bias against Trump, discussed an “insurance policy” in case Trump won the election, and mentioned a “secret society meeting.”

Baker was the top lawyer at the FBI until December when he was reassigned by Christopher Wray, the agency’s new director. At the time of his reassignment, Baker was being investigated for his role in the controversial “Steele dossier,” which was used to secure a warrant to wiretap Trump’s presidential campaign.

“Lisa Page, who may hold the record for the most Emails in the shortest period of time (to her Lover, Peter S), and attorney Baker, are out at the FBI as part of the Probers getting caught?” Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday morning. “Why is Peter S still there? What a total mess. Our Country has to get back to Business!”

Peter Strzok was one of the top counterintelligence officials at the FBI before he was reassigned. His partisan views against Trump cast new light onto the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Strzok changed the mentions of “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless” in Clinton’s exoneration statement, potentially sparing her from criminal charges. He also interviewed Clinton’s top aides.

Strzok was investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team when texts between him and Page became public. Mueller removed Strzok from the team following the disclosure.

Trump also suggested on Monday that the other investigators involved in Mueller’s probe have “unrevealed conflicts of interest.”

“The 13 Angry Democrats in charge of the Russian Witch Hunt are starting to find out that there is a Court System in place that actually protects people from injustice,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “And just wait ‘till the Courts get to see your unrevealed Conflicts of Interest!”

Trump’s reference to the court system relates to two judges who dealt blows to Mueller’s prosecutors over the past week. The judge in the case against Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, told Mueller’s lawyers that they “don’t really care about Mr. Manafort” but “really care about getting information … that would reflect on Mr. Trump and lead to his prosecution or impeachment.”

A second federal judge declined Mueller’s request to delay the first court hearing against three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens who used social media to sow discord in the United States during the 2016 election.

Mueller’s investigation will reach its anniversary this month without any proof of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. A separate inquiry by the House Intelligence Committee concluded that there is no proof of collusion.

 

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