Former FBI agent Peter Strzok appears to have suspected that the Central Intelligence Agency was orchestrating leaks to the media about alleged contacts between members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, several of which turned out to be wildly inaccurate.
Strzok — who together with his lover, then-Bureau lawyer Lisa Page, expressed their desire to use law enforcement power to “stop” Donald Trump from becoming president — said in an April 2017 email that signs pointed to the agency’s involvement.
“I’m beginning to think the agency got info a lot earlier than we thought and hasn’t shared it completely with us. Might explain all these weird/seemingly incorrect leads all these media folks have. Would also highlight agency as source of some of the leaks,” Strzok wrote in an email to FBI colleagues.
The revelation comes after Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin asked Michael K. Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, if he had probed whether the CIA was involved in leaking to the media.
Along with the April 2017 email, the two senators cite a December 2016 text message that Strzok — who was serving as the top investigator on the Trump-Russia probe — sent to Page, with whom he was having an affair.
“Think our sisters have begun leaking like mad. Scorned and worried and political, they’re kicking in to overdrive,” Strzok wrote.
During a Senate hearing last week, Attorney General Bill Barr testified that the Justice Department is conducting “multiple criminal leak investigations” into media contact with department officials that occurred during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russia collusion.