Kash Patel, a former senior House Intelligence Committee official, said he believed special counsel John Durham understood the “insurance policy” discussed by top FBI officials in the heat of the presidential election in 2016.
A text message sent by FBI agent Peter Strzok to FBI attorney Lisa Page in August 2016 mentioning an “insurance policy” is part and parcel of what Republican investigators have long suspected to be part of a so- saying conspiracy to undermine then-candidate Donald Trump. — a view rejected by former senior FBI officials involved in the case. Strzok and Page, who were romantically linked, filed separate lawsuits against the Justice Department and the FBI for alleged wrongful termination under political pressure and violation of privacy law with the publication of their text messages. , respectively.
A week after the start of the trial of Michael Sussmann, a former Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign lawyer accused of lying to the FBI, Patel said the ‘damning testimony’ heard by the court so far would involve inevitably former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. as “lovebirds” Strzok and Page, “concocting an ‘insurance plan’.”
“And I think John Durham knows what this ‘insurance plan’ is. I know we figured it out during Russiagate, and we tried to educate the American public about it, but he’s still in part confidential,” Patel said. said Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo on his Fox News program Sunday morning futures.
Text messages between Strzok and Page, in which they posted a negative view of former President Trump, were uncovered during the Department of Justice Inspector General’s investigation into the conduct of the DOJ and FBI during investigation into Clinton’s unauthorized private email server, which she used while he was Secretary of State.
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The text that Strzok sent to Page on August 15, 2016, a few weeks before Clinton lost to Trump in the presidential race, read: “I want to believe the path you made in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he’ll be elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take the risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event that you die before age 40.
Strzok and Page were later questioned about their posts during their testimony before congressional investigators.
Strzok recalled text from mid-August 2016 mentioning an “insurance plan” as part of a larger conversation about protecting a “extremely sensitive source” as he and Page considered how far to lean in the counterintelligence investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia, as it was widely believed that Trump did not have a very good chance of beating Clinton in the election. Page acknowledged that the texts referred to the Russia investigation, but said it was a “continuous check” to decide how quickly to proceed with the investigation depending on the election result. .
Durham began his review of the origins and conduct of the Russia investigation as a U.S. attorney following an appointment by former Attorney General William Barr in 2019. Although Durham left his post as a U.S. attorney, the Biden administration let the investigation continue after Barr named him special. Advice. The firm has long been criticized by Democrats and some legal observers, who say the probe is aimed at undermining Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into links between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia. Trump and his allies have championed it as a way to rid agencies like the FBI of corrupt officials and uncover the role Clinton played in shattering Trump-Russia collusion concerns, including in the media sphere.
Durham has two active lawsuits. One is a case against Sussmann, who was indicted for allegedly lying to the FBI about who he was representing when, in September 2016, he presented internet data suggesting a now-discredited connection between Trump and a bank. Russian. Sussmann denies lying to the FBI and has pleaded not guilty. His trial continues next week.
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The other lawsuit relates to a case against a key source in ex-British spy Christopher Steele’s anti-Trump dossier. Additionally, Durham secured a single guilty plea, from former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith, who admitted to altering an email about a former Trump campaign aide, Carter Page, under government surveillance. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz determined that the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation was rife with serious missteps and errors and concealed potentially exculpatory information from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The Justice Department told the FISA court it believed at least the last two of the four FISA warrants were “invalid.”
McCabe told Congress in 2020 that he was “shocked and disappointed” by the “mistakes and errors” found in the FISA applications and expressed regret for signing one of the renewals. However, he also denied that the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation was meant to be a ‘coup’, pointing out, ‘We had many reasons at that time to believe that the President himself might pose a danger to national security’ .
McCabe, who was fired from the FBI in 2018 hours before his retirement, said in 2019 that he was the one who ordered an obstruction of justice investigationry in Trump after the firing of FBI Director James Comey to ensure the Russia investigation doesn’t “disappear into the night without a trace.” Also in 2019, McCabe sued for wrongful termination and last year got his full pension back as part of a settlement with the Justice Department. Briefing notes leaked from Sussmann’s trial show that McCabe spoke about Trump’s “tweeting activity” in March 2017 after Trump accused former President Barack Obama of bugging Trump Tower.
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Patel, who held high-ranking positions in the Trump administration after leaving the House Intelligence panel, stressed Sunday that the timing of the “insurance policy” text is important to consider. “I remind the public that this was August 2016, when they were digesting the Steele case, when they were running around with the Alfa-Bank server nonsense, and when they were preparing to go to court at FISA,” he said. he declared. “This trio, who led this, I believe, the greatest criminal conspiracy in the history of the United States is in John Durham’s crosshairs.”
Patel also predicted there would be more charges in Durham’s lengthy investigation. “I strongly believe he has a few more charges to come this summer,” he said.