Republicans are calling new a new investigation after new messages from disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok emerged on Monday.
In the new messages, one sent to his former lover and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, he repeatedly refers to leaks to the media, suggesting the FBI had an "apparent awareness of leaks by other agencies or entities to the media,” according to Republican lawmakers.
“Think our sisters have begun leaking like mad. Scorned and worried and political, they’re kicking in to overdrive,” Strzok wrote in one message to Page in December of 2016.
In other email sent to FBI colleagues in 2017, the disgraced FBI agent again referenced leaks to the media.
“I’m beginning to think the agency got info a lot earlier than we thought and hasn’t shared it completely with us,” Strzok wrote. “Might explain all these weird/seemingly incorrect leads all these media folks have. Would also highlight agency as source of some of the leaks.”
In a letter sent to Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson on Monday, Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) argued the new messages “raise a number of serious questions and concerns.”
“For example, who are the 'sisters' and what does it mean to say that the 'sisters have [been] leaking like mad'? What are they worried about, and what are they kicking into 'overdrive'? Which 'agency' is he referring to and why does Strzok believe the referenced news article highlights that 'agency as [a] source of some of the leaks’?” the Republicans wrote in the letter.
The same letter was also sent to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
In previously released messages, Strzok and Page talked about having an "insurance policy" in case Trump gets elected. They also openly mocked and attacked the president while they were involved in the investigation.
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