After the scandalous correspondence between FBI operatives Lisa Page and Peter Strzon was made public, CNN reportedly tried to cover-up questions that raised concerns about former President Barack Obama’s role in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s illicit email use, as per Western Journal.Grabien News reported that CNN’s coverage of the story was vague.
It all started last week with the release of messages exchanged between Page and Strzok, who were having an affair, by Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and other Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
The correspondence came with a report called, “The Clinton Email Scandal and the FBI’s Investigation of it.”
In a message from Sept. 2, 2016 — a couple of months shy of the general election — Page wrote to Strzok about getting then-FBI Director James Comey ready to notify then-President Obama. Page suggested that Obama “wants to know everything we’re doing.”The message was examined by Fox News, which reported that according to the new Senate report, “this text raises questions about Obama’s personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation.”
As expected, CNN almost immediately tried to deconstruct the story.
“People familiar with the matter strongly dispute the assertion that the text message referenced the Clinton email probe,” the network wrote. “The text message, they say, was actually referencing Obama’s desire to be kept abreast on the FBI’s investigation into Russian election meddling.
CNN was right to say that the text message in question was sent several months after the FBI wrapped up the Clinton probe.
However, texts between Strzok and Page show that on Sept. 7, Strzok was set to meet with then-FBI chief James Comey to get him ready to brief Obama, meaning that Obama would not have met with Comey until days after he spoke with Putin.“Checkout my 9:30 mtg on the 7th,” Strzok wrote.
“I can tell you why you’re having that meeting. It’s not what you think,” Page remarked before Strzok said that the meeting was arranged to provide Comey with talking points for his own meeting that was soon to follow.
At that point, Page agreed, writing, “Yes, bc potus wants to know everything we are doing.”
According to Grabien, this seems to throw a wrench in CNN’s reporting.
“Why would the meeting wherein the FBI is supposed to prepare its talking points for an Obama/Putin meeting — when that Obama/Putin meeting happened two days before?” the outlet asked.