Fox News, Trump Push Bogus Obama-Clinton Email Conspiracy
Fox News and President Donald Trump are pushing a new conspiracy theory about former President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins claimed there was a “shocking” new story about another personal text between two former FBI lovers.
Jenkins claimed that unidentified investigators told Fox News that the text “raises questions about President Obama’s personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation.”
Per usual, Trump helped spread the bogus story on Twitter:
NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2018
David Martosko, political editor of the Daily Mail, who has interviewed for positions in the Trump administration, ran this bogus headline: “Texts between FBI lovers reveal Obama wanted to be briefed on EVERYTHING happening in Clinton email investigation – after he ‘guaranteed’ he wouldn’t get involved.”
All of these bogus claims are centered around a text from Lisa Page to her ex-boyfriend Peter Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016, about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to President Obama because “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.”
However, the text could not have been about Clinton’s emails because Comey closed the Clinton email investigation on July 5, 2016.
Comey did not re-open the investigation until late October 2016, and that investigation was actually about Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner.
Per the same trove of texts between Page and Strzok, Comey was not aware of additional Clinton emails on Weiner’s laptop until September 28, 2016, which was 24 days AFTER the Sept. 2, 2016 text.
So what was the mysterious Sept. 2 text about?
Former Department of Justice official Matthew Miller told ThinkProgress:
[I]t has to be about the Russia probe… [S]ince the Russia investigation was a counterintelligence, not a criminal, investigation at that time, it was totally appropriate for Obama to be briefed. The Department of Justice is allowed to brief and coordinate with the White House on national security matters, including terrorism and espionage.
How did Fox News get the idea that the Sept. 2 text was about the Clinton emails? Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin pushed this conspiracy theory in a newly-released report:
On September 2, 2016, [Carter] Page wrote about preparing talking points for Director Comey because “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.” This text raises additional questions about the type and extent of President Obama’s personal involvement in the Clinton email scandal and the FBI investigation of it.