Top GOP lawmakers are in the midst of unravelling the first threads of what appears to be nothing less than a deep state plot to thwart Donald Trump’s candidacy for president – a conspiracy that could now implicate the FBI’s number two man in command: Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. As Republicans delve into the deeply disturbing cache of text messages top counterintelligence FBI agent Peter Strzok sent to his lover, Lisa Page, last year, they are honing in on one specific message that has left much of Washington paralyzed with horror.
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok texted in August 2016. “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
What the hell does that mean? This goes well beyond the other text messages that have been released to the public, many of which seem like the typical liberal nonsense we all heard from Clinton supporters in the runup to the election.
Democrats, in fact, are making the case that the Justice Department had no business releasing these messages in the first place, seeing as how there is no law or policy against FBI agents having a political opinion. They insist that this is all just another Republican fever dream, in which conspiracy-minded conservatives are willing to grasp at any straws they can to throw the Mueller investigation off the rails.
Well, there may indeed be an argument for that when it comes to some of the messages. It still bothers us significantly to see one of the top FBI figures in both the Clinton email case and the Trump/Russia investigation demonstrating such an obvious political bias, but we can envision a scenario in which even a partisan FBI official would be able to separate his political opinions from the facts of an investigation.
The problem is that this message in particular – it’s not the only one, but it may be the worst – seems to be an admission on Strzok’s part that he was doing no such separating. In fact, he indicates that it is his very JOB to see to it that Trump goes down before the election…and from the “Andy” reference, which Republicans take to mean McCabe, he may not have been the only man in the DOJ thinking along those lines.
“This text is very troubling because it suggests that they’re doing something, they have a plan to take action to make sure that Donald Trump does not get elected president of the United States at the highest levels of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte said on Fox News.
It is up to lawmakers to uncover the details of that plan – to find out exactly what “insurance policy” Strzok was talking about – and get to the bottom of this conspiracy before it swallows the Trump administration in one giant deep state coup.