A Tale of Two Words

From Fox News:

FBI lovers’ latest text messages: Obama ‘wants to know everything’

By Jake Gibson | Fox News | February 7, 2018

Newly revealed text messages between FBI paramours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page include an exchange about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to President Obama, who wanted “to know everything we’re doing.”

The message, from Page to Strzok, was among thousands of texts between the lovers reviewed by Fox News. The pair both worked at one point for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Page wrote to Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016, about prepping Comey because “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.” According to a newly released Senate report, this text raises questions about Obama’s personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation.

In texts previously revealed, Strzok and Page have shown their disdain for Republicans in general, as well as Trump, calling him a “f—ing idiot,” among other insults.

Among the newly disclosed texts, Strzok also calls Virginians who voted against then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s wife for a state Senate seat “ignorant hillbillys.” (sic)

There’s more at the original.

I found the Fox article due to a Twitter link sent by one of the people I follow, which referenced not the Fox article, but one from the Washington Examiner. Instead of referring to Peter Strzok and Lisa Page as “lovers” or “paramours,” the Examiner article put it much more bluntly:

FBI agent Peter Strzok told his fellow agent and mistress Lisa Page that President Obama “wants to know everything we’re doing” related to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, according to a newly released text.

Mistress? Yup! In 1994, Mr Strzok married Melissa Hodgman, an associate director at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Washington Post broke the story of the extra-marital affair between Mr Strzok and Miss Page.

During the Clinton investigation, Strzok was involved in a romantic relationship with FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who worked for Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, according to the people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

The extramarital affair was problematic, these people said, but of greater concern among senior law enforcement officials were text messages the two exchanged during the Clinton investigation and campaign season in which they expressed anti-Trump sentiments and other comments that appeared to favor Clinton. . . . .

Defenders of Strzok and Page inside the FBI said that because there was no direct supervisory role between Page and Strzok in the workplace, there wasn’t anything professionally wrong about having an affair, but they added that they understood why Mueller would not want anyone engaged in such conduct on his team. For one thing, if a foreign intelligence agency learned of such an affair, they could try to use it as a means of blackmail, although there’s no evidence anyone outside the FBI was aware of the relationship.

I’m sorry, but “there wasn’t anything professionally wrong” about the married deputy head of counterintelligence at the FBI having an affair with another FBI employee? Were J Edgar Hoover still alive, and Director, Mr Strzok and Miss Page would have become former employees the moment their affair was discovered. At least Robert Mueller had enough sense to remove Mr Strzok from his team.

The label ‘mistress’ is a harsh one, one which Fox News eschewed, but it appears to be an accurate one where Mr Strzok and Miss Page are concerned. Had the Examiner not used that term, I wouldn’t have looked up the couples’ marital status. The media should use the term; it is proper and informative.

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