Texts exchanged between fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and ex-FBI attorney Lisa Page, as revealed in new documents provided to Congress, show an "apparent systemic culture of media leaking" among FBI and Department of Justice officials to harm President Donald Trump, Rep. Mark Meadows claimed in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Monday.
The North Carolina Republican, in his letter, pointed out two texts in particular, where Strzok and Page discuss the bureau's "media leak strategy," reports Fox News.
Trump tweeted about the report Tuesday, saying it is "so terrible" and that "NOTHING is being done at DOJ or FBI - but the world is watching, and they get it completely."
In his letter, Meadows reported the documents showed a text from April 10, 2017, where Strzok said he wanted to speak with Page about "media leak strategy with DOJ."
Two days after that, Strzok texted Page that two articles about her "namesake," in a reference to former Trump adviser Carter Page, were to come out. Page was the adviser the FBI surveilled after getting a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.
On April 11, The Washington Post printed a story about the FISA warrant, and Meadows noted the reporting set off "a flurry of articles suggesting connections between President Trump and Russia."
Meadows also wrote there is "troubling evidence" the FBI and DOJ are continuing to coordinate leaks to the media, and concluded by seeking written communications from several FBI and DOJ officials.
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