In an April 2016 interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace, Obama said he didn't get involved with pending investigations at either the FBI or the Justice Department. But because there is no solid evidence, accusations surrounding the unknown context of certain text messages should be taken with a dose of skepticism. In fact, the message more likely indicated that Obama wanted to be kept informed of an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The former president's quote not only indicates that he was actually behind then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, but that he was conspiring to oppose then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's run for the White House.
"Although sometimes cryptic and disjointed due to their nature, these text messages raise several questions about the FBI and its investigation of classified information on Secretary Clinton's private email server", the report read.
In its story, Fox News reiterated Johnson's claim without scrutiny.
"Tonight, there's a new batch of text messages that was just released from the Trump-hating Federal Bureau of Investigation lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. These texts raise questions about the FBI's retention of records associated with its investigation".
Since the leadership at the FBI was unaware of these new emails until almost a month after Page sent her "bombshell" text, there's no reason at all to think Obama had any interest in the Clinton investigation, which he could rightfully assume was closed.
- Parmaours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page texted each other on September 2, 2016 about prepping FBI Director James Comey because "potus (President of the United States) wants to know everything we're doing". "Plus, she has a awful billv goat speech tic", Strzok wrote in a text to Page - his mistress and FBI colleague on the investigation at the time.
"The messages strongly underscore the need to obtain still-missing text messages and other information regarding the FBI's actions and investigations into the Clinton email scandal and Russian involvement in the November 2016 election", the report states.
The misleading messaging was delivered to millions of people through Fox News' airwaves and through other pro-Trump media, which went into overdrive.
Three days after the agents exchanged the message, on September 5, 2016, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a G-20 summit in China.
Mueller, a former FBI director, is examining whether Trump tried to obstruct his investigation, a criminal act that has the potential to endanger Trump's presidency.
Though the committee's report was titled 'The Clinton Email Scandal and the FBI's Investigation of it, ' it clearly wasn't limited to it. Page's text message, in contrast, was never meant to see the light of day, was therefore more candid, and may have greater credibility. Obama later publicly stated that he confronted Putin about Russian election interference during that meeting, telling him to "cut it out".
Over the course of their two-year extramarital affair, Strzok and Page exchanged some 50,000 text messages. The committee made them available for public consumption, Fox News first reported early Wednesday.