Sessions’ DOJ released these private texts…why?

Democrats want to know why Justice Department released FBI texts

That was shocking. I’d like to know too.

The messages, sent while the two FBI officials were reportedly having an extramarital affair, refer to Trump as an “idiot”, express support for Democrat Hillary Clinton and disparage several other political leaders, including Bernie Sanders and Attorney General Eric Holder.

There are your clues. Trump’s an idiot, Hillary not so much, and there’s a special counsel investigation that’s been doing a pretty good job of rolling up criminals loitering around the upper echelons of the Trump administration. Obviously Republicans in Congress can’t just let Mueller do his job, that would be stupid. They can’t allow him to throw their president in jail over something as silly as obstruction of justice. These are law n’ order people, after all.

[Aside: Ever helpful, Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro…

Pirro singled out Special Counsel Robert Mueller, former FBI Director James Comey, Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and FBI official Peter Strzok. Fox News opinion hosts have been using the discovery of “anti-Trump text messages” from Strzok as an excuse to undermine the entire Mueller investigation as corrupt.

“The stench coming out of the Justice Department and the FBI is like that of a third-world country where money and bullies and clubs decide election,” she said…

“There is a cleansing needed in our FBI and Department of Justice — it needs to be cleansed of individuals who should not just be fired, but who need to be taken out in cuffs!”

…/aside.]

Republicans heard about Strzok’s texts and saw a perfect opportunity to bury Mueller with them. So they went to the DOJ wearing their best shocked! faces and demanded to see them. The DOJ being a Jeff Sessions production, of course he obliged.

In a statement Thursday sent to POLITICO in response to the House Democrats’ latest letter, Isgur Flores said DOJ had provided key Judiciary Committee members with the texts in their offices Tuesday night before Justice’s Public Affairs division shared the same messages with the media.

“As we understand now, some members of the media had already received copies of the texts before that — but those disclosures were not authorized by the department,” she added.

DOJ had been planning to include the text messages as part of the final IG report, Isgur Flores added, but then changed course and opted for the early release after getting congressional committee requests for the material.

DOJ originally wanted to do the right thing – allow the Inspector General to release them as part of a final report 6 months from now, or more like a year. But Louie Gohmert showed up on their doorstep with his eyes bugging out of his head and his scalp dancing with bogfire. So they shrugged, handed them over, and Breitbart and the Daily Stormer had gold-filigree copies of them 15 minutes later. Funny how that works.

DOJ is saying, or pretending, that this is all perfectly normal. But Eli Lake’s ‘Real Scandal’ post makes that sound dubious:

This week, the Justice Department not only disclosed to Congress their private texts during an ongoing investigation, but then briefed their private texts to the media. This last point was first reported Wednesday by Natasha Bertrand of Business Insider. I was also able to confirm it.

If this isn’t bizarre, why then would it need confirmation? Anyway, we can be grateful that our GOPers aren’t any smarter. They have a canny habit of throwing crap first and hoping it sticks later.

The Journal reports that FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was removed from the investigation for texts that were critical of Trump, also privately insulted Chelsea Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

Strzok called Sanders, who campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination, an “idiot,” and used the same name for Sanders’ supporters. In another text, he referred to Chelsea Clinton as “self-entitled.”

When Eric Holder spoke at the Democratic Convention, Strzok texted, “Oh God, Holder! Turn it off turn if off!!!”

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