Buried among thousands of text messages between FBI paramours Lisa Page and Peter Strzok is an usual exchange that is raising new questions.
The conversation took place on October 12, 2015, as now former FBI attorney Lisa Page was preparing to change offices.
Peter Strzok: “Again, I think work will actually help. Who are you checking in with?[Redacted] You get to set up your office. [Redacted]
“And I’ll get to return all the stuff I’ve been holding for safe keeping…more :)….”
Lisa Page: “[Redacted] whoever I see first. So probably [Redacted] Maybe. Depends on what my lock options are. I’m going to resist getting locks changed on my safe, etc until I have some sense of duration. You do still need to slip yourself some cash though.
While Federal regulations allow FBI legal attaches to maintain Imprest funds– Petty cash to be used for operational support– these funds are strictly regulated and payouts cannot exceed $25.
Lisa Page has since resigned from her post in the FBI’s Office of General Counsel after being implicated in DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation into FBI misconduct in the Clinton Email and Trump-Russia probes. That same investigation previously led to the firing of Page’s boss, Andrew McCabe, after it was revealed that the he had intentionally misled Justice Department officials. McCabe was busted for repeatedly lying under oath in attempt to hide Lisa Page’s unauthorized media leaks to the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
During his time leading the Clinton email probe, Peter Strzok was responsible for changing the wording of FBI Director James Comey’s description of Hillary Clinton’s actions from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless,” a change that lessened the legal repercussions for Clinton.
Subsequent to the Clinton probe, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok both worked with special counsel Robert Mueller on the Trump Russia case. Page was on the team for a short period of time before returning to work with Andrew McCabe. Peter Strzok was removed from his leadership position on the team after DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz discovered the now-infamous Anti-Trump, Pro-Clinton text messages between lovers, Strzok and Page.
In 2015, the FBI reported having over $20,000 in imprest funds at its disposal. Although, it remains unclear why Lisa Page would tell Peter Strzok to “slip yourself some cash,” it IS clear that there was an epidemic of misconduct and dishonesty. Was this a simple petty cash reimbursement ? Or something more nefarious? A pay off, perhaps?
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