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Judicial Watch: FBI Begins Releasing Strzok-Page Communications, DOJ Objects to Preservation Order

Judicial Watch obtains the first court-ordered production of Strzok-Page communications from the FBI

Contact: Jill Farrell, Judicial Watch, 202-646-5188
 
WASHINGTON, July 13, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ -- Judicial Watch announced today that it has received 87 pages of records from the Department of Justice revealing former top FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page's profanity-laced disdain for FBI hierarchy and policies. The DOJ, meanwhile, is resisting Judicial Watch's request for a court order to preserve all responsive Page-Strzok communications.

Strzok and Page's anti-Trump text messages became center-stage amid allegations of bias at the Bureau, and both have been subpoenaed to testify before the House Judiciary and the Oversight and Government Reform Committees.

Judicial Watch obtained the documents through a January 2018 Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit filed after the DOJ failed to respond to a December 4, 2017, FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-00154)). The lawsuit is seeking:

  • All records of communications, including but not limited to, emails, text messages and instant chats, between FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page;
     
  • All travel requests, travel authorizations, travel vouchers and expense reports of Peter Strzok;
     
  • All travel requests, travel authorizations, travel vouchers and expense reports of Lisa Page.

Emails between Strzok and Page include conversations about a change in FBI policy that eventually would allow companies to discuss National Security Letters, which are secret non-court issued subpoenas for records:

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