UPDATE: The WSJ claims that the briefing was about the Russia investigation.
Text messages from 2016 show preparation to brief Barack Obama about Russia’s interference in that year’s election, according to associates of the FBI employees involved in the exchange, not, as a Republican senator suggested, meddling by the then-president in the federal Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Since the claims of interference were used to push eavesdropping of Trump officials, that makes it worse not better. Covering up Hillary's scandal is bad. Eavesdropping on your political opponents is Watergate x 100.
Obama's default response to scandals was straight out of Hogan's Heroes. He always knew nothing. Or, better yet, the most powerful man in the country only found out what was going on from the media.
It got to the point where even his faithful prog allies had begun mocking the same boilerplate denials. But without a paper trail, it was hard to prove what he knew and when he knew it.
But here's an inkling of one from the texts between the FBI's Peter Strzok and his mistress, Lisa Page. The pair has been in the spotlight before. But this is one of their more interesting texts.
Newly revealed text messages between FBI paramours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page include an exchange about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to President Obama, who wanted “to know everything we’re doing."
Page wrote to Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016, about prepping Comey because "potus wants to know everything we're doing." According to a newly released Senate report, this text raises questions about Obama's personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation.
During the investigation, Obama pretended that he was keeping his distance. But he clearly wasn't.
And this is a guy who could barely be bothered with wartime briefings. And yet he wanted every detail of the "war at home". Which meant that he was involved.
Also, Comey saw fit to inform us of every "political" question that Trump asked of him. But he hasn't been nearly as forthcoming from the political questions that Obama asked him.
Among the newly disclosed texts, Strzok also calls Virginians who voted against then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's wife for a state Senate seat "ignorant hillbillys." (sic)
Again, mixing the personal and the political.
On Sept. 28, 2016, Strzok wrote to Page, "Got called up to Andy's [McCabe] earlier.. hundreds of thousands of emails turned over by Weiner's atty to sdny [Southern District of New York], includes a ton of material from spouse [Huma Abedin]. Sending team up tomorrow to review... this will never end." According to the Senate report, this text message raises questions about when FBI officials learned of emails relevant to the Hillary Clinton email investigation on the laptop belonging to Weiner, the husband to Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
It was a full month later, on Oct. 28, 2016, when Comey informed Congress that, "Due to recent developments," the FBI was re-opening its Clinton email investigation.
"In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday..." Comey said at the time.
Which may also help explain what Democrats like to call Comey's October surprise. It was Comey who was surprised because his subordinates hadn't trusted him enough to tell him what was going on.