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A senior Republican congressman says there has been a "coordinated effort" between senior officials of the FBI and the Justice Department to filter "harmful" material about Donald Trump to the media.

In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Monday, Rep. Mark Meadows, a Republican from North Carolina, highlighted an exchange of text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page.

"He had literally gone in search of this phone to tell him he wanted to talk to you about the media leak strategy with the Justice Department before he went," he wrote the text to Strzok on April 10, 2017, according to new documents from the Department of Justice. Justice Department.

Rep. Mark Meadows, a Republican from North Carolina, says there was a "systemic media filtration culture" among senior FBI and Department of Justice officials

Meadows, R-N.C., Highlighted an exchange of text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page

Meadows, R-N.C., Highlighted an exchange of text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page

Meadows, R-N.C., Highlighted an exchange of text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page

According to reports, Strzok and Page had an affair and Strzok, a former investigator in Robert Mueller's investigation and Hillary Clinton's investigation, was fired for the anti-Trump text message series on his FBI phone.

They included one that said "we will let Trump become president," reports Fox News.

Two days after Strzok's first message, he sent a text message to Page: "Well done, Page" before informing him that two negative articles about his "namesake" were imminent.

The & # 39; eponymous & # 39; of Page refers to former Trump counselor, Carter Page, who was monitored by the FBI for months after he was granted a court order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The Department of Justice and the FBI were able to convince the court that Carter was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to a Washington Post story.

A dossier written by former British spy Christopher Steele also played a key role in convincing the judge to grant FISA's order in October 2016.

In his letter, Meadows wrote that the text exchanges of Strzok and Page & # 39; & # 39; should lead a reasonable person to question whether there was a sincere desire to investigate the misconduct or place derogatory information in the media to justify a continuing investigation & # 39; & # 39;

Neither Strzok nor Page, nor the FBI nor the DOJ commented when Fox News contacted them.

According to reports, Strzok and Page had an affair and Strzok, a former investigator in Robert Mueller's research and Hillary Clinton's investigation, was fired for the anti-Trump text message series (pictured) on his phone. FBI

According to reports, Strzok and Page had an affair and Strzok, a former investigator in Robert Mueller's research and Hillary Clinton's investigation, was fired for the anti-Trump text message series (pictured) on his phone. FBI

According to reports, Strzok and Page had an affair and Strzok, a former investigator in Robert Mueller's research and Hillary Clinton's investigation, was fired for the anti-Trump text message series (pictured) on his phone. FBI

Bruce Ohr (R), former US Deputy Attorney General UU., He maintained contacts with the former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele

Bruce Ohr (R), former US Deputy Attorney General UU., He maintained contacts with the former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele

Bruce Ohr (R), former US Deputy Attorney General UU., He maintained contacts with the former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele

Carter Page has now been charged with any crime despite the FBI investigation.

The new Justice Department documents also reveal that the FBI's argument for a Carter Page surveillance order relied heavily on an article in Yahoo News that they claimed provided independent evidence to investigate it.

In fact, the source that Yahoo quoted was Steele.

Meadows also noted that FBI and DOJ officials met with reporters from the Associated Press in April 2017, according to court records at Paul Manafort's trial.

He added that there is "worrying evidence" that the FBI and the Justice Department are continuing a strategy of coordinated leaks to the media, adding that even if they are not authorized, they still shake confidence in the impartiality of the office.

President Donald Trump is expected to act as early as this week to declassify documents on documents related to the surveillance of Carter Page and the Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr, who had contacts with the author of the Golden Showers dossier.

Republicans who lead two key panels of Congress have been pushing for declassification for months, arguing that the serum will reveal bias within the criminal justice system that Trump believes tarnishes Russia's investigation.

Trump's advisor, Carter Page, who was monitored by the FBI for months after he was granted an arrest warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court

Trump's advisor, Carter Page, who was monitored by the FBI for months after he was granted an arrest warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court

Trump's advisor, Carter Page, who was monitored by the FBI for months after he was granted an arrest warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court

Democrats in those same panels have argued that declassification would be a crass political movement before an election.

Axios reported that Trump is expected to take action this week.

The publication quoted Meadows of North Carolina as saying: "After two years of investigations and accusations on both sides of the aisle about what the documents indicate, it is time for documents to be declassified and allow Americans to decide for themselves if DOJ and the FBI acted correctly. & # 39;

Trump has rebelled against Ohr, a career justice official who ran an organized crime task force, about his contacts with Steele, who wrote the dossier claiming that the Russians had compromising material about Trump.

Trump has regularly mentioned that Ohr's wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, the political intelligence firm that hired Steele for the dossier.

Ohr and Steele also had communications during the campaign. In emails Steele wrote to Ohr looking for help to identify a contact …

Orr told lawmakers that Steele told him at a July 2016 breakfast that Russian intelligence believed "above the barrel," he reportedly testified to lawmakers. The breakfast took place after hackers backed by the Kremlin had already stolen Democratic emails.

A dossier written by former British spy Christopher Steele also played a key role in convincing the judge to grant FISA's order in October 2016.

A dossier written by former British spy Christopher Steele also played a key role in convincing the judge to grant FISA's order in October 2016.

A dossier written by former British spy Christopher Steele also played a key role in convincing the judge to grant FISA's order in October 2016.

Or acknowledged before Congress that he did not tell his superiors what he learned from Steele.

Ohr lost his Associate Deputy Associate Attorney last December and resigned from the leadership of a Working Group Against Organized Crime and Drug Control.

Republicans have cited his meeting with Steele after the election and his failure to include his wife's work in government disclosure forms as factors staining the Russian investigation, although there have been no signs that he has signed warrants or other materials at the beginning of the investigation. probe.

Ohr and Steele were part of an effort to oust the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to try to secure cooperation against Russian President Vladimir Putin between 2014 and 2016, the New York Times reported earlier this month.

Trump and the Republicans in Congress contend that the FBI relied on the Steele file to get surveillance on Carter Page and begin the investigation on Russia. FBI officials have testified that the file only corroborated information that the office was already obtaining.

Trump asked in a July tweet & # 39; how the hell & # 39; Orr was still working at the Justice Department, after including him on a list of officials who could lose their security clearances.

"I think Bruce Ohr is a disgrace," Trump wrote. I suspect that I will take it very quickly. For him to be in the Department of Justice and do what he did, that's a disgrace. "

Trump tweeted about Ohr numerous times in August.

"Did Bruce Ohr, whose family received large sums of money to help create the fake, dirty and discredited Dossier, ever be fired from the Jeff Sessions Justice Department?" A total joke! Trump tweeted on August 20.

Republicans also want to unblock documents related to surveillance orders in Page, an investor who advised the Trump campaign. Page had lived in Russia, had traveled to Moscow during the campaign and had been suspected by the American counterintelligence of being a possible Russian agent since 2013.

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