What Was the “Insurance Policy” FBI Agent Spoke Of in Text Message?
The text messages of FBI Agent Peter Strzok sent off alarm bells in the halls of Congress, but there was one in particular that investigators found disturbing. While many of the messages could, debatably, be excused as political venting or even the banter of someone trying to impress his co-worker/girlfriend, this one could not be mistaken for innocent chatter.
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected,” Srzok texted to Lisa Page last year, “but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
House Republicans have come to the conclusion that Strzok was talking about FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe when he mentioned “Andy,” but there is no such certainty when it comes to determining what this “insurance policy” plan was all about. According to new Wall Street Journal reporting, though, Strzok’s secret plot was nowhere near as nefarious as he made it sound in the message.
“The agent didn’t intend to suggest a secret plan to harm the candidate but rather address a colleague who believed the Federal Bureau of Investigation could take its time because Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was certain to win the election, the people said,” WSJ reported, citing sources inside the Bureau.
Hmm, perhaps. Perhaps.
“His text was meant to convey his belief that the investigation couldn’t afford to take a more measured approach because Mr. Trump could very well win the election,” the paper continued. “It would be better to be aggressive and gather evidence quickly, he believed, because some of Mr. Trump’s associates could land administration jobs and it was important to know if they had colluded with Russia.”
In earlier commentary in his own paper, the Washington Post, columnist Aaron Blake insisted that the Strzok email was not the “smoking gun” that conservative pundits were making it out to be. To prove it, he broke down the agent’s use of “insurance” as a way of dispelling the worst of the suspicions.
“If you are looking to prevent yourself from dying — or prevent Trump from being elected president — taking out insurance is not really going to change that outcome; it is just going to soften the blow once it happens,” Blake wrote, explaining that this metaphor made it unlikely that Strzok and the FBI were plotting to keep Trump out of the White House.
We’ll just say this: The liberal media is bending over backwards to give us “innocent” explanations for Strzok’s damning texts, and we’re just not sure we’re buying it.
If the FBI really believed that the Trump campaign was colluding with Moscow to hijack the presidential election, is there any chance they would just…casually investigate? “Oh, treason? Hmm, well, we’ll get around to it at some point…”
Come on. That doesn’t make any sense, and if Strzok wasn’t the lone voice arguing for some urgency, then his text doesn’t mean what the Wall Street Journal is saying it means.
So what did it mean?