The Strzok-Page Texts

Introduction:

This page presents a readable, searchable copy of publicly released text messages between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The messages are presented in chronological order. The UTC timestamps serve as permalinks and can be used to link to a specific message on this page.

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Messages:

2016-02-23 01:50:41 Page

What does he think?

2016-02-23 01:51:05 Strzok

It's interesting, I've got —redacted— and David and him and everyone calling me to survey the terrain. I guess that's good.

2016-02-24 11:48:15 Strzok

—redacted— 8:30. I will arrive right about then and will be free until 910 when my midyear brief starts. —redacted—

2016-02-24 23:54:20 Strzok

Hey I know your evening sucks. I need to talk to you tonight about work. Things went sideways with Andy and Bill.

At my desk, calling —redacted— to see if he is still here.

2016-02-24 23:57:18 Strzok

Sorry, I'm busy. Call back later.

2016-02-24 23:57:51 Page

He is I just got off the phone with him. He told me about wrap.

2016-02-24 23:59:51 Strzok

I'm talking to him now.

2016-02-25 00:06:26 Page

Yup. Though truthfully, I'm not sure I understand what the problem is.

2016-02-25 00:15:04 Strzok

Sorry still on phone. Issue is if Laufman makes himself one of the two DoJ, do I send the two case agents or insert myself. Andy told Bill send the best two. And what "best" means isn't clear to me in this context.

2016-02-25 00:15:28 Page

Best means best. It's not a trick.

2016-02-25 00:15:52 Page

If Laufman does that, then that's doj's loss. And I think warrants a call to his superiors.

2016-02-25 01:00:20 Strzok

Hi, just leaving. Trisha is still there (or at least her car is). Saw —redacted— leaving, too, though be didn't see me —redacted—

2016-02-25 01:02:07 Strzok

We talked about it, but "best" was not in terms of agents (though that's whay I wrote). It's about what the best outcome is. —redacted—

2016-02-25 02:20:31 Page

Do you or Bill fundamentally believe that 3 and 3 Is the RIGHT thing for the case? If the answer is no, then you call —redacted— back and say we're good as is. You have never wavered from saying 2 and 2 is best. I don't get what the hesitation is now.

2016-02-25 02:52:46 Page

One more thing: she might be our next president. The last thing you need us going in there loaded for bear. You think she's going to remember or care that it was more doj than fbi?

2016-02-25 02:56:28 Strzok

Agreed. I called bill and relayed what we discussed. He agrees.I will email you and —redacted— same.

2016-02-25 02:57:29 Page

Cool. You going to call back? I have one more thing to say, so long as you are out of earshot of folks.

2016-02-25 15:14:23 Strzok

Sorry meeting went long with Bill. So —redacted— is covering my 10 and my 11 just cancelled. —redacted—

2016-03-18 01:38:11 Strzok

Finally leaving. As I think about going away, I remember that we have moved around interviews so that I can be there for them. Those are the things I need to be present for.

The question remains whether I need to be here for this, or not need to, but should. —redacted—

2016-03-18 01:49:16 Page

Drive safely.

This case is fungible, possibly sooner than later. Your family is not. You need to go.

2016-03-18 01:52:09 Strzok

Yeah, but you know what bugs me? If you weren't in there, who is supposed to point out all the doubts and qualifications about the reporting, all the potential misinterpretations and exaggerations? that person needs to be in the room. I understand it could be you, but it could be me or somebody else at that level. They should have the benefit of that type of nuance and information, and clearly they don't, or at least they don't enough. They're certainly not getting it out of the so-called senior leaders who are sitting round that table beside Andy.

2016-03-18 02:05:04 Page

Jim does nuance. I'm not the only one in the room.

2016-03-18 02:16:17 Strzok

But Jim doesn't get the reporting, does he? Saying hey this Isn't a raw cut, all the opportunities for error/exaggeration?

2016-03-18 11:31:26 Strzok

Thought of the perfect person D can bounce this off of

2016-03-18 11:31:55 Page

Who?

2016-03-18 11:37:51 Strzok

Pat

You gotta give me credit if we go with him.

And delay briefing him on until I can get back and do it. Late next week or later.

2013-03-18 11:38:49 Page

We talked about him last night, not for this, but how great he is. He's in private practices though, right? Suppose you could still bring him back. And yes, I'll hold.

2016-03-18 11:57:54 Strzok

Yes, he's at Skadden in Chicago. I haven't talked to him for a year or two. Don't forget that Dag Comey appointed him as special counsel in the Plame matter, and that he was there for Comey's investiture.

2016-03-18 11:58:33 Strzok

I could work with him again ☺

And damn we'd get sh*t DONE

2016-03-18 11:58:39 Page

I know. Like I said, we discussed boss and him yesterday.

2016-03-18 12:05:54 Strzok

And it frustrates me, because Bill, at his 7:15, brings up the whole matter in front of his DADs. One who is acting for Dina. Who immediately goes to John and tell him how Bill is stressed because all the stuff is going on about a special prosecutor. Bill needs to learn to not talk to everybody about this when he's upset about it. And I guarantee that agent, while discreet, is certainly going to tell at least a few other people.😡😡😡😡😡😡

2016-03-18 12:06:06 Strzok

I'm sending —redacted— to the 8:30 with Jones so that I can meet with John.

2016-03-18 12:46:19 Page

Did he go so far as to talk about why we started talking special prosecutor?!

2016-03-18 12:47:24 Strzok

Don't think so. In my office talking to Jon

2016-03-18 16:32:08 Page

—redacted—

2016-03-18 16:32:45 Strzok

K. I'm waiting on —redacted—...😒

2016-03-18 21:13:53 Page

If door is closed, probably okay to knock if his secretary is gone.

2016-03-18 21:14:36 Strzok

Ok. You sure? And if she is, I'll just hang...

2016-03-18 21:16:19 Page

She leaves at 530. I just asked. Jim behind closed doors with Trisha now, so I'm waiting. 😒

2016-03-18 21:18:08 Strzok

Is it going to be weird if I show up, given Trishas email to you last night?

2016-03-18 21:18:27 Strzok

And let me know when you go in, I'll wait 10 then walk up

2016-03-18 21:18:39 Page

Yes, but remember, you're here to back brief on touhy.

2016-03-18 21:19:02 Strzok

Totally got it

2016-03-18 21:19:16 Page

I'm going in now.

2016-03-18 21:21:16 Page

Come soon

2013-03-18 21:22:38 Strzok

30 sec out

2016-03-18 21:31:31 Strzok

Hit me before you go, obviously. And j*sus how embarrassing I can't believe how out of breath I was. 😨

2016-03-18 21:31:45 Strzok

I mean that was weird....

2016-03-18 21:56:57 Strzok

Hey, do you know if you're close?

2016-03-18 21:57:39 Page

Walking to my ofc now

2016-03-18 21:57:59 Page

You didn't need to run!

2016-03-18 21:58:38 Strzok

You said come soon!

I was mortified!

2016-03-18 21:59:01 Page

It wasn't that bad.

2016-03-18 21:59:14 Page

Soon, now now! Or immediately!

2016-03-18 21:59:59 Strzok

Ha. I AM responsive.

2016-04-10 02:09:14 Strzok

Because you know where I was on Thursday or Friday night - when I was complaining about everyone expecting me to deliver the hard message while they vacillated in discussing with their counterparts. About how my sense of justness and character was at odds with waiting until Sat to say something.

And rightfully, you point out stop being so prima donna-ish and just do it.

And i do.

And then I find out an hour later that in addition to what I was asked to do, JB went to counsel and had the discussion he did. And I'm the one facing the music. From some who I have known for a long time. Nobody else pays the price. Nobody else will have the same straight hard discussion. Yet I'm the only one who violated his sense of integrity to swallow hard and deliver the message.

2016-04-10 02:09:52 Strzok

I'm not sure if I want to be a part of this

2016-04-10 05:51:15 Page

You are a part of this and that's not going to change. But I think you have every right to be angry and frustrated about being left out of the loop on your investigation, especially when you're going to be left holding the bag. And I think you're entitled to say something to Baker about that, though on this one I would probably discuss with Bill first.

2016-04-10 05:52:00 Page

I'm sorry —redacted— Big big case, big big problems. But God knows you're still the right guy to do it.H1133

2016-04-10 13:56:15 Strzok

Gmailed you two drafts of what I'm thinking of sending Bill, would appreciate your thoughts. Second (more recent) is updated so you can skip the first.

2016-04-11 13:56:15 Page

Andy just called to make sure I had heard everything. Call when you're free

2016-04-11 15:52:27 Strzok

—redacted— Bill wants to talk to me at 1215...

2016-04-11 22:19:37 Strzok

—redacted— Just talked with Bill, who spoke with everyone this morning. Will fill you in tonight or tomorrow.

Also, hew was under the impression Andy wanted the meeting and a prebrief with FBI only just before. I think —redacted— may have screwed up that scheduling. Can you check? Obviously want to confirm with him before going to —redacted—

2016-04-11 22:19:40 Strzok

We talked for 45 minutes...

2016-04-11 22:20:43 Page

Wow. Can you talk now?

2016-04-11 23:00:05 Page

Sent email to andy re pre-brief. Will let you know what he says. Will wait to reach out to —redacted— re call-in line until I hear from him.

2016-05-12 13:28:09 Page

Want me to come straight there?

2016-05-12 16:07:24 Page

Hey need to go meet with NCOS on the uco stuff. —redacted—

2016-05-12 16:10:02 Strzok

Updates for you

2016-05-12 16:15:35 Strzok

Will be in my office (just above you, I think) - sending a UC to 1:00 so I have a bit more flexibility

2016-05-12 20:57:57 Strzok

Hi. —redacted— coming through

2016-05-12 21:03:50 Page

With what?

2016-05-12 21:05:48 Strzok

Sitting in CES with them overnight writing the PSEU form so it's ready tomorrow morning for Dana and George to sign. Dana is ready.

2016-05-12 21:08:34 Page

Good. F-ing finally.

2016-05-12 22:28:44 Page

Holy cow are you still talking?!

2016-05-12 22:46:24 Strzok

Just finished. Will call. On the way out Eric asked (he suggested no) if we needed the meeting tomorrow afternoon

2016-05-12 22:48:06 Page

Did you ask Andy if he still wanted to meet tomorrow?

2016-05-12 22:49:41 Strzok

I did not. I had left when Eric caught me. I told Eric I deferred to Andy about whether or not we needed to meet. We did not talk about what we planned to tell the D on Mon.

2016-05-12 23:39:39 Strzok

Spoke to —redacted— and relayed Andy's message. Told him Andy was relaying to Carlin. Richard said he'd wait to hear from on high. Carlin and George are definitely going to have to message down

2016-05-12 23:50:01 Page

Can I send that to Andy.

2016-05-12 23:53:23 Strzok

Think I need an eras....

2016-05-12 23:54:25 Strzok

And just got a mtg cancel for mtg tomorrow afternoon with Andy

2016-05-12 23:59:27 Strzok

Remind me —redacted— story

2016-05-13 00:00:36 Page

Yup. And Eric is cancelling cve mtg too.

2016-05-13 00:01:11 Page

Tried —redacted— tonight but didn't reach him. Will try in am.

2016-05-13 00:24:35 Page

Hey forgot to ask if you mentioned the whole special counsel thing to andy?

2016-10-28 02:46:34 Strzok

Of course. Let me know when. I'll be driving in by 7.

Still conference calling, 1:15 in...

2016-10-28 03:11:49 Page

Conference call with whom? This late?

2016-10-28 03:13:23 Strzok

George David —redacted— Jon —redacted—

Yes.

Many feelings. 😒

2016-10-28 07:50:42 Page

Any plan to tell the case agents? You know, since so much of this has hinged on the credibility of "the team." 😡

2016-10-28 14:11:26 Strzok

Never mind Conf call now

2016-10-28 14:31:36 Page

Frankly didn't want to. I don't need to be privy when I had no role in the decision.

2016-10-28 14:47:09 Page

I cancelled lunch with Trisha. I'm in no mood.

2016-10-28 17:19:06 Page

Still on with devlin. Mike's phone is ON FIRE.

2016-10-28 17:19:38 Strzok

It's on news

2016-10-28 17:29:58 Strzok

You may wanna tell Devlin he should turn on CNN , there's news going on ;(

2016-10-28 17:30:13 Strzok

Sorry ;)

2016-10-28 17:30:17 Page

He knows. He just got handed a note.

2016-10-28 17:33:54 Strzok

Ha. He asking about it now?

2016-10-28 17:34:44 Page

Yeah. It was pretty funny. Coming now.

2016-10-28 19:24:48 Strzok

News picked up Weiner source

2016-10-28 22:02:21 Page

Christ. It's there led on freaking MARKETPLACE.

2016-10-28 22:27:32 Page

Rybicki just called to check in. He very clearly 100% believes that Andy should be recused because of the "perception."

2016-10-28 22:30:57 Strzok

God. 😡

2016-10-28 22:34:58 Page

Our statement affected the stock market 😡

2016-10-29 00:52:04 Page

Don't understand your email, if it's a matter similar to those we've been talking about lately, why no recusal before? Something different?

2016-10-29 01:21:48 Strzok

I assume McAuliffe picked up. But that doesn't make sense.

He said he was interviewing, maybe he's headed into private sector?

2016-10-29 02:05:35 Strzok

Talking to —redacted—

2016-10-29 02:06:47 Strzok

Can talk if you want. Not that that would make any sense.

2017-06-03 20:55:58 Strzok

Do you want to be —redacted— Andrew? Why not with —redacted— where there are at —redacted— and you might get assigned one?

But I don't know. That's a tough call.

2017-06-03 21:00:35 Page

I'm scared of —redacted— Andrew is at least a known quantity? I don't know...

2017-06-03 21:18:22 Strzok

Yeah I know. —redacted— though. Plus you know CI better than all of the attys....

2017-06-03 21:21:11 Strzok

Driving if you can talk.

2017-06-03 21:21:40 Strzok

Truly that might be your niche - work the —redacted—

2017-06-03 21:21:46 Strzok

Angle

2017-06-03 23:05:51 Page

Crap! I forgot my eras. 😡😡😡

2017-06-03 23:06:18 Strzok

Dude. It's all unclassified

2017-06-03 23:06:37 Strzok

Type on home computer and email to yourself.

2017-06-03 23:07:04 Page

Okay. But it would help to have what I wrote. But fair enough.

2017-06-03 23:07:04 Strzok

Subj in custody, btw. First ML arrest of the Trump era

2017-06-03 23:08:09 Strzok

Yeah. —redacted—

2017-06-03 23:12:34 Page

—redacted—

2017-06-04 01:13:36 Strzok

I'm trying to write an email back to —redacted— but don't know what to say after, thanks for the heads up. How would you finish that email?

2017-06-04 01:15:06 Page

Maybe just hope this gets resolved soon? I have no idea.

2017-06-04 01:17:15 Page

I'm going to mention —redacted— And I'm going to tell him —redacted— has to grow a pair and start correcting people when they say Andy.

2017-06-04 01:20:42 Strzok

Yep

2017-06-04 01:21:23 Strzok

He just needs to send a message. Amd —redacted— needs to stand up and get people in line. That's his job, not JR's.

2017-06-04 01:25:27 Page

Please, when you get a chance, plug in with Aaron all the behind the scenes work I did with Andy, Jim, etc. to get this result. Andy was NOT going to do it just based on Mueller's convo with him - he just didn't understand what the problem was. AND I did a lot of work to help them understand that —redacted— was also not the right guy.

2017-06-04 01:25:42 Page

Thank you. 😶

2017-06-04 01:26:36 Strzok

Of course I will. 😶