Text messages from disgraced FBI figures Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, discussing whether to open a "case" in a "formal chargeable way" after Director James Comey was fired, are under fresh scrutiny after Page told congressional investigators there was no evidence of Russian collusion at the time, according to three congressional sources.
Two hours after Comey's termination became public on May 9, 2017, Strzok, a now-former FBI agent, texted Page, his then-colleague and lover: "We need to open the case we've been waiting on now while Andy is acting."
"Andy" is a reference to then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe who temporarily took over the bureau until Christopher Wray was confirmed as director in August 2017.
While it is unclear what "case" Strzok and Page are talking about opening, three Republican sources on the house intelligence, and judiciary committees, said the texts demanded further explanation. If there was no solid evidence of russian collusion, as Page recently testified, the sources questioned whether "the case" relates to obstruction, and the President's decision to fire Director Comey. The sources asked not to be identified citing the sensitivity of the ongoing investigations.