According to freshly-released transcripts dating from a June, 2018, interview, a top FBI official warned former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that their extramarital affair could “compromise” the two.
Both Strzok and Page remain at the center of a scandal regarding attempts within the DOJ and FBI to hinder then-candidate Donald Trump’s chances of winning the 2016 election.
Additionally, both Strzok and Page served prominently on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation team, which probed President Trump’s campaign regarding unfounded allegations of having colluded with Russia.
Now, it appears that the two were warned by others within the FBI as to the potential ramifications of their love affair.
The disclosure came Tuesday as the transcript of Bill Priestap, the former assistant director of the bureau’s counterintelligence division was entered into the public record by Rep. Doug Collins, Georgia Republican.
Mr. Priestap told the House Judiciary Committee that he talked to the anti-Trump lovebirds about rumors they were having an affair, but he never asked them if there was truth to the workplace gossip at the bureau.
“[T]hey knew darn well that, if that was going on that potentially makes them vulnerable,” he said, according to the transcript of the closed-door hearing.
Mr. Strzok, who left the bureau last year, was a lead agent on some of the investigations involving 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and President Trump. the agent carried on an affair with Ms. Page, an FBI lawyer, exchanging thousands of text messages including several that suggested a severe bias against Mr. Trump.
The texts ranged from disparaging comments to investigating the president as a means to protect the country.
The ex-FBI official, who left the bureau late last year, told lawmakers he was surprised by the anti-Trumpbias in the texts, saying “it wasn’t the Pete Strzok that I know.”
“Somebody talking about an insurance policy, I would have asked, ‘What the heck do you mean by that?’ ” he said
Mr. Preistap said he never asked the pair if they were having an affair but rather warned them to keep it out of the office.
“[W]hat I was trying to communicate is this better not interfere with things, if you know what I mean,” he said. “Like to me, the mission is everything. And so, we all have our personal lives, what have you. I’m not the morality police.”
The transcript is the latest release from Mr. Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. He recently made public transcripts from Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos along with Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page.