A new batch of text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page revealed President Barack Obama wanted updates on the bureau's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, Fox News reported Wednesday.
On Sept. 2, 2016 — just weeks away from election day — Ms. Page texted Mr. Strzok, her lover, about preparing a report for then-FBI Director James B. Comey because "potus wants to know everything we're doing," Fox News said.
The message was one of more 50,000 texts the pair sent over a two-year span between July 2015 and July 2017. Mr. Strzok was the lead investigator on the Clinton email probe. He was also, briefly, a member of special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating ties between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
The texts have raised questions about Mr. Strzok's independence on both cases. Previously released texts have revealed Mr. Strzok's and Ms. Page's anger toward Mr. Trump, calling him an "idiot" and "loathsome."
But the new batch of texts now raise questions about Mr. Obama's involvement in the Clinton investigation.
In another text, Mr. Strzok calls Virginians who voted against then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's wife "ignorant hillbillys," Fox News reported.
Mr. McCabe's wife, Jill, ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia but lost. Mr. McCabe received criticism for allegedly slow-walking the Clinton investigation and the fact that his wife received nearly $500,000 in campaign donations from a Political Action Committee affiliated with then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Virginia, Democrat, who was also chairman of Mrs. Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.
Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, is expected to release the new texts in a report Wednesday, Fox News said.
Other texts sent on Election Day 2016 show the lovers' disdain toward Mr. Trump.
That day, Ms. Page wrote, "OMG THIS IS F***ING TERRIFYING," the report said. Mr. Strzok replied, "Omg, I am so depressed." About a week later, on Nov. 13, 2016, Ms. Page wrote, "I bought all the president's men. Figure I need to brush up on watergate."