On Thursday, Newt Gingrich claimed that establishment media outlets are concealing texts between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, while he argues that the anti-Trump messages in them are getting worse. In 2016 and into the first months of the Trump administration, Page and Strzok -- who were reportedly engaged in an extramarital affair -- exchanged in excess of 50,000 texts that revealed their abhorrence of Trump and his presidency.
On Election Day 2016, for instance, Page wrote to Strzok, "OMG THIS IS F***ING TERRIFYING." In reply, Strzok wrote: "Omg, I am so depressed." A week later, Page wrote, "I bought All the President's Men. Figure I need to brush up on Watergate." On November 14, 2016, she wrote, “God, being here makes me angry. Lots of high fallutin’ national security talk. Meanwhile we have OUR task ahead of us.”
While it remains uncertain what "OUR task" was, some Republicans, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), believe that it may be related to Strzok’s text Strzok of August 2016 that suggested that there was an "insurance policy" in case Trump won the presidency. Strzok was involved in investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a non-secure private email server while she was secretary of state during the Obama administration, and he later ejected from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
In a text message that was revealed this week, Page wrote about preparing talking points being prepared for then-FBI Director James Comey, telling Strzok that this was because "potus wants to know everything." “Potus” is an acronym for President of the United States. While it is not clear to whom the message referred, Gingrich said on Fox News on Thursday that he had not previously known about any briefings of Obama by Comey. On Fox News, Gingrich asked whether the supposed briefing for Obama may have been part of an “an effort to stop Trump," adding that it brings Comey’s past statements into question. "These text messages are to this scandal what the tapes were in 1973 to Watergate. I use the word 'unraveling' because they lead you to places you couldn't imagine and they make you raise questions you'd never thought of and it just gets steadily worse," he said on "America's Newsroom."
Fox News: “Page wrote to Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016 about prepping Comey because "potus wants to know everything we're doing."— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) February 7, 2018
On Wednesday, Gingrich tweeted, “Having lived through the unraveling of Watergate (I was candidate for Congress) recent text messages are amazing—how does media hide?”
"These text messages are, to this particular scandal, what the the tapes were in 1973 in Watergate. And that's why I use 'unraveling.' They lead you places you couldn't imagine and ask questions you never thought of, and it gets steadily worse," said Gingrich to Fox News reporter Bill Hemmer on Thursday. When Hemmer asked whether Trump, in doing battle with opponents in Washington, is a "honey badger," Gingrich responded that Trump is a "grizzly bear." Gingrich said, "The closest analogy to Trump, as a personality in the White House, is [President] Andrew Jackson. Andrew Jackson was very aggressive, very combative, and determined to change America. This is not Trump's personality defect. Trump ran for office to profoundly change how Washington operates, and he is tearing the place apart as a part of a deliberate strategy because he thinks it is not serving the American people."
Gingrich went on to say about Trump's project, "He has consistently said that the American people are not getting what they deserve. I am running to get them what they deserve. That's going to require cleaning out the swamp." Noting that "members of the swamp" complain about the process, Gingrich said that Trump is a "very determined and serious person." Gingrich is the author of a book about the president, titled "Understanding Trump."
On Fox News, Gingrich asked whether the supposed briefing for Obama may have been part of an “an effort to stop Trump," adding that it brings Comey’s past statements into question. "These text messages are to this scandal what the tapes were in 1973 to Watergate. I use the word 'unraveling' because they lead you to places you couldn't imagine and they make you raise questions you'd never thought of and it just gets steadily worse," he said on "America's Newsroom."