Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel said texts between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and attorney Lisa Page were troubling and need to be investigated Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day.”
Host Alisyn Camerota asked if Americans should continue to trust the FBI. McDaniel said they should but thinks people should be concerned about the recent scandalous developments.
“I do. I think we should trust the FBI. I think it’s very concerning what’s happening with Lisa Page and Peter Strzok and these five months of missing text messages we’ve seen. And the text messages we have seen are concerning,” she said. “When you see that they knew about the outcome of the Hillary Clinton investigation before it was released.”
McDaniel said she examined the texts and believes it was “inappropriate” of the FBI to try and shield former President Barack Obama from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email controversy.
“They said Hillary Clinton had sent an e-mail through her server to the president. And then they changed the language. They didn’t want to put the president there. Then they said somebody with high security. Then it ended up not being in the Comey conclusion. I think that’s concerning,” McDaniel continued. “These are things we should get to the bottom of. We know our FBI men and women are serving this country with distinction. But these two individuals need to be investigated. They have gone outside of the lane and they’ve been inappropriate.”
McDaniel also addressed The Washington Post article alleging President Donald Trump asked acting FBI director Andrew McCabe who he voted for in 2016, and said it was being blown out of proportion.
“I know this is a big story. I think it’s just a conversation. I don’t think it intends, you know, all of these terrible things that people are trying to put forward,” she said. “I ask people who they vote for sometimes. I think it’s just trying to get to know somebody. I don’t think the intentions are as bad as are being put out.”
“He’s certainly not going around to every single FBI agent and saying did you vote for me. It’s a conversation,” McDaniel concluded. “He had someone in his office. He kept people on who I know I’m sure he thinks didn’t support him. I mean this is a president who is just getting to know people and that’s part of those conversations.”
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