A Republican senator just flushed his party’s latest anti-FBI talking point down the drain
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) on Tuesday torched his own party’s latest efforts to discredit the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Speaking with CNN’s Manu Raju, Burr said that he wasn’t very concerned about text messages sent between FBI lawyer Lisa Page and FBI Agent Peter Strzok that the bureau says have gone missing.
“I’m not going to read anything into it other than it may be a technical glitch at the bureau.The fact that they have provided the rest of them certainly doesn’t show an intent to try to withhold anything,” Burr said, according to Raju.
BURR doesn’t share same alarm as Trump over missing FBI texts. “I’m not going to read anything into it other than it may be a technical glitch at the bureau.The fact that they have provided the rest of them certainly doesn’t show an intent to try to withhold anything,” he told us# p #4_9 # ad skipped = true #
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Burr also pointedly did not comment about the memo prepared by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) that House Republicans have been hyping as a game changer that will reveal a widespread conspiracy within the FBI and Department of Justice to take down President Donald Trump.
“You’ll have to ask Devin about his memo,” Burr said.
Strzok and Page have become lightning rods for Republicans ever since it was revealed that they referred to Trump as an “idiot” during the 2016 presidential campaign. Strzok was originally part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team, but he was removed by Mueller this past summer after the special counsel discovered that the FBI agent had disparaged Trump in text messages.