Judge Nap on Strzok & Page Discussing 'Media Leak Strategy': Gov't Is World's 'Best Leaker'
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano joined "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday to react to newly revealed text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, which show the fired FBI official and former FBI attorney discussing the bureau's "media leak strategy."
"I had literally just gone to find this phone to tell you I want to talk to you about media leak strategy with DOJ before you go," Strzok texted Page on April 10, 2017, according to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C), who cited newly produced documents from the Justice Department.
Two days later, Strzok reportedly wrote, "Well done, Page," and told her that two negative articles about Page's "namesake" would soon come out. That was an apparent reference to Carter Page, the former Trump adviser whom the FBI surveilled for months after obtaining a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.
"The federal government is the best leaker in the world, and they do this when they want to target a person," Napolitano said.
He explained that the DOJ and FBI can leak information to the press and then use those press sources as a basis for getting a FISA warrant.
Napolitano said he opposes the FISA court because it is secretive and has lower standards for issuing a warrant. He noted that 99.97 percent of FISA warrant requests are granted.
"There is no scrutiny, there is no transparency, there is no challenge, and the standard is so low," he said. "This is obviously the wrong way for the FBI to conduct law enforcement."
He said it's unclear if Strzok and Page committed a crime, but if they leaked secret grand jury information, they can be prosecuted.
Watch more from Napolitano above.