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A report published Wednesday contradicts multiple claims made by Fox News and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) that newly unearthed text messages show President Barack Obama meddled in the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.
Fox News, citing a Senate report, published an article earlier Wednesday stating the latest batch of text messages between two FBI officials “raises questions about Obama's personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation.”
"Potus wants to know everything we’re doing,” reads one of the texts between FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
However, according to The Wall Street Journal, the text was referencing Obama requesting information about the ongoing Russia investigation and not the investigation into Clinton's emails.
The Journal points out the text exchange took place only days before the former president met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where he confronted the Russian leader about his country's meddling in the 2016 election.
But Fox News covered the story Wednesday, suggesting Obama may have interfered in the Clinton email investigation. “The texts are raising even more questions about what the FBI and former President Obama knew the Clinton investigation,” Fox News' Kimberly Guilfoyle said on Wednesday night's episode of “The Five.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 7, 2018
The cable giant's coverage followed a report released by Sen. Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, that made a similar link, claiming the text messages “raise several questions” about Obama's involvement.
“Although sometimes cryptic and disjointed due to their nature, these text messages raise several questions about the FBI and its investigation of classified information on Secretary Clinton’s private email server,” the report read.
President Donald Trump took to Twitter shortly after the news broke and said: “NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!”