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Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein authorized the release of text messages exchanged between two senior FBI employees that were critical of Donald during the 2016 campaign, court documents show.

The former No 2 at the Justice Department said in a court filing submitted on Friday that he made the decision to share the messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were carrying on an affair, in order to protect them.

Rosenstein said that the text messages were going to be released by Congress and he wanted to give it to the news media so that lawmakers could not cherrypick certain texts to make the Justice Department look bad.

Page reacted to the news of Rosenstein's decision on Saturday, tweeting: 'All I can say is this: I very much look forward to Rod’s deposition.'  

The court filing was made as part of Strzok’s lawsuit against the Justice Department.

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a court filing on Friday that he approved the release of text messages between former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a court filing on Friday that he approved the release of text messages between former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok

Page (left) was an FBI lawyer and worked on both the Clinton email investigation and for Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the -Russia probe. She had an affair with Peter Strzok (right), an FBI agent who was removed from the Mueller probe over the existence of their pro-Clinton text messages

Page was an FBI lawyer and worked on both the Clinton email investigation and for Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the -Russia probe. She had an affair with Peter Strzok, an FBI agent who was removed from the Mueller probe over the existence of their pro-Clinton text messages.

Last year, both Page and Strzok filed lawsuits against their former bosses.

Strzok filed a suit last summer charging that the bureau caved to 'unrelenting pressure' from the president when it fired him.

Rosenstein said he authorized the release of the text messages because he believed they were going to be released by Congress and wanted to reveal them in their entirety so as not to make the Justice Department look bad

Rosenstein said he authorized the release of the text messages because he believed they were going to be released by Congress and wanted to reveal them in their entirety so as not to make the Justice Department look bad

Strzok and Page expressed anti-Trump sentiments in their tweets, leading supporters of the president to allege they were involved in a conspiracy to bring him down

Strzok and Page expressed anti- sentiments in their tweets, leading supporters of the president to allege they were involved in a conspiracy to bring him down

The suit from Peter Strzok also alleges he was unfairly punished for expressing his political opinions, and that the Justice Department violated his privacy when it shared hundreds of his text messages with reporters.

Among those texts were message he sent to his lover, Page, which said 'F ,' called the then-presidential candidate 'awful' and said of his campaign to win the election: 'We'll stop it.'

Last month, Page also filed her own lawsuit.

In a 23-page court filing, Page's attorneys spell out how on December 12, 2017, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' spokeswoman invited reporters to the Department of Justice's headquarters after normal business hours and showed them the texts.

This release led to years of 'demeaning' tweets from President , forced Page into therapy and left her looking for work, the lawsuit said.

Page reacted to the news of Rosenstein's decision on Saturday, tweeting: 'All I can say is this: I very much look forward to Rod’s deposition.'

Page reacted to the news of Rosenstein's decision on Saturday, tweeting: 'All I can say is this: I very much look forward to Rod’s deposition.'

She's seeking more than $1,000 in damages, as well as attorneys fees and other costs associated with legal action.

Page's lawsuit recalls how information slowly seeped out - the text messages had been given to the DOJ's Office of Inspector General as they were doing oversight on the Clinton email investigation.

The lawsuit said that senior DOJ officials knew about the text messages and let White House officials know. The White House then tipped off the media, with the New York Times reporting on December 2 that Strzok had been removed from the Mueller probe following 'the discovery of text messages in which Mr. Strzok and a colleague reacted to news events, like presidential debates, in ways that could appear critical of Mr. .'

The same day the Washington Post reported that Strzok had been communicating with Page, who he was having an affair with.

The lawsuit points out that these stories came on the heels of 's former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleading guilty of lying to the FBI.

used the Strzok-Page revelations to push back on bad news coming from the Mueller probe.

The news stories about the lovers' text messages opened the door to Congressional committees asking for copies of the texts, which in turn allowed the DOJ to say that Capitol Hill first leaked them when, on December 12, some of the contents were released.

What really happened, according to the lawsuit, is that then-DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores 'summoned a select group of reporters to the Department's offices.'

'There, they allowed the reporters to view the 375 text messages. The reporters were told they were not permitted to remove or copy the messages and could not source the messages to DOJ,' the lawsuit said, describing this as a 'clandestine approach.'

F , HE'S A D****E AND WE WILL STOP HIM: THE EXPLOSIVE FBI LOVERS' TEXT

Strzok to Page: God that's a great article. Thanks for sharing. And F .

Strzok to

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