The FBI claims that investigations into Trump's campaign began on July 31, 2016.
The declassified text messages, released by Republican Senators Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley on Wednesday, show communications between Strzok and his alleged mistress, FBI special counsel Lisa Page. Strzok asked Page to discuss "[o]ur open C[counter-]I[ntelligence] investigations relating to Trump's Russian connections" with him on July 28, 2016.
Former FBI Director James Comey denied knowledge of the investigation, saying he first learned of the Steele dossier "sometime towards the end of September 2016."
The new Strzok texts also reveal that journalist Carl Bernstein, who helped expose the Watergate scandal in the 1970s and appears regularly on CNN, told the FBI that he received the "dossier" from Sen. John McCain.
According to the released messages, Strzok texted Page, "Carl Bernstein (yes that Carl) called [Office of Public Affairs], said he got a 'dossier' from McCain."
Page replied, "Awesome, let Carl run it down then."
The dossier included allegations about Donald Trump and members of the Trump campaign and was funded in part by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The FBI found that most of the allegations could not be corroborated and that certain allegations were inaccurate or inconsistent with information gathered by the Crossfire Hurricane team.