Goelman said Tuesday that the texts were being misinterpreted by Meadows and others for political purposes.
What does "media leak strategy" mean?"Now we see that there was a media strategy, a leak strategy to influence this whole thing".
On Sept. 2, 2016, Page texts Strzok about writing an op-ed: "Got it".
The newly revealed text messages, outlined in a letter Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Monday, seem to show Strzok discussing media leaks with his lover, former Federal Bureau of Investigation attorney Lisa Page.
CNN has not obtained a full record of the latest batch of text messages Meadows references, but according to a letter from Meadows to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Strzok texted Page on April 10, 2017 to say, "I want to talk to you about media leak strategy with DOJ before you go". "So their bias was pretty darn clear from some of the earlier text messages we've seen".
Trump has frequently derided both officials as he has attempted to discredit the Russian Federation probe.
On April 10 of previous year, according to Meadows' letter, Strzok texted Page from his government-issued phone: "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".
By itself, the text is hard to interpret. "The President and his enablers are once again peddling unfounded conspiracy theories to mislead the American People".
Two April 2017 texts show the officials discussing a "media leak strategy" amid the Trump-Russia probe, apparently related to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil Trump campaign aide Carter Page. It was unclear to which "Page" he was referring.
One of the negative stories mentioned in the texts appeared in the Washington Post on April 11, 2017: "FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page", by Ellen Nakashima, Devlin Barrett, and Adam Entous.
Meadows also noted that Andrew Weissmann, who now works on special counsel Robert Mueller's team, had met with reporters from the Associated Press in that same month for a discussion about former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.