Peter Strzok & Lisa Page: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A veteran investigator in the Robert Mueller-led probe into possible ties between President Donald Trump‘s campaign and Russia is accused of sending disparaging text messages regarding Trump.

The New York Times and The Washington Post both reported December 2 that Peter Strzok, a senior counterintelligence investigator at the F.B.I., was removed from the probe because several disparaging text messages indicated he wasn’t a fan of Trump and was possibly a Hillary Clinton supporter.

The news comes a few months after his unexpected removal from the probe was announced in August. Strzok engaged in the text conversations with another F.B.I. official, Lisa Page, with whom he reportedly had an affair, The Post reported. In addition, Strzok was one of the officials who interviewed Hillary Clinton in the investigation into her private email server, which led to no charges being filed.

The stakes could get even higher. “A Republican on the House Judiciary Committee said Saturday he’s gotten a commitment from Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) to subpoena top officials at the FBI and Justice Department in their ongoing inquiry into claims of bias against President Donald Trump,” reported Politico, listing Strzok, Page, and FBI officials Andrew McCabe and Bruce Ohr, along with Ohr’s wife, Nellie, as subpoena targets.

Here’s what you need to know about Strzok and Page:


1. Strzok Reportedly Had an Affair With an F.B.I. Lawyer, to Whom He Often Texted Anti-Trump & Pro-Clinton Messages

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller (C) is surrounded by security and staff as he leaves a meeting with senators at the U.S. Capitol June 21 in Washington, DC.

While details surrounding his departure from the investigation hadn’t been revealed for months, The Post reported December 2 that Strzok was taken off the investigation for engaging in multiple text conversations that were deemed disparaging to Trump and supportive of Clinton.

It was also revealed that Strzok was having an affair with F.B.I. lawyer Lisa Page that was deemed “problematic.” But the text conversations that Strzok and Page exchanged during the Clinton investigation and 2016 presidential campaign were deemed far worse, The Post, citing multiple officials familiar with the matter, reported.

Specifically, Strzok called then presidential candidate Donald Trump an “idiot” and “awful” and wrote that Hillary Clinton “should win 100,000,000 – 0” in text messages to Page, among other incendiary comments.

Numerous news outlets obtained the electronic communications on December 12 after the Justice Department turned them over to Congress.

“God Hillary should win 100,000,000 – 0,” Strzok wrote to Page, according to one message obtained by Politico. “Also did you hear [Trump] make a comment about the size of his d*ck earlier? This man can not be president,” Page responded, Politico reported.

Politico also obtained the messages, and reported that one exchange unfolded this way:

“I just saw my first Bernie Sanders bumper sticker. Made me want to key the car,” Page wrote in August 2015.

“He’s an idiot like Trump. Figure they cancel each other out,” Strzok replied.

Politico recounted another exchange this way from March 2016:

Page: “God trump is a loathsome human….omg he’s an idiot.”

“He’s awful,” Strzok replied.

You can read more of the specifics of the texts here.

As for the possible subpoenas, that news came from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who made the revelation in an appearance on Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” according to Politico. Bruce Ohr, an associate attorney general with the U.S. Department of Justice, who might also be subpoenaed, was demoted in December 2017 because of contacts he allegedly had with the controversial Fusion GPS firm that hired the former British spy who developed the infamous “Trump dossier” on Russia. His wife, Nellie Ohr, has now become part of the controversy after it was revealed that she worked for Fusion GPS, the firm that commissioned the dossier with financial help from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC.


2. Strzok Was Removed From the Investigation in August & Page Was 1 Month Later

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FBI Director Robert Mueller III testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a oversight hearing on Capitol Hill December 14, 2011 in Washington, DC

In August, ABC News reported that Strzok was removed from the investigation. The news came one week after agents executed a search warrant on the Virginia home of Trump’s now-indicted former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

The reason he was taken off the probe was unknown at the time, as he was well-respected in the industry as a law enforcement officer working counterintelligence cases. He was deemed to be one of the top investigators in the probe. ABC News reported that Strzok was taken off the Russia investigation and was sent to work in the F.B.I.’s human resource office, deemed a demotion within the agency.

A little over one month after Strzok’s departure, ABC News reported that F.B.I. lawyer Lisa Page also left the special Russia investigation. Page was known by various reports as being deeply experienced in “money laundering and organized crime cases,” and was part of what Wired magazine referred to as his “investigator’s dream team.”

While the departure of the two officials was well reported, they weren’t ever linked until now. A spokesman for Mueller’s office told The Post that Strzok was removed from his position “immediately upon learning of the allegations.” He added that Page left the investigative team two weeks prior to learning of the allegations.


3. Strzok Took Part in the Clinton Email Investigation & Reportedly Altered the Language of the Findings

Strzok helped oversee the F.B.I.’s investigation into the use of a private email server by Clinton when she was secretary of state under President Barack Obama. She was accused of using her family’s private email server for her official communications, including over 100 emails which contained classified information. Strzok was one of multiple agents who interviewed Clinton in the probe during her testimony, which lasted well over three hours. Heavily-redacted court documents also show that Strzok took part in interviewing multiple others as part of the probe, and served as the No. 2 official in the probe into the email server.

The Department of Justice and Director James Comey eventually ruled that Clinton was “extremely careless” in handling her email communications, but recommended that no charges be filed. CNN reported that it was Strzok who edited the description of Clinton’s actions in Comey’s official statement. An unnamed source told the news outlet that Strzok changed the phrase “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless” in the statement. Someone who mishandles classified information can be prosecuted under federal law if they were “grossly negligent” in doing so.

“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” Comey said in his statement on the results of the investigation.

Upon receiving documents from the F.B.I. in November, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) questioned why the change was made, but the person responsible was never named.

Because of his previous ties to the Clinton investigation, some were taken by surprise when it was announced July 13 that Strzok was joining the team of over 25 people, including FBI employees and support staff, in Mueller’s exclusive probe.

Special counsel spokesman Peter Carr declined to comment on much of the announcement, other than saying Strzok oversaw “the beginnings of the Russia probe last summer,” CNN reported.

The team of investigators moved into offices in southwest Washington D.C., near the Department of Justice headquarters.

Officials from the F.B.I. said they were further reviewing communications between Strzok and Page to see if there was any political bias in their work.

The Department of Justice’s inspector general’s office said in a statement to The Post that investigators were “reviewing allegations involving communications between certain individuals, and will report its findings regarding those allegations promptly upon completion of the review of them.”

Neither Strzok nor Page responded to the news outlets for comment. If evidence of a political bias is found in their work, it could result in a public report being filed.

Some on social media, including ex-White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, have called for the text conversations between Strzok and Page to be released as a matter of public record.

Trump also commented on Strzok and the incident in the Mueller-led investigation via Twitter.


4. Strzok Graduated From Georgetown University & His Wife Works at the SEC

A Georgetown University donation page showing Strzok and his wife donated.

An obituary shows that Strzok is married to Melissa Hodgman, who was named the associate director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in October 2016, a news release said. Hodgman started working in the enforcement division at the SEC in 2008 as a staff attorney and was promoted to assistant director in 2012. She investigated numerous cases of fraud and earned a $229,968 salary in 2016, FederalPay.org reported.

“I am honored by this appointment and look forward to continuing our tradition of pursuing tough but fair enforcement actions in complex and cutting-edge cases, especially matters involving cross-border issues and efforts to hold gatekeepers accountable for breaches of their professional standards,” Hodgman said in the news release.

Both Hodgman and Strzok graduated from Georgetown University, a list of donors to the university showed. Strzok earned his master’s degree from the school in 2013, the list indicated. In 2012, the couple donated between $2,500-4,999 to their alma mater.

Hodgman and Strzok also donated between $250-499 to the Shakespeare Theatre Company, a 2007-08 annual report said. The couple live in the Fairfax, Virginia area and purchased a home for $520,000 in June 2003, according to public real estate records.


5. Strzok Was Named in a Lawsuit Against the F.B.I. For Its Use of Polygraphs When Interviewing Applicants

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GettyThe seal of the F.B.I. hangs in the Flag Room at the bureau’s headquaters March 9, 2007 in Washington, DC.

There isn’t much information publicly available regarding Strzok, other than he worked for years as an intelligence research specialist for some time before joining the F.B.I., where he’s worked since at least the late 1990s.

In a 2000 lawsuit filed by multiple plaintiffs against the F.B.I. in regard to polygraph tests, Strzok was named as being part of the interview process. It stated that one of the plaintiffs, Eric Croddy, worked as a researcher in the private sector and was applying for a job at the agency. He was subsequently interviewed by a special agent, Kathy Muller and various others. He also took a written examination and a polygraph, which he accused Muller of calling a “line in the sand,” saying he was being deceptive.

One of the other officials Croddy interviewed with was Strzok, the lawsuit said. It noted that Strzok, at the time, was part of an F.B.I. unit that specifically dealt with “chemical and biological terrorism incidents.”


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52 Comments

Bruce Hoagland

In reading this article two things come to mind. The first is what is Robert Mueller’s criteria for selecting members of his
“non-partisan” investigation? He is either not vetting the people he selects or he himself is not very “non-partisan” and has been caught and is throwing these FBI agents under the bus. The second is how extremely unprofessional and dishonest these FBI agents are. How many years have we, the American Public been fooled into respecting the FBI for it’s honesty and integrity. This dishonesty obviously starts at the top and is systemic.

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Mick

“…than those being investigated.” Their credibility and character was measured [investigated] and they were found lacking. They were removed. Who can ask for more? It shows the level of character Mueller demands, however. No questionable people allowed on his team, and that is the way it should be.

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Joe

The fact that many on the investigating team, starting with Andrew Weissman, are partisan Democrat donors and hacks puts the integrity of the whole investigation in doubt. Interesting that the FBI chose to not put Hillary, Susan Rice etc under oath when they were questioned. Probably a decision made be McCabe, and a few rogue agents. I return to my original point, “ the investigators are often worse than those being investigated.”

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Sam Singer

The deep state cannot digest that Trump own election. The great American people see through lie of FBI, Obama & Clinton and voted for Trump. Mater-of-fact, Trump own because of corruption of Obama and Clinton. Millions of people voted for Obama for “change” NOT for “color change” – to remove corruption. Millions of Obama voters voted for Trump because they are fed up with this corruption in the government. As far as HRC is concerned, they raised $1B mostly from foreign countries and then invested 80% of them in series of the hedge fund and finally invested in her son-in-law hedge fund and lost 30%. It’s all legal bribe. The hedge fund charges 20%-30% fee. Even if hedge fund keep cash and donot invest anywhere, they make 20%.

Donot believe me just look at financial statement of Clinton foundation on their website.

Putting classified materials on unsecured devise is CRIME. There are many scientists served jail time because they copied classified information on thumb drive to work at home on that research.

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Shirley Grundhoefer

Strozk –the name sounds Russian to me so did his parents migrate to America, was he born here or is he maybe some guy who just happened to get hired by our FBI because he was Russian? This all sounds so very fishy to me & I sure would love to know the truth about this man

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honest2afault

Lisa Page – BARF! not worth having an affair … I’ve seen better looking vomit.

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philzblog

The legacy of Alger Hiss, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg is alive and well in the swamp and its mothership, the Democratic National Party.

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Mick

You can’t have it both ways: either the Democrats are the problem you are kvetching over, or it’s the Republicans – choose a side…everyone isn’t BAD to the BONE.

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Jeronimo Dan

Not counting the corruption in the now “Famous But Incompetent” (FBI) and not counting the seriousness of being an Agent in the FBI and being found out to be corrupt, don’t you just know the Sheet has hit the fan for Strzok at home! Talk about a cold shoulder and even colder divorce…

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Bob

Not sure however these seem to be terminable offenses. Both of these two losers who cant allow themselves to do their jobs without favor is pathetic. This whole thing is a sham. What’s the company policy on having an affair Secondly you now have two parties who are favoring an outcome teaming up. Not big deal, but within an office environment. Thirdly, what wasn’t done in regards to Clinton.

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Mick

The whole Clinton thing is over investigated, done and over with. The legal people aren’t going to revisit it – it’s smoke and mirrors for the Trump crowd shouting their campaign war cries again. They seriously need new material. Stick with the facts of who is being investigated NOW. This year. The ones the law has not dealt with yet. The uncovered offenses of the present administration.

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Zoot Suit

Investigation does not equal guilt. Instead, what we see NOW is agents getting fired or demoted meanwhile no evidence of “Russian meddling” not even with an illegal wiretap. Take a good honest look at all the evidence and quit reading Huffington Post.

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Mick

You see ineffectual team members being sacked. You see Mike Flynn pleading guilty and turning himself in. Bannon is out on bail, not off the hook for his crimes. You see financial records being subpoenaed.

You clearly don’t see the wheels of justice turning. You don’t see those who haven’t yet been indicted because the investigation is far from complete.

All good things come to those who are patient, meticulous and deal in facts versus hyperbole.

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Maria

Over investigated? FBI recognized her aides lied but did not charge them. Her final charge a slap on the wrist, when it could have been a criminal charge if not for this corrupt agent? Nothing could be in the past if justice was not done, period.

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Mick

Says the tabloid reader who did not conduct the investigation. Nevertheless, none of us can be tried twice for the same offense. Double jeopardy rule. Drop HRC – it’s a dead issue. Find another bone to chew.

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Howard Geiger

I wasn’t aware she had been charged and tried. It was an investigation that was halted because of bias. It is not and should not be a dead issue. Her crying about Republican conspiracies and the infamous ‘What does it matter’ should be looked at and investigated. You should find another bone to chew.

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Mick

You sit through 11 hours of grueling interrogation [inquisition] by a government committee principally staffed by people who would sell their souls to get something, anything, sufficiently incriminating to exile you in disgrace from your position and then see if you have the audacity tell the rest of us you aren’t on trial. She’s out of the game – a private citizen – game over. HRC is no more going to suffer recriminations than they are going to try Dubbya for war crimes. Repeating it over and over isn’t going to make it so.

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Gio Linh (@linh_gio)

BS Mick—-She has never beed questioned under oath by a professional investigator. As a trial attorney I am totally shocked by how much she has been allowed to get away with.

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Mick

If you are indeed a trial lawyer (and not an ambulance chasing one) you know full well the real process of law better than to cling to a misguided idea that anyone in the justice system will further pursue HRC.

It’s Christmas: move on, live in the present, and address the current administration issues instead of harboring rancor for a lost cause and chasing conspiracy tales. Happy holidays, counselor…

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DB (@VillageViking)

Mueller’s keystone cop team is so laughable and marginalized…the news would have you believe mueller is some kind of hard nosed investigator, blah, blah, blah. Turns out he’s just another clown clinging to the DC swamp!

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Mick

You are grossly misinformed and you don’t know Mueller. I do, I worked with him for a short time. Do not presume to know Mueller’s capability by name only and codify your ignorance publicly.

To refresh your memory, the ENTIRE Congress, across the aisles, unanimously agreed on Mueller’s appointment as the special prosecutor. I seriously doubt your credentials rise to that bar. Your opinion has no merit and no basis in fact.

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Maria

No one is misinformed – Mueller was FBI head when big investigations went nowhere. He once said that he wants terrorists to commit crimes, as it’s easier then to find them…What a joke! No regard for the paying citizens, let them die, their death will do your job FBI!
As for the whole Congress appointing him, is that a good thing? This Congress is a shame!

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Mick

It seems appointing Mueller is the single thing Congress can agree on in the last NINE years. These sweeping statements made without scholastic, factual reference are meaningless.

Mueller is an excellent, well respected LEO. He may be the only thing standing between America and a protracted dictatorship. As for his statement: if you give criminals enough rope, they DO hang themselves, and until individuals commit a crime, they aren’t legally criminals; which is not actionable by the FBI. FBI never mentions the crimes they interdict. They don’t seek media coverage, so you would never know about the majority of their work. You simply cannot speak to it if you have never done law enforcement work. This isn’t television – it’s reality – justice isn’t served in one hour.

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Blacc Amerika

Lets get bacc to whats important smart people. Getting that clown out the House! These are just two morons who through their careers away over info that should have been shared during the cigarettes *wink wink *

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Anonymous

Lie. Do you know the three letter alternative spellings of the word ‘lie’? Let’s begin — FBI, DOJ, CIA, NSA, DIA, CFR, SEC, GOP, DEM … etc etc etc …

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Mick

They were stupid, now they are gone. That’s how it works when you have competent leadership.

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Mick

They are off Mueller’s team (in disgrace), and as soon as FBI finishes the internal admin inquiry…they will very likely be looking for alternate employment after Christmas. FBI doesn’t need the bad press either….

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Wise Fart

“The FBI diesn’t need bad press.”
Got it Sherlock…
So tell me wise liberal snowflake…
What is the press they are getting now..
Good…
Great…
Please enlighten me on the “press” they are NOW getting…

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Stuart

One more piece of evidence that the FBI investigation is politically motivated. Fire Mueller.

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Mick

You cannot comment on ‘evidence’ – as you categorize a sweeping speculative and stereotypic generalization. Stick to the facts and leave the drama to FOXNEWS.

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jkozuh

Mueller = Comey = Strzok = Hillary = Obama = Democrat Party = ORGANIZED CRIME … !!!!!

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Mick

Partisanship + Zero facts + Stereotyping = only hysterical smoke and mirrors Seek the truth, & stop making stuff up.

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153GreatFish

Now the Clinton/Obama/DNC machine is worried. If the TEXT msg’s are published, the house of cards will fall even quicker. Mueller appointed this DNC operative in July but when the TEXT MSG expose’ came to light, he quickly fired him. Who recommended Peter Strzok and Lisa Page to Mueller? Now that will lead to a new investigation….the Russian Collusion investigation is a DNC op now being exposed. Mueller and Comey are corrupt.

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Anonymous

Mueller team, the DOJ, the FBI should be investigated instead of them investigate innocent people.
What a corrupted system to allow these corrupter to collude to persecute innocent people.

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Mick

So, Mueller throws an inept staffer who is having an affair with an idiot lawyer that likes to yap about politics via text off his team and what you get out of that is that DOJ and FBI are systemically corrupt. Go home until you can critically think.

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Mick

What is funny, actually – tragic, is that anyone that ‘smart’ would be stupid enough to jeopardize their entire career, be removed from a prestigious high profile assignment, and publically discredited over text messages and a cheap sexual dalliance. So not worth compromising the rest of your entire life. “Hey, aren’t you the guy that got thrown off that case? Yeah…what a smooth career move that was…”

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Shanika Johnston.

This also means the Hillary investigation has to be redone He was biased and no doubt covered up her crimes.

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Mick

No, this simply means Stzok is an idiot for compromising his job and his paramour’s. It has nothing whatsoever to do with HRC and for the last time, that investigation is a dead issue. American taxpayers are not going to waste (more) money on conspiracy theorists howling about seeking revenge on HRC. Grab a different rag with your teeth and shake it.

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Kathy Katie

Dead issue my behind! Deny it all you want, claim they are wacko conspiracy theories that have been “investigated” ad nauseum (they have not been investigated by anyone with a scintilla of morality!), but the Clinton Cartel has been getting away with murder for 30 years. LOCK HER UP!

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ampatsisahypocrite

Don’t even try it Mick, this solves the mystery of why Hillary’s charge was downgraded from negligence (meaning jail time) to mere “carelessness.” So first we re-try, yes re-try Hillary, then dissolve the whole tainted Mueller investigation. “Conspiracy theory”? Sorry that won’t wash, Strzok’s bias is proven FACT.

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Mick

We are fortunate that you aren’t authorizing wild goose chase expenses. It’s done. It was investigated. It cost taxpayers millions. Leave it, drop it, let go before someone swats you with a rolled up newspaper. When investigating politicians, if one cannot empirically prove the hypothesis, one is wasting time & money. If the GOP had even a scintilla of a chance of indicting HRC, they would have – the inquiries were exhaustive.

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JOHN MAYOR

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Anonymous

What a surprise…they are all corrupt now..no respect for any of them. Too bad Obama and Clinton ruined the entire FBI.

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