Things are about to get very interesting. Sean Hannity reported last night that the DOJ was recovering the missing texts between FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who had been the supervising agent in charge of the Russia probe and Lisa Page, his alleged mistress who was also an attorney on the probe. Now, the Justice Department is confirming that they have indeed recovered them.
From Washington Times:
The Justice Department Office of Inspector General said it has found the five months of missing texts between two FBI officials who were part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into links between Russia and the Trump campaign.
The texts were supposedly lost in a ‘misconfiguration’ that just by happenstance took out the texts between the two from a critical period between Dec. 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017, the very day that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed.
After it was clear that people weren’t accepting that this critical period was just missing, the FBI came out with a new explanation, saying that thousands of other FBI agents have their texts missing too, that 10% of agents lost their texts in the “technical glitch.”
Somehow, being told that there were thousands of other texts that went missing wasn’t a reassuring claim.
The two had exchanged 50,000 texts between July 2015 and July 2017 over two years.
The Inspector General wasn’t messing around and wasn’t going to let it go by with the ‘technical glitch’ excuse and members of Congress wrote to him asking what he could do about the situation.
“The OIG has been investigating this matter and, this week, succeeded in using forensic tools to recover text messages from FBI devices, including text messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page that were sent or received between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017,” the agency said in a statement.
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The Inspector General has said that he will be turning the texts over to Congress.
The texts already reviews have shown appreciable bias against President Donald Trump, as well as a suggestion that they may have been trying to impede or target Trump, because of a text referring to having an ‘insurance policy’ in the event he was elected. The texts included calling Trump an “idiot” and “loathsome.”
On Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter characterized the missing texts as one of “the biggest stories in a long time.”
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]