Federal law enforcement officials have revealed that thousands of FBI cell phones were affected by a technical glitch that prevented five months-worth of text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page from being stored or uploaded into the Bureau’s archive system. The report comes via Fox News.
Notably, Strzok was demoted from his position on Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe after it was discovered that he had exchanged anti-Trump text messages with Page, with whom he was having an affair. The gap in records of Strzok and Page’s texts extends from Dec. 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017 – and Republican lawmakers want to know why they’re gone.
Where are the 50,000 important text messages between FBI lovers Lisa Page and Peter Strzok? Blaming Samsung!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2018
Coincidentally (or perhaps not), the period of missing texts ends the very same day the Mueller investigation began.
The FBI claims they’re “missing” 5 months of text messages between anti-Trump agents, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page
The 5 month period where texts are “missing”? It ends May 17, 2017–the exact day the Mueller investigation began
People need to go to prison, now.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 23, 2018
Senior DOJ officials are reportedly “taking steps” to recover the texts – which total a staggering 50,000 messages – and are “making every effort to track down the physical cellphones in question so they could be subject to a forensic review.”
On Tuesday, Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Inspector General Michael Horowitz demanding to know why, on Dec. 13, he claimed to have all of Strzok and Page’s texts. As we know now, that was evidently not the case.
Sen Johnson writes to Justice Dept inspector general. Wants answers about this letter, from 12/13/17, that seemed to say IG had *all* Strzok-Page texts. https://t.co/Zyc2miiMtJ pic.twitter.com/Us9W19j0OX
— Byron York (@ByronYork) January 23, 2018
Additionally, Judicial Watch has filed a FOIA lawsuit against DOJ over the texts.
Judicial Watch files a Freedom of Information lawsuit against DOJ for text messages and other records of FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page https://t.co/rsqc20hF6W
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 24, 2018
This is getting comical, it’s so ridiculous. It’s crystal clear that the FBI, including those conducting the Russia probe, are biased against President Trump. Someone needs to answer why those texts are missing – and someone needs to go to jail.
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