No FBI text messages were preserved from December 14, 2016, until the start of the Mueller investigation. Oops.
As interesting as the FBI text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page have proved to be, the missing ones may be much more interesting. According to the FBI, about five months’ worth of text messages were not persevered due to “misconfiguration issues.” This was the period of time from mid-December to the start of the Mueller investigation.
So, obviously, the FBI is probably lying. That means the missing text messages are more incriminating than the messages that have been revealed.
The Associated Press reports, “More texts turned over from FBI agent taken off Mueller team.”
The Justice Department last month produced for reporters and Congress hundreds of text messages that the two had traded before becoming part of the Mueller investigation. Many focused on their observations of the 2016 election and included discussions of the Clinton investigation. Republican lawmakers have contended the communication reveals the FBI and the Mueller team to be politically tainted and biased against Trump — assertions Wray has flatly rejected.
In addition to the communications already made public, the Justice Department on Friday provided Johnson’s committee with 384 pages of text messages, according to a letter from the Wisconsin lawmaker that was obtained by The Associated Press.
But, according to the letter, the FBI told the department that its system for retaining text messages sent and received on bureau phones had failed to preserve communications between Strzok and Page over a five-month period between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017. May 17 was the date that Mueller was appointed as special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation.
The explanation for the gap was “misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities.”
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