The DOJ has caught the FBI red handed – as a result, the DOJ is investigating the reasons for its faliling to retain text messages for five months, one of them being the ones exchanged by two senior officials involved in the probes of Clinton and Trump.
On Monday, AG Sessions announced that he has directed the DOJ’s Inspector General, Michael E. Horowitz, to launch a probe into the missing messages – take a look:
“A review is already underway to ascertain what happened. We won’t leave no stone unturned and we are going to confirm with certainty why these text messages are not now available to be produced. We will do whatever it takes, use every technology available, in order to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source,” Jeff Sessions stated.
The president as well had something to say about the FBI’s screw up, and he was quite irate – take a look at the following tweet:
In one of the biggest stories in a long time, the FBI now says it is missing five months worth of lovers Strzok-Page texts, perhaps 50,000, and all in prime time. Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2018
The text messages that are ‘missing’ are important to the investigation because of what happened during the time the Strzok-Page texts were not retained.
Then-FBI Director Comey was meeting repeatedly with President Trump, the Russia probe intensified and started to focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn. So, in early May, the president fired the FBI director.
The almost half a year period of missing text messages somehow ended on the same day a special counsel was appointed to investigate potential connections between Donald Trump and the Russians, according to a new congressional letter.
Upon discovering the discrepancy, Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee wrote a letter to FBI Director Wray, in which he asked for a detailed explatanion – why it did not preserve messages between Strzok and Page between “approximately December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017.”
According to the attorney general, in case any wrongdoing was involved in causing the gap, “appropriate legal disciplinary action measures will be taken”.
Peter Strzok ended up being removed from Mueller’s investigation last summer, just after internal investigators discovered he and Page, who were romantically involved, exchanged anti-Trump and pro-Clinton text messages during FBI investigations of both candidates, who were both presidential candidates.