Shortly after the FBI claimed it “failed to preserve” five months worth of text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed his investigation into the matter “will leave no stone unturned.”
On Monday, the FBI revealed that it had lost thousands of text messages from Strzok and Page, two top FBI agents who were exposed for sending anti-Trump text messages while working on the investigation into Russia and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.
Sessions vowed that he will do everything he can to ensure charges will be brought against anyone who broke the law.
“We will leave no stone unturned to confirm with certainty why these text messages are not now available to be produced and will use every technology available to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source,” Sessions said. “If we are successful, we will update the congressional committees immediately.”
Strzok, a former top counterintelligence analyst at the FBI, was fired by Special Counsel Robert Mueller last summer after an internal investigation revealed he was sending disturbing and threatening anti-Trump text messages to Page, a high-ranking FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair.
The “lost” text messages were from the time period between Dec. 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017, which was between the presidential transition and Mueller officially being appointed on May 17.
The bombshell report has resulted in several top Republican lawmakers calling for a second prosecutor to be appointed to investigate the chilling situation.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said Congress must launch its own probe into the missing text messages. Because the messages went missing at the height of the Clinton email probe and Mueller’s investigation kicking off, Jordan said it raises major questions about what Page and Strzok may have deleted to prevent from going public.
“We need to get to the bottom of it and find out what exactly happened,” Jordan said, asking, “What were they hiding?”
The missing messages are especially significant because Page and Strzok both served as top officials with major roles on Mueller’s investigation until July 2017, raising questions about what they deleted leading up to Mueller’s appointment.
Strzok was also the agent involved in changing former FBI Director James Comey’s draft statement describing Clinton’s decision to use an unsecured email server and delete thousands of emails from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless.”
And now that five months of text messages between these two rogue agents has suddenly disappeared, top GOP lawmakers are demanding a second special counsel to look into the matter.
We are arguably talking about the biggest scandals in modern political history, and people deserve to go to jail such corruption.