The FBI has claimed a “misconfiguration” resulted in the bureau “failing to preserve” five months worth of text messages between the Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The two were 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.
After being notified on Friday by the Department of Justice that five months worth of text messages “went missing,” the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said it is very “concerning.”
“The Department wants to bring to your attention that the FBI’s technical system for retaining text messages sent and received on FBI mobile devices failed to preserve text messages for Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page,” Stephen Boyd, the assistant attorney general for legislative affairs at the Justice Department, wrote to HSGAC Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.
Strzok, a former high-ranking counterintelligence analyst at the FBI, was fired by Special Counsel Robert Mueller last summer after an internal investigation found that he was sending vile anti-Trump text messages to Page, a top FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair.
The FBI indicated the text messages that went missing were from the time period between Dec. 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017.
Those dates are crucial because Mueller officially took over as special counsel on May 17, meaning the five months of text messages between the two agents suddenly went missing around the same time Mueller took over the investigation.
In his letter, Boyd claimed the messages went missing because of “misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities.”
Both Page and Strzok were top officials who had major roles on Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign until July 2017, which means their conversations leading up to Mueller’s appointment were deleted.
The timing of the “lost” messages follows a report that Strzok was the top agent who changed former FBI Director James Comey’s draft statement that described Clinton’s decision to use a private email server and delete tens of thousands of emails from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless.”
Strzok intentionally changed the statement to shield Clinton from criminal charges, further proving Deep State actors played a major role in corruptly preventing the former secretary of state from going to prison.
The duo also sent several chilling text messages denigrating Trump and making it clear they wanted Clinton to win the 2016 presidential election.
In one text message chain dated March 4, 2016, Page texted Strzok: “God, Trump is a loathsome human.”
In another cryptic exchange on Aug. 15, 2016, Strzok said he, Page, and FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. created an “insurance policy” to use in the case that Trump defeated Clinton.
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok wrote to Page.
This particular text message has led many to believe that top FBI officials, which extends to Mueller, concocted an illegal plan to launch the Russia investigation — without any evidence of collusion — to derail Trump’s presidency.
And with five months of text messages between Page and Strzok mysteriously being deleted from the time leading up to Mueller’s appointment, we could be talking about one of the biggest scandals in modern political history.
This deserves a full investigation, and people should go to jail.
Source: Daily Caller