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FBI “Lost” Five Months of Texts Between Two Top Officials

According to Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation has lost five months of text messages between two of its top officials who openly disparaged then-candidate Donald Trump while working on the Clinton email investigation and the Russia probe investigation.

In a January 20, 2018 letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Johnson revealed that the FBI’s technical system failed to preserve texts exchanged between senior FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, dated between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017.

Coincidentally, May 17, 2017 was the date the Special Counsel started.

And the coincidence doesn’t stop there either, as Strzok and Page were originally assigned to the special counsel investigation, but once the Justice Department inspector general found the texts, Strzok was dimsissed. Page reportedly left weeks earlier because her assignment to the special counsel had ended.

Nevertheless…

“The loss of records from this period is concerning because it is apparent from other records that Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page communicated frequently about the investigation,” Johnson said in his letter.

Johnson also said in the letter that he was informed of the missing texts on January 19 after the FBI handed over an additional 384 texts to the committee. Texts which revealed how much they loathed Trump, how they spoke of an “insurance policy” in the case of Trump’s election, and how they discussed efforts to water down then-FBI Director James Comey’s statement on the Clinton email investigation.

According to Johnson, Strzok and Page discussed speeding up the investigation into Clinton once it became clear that Trump would be the Republican presidential nominee.

“Now the pressure really starts to finish [midyear exam],” Strzok wrote, using the secret name for the Clinton email investigation. “It sure does,” Page replied.

Johnson also revealed texts between Strzok and Page that showed they discussed efforts to water down then-FBI Director James Comey’s statement on the Clinton email investigation. As a result, he is now asking the FBI to follow up with more details about the lost records and about whether it has conducted searches of non-government issued devices.

Meanwhile, other lawmakers are asking question of their own, as well as demanding answers.

Additionally, House intelligence committee members haves assembled a four-page classified memo to explain how the FBI relied upon the unverified Trump dossier to investigate the Trump campaign, which is supposed to be released in the upcoming weeks.

Senator Ron Johnson Letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray by The Conservative Treehouse on Scribd

 

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