The Department of Justice has relinquished additional text messages that were exchanged between FBI investigator Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page in 2016, prior to the presidential election.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who is chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has made public a letter he sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Saturday, Jan. 20.
In the letter, Johnson notes that on Friday, Jan. 19, the Justice Department turned over another 384 pages of text messages between Strzok and Page. However, he said a cover letter from the DOJ claimed that the FBI did not preserve texts messages between the two from December 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017.
Johnson said the Justice Department informed him: “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 from December 14, 2016 to approximately May 17, 2017. The FBI has informed [the DOJ] that many FBI-provided Samsung 5 mobile devices did not capture or store text messages due to misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities. The result was that data that should have been automatically collected and retained for long-term storage and retrieval was not collected.”
Johnson slammed the FBI for not preserving the text messages, saying, “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 detailed in the letter a series of texts that detail how shocked the two were when Ted Cruz dropped out of the race and they realized this election was going to come down between Trump and Clinton.
On May 4, 2016 – after Comey started drafting his statement to clear Clinton – Page and Strzok had the following exchange:
Page: “And holy shit Cruz just dropped out of the race. It’s going to be a Clinton Trump race. Unbelievable.”
Page: “You heard it right my friend.”
Strzok: “I saw trump won, figured it wouldb e a bit
Strzok: “Now the pressure really starts to finish MYE….”
Page: “It sure does. We need to talk about follow up call tomorrow. We still never have.”
Johnson notes that the “MYE” refers to the “midyear exam,” the FBI’s case name for the Clinton investigation.
In addition, he also shares the fact that the draft of FBI Director James Comey’s July 5 statement, in which he would announce Clinton would face no charges in the email scandal, was being circulated among FBI personnel, and that Attorney General Loretta Lynch had seen it as well, even though she said publicly that she would “accept whatever recommendation the FBI made.”
In the original draft, Comey planned to refer to an email exchange “with the President while Secretary Clinton was on the territory of such an adversary,” meaning while she was outside the United States. Later the draft was changed to replace “the President” with “another senior government official,” which was confirmed in text messages between Strzok and Page. When Comey delivered the statement on July 5, he omitted the reference entirely.
On June 30, 2016, Strzok texted Page of the change in the draft:
Strzok: “K. Rybicki just sent another version.”
Page: “Bill just popped his head in, hopefully to talk to him.”
Strzok: “Hope so. Just left Bill. Talked about the speech, the [redacted] stuff relating to the case, and what I told you about earlier.
Strzok: “He changed President to ‘another senior government official.'”
On July 1, 2016 – the day of AG Loretta Lynch’s statement, but before Comey’s announcement, the following text exchange occurred:
Strzok: “Holy cow… nyt breaking Apuzzo, Lync [sic] will accept whatever rec D and career prosecutors make. No political appointee input.
Strzok: “Lynch. Timing not great, but whatever. Wonder if that’s why the no coordination language added.”
Page: “No way. This is purposeful leak following the airplane snafu.”
Strzok: “Timing looks like hell. Will appear to be choreographed. All major news networks literally leading with “AG to accept FBI D’s recommendation.”
Page: “Yeah, that is awful timing. Nothing we can do about it.
Strzok: “What I meant was, did DOJ tell us yesterday they were doing this, so D added that language.”
Strzok: “Yep, I told Bill the same thing. Delaying just makes it worse.”
Page: “And yes. I think we had some warning of it. I know they sent some statement to rybicki, bc he called andy.”
Page: “And yeah, it’s a real profile in couragw[sic], since she knows no charges will be brought.”
Sen. Johnson reminded FBI Director Wray in his letter Saturday that, under federal law, the head of each federal agency is required to preserve all records documenting the decision-making process and essential transactions of the agency, and he demanded answers “as to the scope of all records lost, destroyed or otherwise alienated.”
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The two FBI officials, who were having an affair, have been outed as being completely in support of Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign, and deeply against Donald Trump. Strzok was one of the key officials who “investigated” the Clinton email scandal, and was deputy chief of counterintelligence with the FBI. Both Strzok and Page were a part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, but Page left, and Strzok was ousted after the texts were discovered between the, showing an obvious bias against Trump.
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