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Republican lawmakers were outraged Saturday, when they were notified by the Justice Department that text messages exchanged during a five-month period between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page had not been ‘preserved’ by the FBI.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who is chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, made public a letter he sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Saturday, Jan. 20, demanding answers.

Monday afternoon, Fox News reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had responded to their inquiry with an exclusive statement, which included the following:

“After reviewing the voluminous records on the FBI’s servers, which included over 50,000 texts, the Inspector General discovered the FBI’s system failed to retain text messages for approximately 5 months between December 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017.

“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. If we are successful, we will update the congressional committees immediately.

“I have spoken to the Inspector General and a review is already underway to ascertain what occurred and to determine if these records can be recovered in any other way. If any wrongdoing were to be found to have caused this gap, appropriate legal disciplinary action measures will be taken.”

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