After Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) received a letter from the Justice Department Friday, claiming the FBI was not able to preserve five months worth of texts between two FBI officials, investigators from both the House and the Senate are asking questions and demanding answers – and a list has now been published of what those texts may have possibly been about.
Sen. Johnson shot off a letter on Saturday to FBI Director Christopher Wray, noting the Justice Department had turned over an additional 384 pages of text messages Friday, 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, “due to misconfiguration issues.”
Byron York, of the Washington Examiner, published an opinion editorial Sunday evening regarding the missing text messages, and laid out a timeline of critical events that occurred during that five-month period that the texts were “not preserved.” He concluded that Strzok and Page certainly had a lot to talk about during that period.
Below is York’s list of what Strzok and Page were likely discussing during that five month period:
A number of critical events in the Trump-Russia affair occurred between December 2016 and May 2017, including:
- Conversations between Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
- The completion and publication of the intelligence community assessment of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
- The briefing in which FBI director James Comey told President-elect Donald Trump about the Trump dossier.
- The president’s inauguration.
- The nomination and confirmation of new Justice Department leadership.
- Flynn’s interview with the FBI (conducted by Strzok).
- Comey’s assurances to Trump that he, Trump, was not under investigation.
- A variety of revelations, mostly in the Washington Post and New York Times, about various Trump figures under investigation.
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the Russia probe.
- The firing of top Obama Justice Department holdover Sally Yates.
- Trump’s tweet alleging he was wiretapped.
- Trump’s firing of Comey.
- And, finally, on May 17, 2017 — the final day of the missing texts — the appointment of Trump-Russia special prosecutor Robert Mueller.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ENTIRE LETTER FROM SEN. JOHNSON, in which he detailed some of the newly discovered text messages between Strzok and Page, revealing that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch knew in advance that Comey was going to announce no criminal charges would be filed against Hillary Clinton.
Big development in Trump-Russia probe. FBI tells Congress it has lost Strzok-Page texts between Dec 2016 and May 2017. Lot of critical events happened between those dates. FBI claims technical glitch. From DOJ letter to GOP Sen Johnson: pic.twitter.com/f6ZT6SGNAd
— Byron York (@ByronYork) January 21, 2018