Who's Lying: FBI Says 5 Months Of Texts "Lost," Yet IG Horowitz Says His Office Received Them In August

A major contradiction has been discovered between yesterday's revelation that the FBI "lost" five months of text messages, and a claim by the DOJ's Inspector General, Michael Horowitz - who claimed his office received the texts in question between FBI employees Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page last August.

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Michael Horowitz testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Knowledge of the missing texts was revealed in a Saturday letter from Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) - after the Committee received an additional 384 pages of text messages between Strzok and Page, several of which contained anti-Trump / pro-Clinton bias. The new DOJ submission included a cover letter from the Assistant AG for Legislative Affairs, Stephen Boyd, claiming that the FBI was unable to preserve text messages between the two agents for a five month period between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017 - due to "misconfiguration issues" with FBI-issued Samsung 5 devices used by Strzok and Page (despite over 10,000 texts which were recovered from their devices without incident).

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However - as the Gateway Pundit's Josh Caplan points out, the lost text messages are in direct contradiction to a December 13, 2017 letter from the DOJ's internal watchdog - Inspector General Michael Horowitz, to Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley and HSGAC Chairman Ron Johnson, in which he claims he received the texts in question on August 10, 2017

In gathering evidence for the OIG's ongoing 2016 election review, we requested, consistent with standard practice, that the FBI produce text messages from the FBI-issued phones of certain FBI employees involved in the Clinton email investigation based on search terms we provided. After finding a number of politically-oriented text messages between Page and Strzok, the OIG sought from the FBI all text messages between Strzok and Page from their FBI-issued phones through November 30, 2016, which covered the entire period of the Clinton e-mail server investigation. The FBI produced these text messages on July 20, 2017. Following our review of those text messages, the OIG expanded our request to the FBI to include all text messages between Strzok and Page from November 30, 2016, through the date of the document request, which was July 28, 2017.

The OIG received these additional messages on August 10, 2017.

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This glaring contradiction suggests someone is lying or perhaps simply incompetent. 

Did Horowitz's office *think* they had received the texts in question without actually verifying? Did the DOJ screw up and fail to read Horowitz's letter before "losing" the text messages so that "leaky" Congressional investigators wouldn't see them? Either way, this question needs answering. 

While you can draw your own conclusions, keep in mind that Inspector Horowitz has been described as your archetypical Boy Scout bureaucrat - who as we reported two weeks ago - fought the Obama administation to restore powers taken away from the OIG by then-Attorney General, Eric Holder. 

After a multi-year battle, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) successfully introduced H.R.6450 - the Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016 - signed by a defeated lame duck President Obama into law on December 16th, 2016cementing an alliance between Horrowitz and both houses of Congress. 

And Congress has been very engaged with Horowitz's investigation; spoon-feeding the OIG all the questions they need in order to nail the DOJ, FBI and the Obama Administration for what many believe to be egregious abuses of power.

As such, the OIG report is expected to be a bombshell, while also satisfying a legal requirement for the Department of Justice to impartially appoint a Special Counsel to launch an official criminal investigation into the matter. 

As illustrated below, the report will go from the Office of the Inspector General to both investigative committees of Congress, along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

OIG report flowchart, courtesy TrumpSoldier (@DaveNYviii)

At this point, Horowitz's office needs to clarify whether or not they indeed took delivery of the "lost" text messages. If the OIG does indeed have them, it will be interesting to get to the bottom of exactly what the DOJ claims happened, and particularly juicy if they're caught in a lie. 

The letters in question can be seen below:

 

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Comments

hedgeless_horseman shitshitshit Mon, 01/22/2018 - 09:00 Permalink

 

I wonder if this has anything to do with the FBI hiring so many affirmative action criminology graduates that were on an athletic scholarship.

I be qualified.  Don't it say so right there?  I gots me a degree in cry me analogy.

With government workers, incompetent and/or evil is the eternal question.

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CuttingEdge Four Star Mon, 01/22/2018 - 09:39 Permalink

If not found at the NSA, surely the texts will still be at Verizon or whichever SP the phones operate under. Only talking 18 months here.

 

What really cracks me up is "Peter Strzok - Head of Counter Intelligence."

Really?

Has a dumber cunt ever graced the 7th floor of the Hoover Building?

Speaking of which, by the time this shit has gone down in it's entirety, they won't need a 7th floor. Chris Wray will be bloody lonely up there on his own. Probably coinciding with the search for Andrew McCabe's missing pension beginning in earnest...

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SethPoor BennyBoy Mon, 01/22/2018 - 09:47 Permalink
  • Six U.S. agencies created a stealth task force, spearhead by CIA’s Brennan, to run domestic surveillance on Trump associates and possibly Trump himself.
  • To feign ignorance and to seemingly operate within U.S. laws, the agencies freelanced the wiretapping of Trump associates to the British spy agency GCHQ.
  • The decision to insert GCHQ as a back door to eavesdrop was sparked by the denial of two FISA Court warrant applications filed by the FBI to seek wiretaps of Trump associates.
  • GCHQ did not work from London or the UK. In fact the spy agency worked from NSA’s headquarters in Fort Meade, MD with direct NSA supervision and guidance to conduct sweeping surveillance on Trump associates.
  • The illegal wiretaps were initiated months before the controversial Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.
  • The Justice Department and FBI set up the meeting at Trump Tower between Trump Jr., Manafort and Kushner with controversial Russian officials to make Trump’s associates appear compromised.
  • Following the Trump Tower sit down, GCHQ began digitally wiretapping Manafort, Trump Jr., and Kushner.
  • After the concocted meeting by the Deep State, the British spy agency could officially justify wiretapping Trump associates as an intelligence front for NSA because the Russian lawyer at the meeting Natalia Veselnitskaya was considered an international security risk and prior to the June sit down was not even allowed entry into the United States or the UK, federal sources said.
  • By using GCHQ, the NSA and its intelligence partners had carved out a loophole to wiretap Trump without a warrant. While it is illegal for U.S. agencies to monitor phones and emails of U.S. citizens inside the United States absent a warrant, it is not illegal for British intelligence to do so. Even if the GCHQ was tapping Trump on U.S. soil at Fort Meade.
  • The wiretaps, secured through illicit scheming, have been used by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 election, even though the evidence is considered “poisoned fruit.”

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mtl4 Jim in MN Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:53 Permalink

This used to be the reason why each new gov't as soon as it took power would toss out any folks showing any alignment to a party at all.........guess they knew a thing or two back then, didn't they.  Time for Trump to warm up those Apprentice vocal chords and start uttering his famous words. At the current rate Nixon will be exonerated by the end of 2018.

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SWRichmond mtl4 Mon, 01/22/2018 - 14:01 Permalink

“Responsibility is a unique concept... You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished. You may delegate it, but it is still with you... If responsibility is rightfully yours, no evasion, or ignorance or passing the blame can shift the burden to someone else. Unless you can point your finger at the man who is responsible when something goes wrong, then you have never had anyone really responsible.”

Hyman G. Rickover

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teolawki Jim in MN Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:42 Permalink

"However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion."

President George Washington
Farewell Address | Saturday, September 17, 1796

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kermudgen Jim in MN Mon, 01/22/2018 - 18:36 Permalink

“The party in power used the apparatus of the police state to spy on and damage an opposition candidate.”

 

If I put that on a bumper sticker and sold it to the six or seven people in my city that understood it, would I owe you money?

 

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MK ULTRA Alpha SethPoor Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:22 Permalink

I read about this, it was quickly brushed under the rug. Didn't know it was as extensive because media coverage on this angle hasn't been clear. Good report.

And if this is covered closely, then we may get some traction about how it was done and who pulled the strings. This maybe why former NSC Clapper is running scared, he set up his own personal intelligence network(there were reports early on, Clapper had his own intelligence network besides the 17 official intel agencies) to spy for the Obama WH, both he and former CIA Brennan were running intel ops for the Obama WH. Brennan ran political intel for the Obama election campaign. Indicating the Deep State intelligence apparatus is deeply involved in presidential elections. Brennan political campaign intel network using Deep State assets, next Obama;s NSC, next Obama's CIA director and was said to be the most political CIA director in history by CIA employees.

Clapper may have been the one behind using British intelligence to spy on Trump. It would explain Clappers irrational statements about Trump, sabotage and incitement of government employees not to follow Trump's orders. We got that from Clapper, Brennan and former CIA director Hayden. All three have joined forces in LA, using celebrities to continue the coup against Trump. They formed, essentially a convert political action group using celebrities, to make their case in the media. It's illogical for Clapper to continue with the coup, there is no reward in it unless, he is guilty of treason and must continue the coup to protect himself. In other words, this isn't for Hillary Clinton.

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NoDebt CuttingEdge Mon, 01/22/2018 - 09:44 Permalink

You notice how nobody is asking "What's Jeff Sessions doing about this?" anymore.  We all know what Jeff is doing.  He's doing fuck all about anything.  

How Trump didn't fire this guy the instant he recused himself from all this is beyond me.  How he STILL hasn't fired the guy is really starting to piss me off. 

 

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a Smudge by an… NoDebt Mon, 01/22/2018 - 09:59 Permalink

We just sit back and let Karl Denninger scream WHERE ARE THE INDICTMENTS? daily. Nobody really expects anything to happen. Nobody goes to jail, everybody keeps their pensions, blanket amnesty all around, they all go on speaking tour, Chelsea Clinton and Elon Musk have mutant children on Mars, they return to attack us, end of world, God returns and says NOW THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS.

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CatInTheHat NoDebt Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:44 Permalink

They ARE ALL in on it.

ALL of them are guilty of TREASON, SEDITION.

Republicans didn't want Trump in power at first...until they realized Trump, as Mitch McConnell said, "He'll sign anything we put in front of him."

If you want to know what is being done on Trump Administration end. Just watch SESSIONS. Right now, Sessions has bigger fish to fry with weed smokers. 

ZIOCONS have an invested interest in Russia gate: to win public support for a war on Russia. Russia gate is WMD all over again. It's why Trump does ZERO about Russia gate, while arming neonazis in the Ukraine and surrounding Russia and China's borders with US and NATO troops. 

N. Korea isn't about N. Korea but about regime change to put nukes on China's doorstep. Look at what they are or are not doing. Not what they SAY..  

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MK ULTRA Alpha CatInTheHat Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:04 Permalink

The news media is reporting over 60,000 Mexican children have crossed the US border. The media reports this new influx of Mexican children is similar to the Obama era peak. Does anyone remember all the Mexican children coming in to this country. Remember how armies of children had to be housed nationwide. Could some of those children have ended up being used by slavery rings, pedo rings, being sold by the army of homosexuals and sexual perverts of the Obama/Clinton army of weirdos and sexually perverted, anything goes movement?

After the influx of hundreds of thousands of children, we never got the final number, news reporting trends spiked for pedo rings and slave rings. It's kind of a coincidence, a massive number of unaccompanied children followed by increased reporting of pedo and slave rings, followed by a Trump executive order to launch a national campaign to combat this trade.

And remember, there were reports of DNC workers involved, Obama/Clinton army of homosexuals were said to be involved, the ones Clinton said were normal and the rest of us were the Deplorables. I like being a Deplorable, a decent, honorable deplorable opposed to what's oozing out of the gutters of America.

Put two and two together and it's logical to say, the Democratic Communist Party is loaded with the most vile anything goes, conducting war on the American people and the children who came to America, pedo wars, slavery wars and race wars. Obama couldn't have been so naive, and the investigative services of this nation ignored the issue because the pedo rings were deeply entrenched in the Democratic Party.

It's time to kill these shit people for what they have done. Being a Deplorable, that's all I know to do.

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Antifaschistische NoDebt Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:16 Permalink

as I noted my beliefs before.

Trump can be goofy at times.  can be a walking ego at times.  but he does not have an inherently evil heart.  So he never fully comprehends the evil hearted person or collection of persons.

He is a great marketer, but he is not a brilliant war strategist, because he doesn't fully understand the heart of his enemy.  Example:  He thought laying off of Hillary after the election was actually the gentlemanly thing to do....because, he thought she'd accept defeat and leave the playing field.  (we on ZH knew better, but Trump actually didn't know)

Bannon understood but wires got crossed there somehow.  Kellyanne Conway understood.  Sessions is a fine gentleman that appears to have no clue the battle that is really waging.

Most of the Washington VIPs that DO understand, are more interested in preserving their membership in the country club than saving America.

This is why I like Trump...because he already has a country club and doesn't need to get invited to another party and doesn't really care about those scumbags.

He just needs to understand a little bit more.

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softunderbelly NoDebt Mon, 01/22/2018 - 13:30 Permalink

Early on he freaked me out as I thought he was busy drinking tea

while the house burned down. No proof of this of course, but look

at what's occurring all around him. I suspect that he is visibly keep-

ing an arm's length distance to keep that recusal active. The min-

ute Mueller resigns, I suspect ALL of the shit will hit the fan at his

and trump's direction.

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