FBI "Loses" Five Months Of Text Messages Between Anti-Trump Agents

Five months of text messages between anti-Trump FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page have been lost, according to a Friday disclosure from the Justice Department to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), as reported by the Associated Press and the Daily Caller.

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Peter Strzok and Lisa Page

In a letter from Stephen Boyd, the assistant attorney general for legislative affairs at the Justice Department, to Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of HSGAC, the assistant AG writes that "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."

The explanation for the gap was "misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI's collection capabilities."

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The missing texts conveniently span the period between Dec. 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017 - the day Robert Mueller was appointed to take over the FBI's probe of alleged Trump-Russia collusion, and during the period in which the FBI would ostensibly have been hard at work on their "insurance policy" against a Trump victory, alluded to in previous text messages between Strzok and Page.

"I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office - that there's no way he [Trump] gets elected - but I'm afraid we can't take that risk," wrote FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok to FBI lawyer Lisa Page - with whom he was having an extramarital affair while spearheading both the Clinton email inquiry and the early Trump-Russia probe - adding "It's like a life insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40."

New Texts Turned Over

Despite the five months of missing text messages between Strzok and Page, the DOJ turned over a new 384 page trove of new text messages to the HSGAC, according to a letter from Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) to FBI Director Christopher Wray (letter below).

The new batch of texts are from the spring and summer of 2016 and involve discussions revolving around the Hillary Clinton email investigation - and in particular, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's decision to accept the FBI's recommendation not to press criminal charges against then-candidate Clinton.

One exchange references a change in language to Comey's statement closing out the email case involving Clinton. While an earlier draft of the statement said Clinton and President Barack Obama had an email exchange while Clinton was "on the territory" of a hostile adversary, the reference to Obama was at first changed to "senior government official" and then omitted entirely in the final version.

The exchange in question from Johnson's letter is below:

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In another exchange, the two express displeasure about the timing of Lynch's announcement that she would defer to the FBI's judgment on the Clinton investigation. That announcement came days after it was revealed that the attorney general and former President Bill Clinton had an impromptu meeting aboard her plane in Phoenix, though both sides said the email investigation was never discussed.

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In a July 1 text message, Strzok tells Page that the timing of Lynch's statement "looks like hell," while Page mockingly refers to Lynch's decision to accept the FBI's conclusion a "real profile in courag(e) since she knows no charges will be brought."

This is also the exchange which troublingly demonstrates that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch was aware that Comey would not recommend criminal charges in the Clinton investigation prior to Lynch's announcement that she would accept whatever recommendation the FBI made.

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Four days later (and six days after the "tarmac" meeting), Comey announced the FBI's recommendation not to press charges against Clinton.

Strzok and Page also texted each other with concerns over which email accounts they were using for work purposes, with Page texting Strzok on November 10, 2016 "Hey without thinking I replied to the email you sent me on Gmail. But it went to your Verizon. So please clear. Let me know if you want me to send it again somewhere else." On October 4, 2015, Strzok texts Page "It's going to be ok at work. And haven't emailed you here, although I just did on gmail."

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Wiped? Like, with a cloth? 

Word of the missing texts between Strzok and Page come on the heels of a report we covered yesterday in which the NSA "sincerely regrets" deleting all Bush-era surveillance data it was ordered to preserve.

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The NSA told U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White in a filing on Thursday night and another little-noticed submission last year that the agency did not preserve the content of internet communications intercepted between 2001 and 2007 under the program Bush ordered. To make matters worse, backup tapes that might have mitigated the failure were erased in 2009, 2011 and 2016, the NSA said.

“The NSA sincerely regrets its failure to prevent the deletion of this data,” NSA’s deputy director of capabilities, identified publicly as “Elizabeth B.,” wrote in a declaration filed in October.

“NSA senior management is fully aware of this failure, and the Agency is committed to taking swift action to respond to the loss of this data.”

Given the magnitude of malfeasance already uncovered within the top ranks of the FBI during and after the 2016 presidential race, we can only imagine what's contained within those five months of missing texts between the rabidly anti-Trump FBI employees deeply involved in both the Clinton and Trump investigations. 

Or, to summarize:

And here is Rep. Jim Jordan.

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Full letter from HSGAC Chair Ron Johnson to FBI Director Christpher Wray (pdf)

Comments

Troglodyte Erudite Handful of Dust Sun, 01/21/2018 - 17:57 Permalink

I would assume the NSA has them.  Trump get on the damn phone and retrieve these texts asap before they delete them as well.

 

""misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI's collection capabilities.""

 

This is the biggest Fucking lie the FBI has ever told.  They sound like politicians here making this shit up. The more convoluted the explanation the more they have to hide.  Since when does a rollout date or upgrade have anything to do with collection capabilities?  And WTF is provisioning?  They sound like the Keystone Cops and this would be funny if the FBI wasn't so corrupt.

 

"In telecommunication, provisioning involves the process of preparing and equipping a network to allow it to provide (new) services to its users."

 

Are you fucking telling me that the FBI was unable to collect Text Messages between the exact same dates that FBI agents were discussing the insurance plan that Trump gets impeached?   How convenient.  Most corrupt police organization in the history of the USA.

Yet these cocksuckers are so sophisticated they can detect anywhere online immediately keywords related to a threat to the president.  Yet the FBI's own communication monitoring system can not detect actual credible threats to the Trump from within.  Bullshit.

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Whoa Dammit JimmyJones Sun, 01/21/2018 - 18:37 Permalink

The blame correctly should be placed on a guilty witch (Hillary), not an innocent glitch,  for the missing texts.

If they really want the texts back, all they have to do is ask the phone carrier for them.

EDIT: The texts are missing right up to the day that Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel.

But I'm sure that is just a coincidence./s

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BidnessMan JethroBodien Sun, 01/21/2018 - 19:35 Permalink

As the Church Lady would say, “ How Conveeeeeennnnniiiiieeeennnnnttttt ! “

Wonder how all the Judges like being made a fool.  The scumbags just delete evidence and say Oops.  

These are supposed to be the most sophisticated investigators in the world.  And they can’t keep up with text messages?  Every last FBI and NSA employee should be fired for gross incompetence and then thrown in jail for destroying evidence.

A Deplorable would sit in Jail for Contempt of Court for years for this sort of BS.

At some point some Patriots are going to chase these people down like a dog, shove them up against a wall, and pump them full of lead like they were Mussolini and his mistress trying to escape from Italy.

A sad and disgusting day for truth and justice.  

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a Smudge by an… Scuba Steve Mon, 01/22/2018 - 00:35 Permalink

Hey sorry I'm late I lost track of time. I'm here to answer questions regarding the lost information and uh...gee where are my glasses? Now don't tell me I lost my...oh here they are on my face! Now before we get started, I don't wanna lose track of these handouts which uh...I had them around here somewhere...those are expensive...full color glossy. Oh you found them? They were on the table in front of me the whole time? Hey that's great so let's pass these out and get started. OK now the first 3 things I want everybody to remember are....are....aw shucks what a time to draw a blank. Golly this is embarrassing. Just gimme a second here, I kinda lost my train of thought. You say it's right there on the handout? OK so go ahead and read out those first 3 points for us, it's time for me to take my pills.

OMG. I LOST MY PILLS!

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ich1baN jin187 Mon, 01/22/2018 - 03:40 Permalink

I haven't logged in in months and logged in today just to reply to your post... I can't tell if you're trolling if you're actually serious. "We don't have the manpower or conviction to actually go at them bullet for bullet in the streets" 

Are you fuggin serious? There are more than 100 million lawful gunowners in the US... there are maybe 35,000 FBI agents. Either you're a troll or you're legitimately that naive. Which is it?

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a Smudge by an… ich1baN Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:33 Permalink

He's serious. The last data I saw was maybe 5 years ago but yeah. Now consider that most gun owners own more than one gun. Basically at that point I figured we had at least 1 gun per capita. In other words, we had a gun for every man, woman and child in this nation.

AND THAT WAS BEFORE OBAMA, THE GREATEST GUN SALESMAN IN THE NATION'S HISTORY came along and sales went parabolic.

At this point if we wanted to fire all our guns at once we'd have to subcontract out to Mexico and Canada.

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MK ULTRA Alpha MANvsMACHINE Sun, 01/21/2018 - 22:52 Permalink

The NSA and FBI have a new system, it was announced over the last three years. The FBI agent can type in the name of any American, then all communications data on that American can be accessed. Conversations are recorded and can be called up by an FBI agent sitting at a desk at any FBI location. It is a universal investigation tool open to all FBI agents and this POS FBI agent could have used this new system to know what was happening in the first phase of Trump White House. During the leak phase.

Remember the Trump team thought the Oval Office was bugged. It was most likely this FBI freak listening in on phone conversations, putting it together, then leaking the details to the media. The TEXT WOULD HAVE PROVED FURTHER FELONIES.

How many FBI employees are implicated in treason against the state? They know they are guilty and face many years in prison. BUT ARE ANGLING FOR A JUICE RETIREMENT? And the POS FBI freak was having an affair while married, trusting kind of person who couldn't be turned by foreign intelligence, but he's the counter terrorism expert? In the military an affair by a married military member is discharged because they can be COMPROMISED.

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Creative_Destruct Luc X. Ifer Sun, 01/21/2018 - 20:50 Permalink

"This is beyond hilarious. This is very dangerous, it shows the system functions exactly like the former soviet one."

YES. And notice it is that amorphous, mysterious, impersonal  State Agency entities, THE NSA and FBI who take the"Rap" for "not preserving" the texts & emails and documents.... NO ONE EVAH GOES TO JAIL. The "blame" such as it is, is diffused into the Deep State bureaucracy.... BY DESIGN.

IF these assholes want to claim moral superiority to the Russians, or the old Soviet system, or my dog Andy for that matter, they need to walk the fuk'n TALK.

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OverTheHedge Creative_Destruct Mon, 01/22/2018 - 00:18 Permalink

Here we have the FBI losing (failing to keep) evidence, just a couple of days after the NSA admits to failing to keep evidence subpoenaed by a court.

This reminds me of the last days of the last Chinese emperor: he demanded an audit of all the warehouses, and to avoid having to show the outright pillaging that had been going on for years, someone just set fire to everything. It is that brazen, that in your face, fuck you, I'm in charge and I do what I want.

Good luck to all my colonial chums - things are coming to a head. Think before you leap.

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auricle Whoa Dammit Mon, 01/22/2018 - 02:34 Permalink

Multiple times a year distributed ledger, distributed application and decentralized autonomous organization products are produced that make the current banking and finance system look like a joke. Showing bankers are not the smartest people in the room and high finance is not complicated. The end is near for the money changers and their system of debt slavery. 

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two hoots JimmyJones Sun, 01/21/2018 - 18:41 Permalink

FBI,

You stay away from me, my family, my property as you have nothing to say, do for me.  I don't want any help, any security any thing you have to offer me no matter the occasion.  You shredded the constitution when you allowed, on purpose or ineptness, the destruction of  the emails.  Fuck You, until you fix this and mend your ways.   Congress is next for a Fuck You if they let this pass.

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