Missing FBI Text Messages Have Been Located

The missing text messages from a critical five-month period between Trump-bashing FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who both served on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, have been located by the Department of Justice.

In a letter sent to congressional committees, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said his office “succeeded in using forensic tools to recover text messages from FBI devices, including text messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page that were sent or received between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017.”

Horowitz sent his letter confirming the discovery of texts to Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who had inquired about the messages.

“Our effort to recover any additional text messages is ongoing,” Horowitz added quoted by Fox News. “We will provide copies of the text messages that we recover from these devices to the Department so that the Department’s leadership can take any management action it deems appropriate.”


Peter Strzok and Lisa Page

This confirms a report from last night  according to which the DOJ was in the process of recovering the five months worth of missing text messages between the two FBI employees. And, as asked last night, "here's a big question tonight: was the deputy FBI director, Andrew McCabe cell phone impacted by this so-called glitch? McCabe, he was Lisa Page's boss, and both she and Strzok talked about "the insurance policy in Andy's office," we believe that was McCabe."

As reported previously, more than 50,000 texts were exchanged between Strzok and Page, Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed Monday, with some 5 months worth of communications reportedly "lost."

Two days ago the DOJ announced it had launched a probe into the missing texts.

“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,” AG Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “If we are successful, we will update the congressional committees immediately.”

In an amusing twist in which the FBI tried to blame the lost messages on Samsung, officials said that thousands of FBI cellphones were affected by the technical glitch that apparently prevented those Strzok and Page messages from being stored or uploaded into the bureau’s archive system.

The five-month stretch of missing messages covers a period of time that includes President Donald Trump's inauguration, the firings of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James Comey and the standing-up of former FBI Director Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russian officials during the 2016 election.

Comments

Itinerant Beam Me Up Scotty Thu, 01/25/2018 - 15:48 Permalink

Could be. The chance that they are recovering these messages from the devices (forensic tools) seems pretty remote -- how many erased text messages would you find under memory that has been reallocated for whatever (caching music, etc)? There would be very little coherent to glean from such a long period. On the other hand, the excuse about backups not being possible because of software issues precludes finding them elsewhere. Of course the NSA might have them all on tap... The chances of getting any honest technical information that others can judge is apparently very low with all these FBI related affairs. 

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RAT005 SethPoor Thu, 01/25/2018 - 18:14 Permalink

My experience is the SJW type look for validation by demonstrating their concern for the cause.  Then who can be the most concerned, it's like a game.  I suspect she looked to demonstrate her commitment to the cause to impress the older guy and he made it sexual towards turning her allegiance to the cause as allegiance to him.  She let herself get drawn in hoping there was some upside for her.  What kind of intimate relationship sends hundreds of political texts back and forth every day?  I'm sure he egged her on, and she did what she was misled to think was best.  She's that stupid, and he's that demonstrative.

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Barney Fife BennyBoy Thu, 01/25/2018 - 18:59 Permalink

F'in A, that is exactly what I thought the second that I heard this story break. 

I mean, surely they had to have scooped them up and stored them in the Utah Data Center. My gut says that deleting them backfired and soon became apparent that not only would the cover-up be as bad as the crime but that it would be harder to stay out of jail. 

I think they un-lost them because they went back and reviewed their cost-benefit analysis of this strategy and determined it was a losing hand. 

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Got The Wrong No BennyBoy Thu, 01/25/2018 - 23:01 Permalink

What I find interesting is that the FBI (the supposit most advanced intelligence agency in the world) lost the text messages (cough, cough) and didn't know that they were in plain sight in at least 5 places. These clowns must all be Obama appointees. 

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whosyerdaddy Got The Wrong No Fri, 01/26/2018 - 08:41 Permalink

There is nothing intelligent about you though I can see where you would think your shits are smart. Sock Puppet? What are you but a homobanzai suck-up slurper? Your dead Mom would be so proud. I'd tell you to get a life but that ship has sailed. Sad for you funny for me. Morons like you trying to discuss breeding, now that's rich, you wouldn't qualify to be Lindsey Graham's offal.

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earleflorida phaedrus 1952 Thu, 01/25/2018 - 17:22 Permalink

'911' was a cover-up by the FBI.

FBI Agent CT John O'Neill was fed-up with FBI Freeh for leading him in circles and shortly after because of the heat created by O'Neill Freeh resigned! Freeh's #2 guy took over in the interim til Bush got his man, being Mueller.

O'Neill retired (forced-out?) took the job as the new security chief as the just bought (turnover purchase by another party was taking possession) WTC.

On his first official day '911' happened!

O'neill had asked for anti-aircraft guns to be placed on top of the WTC's' for the insurance clause was litigated with a clause for airplanes crashing into it!?!

Thusly, the WTCs were fully insured!

O'neill's body disappears, and was never found in the incident (last seen helping survivors escape)

The FBIs top management had done everything psooible to stall O'neill's investigation from Yemen's al-Qaeda hub HQ via the strongarm of a Ms.___  ____ whom was the USA's Amb.. The trail went cold!

Ref:         https://www.wanttoknow.info/020114johnoneillfbi911wtcsecurity

This was only the tip of the ice`burg!

The people at the TOP are rotten to the core, while true agents were misinformed, stalled, delayed, or just kept out of the loop,... as in today.

Tis a sad tale that the whole should be tainted by these [select] political appointees, that are traitors and murderers! 

 

 

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Things that go bump phaedrus 1952 Thu, 01/25/2018 - 21:42 Permalink

The alphabet agencies have pretty much all gone rogue. I have no idea how the executive branch is going to get them back under control. I'm not even sure it's possible. For instance, the CIA, appears to have developed their own sources of funding and are no longer beholden to congress for the entirety of their budget. The NSA seems to have developed a definitely Stalinist sort of red shift. The FBI and the DOJ have been politicized, and hold not only us, but their watchdogs in the deepest contempt, as demonstrated by that insulting and patently ridiculous version of "the dog ate my homework" excuse they offered up. Heaven only knows what's going on with the military, but you hear dark whispers about black budget projects advanced far beyond that of which we believe we're capable. They are all making policy decisions for the country without the oversight or supervision of congress. It appears there is internecine warfare being waged and not only among the various agencies, but from within the agencies themselves as factions fight amongst themselves and jockey for power. 

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phaedrus 1952 y3maxx Thu, 01/25/2018 - 19:51 Permalink

Although there probably is one, maybe two, there does not necessarily mean one presently exists.

 

Imagine the mental turmoil going through these fuckers' heads if (mis)information is leaked that "somebody" is spilling the beans?

Rats/ship/sinking. Incredible drama of the highest stakes playing out, with probably 90% unreported.

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Antifaschistische Beam Me Up Scotty Thu, 01/25/2018 - 17:16 Permalink

First of all...there is NO chance that these txt messages were "lost".  ZERO.

The FBI does NOT have second rate 'systems' for data management and they do not hire tire two technical staff.

Secondly, even deleting data...from ALL the relevant places would take a considerable effort and would require collusion from multiple disciplines within the IT arena.

An equally qualified forensic data team needs to descend on the FBI immediately...and people need to go to jail.  I guarantee there were laws broken in this little game.

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