FBI Texts Discuss "Destroying Evidence", Scramble To Find Hard Drives: Report

During a Sunday exchange between House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Fox News's Maria Bartiromo over recently released FBI text messages, Bartiromo asked if there were any unreleased texts between two anti-Trump FBI agents referring to destruction of evidence.

Goodlatte gave a guarded response to Bartiromo's question, however he did mention an "earlier investigation led by former director Comey" in which evidence was destroyed - including by people working for former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: 

Bartiromo: After the election, they talked about this "secret society," did they also talk about destroying evidence? I'm told there are some texts that haven't been released yet about "we gotta get our hands on the hard drive" or "we gotta get our hands on the thumb drive." 

Goodlatte: Well there's certainly a lot of questions about things we do know about with regard to the earlier investigation led by former director Comey where evidence was destroyed before anybody outside of the FBI could get a look at it. Including evidence destroyed by people working for the Democratic presidential candidate.

Goodlatte's comment about "evidence destroyed by people working for the Democratic presidential candidate" was likely in reference to Clinton aide Justin Cooper - who was involved in setting up Hillary Clinton's personal server, and told the FBI that he smashed Hillary Clinton's cell phones with a hammer at least twice: 

Longtime Bill Clinton aide Justin Cooper, who helped set up the private email account that Hillary Clinton used as secretary of state, was the person usually responsible for setting up her new devices and syncing them to the server. Top aides Huma Abedin and Monica Hanley, as well as another person whose name is redacted, also helped Clinton set up her BlackBerry.

According to Abedin and Hanley, Clintons old devices would often disappear to parts unknown once she transitioned to a new device.

Cooper, according to the report, did recall two instances where he destroyed Clintons old mobile devices by breaking them in half or hitting them with a hammer. -Politico

 

Meanwhile, as we reported on Sunday, the DOJ is withholding over 85% of the text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, having submitted just 7,000 of the 50,000 recovered by the department. This does not include emails on personal devices, which the two anti-Trump investigators referred to over their FBI issued mobile phones. 

In a January 19 letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd to Congressional investigators, the DOJ said that they would not be providing "purely personal" text messages.

"The department is not providing text messages that were purely personal in nature," Boyd wrote. "Furthermore, the department has redacted from some work-related text messages portions that were purely personal. The department's aim in withholding purely personal text messages and redacting personal portions of work-related text messages was primarily to facilitate the committee's access to potentially relevant text messages without having to cull through large quantities of material unrelated to either the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email server or the investigation into Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election."

Furthermore, special counsel Robert Mueller was allowed to review the batch of texts and make redactions as he saw fit.  Between the 85% of text messages Congressional Investigators don't get to see, Mueller's redactions, and now - an alleged scramble within the FBI to destroy evidence, one has to marvel at how hard the swamp is resisting being drained. 

Comments

francis_the_wo… nmewn Mon, 01/29/2018 - 20:10 Permalink

Not sure why I'm stunned, as we should be used to this by now, but under what freakin authority is Mueller even allowed to look at these texts?  A.  His appointment is to look at Russia collusion, not the transgressions at DOJ/FBI, and B.  He's very likely to be a subject of the subsequent special counsel investigation.

 

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DeadFred francis_the_wo… Tue, 01/30/2018 - 00:04 Permalink

Mueller is flipped. He met with Trump the day before he was assigned, what did they discuss? He used to be a black hat and is allowed to wear a white hat now to redeem himself. He was charged with investigating the Russia collusion and any other crimes he found on his way.  Strzok and Page were some of the crimes he found along the way so if he is investigating them he gets to look at the texts. Remember S & P were reassigned months before the public caught wind of it. Oh, and by the way how did we catch wind of it? There is a notable lack of curiosity about how we ever found out about all those interesting facts. U1, the DNC connection to the dossier, textgate and so on, how did we find out about them? It seems like those facts just popped out of nowhere.

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TeethVillage88s Gaius Frakkin'… Mon, 01/29/2018 - 18:44 Permalink

Thanks.  First Do No Harm - Hippocratic Oath, FBI Oath, Civil Servant Oath, Military Oath.  Block CNN does no Harm.  CNN as a physician harms a people as do any Anti-Trust Media Organizations who have no real regulation or Opposition.

- Mueller as insider, as crony, as financial investor in Stock Market...faces conflict or interest charges, RICO, Sedition, Treason, Conspiracy, Fraud, Wire Fraud...

- Fucking Farce is correct... his retirement was likely a preventative to keep deep state & Clinton's from facing justice

- BTW, I fell asleep with a glass of ur-bock in my hand and just poured it down my back waking up... not sure if that is relevant, but seems typical of the kind of corruption we fight against... except of course I have no position, status, control, reputation

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MK ULTRA Alpha MK ULTRA Alpha Mon, 01/29/2018 - 18:37 Permalink

FBI agent Stuck and his mistress Page, could be the scapegoats. Blame it on them because they're guilty, and that's it. The dogs are thrown a bone and everyone forgets.

McCabe could have made a deal to save his retirement by throwing everyone else under the bus. McCabe's assistant resigned last week. Both McCabe and his assistant are jumping ship and agent Stuck is still down in HR on ice.

They have to throw someone to the dogs. Stuck is guilty, but if Stuck is guilty then Comey is guilty of obstruction of justice in the Clinton email cover up. And lying to congress. Both Comey and Stuck worked on the Clinton email cover up. Could Stuck be going down alone? Could Mueller be REDACTING to protect Comey, protect the Russian investigation? Or is Mueller protecting himself?

Why would Mueller REDACT evidence in a case which has nothing to do with what he's supposed to be doing?

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