Horowitz Describes How Bombshell FBI Anti-Trump Text Exchange Almost Slipped Away

Bombshell text messages sent between two anti-Trump FBI agents eight days after the agency officially began investigating then-candidate Donald Trump was incredibly difficult to unearth - requiring a four-step investigative process, according to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz during Monday's Congressional testimony.

The August 8, 2016 text exchange in question can be found in the OIG report released last week on the FBI's conduct during the Hillary Clinton email investigation, in which former FBI attorney Lisa Page texts counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok: "(Trump’s) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!", to which Strzok replies: "No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it."

Two days before this exchange, Strzok told Page "I can protect our country at many levels." 

This series of anti-Trump texts began less than a week after the FBI began investigating possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia on July 31, 2016 - less than two weeks after Donald Trump won the GOP primary race.

Then, on August 15, 2016, Strzok alludes to an "insurance policy," texting Page "I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office - that there’s no way he gets elected - but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk," adding "It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40."

So - roughly three weeks after Trump's July 21 nomination as the GOP candidate, lead FBI employees investigating both Trump and Clinton privately discussed "stopping" Donald Trump, eight days after the agency says it launched its counterintelligence investigation. A week after the "We'll stop it" text, Strzok mentions deploying an "insurance policy" that his FBI mistress Lisa Page appeared hesitant to act on because "there's no way he [Trump] gets elected." 

It's a good thing none of that bias found its way into their investigations - per the OIG report's rock solid and in no way influenced (we're sure) conclusion.

How hard were those texts to find?

During Monday's Congressional testimony, IG Horowitz said that while the initial trove of 50,000 Strzok-Page text messages were "easy" to recover, the exchange about "stopping" President Trump was much more "challenging" to find

As Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller notes: 

Horowitz said that while the initial process of obtaining Strzok-Page messages from the FBI was “easy,” recovering the “We’ll stop it” text proved “challenging.” He also said that the painstaking process used to recover the message and others raises concerns about the FBI’s text message retention system.

Horowitz said that the OIG’s cyber forensic team obtained Strzok and Page’s FBI phones in order to extract any missing text messages. The team then relied on an outside contractor that the agency frequently uses in order to see whether there were other forensic tools that could extract messages from the phones.

“They provided us with some additional tools, so we did a second extraction and gained more text messages,” Horowitz testified.

The third step was an outreach to the Department of Defense to see if Pentagon experts had any other tools that could be used for the investigation.

“They gave us those tools and we used that and we extracted more text messages,” said Horowitz. -Daily Caller

Then, finally - the OIG team reviewed data extracted in May during a "routine quality control check" where they found “that the phone had a database on it that was actually also doing a collection of text messages,” according to Horowitz. 

They extracted those messages from the phone and found the second part of the August 8 text, ‘No, no, We’ll stop it.'

“It turned out that the FBI wasn’t aware that that database on there, which was supposed to be an operating function, was actually collecting data,” said Horowitz, who says he will release a report on the OIG’s text message recovery process.

We are not convinced that the FBI was collecting 100 percent of the text messages,” he said.

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Comments

Mr. Universe Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:07 Permalink

Let's talk about why Hillary was NEVER the target of an FBI investigation!!!

Or how about how they never investigated Huma's E-mails or Carlos Danger's computer either (boy did that disappear down a black hole.)

Take these treasonous bastards, try 'em and fry'em.

Joe Davola chunga Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:25 Permalink

So the "glitch" that conveniently prevented all FBI phones from saving text messages at crucial times in an investigation, didn't actually prevent text messages from being saved.  Now, is that a bug or a feature?

A related question - has anyone determined what kind of phones the FBI issues?

And that "insurance policy" quote about the path "thrown out by [Page] in Andy's office"  is pretty fucking damning right there.  Good luck trying to explain that one to the authorities if you're a civilian without connections.

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Ms. Erable Delving Eye Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:26 Permalink

Sen. Caulksucher: Mr. Horowitz, in light of the criminal acts discovered during your investigation into Mr. Comey's conduct, why did you not recommend criminal charges against Mr. Comey?

IG (((Horowitz))): Well, senator, he's um... on our side.

Sen. Caulksucher: Thank you, Mr. Horowitz. This hearing is adjourned.

 

Fucking bullshit shitshow; not even popcorn-worthy.

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JRobby Manthong Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:34 Permalink

Thanks for telling us how hard it was and how hard you worked.

The glaring issue is how do people like these get into positions of power in law enforcement?

The process of recruiting, screening, hiring and training is obviously so profoundly broken, that it should be completely scrapped. Start over again.

These are some really sick, morally bankrupt people. Breathtakingly so.

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Kayman JRobby Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:39 Permalink

"how do people like these get into positions of power in law enforcement?"

The same way new Democratic voters cross the border into the U.S. every day.

It is the system developed by the Washington Mob. It worked well until enough American voters figured that their votes really do count, and voted for Donald Trump.

This November is critical. If, and only if, the Democratic Rats get their asses handed to them, then and only then, will a true house-cleaning be possible.

And all RINO's of the Billy Crystal ilk will need to have their lips air-gunned to the center section of a railway tie.

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JohninMK Kayman Tue, 06/19/2018 - 18:21 Permalink

“It turned out that the FBI wasn’t aware that that database on there, which was supposed to be an operating function, was actually collecting data,” said Horowitz, who says he will release a report on the OIG’s text message recovery process.

So who installed the function on the FBI owned phone? Russia?

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Manthong arby63 Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:50 Permalink

There was no indictment or trial and all of the criminal actors are demonstrably guilty but there was no indictment, trial or verdict.

The whole investigation must be re-initiated with honest agents.

For now, the FBI is the Bureau of Inequity and justice must be restored or the whole agency abolished.

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Kayman arby63 Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:47 Permalink

Curious that "other government agencies" including the army found that particular text.

2 Questions

1. How did the IG people even know that particular text was missing, unless they knew the FBI/DOJ were actively obstructing justice by deleting critical messages?

2. Which of our high-cost "government agencies" has the 30,000 Clinton emails plus all the email exchanges between Clinton and her criminal gang?

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detached.amusement Kayman Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:35 Permalink

Perhaps you remember that the NSA vacuums up EVERYTHING,

and the NSA reports to Trump now

 

 

What a wonderful day.

ES in the front row.  (Schmidt)

GOOG access KILLS.

[J C]  (bye Comey)

Happy Hunting D!

http://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/392745-clapper-declares-it-is-time-for-mueller-to-wrap-up-the-russia-probe-soon

PAIN.

PAIN.

PAIN.

Q

 

 

 

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JimmyJones Joe Davola Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:33 Permalink

When you work in "IT" in any gov't or company you quickly realize that whenever possible the person that is being held responsible for doing something or not doing something "wrong" will blame it on the "computer".  So you quickly realize and learn how to defend your position and point out how they are wrong and the equipment is working perfectly fine.  It looks like the FBI attempted this and then the "IT" people said wait a second, we have that data they are lying... and like magic the data appeared.  That is why everyone in the TEch world knew that the IRS was totally full of BS when they claimed they lost the emails, and we know "they" are lying now in regards to Hillary's "lost" emails.  On top of that we all know that the NSA captures and stores ALL communications.  They capture everything, all the data has to pass through certain choke points and that is where its captured.  Ask any owner of a large Web hosting company, they have the Gov't devices hooked into their networks right before their WAN connection so that everything is passed through it.

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GeezerGeek Joe Davola Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:57 Permalink

Not using a smartphone, I have to wonder if running a database on one of them is normal FBI procedure. If it is a bug, it is a nefarious one? Did the FBI even know of its existence? If not, who planted the bug? The clowns in america, or perhaps it was no such agency? It certainly does not sound like a bug in the sense that it was an unintended byproduct, it sounds more like a bug in that someone was bugging Strzok and who knows who else.

I sense it's time to ramp up another tempest in a teapot: were the Russians spying on the FBI with this database software? The Chinese? Norks? MI6? Who else might have planted the bug(s)? I'd be okay if it was some military intelligence outfit, but only because they all need to take each other down. Or was it the Awan crew?

If for no other reason, the FBI should be purged (100%) for lack of cybersecurity.

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spastic_colon ZENDOG Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:25 Permalink

I didn't even care about that part....its this part

 

"....that the OIG’s cyber forensic team obtained Strzok and Page’s FBI phones in order to extract any missing text messages. The team then relied on an outside contractor that the agency frequently uses in order to see whether there were other forensic tools that could extract messages from the phones.

“They provided us with some additional tools, so we did a second extraction and gained more text messages,” Horowitz testified.

The third step was an outreach to the Department of Defense to see if Pentagon experts had any other tools that could be used for the investigation.

“They gave us those tools and we used that and we extracted more text messages,” said Horowitz

 

if they can crack FBI phones just think of how easy it is to crack yours and mine....not exactly a mystery I know.....good thing there will be an alexa in every Marriott to "take care of your every need".

watch them now say that the third party companies used to extract the messages actually planted them....I would not put it past the libtards.

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lester1 Mr. Universe Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:24 Permalink

The FBI are an absolute joke now. They're going to lose a lot of cases in court because people are just simply not going to talk to them. Jurors are going to be upset at the way the FBI plotted against our president. 

 

Given the level of corruption and entrapment of Michael Flynn, regular people know now to never talk to the FBI.

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