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.
Michael Horowitz testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee
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 periodbetween
December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017 - due to "misconfiguration
issues" with FBI-issued Samsung
used by Strzok and Page (despite over 10,000
were recovered from their devices without incident).
- as the Gateway
Josh Caplan points out,
the lost text messages are in direct
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,
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
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,
which covered the entire period of the Clinton e-mail server
investigation. The FBI produced these text messages on July 20,
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.
OIG received these additional messages on August 10, 2017.
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.
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.
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, 2016, cementing
an alliance between Horrowitz and both houses of Congress.
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.
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
As illustrated below, the
report will go from the Office of the Inspector General to both
investigative committees of Congress, along with Attorney General
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.
investigators learned from a new batch of text messages between
anti-Trump FBI investigators that a "secret society of folks"
within the Department of Justice and the FBI may have come together
in the "immediate aftermath" of the 2016 election to
undermine President Trump, according to Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX)
who has reviewed the texts....
. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) who has reviewed the texts.