The FBI did not retain text messages exchanged by two senior officials involved in the probes of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for a five-month period ending the day a special counsel was appointed to investigate possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, according to a new congressional letter.
In his letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Johnson says the FBI "did not preserve" texts between Page and Strzok from December 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017.
The inspector general first found the texts between Strzok and Page while investigating whether political bias played a role either in the Clinton email investigation or the investigation into the Trump campaign.
The Justice Department has given various congressional committees almost 400 pages of additional text messages between two FBI officials who were removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
In something that smells like a cover-up, Boyd explained: "The result was that data that should have been automatically collected and retained for long-term storage and retrieval was not collected".
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One exchange between Strzok and Page, dated July 1, 2016, referenced then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch's decision to accept the FBI's conclusion in the Clinton investigation.
Strzok also participated in the FBI's investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server and address to conduct official US diplomatic business while she was Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. Ron Johnson, the chair of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, are from the spring and summer of 2016 and involve the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server.
On Sunday, Congressman Jim Jordan demanded a second special counsel probe, this time to investigate the FBI.
Johnson said the FBI's inability to collect the texts was "concerning".
Trump had said the initial texts released earlier this month amounted to "treason" because the two employees were part of the probe that he has declared to be a "witch hunt".
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The DOJ last month produced hundreds of texts Strzok had traded with FBI lawyer Lisa Page before joining the Mueller investigation, and Friday provided Johnson's panel with 384 pages of messages.
Strzok was removed from Mueller's team after the revelation. That declaration came days after it was uncovered that the lawyer general and previous President Bill Clinton had an offhand gathering on board her plane in Phoenix, however the two sides said the email examination was never talked about. Other messages show that the two knew Hillary Clinton would be exonerated before the investigation was over. before she was even interviewed by the agency!
According to Johnson, Strzok and Page discussed speeding up the investigation into Clinton once it became clear that Trump would be the Republican presidential nominee.
The key fact here, however, would be the date of Hillary Clinton's Federal Bureau of Investigation interview: July 2, 2016.
One of the messages references a change in language to Comey's statement closing out the email case involving Clinton, Trump's Democratic opponent in the 2016 presidential election.
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