Well, that was fast.
A few days ago the FBI informed Congress that they had somehow “lost” nearly 5 months of texts from various agents including a few who were under scrutiny for corrupt practices. Earlier texts showed that the particular agents, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page (who were also lovers), were biased against the Trump team and supportive of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President. Not only that, the texts seemed to indicate they there was a contingent of FBI personnel that were working to undermine Trump’s campaign for the White House and then working to undermine the Trump presidency itself.
Where are the 50,000 important text messages between FBI lovers Lisa Page and Peter Strzok? Blaming Samsung!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2018
(As an aside – one of the recently revealed texts shows Strzok telling Page that he doesn’t want to join Robert Mueller’s investigation because he doesn’t think that there is anything to the charges, a feeling that Page seems to share when she advises him not to join.)
Thankfully someone was watching. Upon hearing the FBI say that the texts were lost and likely unrecoverable, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and his staff swung into action and in short order (a matter of days) did what the FBI implied was impossible. They found ALL OF THE TEXTS. Weird, right? How could the IG find something that the FBI was pretty sure was unfindable? Because the idea that the texts were “lost” was a complete crock. That isn’t how the digital world works. The FBI had innumerable ways to look for the texts once they discovered the “glitch” that had “lost” them (if that’s what really happened), the FBI simply didn’t want to find the texts.
Thankfully, IG Michael Horowitz was willing to look.
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.”
“Our effort to recover any additional text messages is ongoing,” Horowitz said. “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.”
Fox News has learned from U.S. government officials that the inspector general recovered the texts by taking possession of “at least four” phones belonging to Strzok and Page.
It’s good news, but over at Fox News Chris Wallace caution us all to not jump to any conclusions as the investigation continues. The texts may hold incriminating evidence, and they may not.
On Fox News’ Ountumbered Overtime Wallace counseled patience:
“Look, there are a lot of things that are troubling, a lot of questions to ask and I fully agree we need to pursue all of this [but] I’m not sure that talking about deep state coups against the president or corruption at the highest levels of the FBI, I’m not quite sure we’re there yet…
There’s plenty of smoke, but I think we have to wait and see. I’m interested to see what Inspector General Michael Horowitz says as to whether there was bias or not.”