A major possible case of corruption has appeared that shows Robert Mueller deleted all of the Peter Strzok’s text messages before handing the fired FBI agent’s phone into the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General.
This breaking news comes from a report released by the federal watchdog as American citizens wait for the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s lengthy investigation.
When the Justice Department inspector general released a report, it mentioned that thousands of the text messages between Strzok and Lisa Page, the former FBI attorney he was having an affair with, were not able to be recovered and that Mueller’s team had “wiped clean” the phones.
Deleting text messages, deleting emails, it all sounds familiar.
“SCO’s Records Officer told the OIG that as part of the office’s records retention procedure, the officer reviewed Strzok’s DOJ issued iPhone after he returned it to the SCO and determined it contained no substantive text messages,” the watchdog report reads. As Conservative Review national security reporter Jordan Schachtel first discovered, the OIG said Strzok’s cell phone was “reset to factory settings,” deleting all data stored on the device.”
It was the federal watchdog who stated in a report that it found “no discernible patterns” regarding the content of the text messages that the FBI was actually able to recover.
The report appears to make it seem like Strzok and Page exhibited no pattern of anything in the text messages the FBI recovered, but then there were still reportedly thousands of messages that no one can access anymore.
If there was nothing to hide and no pattern of behavior that stood out, then why would Mueller’s team wipe the phones clean before handing them off? Did a cover up just happen before our eyes?
“Strzok and Page testified before Congress this summer, and the former FBI agent admitted that he had not turned over all of his communications with Page to the Inspector General from his personal phone, even though their recovered conversations showed the two suggesting they move to apps like iMessage or Gmail. Strzok told outgoing Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) that it is a “safe assumption” that he sent messages to Page from his personal phone that were similar in nature to the widely-publicized messages attacking Trump supporters. He told House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) that he himself determined which messages on that phone were “relevant to FBI business” that the Inspector General could review.”
While the pair was exchanging text messages, the FBI was busy investigating Hillary Clinton and her private email account regarding it being used improperly during her time as Secretary of State. Strzok and Page were both assigned to her case.
Reports suggest that the pair was having an affair during the time of Clinton’s investigation. Strzok ended up getting fired for his anti-Trump messages that he sent to page.
It was reported that the FBI used software to gather over 20,000 text messages from Strzok’s and Page’s phones and some of the more controversial messages have been shared in past articles. In particular, Strzok saying that he would “stop” Donald Trump from winning the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton.
Upon contacting Verizon Wireless, the Office of the Inspector General stated that text messages are retained for up to seven days, then erased.
Any of the messages missing from Strzok and Page were older than seven days by the time they were being sought after, meaning they are likely gone for good.