It’s entirely possible that the FBI could produce documentation on what you or I bought the last time we went to the grocery store or quickly produce an email we sent 13 years ago, but when it comes to monitoring their own personnel who happened to be anti-Trump during the 2016 campaign, hey, accidents happen!
The Justice Department has turned over to Congress additional text messages involving an FBI agent who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team following the discovery of derogatory comments about President Donald Trump.
But the department also said in a letter to lawmakers that its record of messages sent to and from the agent, Peter Strzok, was incomplete because the FBI, for technical reasons, had been unable to preserve and retrieve about five months’ worth of communications.
Strzok, a veteran counterintelligence agent who also worked the Clinton email case, was reassigned last summer from the team investigating ties between Russia and Trump’s Republican presidential campaign after Mueller learned he had exchanged politically charged text messages — many anti-Trump in nature — with an FBI lawyer also detailed to the group. The lawyer, Lisa Page, left Mueller’s team before the text messages were discovered.
But, according to the letter, the FBI told the department that its system for retaining text messages sent and received on bureau phones had failed to preserve communications between Strzok and Page over a five-month period between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017. May 17 was the date that Mueller was appointed as special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation.
Strzok also indicated in a text that Loretta Lynch was aware there would be no charges against Hillary Clinton or anybody in her campaign before the FBI investigation was even over. But the Dems won’t be intrigued by any of this because what’s it got to do with Trump and Russia!?