FBI admits to losing five months worth of texts between these same agents
Newly-released messages between two FBI agents who were then working on the Hillary Clinton email investigation show that they and possibly then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch knew in advance that no charges would be recommended by then-FBI Director James Comey. The FBI has further admitted to “losing” five months worth of texts between these same FBI agents.
On July 5, 2016, then-FBI Director Comey issued a statement about the FBI’s investigation into the Hillary Clinton email scandal. This was the statement that effectively laid out the case against Hillary while simultaneously killing any chance that Hillary would be charged with any crimes because Comey did not see any “intent.”
At the beginning of this July 5th statement, Comey stated, “I have not coordinated or reviewed this statement in any way with the Department of Justice or any other part of the government. They do not know what I am about to say.”
Text messages between FBI agents working on the Hillary email investigation have since been released that show these two agents knew—on July 1st—that Hillary would be exonerated. Not only did they know this on July 1st, but they discuss then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch being aware of the FBI’s decision on July 1st, days before Comey’s July 5th official recommendation to the DOJ.
Peter Strzok and Lisa Page exchanged July 1, 2016 text message saying that Loretta Lynch knew FBI's decision not to charge Hillary Clinton. But recall what Comey said on July 5. https://t.co/EoAXf0jwZb @dailycaller pic.twitter.com/bnydAmo9w0
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) January 21, 2018
Remember it was on July 1st that Lynch announced she would defer to the FBI and accept their recommendation on Hillary email charges. This followed the June 29th “tarmac summit” between Bill Clinton and Lynch.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 1, 2016
The Justice Department has given various congressional committees nearly 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.
One of the newly discovered messages, lawmakers said, appeared to indicate that Peter Strzok and Lisa Page knew that charges would not be filed against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as a result of the investigation into her email server — before Clinton was interviewed by the bureau.
Strzok and Page were pulled off the probe last summer after it emerged that some of their messages to each other included anti-Trump content. Strzok, an FBI counterintelligence agent, was reassigned to the Bureau’s human resources division after the discovery of the exchanges with Page, with whom he was having an affair.
. . . . 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. Lynch’s announcement came days after it was revealed that the attorney general and former President Bill Clinton had an impromptu meeting aboard her plane in Phoenix.
“Timing looks like hell,” Strzok texted Page.
“Yeah, that is awful timing,” Page agreed. In a later message, she added: “It’s a real profile in couragw [sic], since she knows no charges will be brought.”
Four days later, then-FBI Director James Comey announced that no charges would be brought against Clinton, even though — as he put it — her actions in regard to the private server were “extremely careless.”
- June 29th: Tarmac summit
- July 1st: Lynch announces she’ll abide by FBI recommendation
- July 1st: FBI agents mock Lynch announcement in texts, stating she already knows the outcome
- July 5th: Comey statement recommending no charges in Hillary email investigation, prefaces statement with assertion that there was no coordination with DOJ and that they do not know what he was about to recommend.
On top of this bombshell, the FBI has admitted to “failing to preserve” five months worth of texts between these two FBI agents.
The FBI “failed to preserve” five months worth of text messages exchanged between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the two FBI employees who made pro-Clinton and anti-Trump comments while working on the Clinton email and the Russia collusion investigations.
The disclosure was made Friday in a letter sent by the Justice Department to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC).
“The Department wants to bring to your attention that the FBI’s technical system for retaining text messages sent and received on FBI mobile devices failed to preserve text messages for Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page,” Stephen Boyd, the assistant attorney general for legislative affairs at the Justice Department, wrote to Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of HSGAC.
He said that texts are missing for the period between Dec. 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017.
Boyd attributed the failure to “misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities.”
If the revelation that Lynch likely knew in advance that Comey would recommend no charges was in the text messages the FBI didn’t lose, what on earth could be in the ones they did?DONATE
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