The Justice Department Inspector General has announced that they have been able to recover some of the “missing” texts between FBI officials who discussed a “secret society” to undermine President Trump.
The texts that have been recovered, which number in the thousands, were sent between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, FBI officials who were carrying on an affair. The pair were admitted supporters of Hillary Clinton, and yet, were participating in the investigation into her email server scandal. After Clinton lost the presidential election, they discussed forming a “secret society” within the FBI, seemingly to work against President Trump.
The texts come from a time period covering the inauguration and the start of the Russia investigation by Robert Mueller, a key point to know what the individuals were discussing.
A massive cache of texts between the anti-Trump FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page have been found, the Justice Department inspector general said Thursday.
Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, told two senior Republican senators, Charles Grassley and Ron Johnson, about the discovery, the Washington Examiner reported.
It came after mounting pressure – including from President Donald Trump – on the FBI to find the cache of as many as 50,000 messages between the two.
The already uncovered messages have sent shockwaves through Washington, with the two calling Trump ‘an idiot’ and suggesting the FBI decided not to charge Hillary Clinton long before the end of her secret server probe. The contents of the new ones remains unknown.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions had ordered an investigation by the inspector general into the missing text messages on Tuesday.
Texts between senior counter-terrorism agent Strzok and FBI lawyer Page exchanged between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017, had been among a broader batch of missing phone messages that the FBI says its system failed to store because of a software upgrade glitch which affected Samsung 5 cellphones it issued to staff.
he White House called them evidence of potential illegality at a briefing on Tuesday, and said the president believes it is of ‘great cause for concern’.
Trump earlier tweeted they were ‘one of the biggest stories in a long time’.
Republicans have said the texts, which referred to Trump as an ‘idiot’ and a ‘loathsome human,’ raise concerns the FBI is biased against Trump and may have given Hillary Clinton, his Democratic presidential rival, favorable treatment after deciding not to recommend criminal charges in connection with the investigation of her use of a private email system while she was secretary of state.
Strzok and Page were involved in that investigation and were briefly assigned to work with Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Reports said the texts between them were exchanged on FBI-issued phones during the course of an alleged extramarital affair.
Mueller was appointed on May 17, the same day when some of the text messages were not properly stored.
‘We will leave no stone unturned to confirm with certainty why these text messages are not now available to be produced and will use every technology available to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source,’ Sessions said in a statement.