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originally posted by: Sookiechacha
a reply to: JinMI
SO? The phone records and data are on the FBI server. They recovered all the missing texts and more.
The DOJ's Inspector General (IG) said that, with help from the Department of Defense, it was able to uncover thousands of missing text messages written by Strzok and Page and sent using their FBI-issued Samsung phones from December 15, 2016 through May 17, 2017, "as well as hundreds of other text messages outside the gap time period that had not been produced by the FBI due to technical problems with its text message collection tool."
originally posted by: Grambler
a reply to: Sookiechacha
So your own source says it’s unknown how many of the original were recovered
And as their article in the op says, muellers team is claiming the IG can’t get the texts because they have been wiped
….DOJ’s Inspector General, Michael Horowitz – who claimed his office received the texts in question between FBI employees Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page last August.
originally posted by: annoyedpharmacist
I see the argument is to be that "hey, they have these already, who cares if they destroyed evidence?"...........some defense of obstruction of justice by our esteemed "Special" Counsel. cant help but wonder how this defense would work to some if Trump tried to use it?
The IG is saying they have not received any of the texts from that phone or time period
In gathering evidence for the OIG’s ongoing 2016 election review, we requested, consistent with standard practice, that the FBI produce text messages from the FBI-issued phones of certain FBI employees involved in the Clinton e-mail investigation based on search terms we provided. After finding a number of politically-oriented text messages between Page and Strzok, the OIG sought from the FBI all text messages between Strzok and Page from their FBI-issued phones through November 30, 2016, which covered the entire period of the Clinton e-mail server investigation. The FBI produced these text messages on July 20, 2017. Following our review of those text messages, the OIG expanded our request to the FBI to include all text messages between Strzok and Page from November 30, 2016, through the date of the document request, which was July 28, 2017. The OIG received these additional messages on August 10, 2017.
Muellers team purposefully deleted the info on these phones, knowing full wel stzroks personal texts were under review by the IG, and his professional texts would have been subject to review as well
The Hatch Act, and its associated regulations, identify authorized and prohibited political activities for most executive department employees, including FBI employees. The Hatch Act permits expressions of personal opinions about candidates and issues. In contrast, political activity, which is defined as "activity directed toward the success or failure ofa political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group" is prohibited in certain contexts. We are cognizant of these issues and will determine whether there is a basis to refer the allegations, along with relevant evidence we have gathered, regarding Page's and Strzok's text messages to the Office of Special Counsel upon completion of our review.
OIG asked the FBI Inspection Division to locate the FBI issued Samsung Galaxy S5 devices formerly assigned to the subject employees and to obtain from the same individuals their assigned FBI issued Samsung Galaxy S7 devices. The FBI provided these four devices to the OIG in late January 2018. CYBER utilized digital forensic tools to obtain data extractions from the four FBI issued mobile devices.
To ensure the thoroughness o f text message recovery efforts, OIG also consulted with the Department o f Defense, conducted additional quality assurance steps and hired a Subject Matter Expert. The result ofthese steps was the recovery o f thousands o f text messages within the period o f the missing text messages, December 15, 2016 through May 17, 2017, as well as hundreds ofother text messages outside the gap lime period that had not been produced by the FBI due to technical problems with its text message collection
In view ofthe content ofmany ofthe text messages between Strzok and Page, the OIG also asked the Special Counsel's Office (SCO) to provide to the OIG the DOJ issued iPhones that had been assigned to Strzok and Page during their respective assignments to the SCO. Stnok and Page had each returned their OJ-issued iPhones six months earlier when their assignments to the SCO had ended. The 010 was told that the DOJ issued iPhone previously assigned to Strzok had been re-issued to another FBI agent following Strzok's departure from the SCO. The SCO obtained the iPhone from that individual and provided it to the 010. CYBER obtained a forensic extraction ofthe iPhone previously assigned to Strzok; however. this iPhone had been reset to factory settings and was reconfigured for the new user to whom the device was issued. It did not contain data related to Strzok's use ofthe device. SCO's Records Officer told the 010 that as part ofthe office's records retention procedure, the officer reviewed Strzok's DOJ ssued iPhone after he returned it to the SCO and determined it contained no substantive text messages