A new report dated December 11, 2018, released by the Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice, confirmed that their investigation recovered over 19,000 text messages exchanged between former DOJ officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
“The OIG forensically recovered thousands of text messages from FBI mobile devices issued to Strzok and Page through its multiple extraction efforts. Approximately 9,311 text messages were recovered from Strzok’s S5 Samsung, and approximately 10,760 text messages were recovered from Page’s S5.”
Peter Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation upon the discovery of anti-Trump texts he sent to his mistress Lisa Page.
Strzok was a lead investigator on the Clinton case and later worked on the Russia investigation until the Justice Department inspector general's office brought the texts to Mueller's attention.
The new eleven-page report
also reveals that almost a month after Strzok was removed from Mueller’s team, his government-issued cell phone was wiped clean and restored to factory settings.
A Special Counsel Records Officer (i.e. someone from Mueller ‘s team) 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 OIG obtained Strzok’s old cell phone in January; however, it had been issued to another individual within the agency, and investigators were unable to recover any data sent or received by Strozk.
“SCO was unable to locate the iPhone previously assigned to Lisa Page, which had been returned to DOJ's Justice Management Division (JMD).
Subsequently, in early September 2018, JMD informed the OIG that it had located the iPhone that had been assigned to Page.
The OIG took custody of the device. Page's iPhone had been reset to factory settings on July 31, 2017, but had not been reissued to a new user.”
There are no records within the special counsel’s office or the Justice Management Divisions as to who cleared the data from the iPhones.
The content from the 19,000 plus texts between Strozk and Page from their old government-issued Samsung Galaxy S5 devices, that had been lost due to the agency’s “collection tool failure, was not included in the report.
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