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Recovered FBI Strzok and Page Texts Expected Today

The IG's recovered FBI text messages are expected to be explosive

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  • The IG's recovered FBI text messages are expected to be explosive

UPDATE: Forty-nine pages of text messages that were missing between FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page have been delivered to Congress. Congressional officials are concerned that these are incomplete texts and the DOJ is requiring them to view any un-redacted texts at a secure location in the Justice Department. Currently congressional officials are making their inquiries to the FBI and DOJ in an effort to ensure that there are no more missing text messages from the Dec. 2016 through May, 2017 batch.

The thousands of missing text messages between the embattled FBI lovers are expected to be delivered to Congressional investigators Thursday afternoon, after a long drawn out battle behind closed doors between the Department of Justice and Congressional leaders, this reporter has learned.

In January, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced that his team of IT experts recovered the Samsung 5 cellphones of FBI Special agent Peter Strzok and his paramour FBI Attorney Lisa Page, both now at the center of numerous ongoing Congressional investigations. The pair is being investigated for their involvement in the Bureau’s investigation into President Trump’s campaign and alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 election. The agents were also involved in the FBI’s investigation into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her use of a private server to conduct government business while she was Secretary of State.

“We hear it could be explosive stuff…”

The missing text messages were from a critical time period during the FBI’s investigation into Trump, from December 2016 until May 2017, when then president-elect Trump and his team were in transition. It was also during that time that members of the Obama administration were unmasking members of the Trump campaign in electronic and telephonic communications. Additionally, those unmaskings included third-party communications about then president-elect Trump and his aides. During that time, the FBI had an ongoing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Warrant on Carter Page, who was a short-term volunteer for the Trump campaign.

“We’re expecting them this afternoon,” said a Congressional official with knowledge Thursday, with regard to the texts. “We hear it could be explosive stuff.”

It is not certain how the texts will be received by Congress but according to several Congressional sources, the redacted version of the texts will be delivered, while the unredacted version will remain in possession of the DOJ, where they can be viewed by Congressional investigators.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-CA, and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-NC, both have demanded that the DOJ turn over the missing texts to the committee, which they said on Fox News’s Sean Hannity program have been in possession of the DOJ for more than a week.

The DOJ’s Inspector General is now retrieving some of the missing five months of text messages exchanged between the pair of FBI agents using forensic experts to track “ghost texts,” left behind even after they are deleted from the devices, former and current law enforcement officials told this reporter.

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Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson

On Jan. 19, the DOJ had informed Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson that a “technical glitch” failed to retain the text messages between Strzok and Page. As previously reported Horowitz was also informed by the FBI that the text messages could not be retrieved because of the technical problems that occurred when the Bureau switched from the Samsung 5 phones to the Samsung 7 phones. However, Horowitz’s investigative team was able to retrieve the missing text messages from the cellphones.

Attorney General Jeff Session’s told reporters in January that Strzok and Page had exchanged more than 50,000 text messages. The duo was part of the Special Counsel’s office for a short period of time but was removed after the discovery of the text messages and the pairs open biased regarding Trump. Strzok and Page are both still employed by the FBI. Strzok had risen to become the Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division before he was moved to the Human Resources department last summer.  Page is still an attorney for the FBI.

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  1. Well the 49 Pages, were, well not as " SHOCKING " as was thought.

    I was not surprised by the so called " garble ", as to be honest, I expected it. Do you know how easy it is to " garble " text to make it look like it was a " deleted / recovery " effort?

    [email protected] tried to 4%)~` but was un?"<334 to=?

    There is actually an art to it and yes there are some programs that you can get off the net that will do this for you… So could the government have it? Well, DUH!

    What better way to try to sell - it was a " recovery problem "???

    So I’m not sure what I believe to be honest.

    But 49 pages, seriously??? I guess they are still running the other’s through the " recovery process " :thinking:

  2. Maybe the band of IT marauders that got joy Reid struck again

  3. I believe they were altered too to cover up their cinsoiracy to assisinate our President. It’s hard to fathom that the top law enforcement in the country who are to protect us are the very ones plotting to murder our Commander in Chief. Pres. Trump has his own military intel who report what is going to happen to these thugs. Qanon.pub is so very informative, especially about the deep state’s fate. Very interesting.

  4. Yes, there were Obama-administration scandals. Many, in fact. The Obama administration was full of scandal, though we have a lazy and partisan news media that is determined to see no scandal in it. The lame-duck columns have been nearly unanimous on the point: Barack Obama is remarkable among recent presidents for having been utterly untouched by scandal, personal or political. The personal can be conceded: There is no serious allegation that President Obama suffered from the liberated appetites of a Bill Clinton, and the White House interns have by all accounts gone unmolested. But this is hardly remarkable: There were no such allegations about George W. Bush, either, or about George H. W. Bush, or about Ronald Reagan, or Jimmy Carter. Richard Nixon’s name is a byword for scandal, but not scandal of that sort. Nixon’s shocking personal perversion was his taste for cottage cheese with ketchup. So, three cheers for Barack Obama’s manful efforts to live up to the standard of Gerald Ford. Well done. The political issue is a different question entirely. Not only was the Obama administration marked by scandal of the most serious sort — perverting the machinery of the state for political ends — it was on that front, which is the most important one, the most scandal-scarred administration in modern presidential history! For your consideration: Under the Obama administration’s watch, the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies from the BATF to the NLRB were illegally used to target and harass the president’s political enemies. The IRS targeting scandal was the most high-profile of these, but others are just as worrisome. Federal investigations and congressional oversight were obstructed, and investigators were lied to outright — a serious crime. The administration protected the wrongdoers and saw to it that they retired with generous federal pensions rather than serving federal sentences for their crimes. The Obama administration oversaw the illegal sale of arms to Mexican traffickers for purposes that to this date have not been adequately explained, and those guns have been used to murder American law-enforcement officers. President Obama’s secretary of state was involved in a high-profile case in which she improperly set up a private e-mail system to evade ordinary governmental oversight; she and her associates routinely misled investigators, obstructed investigations, and hid or destroyed evidence. These are all serious crimes. The Obama administration made ransom payments to the Iranian government and lied about having done so. Under the Obama administration, the Secret Service has been a one-agency scandal factory, from drunk agents driving their cars into White House barriers to getting mixed up with hookers in Cartagena. Under the guise of developing “green” energy projects, the Obama administration shunted money to politically connected cronies at Solyndra and elsewhere. Obama’s men at the Veterans Administration oversaw a system in which our servicemen lost their lives to bureaucratic incompetence and medical neglect, and then falsified records to cover it up. Under the flimsiest of national-security pretexts, the Obama administration used the Department of Justice to spy on Fox News reporter James Rosen. It also spied on the Associated Press. The Obama administration’s attorney general, Eric Holder, left office while being held in contempt of Congress for inhibiting the investigation of other Obama administration scandals. But, no: No embarrassing stain on a blue dress. Without minimizing the authentic personal degeneracy of Bill Clinton, sexual scandals are minor concerns. They become large public scandals because the numbskulls understand sex and can relate to sexual infidelity. If you’ve ever tried explaining to someone how futures trading works and watched his expression turn to that of a taxidermized mule deer, then you know why it is Bill Clinton, and not Hillary Clinton, who is the face of scandal. It is one thing to have a degenerate president. It is something else — something far worse — to have a degenerate government! Barack Obama may have spent the past eight years as sober as a Sunday morning (his main vice, we are told, is sneaking cigarettes) and straight as a No. 2 pencil, but he leaves behind a government that is perverted. The BATF harassment of True the Vote and other Obama-administration enemies is the stuff of which banana republics are made. A liberal society with decent government requires that the pursuit of political power be insulated from the exercise of political power. That is why we have a Hatch Act and why the various dreams of the would-be campaign-finance police — who would have congressmen and presidents write the rules under which congressmen and presidents may be criticized and challenged — are in reality nightmares. (Here, let us say a word of thanks for the First Amendment and Citizens United.) Having an IRS that sorts nonprofits by their political stances in order to facilitate the harassment of political rivals is in real terms far worse than anything Bill Clinton got up to with Monica Lewinsky, and far worse than the shenanigans that Gordon Liddy and the rest of the Nixon henchmen got up to in the Watergate. The BATF harassment of True the Vote and other Obama-administration enemies is the stuff of which banana republics are made. Using the machinery of the state to seek political power and to aggrandize the political power one holds is the most destructive form of political corruption there is. A sane society would prosecute it the way we prosecute murder or armed robbery. It is a scandal and more than that: It is an assault on the foundations of a free society. The fact that the same people at CNN who were colluding with the Clinton campaign cannot see a scandal in the Obama administration does not mean that no scandal was there. For the Democrats and their media partisans, scandals — like homelessness and war casualties — are something that happens to other people.

  5. So very eloquently put.

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