Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this week that the Department of Justice is launching an official investigation of the FBI’s “missing texts,” adding he’s instructed his Inspector General to get to the bottom of anti-Trump bias within the bureau.
The FBI admitted over the weekend they were unable to locate nearly five-month’s worth of anti-Trump text messages exchanged between senior agent Peter Strzok and DOJ lawyer Lisa Page, saying a technical error prevented the bureau from handing over the messages to Congressional investigators.
“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,” said the Attorney General.
“I have spoken to the Inspector General and a review is already underway to ascertain what occurred and to determine if these records can be recovered in any other way,” Sessions added. “If any wrongdoing were to be found to have caused this gap, appropriate legal disciplinary action measures will be taken.”
The missing texts raise serious questions over whether the FBI and DOJ actively opposed President Trump and his administration within hours of his election, with many GOP leaders saying the evidence is cause to remove special counsel Robert Mueller from his months-long investigation.
h/t The Hill
DOJ Searching Trove of Texts from Anti-Trump Agent
The Department of Justice is rummaging through “over 10,000 texts” between the FBI agent recently demoted from Robert Mueller’s investigation for his “anti-Trump bias” and his counterparts at the special counsel’s office.
DOJ officials tell Fox News they’re currently sifting through 10,000 text exchanges to determine the extent of Strzok’s bias, and whether his personal opinions of President Trump impacted his ability to impartially conduct his investigation.
Peter Strzok was secretly re-assigned to the FBI’s Human Resources Department earlier this year after Robert Mueller was informed of his Trump-hating text exchanges with other investigators.
The revelation of anti-Trump operatives inside the special counsel’s office prompted an immediate response from GOP leaders and officials; questioning Mueller’s ability to properly investigate allegations of Russian-Trump collusion throughout the 2016 presidential race.
They’re not the only ones.
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board published a scathing op-ed piece on Thursday, citing the text exchanges and other mistakes as irreparably damaging the special counsel’s office and demanding Mueller’s immediate resignation from the investigation.
ENOUGH: House GOP Files CONTEMPT Charges Against FBI, DOJ
Report: “ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE” Now it all starts to make sense!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017