Sessions Says ‘We Will Leave No Stone Unturned’ To Find Missing FBI Text Messages

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The Justice Department’s inspector general is investigating why the FBI did not retain text messages for five months including those exchanged by two senior officials involved in the probes of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said late Monday that he has spoken to Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz about the missing text messages and “a review is already underway to ascertain what occurred” and determine whether the missing text messages can be recovered.

“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.

Horowitz could not be reached for comment.

Sessions’ statement came after Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee wrote a letter last weekend to FBI Director Christopher A. Wray asking the FBI to explain in more detail why it did not preserve text messages between senior FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page between “approximately December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017.”

Strzok was removed from the Trump probe last summer after internal investigators discovered he and Page, who were romantically involved, exchanged texts that were anti-Trump and pro-Clinton during FBI investigations of both candidates who were running for president.

In December, the Justice Department provided Congress with 375 text messages dated between Aug. 16, 2015, and Dec. 1, 2016, including those between Strzok and Page, according to a letter that Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd sent to Congress on Friday.

The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee received 384 pages of new Strzok-Page texts last Friday.

But Boyd wrote that the FBI’s “technical system for retaining text messages” sent and received on FBI mobile devices failed to preserve text messages between Strzok and Page from Dec. 14, 2016, to approximately May 17, 2017. That was the date that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein tapped Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to investigate possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“The FBI has informed us that many FBI-provided Samsung 5 mobile devices did not capture or store text messages due to misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities,” Boyd wrote.

Sessions said Monday that if the missing text messages are recovered, the Justice Department will notify the committees immediately.

“Six congressional committees made a request to the Department of Justice for FBI text messages between two FBI employees from July 1, 2015 to July 28, 2017, which the Department agreed to produce as quickly as possible,” Sessions said. “After reviewing the voluminous records on the FBI’s servers, which included over 50,000 texts, the Inspector General discovered the FBI’s system failed to retain text message for approximately 5 months.”

Sessions said that if any wrongdoing were involved in causing the gap, “appropriate legal disciplinary action measures will be taken.”

(c) 2018, The Washington Post · Sari Horwitz  



  1. If the corrupt FBI and DOJ can delete Hillary’s 33,000 emails, they can delete or hide 50,000 text messages out to destroy Trump.

    “No stone unturned to find…” Sure. Don’t hold you breath. Sessions will be the last person to start up with the corrupt DOJ, FBI and CIA Mafia.

  2. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. I never knew Jeff could be so funny.
    Jeff floppy ears Sessions will do NOTHING! He is a little pipsqueak who is petrified of his own shadow. He answers to no one other than Adam Schiff. Adam Schiff is his boss and he would never do anything to go against his wishes. It’s to bad Trump didn’t throw this bum out when he had the opportunity, early on.
    Jeff has failed the President. Jeff has failed the American people.

    • So funny to see how the Trumpets can think that Jeff Sessions is a puppet of Adam Schiff. Sessions is a true conservative, as far from Adam Schiff as can be.
      The Trumpets just want to use the government as a personal tool for Trump, same way Obama used it for himself. Sessions isn’t willing to do that.
      If the Republicans (or specifically the Trumpets) do the same things as the Dems did, then what do we need the Republicans for anyway? It is only because they are not corrupt, don’t use the government for perosonal gain, that the Republicans are worth anything. If they go down the Obama-Hillary-Holder route of corruption, then who needs them?

      • @Yup: My theory is that most of those “Trumpets” are people who are new to politics. They probably got interested because of Trump, started listening to Hannity and co. pretty recently, so they are unaware of who’s who in the real conservative world. All they hear is Hannity getting mad at Sessions for not acting like Holder and Lynch, so they think Sessions is a bad guy. Just my theory….


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