First the FBI/DoJ said the texts were not recoverable. So the Inspector General recovered them. Now they are refusing to release the bulk of them.
By Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge
Out of 50,000 texts between anti-Trump FBI investigators Peter Strzok and Lisa Page – not including an unknown number of recently found texts, the DOJ has submitted a mere 7,000 to Congressional investigators – just 14%, reports the Washington Examiner‘s Byron York.
The majority of the withheld messages were deemed “personal” or withheld for other reasons, according to York.
Also notable, according to York, is that the 50,000 Strzok-Page texts only include messages sent and received on FBI-issued Samsung phones – despite several text messages which make clear that the two agents also discussed their politically tainted investigations over their personal iPhones using iMessage.
For investigators, those are particularly intriguing texts – what was so sensitive that they couldn’t discuss on their work phones? – but the number of those texts is unknown. And of course, they have not been turned over to Congress. –Washington Examiner
In a January 19 letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd to Congressional investigators, the DOJ said that they would not be providing “purely personal” text messages.
It seems to me these officials at DoJ and FBI seem to forget they are indeed subject to Congressional Overview. Furthermore, even ostensibly “private” messages sent via Government provided equipment over Government Networks are in no way priveleged. Congress should subpeona all of the messages, as well as the private accounts of Strzok and Page including the cloud backups held by Apple as well.
Start Jailing FBI and DoJ Officials for Contempt of Congress until they start complying.
Representative Trey Gowdy (R, SC, Chairman House Oversight Committee) drops some hints as to the contents of the Memorandum:
By Chuck Ross, the Daily Caller
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Gowdy posed several questions to host Chris Wallace and his viewers that hinted at the allegations in the memo, which could be released by the House Intelligence Committee as early as this week.
“If you think your viewers want to know whether or not the dossier was used in court proceedings, whether or not it was vetted before it was used, whether or not it’s ever been vetted — if you are interested in who paid for the dossier, if you are interested in Christopher Steele’s relationship with Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, then, yes, you will want the memo to come out,” Gowdy told Wallace.
Just do it right and ensure it will be admissible as evidence.