"Unreal. We've been asking for the remaining text messages between anti-Trump FBI agents (and former Mueller team members), Peter Strzok and Lisa Page". Ron Johnson (R-WI), the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wrote a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray asking for an explanation of what happened with the missing text messages.
Strzok headed up the Manafort investigation before being dismissed from the Mueller team, according to the legal news site.
Strzok and Page worked in some capacity on both the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server and possible ties between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation to help influence the 2016 election.
Page was also a part of Mueller's team, but left before the text messages were discovered. Later that month, the Justice Department provided Congress with hundreds of pages of messages. Numerous concentrated on their perceptions of the 2016 race and included talks of the Clinton examination. Strzok told Page that there was significant "pressure" to conclude the Clinton investigation after Trump won the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
In the newly released texts, which were exchanged in the spring of 2016, during the presidential campaign, Page writes to Strzok that candidate Trump "simply cannot [sic] be president".
"He said that texts are missing for the period between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017".
"It depends on what FBI's retention policy is for text messages".
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Strzok has already been outed as anti-Trump, leading to his dismissal from the probe, and his past communications with Page showed a potential Justice Department bias towards Hillary Clinton.
An original statement was going to reveal that Clinton wrongly used her personal email in an exchange with "the president while Secretary Clinton was on the territory of such an adversary".
Johnson's weekend letter said his committee received 384 pages of new Strzok-Page texts late Friday. Republican officials have fought the correspondence uncovers the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Mueller group to be politically polluted and one-sided against Mr. Trump - statements Wray has straight rejected.
In another exchange, the two express displeasure about the timing of Lynch's announcement that she would defer to the FBI's judgment on the Clinton investigation.
Lynch made that announcement after TV news cameras filmed her having a private conversation with former President Bill Clinton at a Phoenix airport. Was the "follow up call" Page brought up work-related or was that personal. And Page appears to mockingly allude to Lynch's choice to acknowledge the FBI's decision for the situation as a "genuine profile in courag (e) since she knows no charges will be brought".
The messages were exchanged before Clinton was even interviewed by the FBI, seeming to indicate Comey had made up his mind before finishing the investigation.