Department of Justice investigators were unable to recover text messages Peter Strzok and Lisa Page sent during their short tenure on the special counsel’s investigation, according to a report released Thursday by the DOJ’s office of the inspector general (OIG).
According to the OIG report, iPhones issued by the special counsel’s office to Strzok and Page were reset after they left the special counsel probe in July 2017, making it impossible to retrieve text messages sent and received on those devices.
There is no allegation of wrongdoing on the part of Strzok and Page in the report, which was issued by Inspector General Michael Horowitz. But the absence of text messages from a crucial period of time prevents Congress and the public from seeing whether Strzok and Page’s anti-Trump sentiments carried over into the special counsel’s probe.
Strzok and Page exchanged tens of thousands of text messages in the months before joining the special counsel’s office. Exchanges retrieved from their FBI-issued devices showed a deep animus toward President Donald Trump. Some of the exchanges even suggested Strzok and Page, who were having an affair, actively sought to prevent Trump from becoming president.
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