DOJ finds missing Strzok / Page text messages

The Department of Justice says it has recovered five months worth of text messages that the FBI claimed it had lost due to a "technical misconfiguration." The exchanges were between two former special counsel investigators: Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said this week that he had asked the inspector general to figure out if the text messages — roughly 50,000 — were retrievable.

“Our effort to recover any additional text messages is ongoing,” Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Thursday, adding copies will be provided to Justice Department leadership so it can then determine “any management action it deems appropriate.”

Horowitz also said he “would have no objection” to the Justice Department providing the messages to the two committees as part of their respective document requests.

The messages between FBI agents Strzok and Page have come under scrutiny primarily by GOP lawmakers who say that they are proof of political bias against President Trump in the Russia investigations and in the FBI overall.

Strzok was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling after anti-Trump messages between him and Page were revealed. Strzok also worked on the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

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