Ninety percent of the Bureau was unaffected but Peter Strzok and Lisa Page both happened to be in the unlucky ~10 percent?
And the glitch happened right after the “secret society” exchange, ran through Flynn’s and Comey’s firings, and ended coincidentally as Bob Mueller was being named special counsel?
We’re going to need a little verification, please, although I don’t know whom we might get it from. The IG, who’d normally be responsible, initially claimed that he had all of Strzok’s and Page’s texts for the missing five-month period. Wrong.
Thousands of FBI cellphones were affected by the technical glitch that the DOJ says prevented five months’ worth of text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page from being stored or uploaded into the bureau’s archive system, federal law enforcement officials tell Fox News…
Fox News is told that the glitch affected the phones of “nearly” 10 percent of the FBI’s 35,000 employees.
Senior Department of Justice officials told Fox News they are “taking steps” to possibly recover the texts from the appropriate cellphone carriers. The same officials told Fox News they are also making every effort to track down the physical cellphones in question so they could be subject to a forensic review.
On the other hand, I’m as confused as Michael Warren is about another detail re: Strzok. If Strzok is at the heart of a massive DOJ conspiracy to sink Trump’s presidency involving “secret societies” and the Illuminati or whoever, why did he send Page a text two days after Mueller’s appointment telling her that his “gut sense” about Russiagate was that “there’s no there there”? If he’s been part of a conspiracy since the campaign to frame Trump for colluding with Russia, not only would he have known already if there’s any “there there,” he’s have been responsible for manufacturing it.
Still, the supposed text-erasing glitch seems awfully convenient. Verification, please. And while the FBI’s working on that, Devin Nunes and Trump should get to work on verification of his memo, too. The Democrats on Nunes’s House Intel Committee issued a statement this afternoon essentially calling him a hack who’s gamed the intelligence to write a misleading account of how the Russiagate probe came into being. Adam Schiff claims that the Dems will write a memo of their own refuting Nunes’s, which means the public will be forced to somehow tease the actual truth out of two highly partisan competing versions of it. There’s only one solution: #ReleaseTheMemo *and* release the supporting documents so that the public has some independent means of discerning what really happened. House Republicans have reportedly been leaning on Trump to declassify Nunes’s memo for public release, and he seems amenable. But it’d be shady in the extreme to declassify a partisan account of what the intelligence says without also declassifying the intelligence itself. So how about it? #ReleaseEverything.
Otherwise, says Erick Erickson, people might be forgiven for smelling a rat:
If the allegations about the FBI are substantive, why are Republican congressmen running to Fox News and other conservative outlets instead of closing doors, turning off cameras, and having a series of hearings, issuing subpoenas, etc?…
To start screaming publicly that there needs to be a Special Prosecutor not only strikes me as passing the buck and a dereliction of duty in the face of serious allegations against a part of the Executive Branch, but also rather unserious in light of the fact that the GOP controls the Executive Branch and Republicans in Congress should be able to go privately to the Attorney General, present their evidence, and seek a special prosecutor.
The FBI has asked Nunes to see his memo. Denied. The Senate Intelligence Committee, which of course is led by a Republican, has also asked to see it. Denied. The site Lawfare, which is run by Comey buddy Benjamin Wittes, dialed around to Nunes’s GOP colleagues on the House Intel Committee and asked them if they’d support releasing the memo *and* if they’re confident that the factual conclusions in it are accurate. Only two of the 12 members said yes to the second question. The other 10 didn’t reply to it, although some did reply to the question about releasing the document. Nunes’s hands are tied in terms of publishing the memo for public consumption but why not let the FBI and Richard Burr’s Senate committee see it? Is it because … Burr and other Senate Republicans have implied in the past that Nunes is prone to hyping alleged intelligence-related misdeeds for partisan reasons?
Righty media has now reached such a fever pitch about the FBI and Russiagate that Rush Limbaugh went on the air yesterday and riffed for nine minutes about how maybe, just maybe, reports of WMDs in Iraq circa 2003 weren’t an intelligence failure at all but a deliberate deception by the “deep state” to push poor George W. Bush into war on false pretenses. We’re maybe a week away from Fox News primetime speculating that Peter Strzok had a hand in 9/11. For fark’s sake, #ReleaseTheMemo without delay. It can’t possibly do more damage to public trust in the DOJ and FBI at this point than suspicions about what the memo might say are doing.
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) January 24, 2018