Elder Patriot – Missing evidence in an agency as neurotically meticulous as the FBI prides itself in being raises red flags. When that missing evidence immediately follows a significant discovery it becomes even more concerning.
The fact that the FBI has been left trying to explain the five-month stretch of missing messages that cover a period of time from President Trump’s election, the firings of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James Comey and the standing-up of former FBI Director Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russian officials during the 2016 election is more than somewhat suspicious.
The fact these messages went missing immediately following a text referencing a “secret society” within the Department of Justice and the FBI the day after Trump’s victory, only adds to suspicions that these missing text weren’t lost by accident.
The missing texts span a five-month period until the day both Strzok and Page became part of special counsel Robert Mueller ‘s team. Seriously. It couldn’t be possible the messages were erased under orders from Mueller himself, could it? Or perhaps following a strong suggestion from his lead prosecutor, Andrew Weisman, who a reputation for serial prosecutorial misconduct.
Was the message referencing a “secret society” simply misunderstood because of a poor choice of words? Perhaps. But an earlier text between the two rogue agents, FBI Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page, suggested the agents were part of an “insurance policy” put into place in the event that Trump won the presidency.
That suggests that it is significantly more likely that final message – the one about the existence of a “secret society” – was missed when the agents tried covering their tracks and not some random misunderstood standalone message.
John Ratcliffe, an under-the-radar Congressman from Texas, revealed the existence of the text message that raised the red flags. Ratcliffe is a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, and he chairs the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Committee among his other committee assignments.
Following that Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), ended the speculation when he told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer that a confidential informant told his investigatory committee:
“There were indications that there were a number of high-level FBI officials that were holding secret meetings offsite. More than just Strzok and Page. But understand Strzok and Page were very high level within the FBI.”
The agents were also found to be using multiple “burner” phones. Why?
Well the gig is up. Investigators can now examine the text messages that rogue agents Strzok and Page exchanged during the ensuing five months – the texts that they thought they had erased or that an accomplice inside the bureau erased – because the DOJ’s Inspector General had possession of them all along.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed this in a letter he sent to Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who had inquired about the messages.
Horowitz confirmed he received the messages on August 10, 2017 soon after he had submitted a request for them.