(National Sentinel)Â Discovered:Â The Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General has located more text messages between anti-Trump FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, bureau lawyer Lisa Page, after the agency said it had “lost” five months’ worth of texts due to a technical glitch.
In a letter to key congressional committees, IG MichaelÂ Michael Horowitz said his office â€œsucceeded in using forensic tools to recover text messages from FBI devices, including text messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page that were sent or received between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017,”Â Fox News reported.
â€œOur effort to recover any additional text messages is ongoing,â€ Horowitz said. â€œWe will provide copies of the text messages that we recover from these devices to the Department so that the Departmentâ€™s leadership can take any management action it deems appropriate.â€
The news network reported further that messages were recovered after the IG took physical possession of “at least four phones” that were issued to the pair.
News of the IG’s recover comes afterÂ Fox News host Sean Hannity revealed Wednesday night that multiple government sources had informed him that messages were beginning to be recovered.
Initial reports that the FBI had lost five months’ worth of text messages from scores of department-issued cellphones set off alarm bells in Congress, particularly among Republican lawmakers investigating whether the Obama administration improperly spied on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
DOJ notified congressional committees that there is a gap in records between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017. TheÂ gap in records covered a crucial period, raising suspicion among GOP lawmakers about how those messages disappeared.
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