Thursday, January 25, 2018

DOJ Recovers Missing Text Messages Between FBI Agents

The Justice Department's inspector general has informed lawmakers that a trove of missing text messages exchanged between FBI employees has been recovered. The messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are of particular interest to Republicans who believe there is an anti-Donald Trump bias at the FBI. Strzok, who was romantically involved with Page, was a member of the FBI team investigating Hillary Clinton's email server and, later, a member of Robert Mueller's special counsel operation looking into Russia's attempt to interfere in the 2016 election.

Comments

Another Republican fever dream bites the dust.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-25 07:33 PM

The biggest thing: A lead investigator called Bill Clinton...which would be rather routine.

That seems to be it thus far.

Republicans must be disappointed but I'm sure they can make something up.

#2 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-25 07:34 PM

‘Secret Society' FBI Text Actually Began With A ‘Beefcake' Putin Calendar

The backstory to the message that's been blowing up conservative media is pretty funny.

www.huffingtonpost.com

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-25 07:49 PM

DOJ says missing FBI text messages recovered, senator backs off 'secret society' claim
Jan 25, 2018, 4:47 PM ET

"The growing saga over text messages sent between two FBI colleagues who briefly worked on special counsel Robert Mueller's team took some unexpected turns Thursday, as a cache of missing messages characterized by President Donald Trump as a major scandal had been recovered and as a top Republican backed off a claim that FBI agents formed a "secret society" to undermine Trump."

"Are you even going to give out your calendars? Seems kind of depressing. Maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society," FBI lawyer Lisa Page wrote to senior FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was working on the FBI's probe of Russian meddling in the presidential election and would later join Page for a brief period on Mueller's team.

Thursday, in the wake of news reports quoting the fuller text message, Johnson told reporters "it's a real possibility" that Strzok and Page cited a "secret society" in jest, and he said he's now considering releasing more messages sent between the pair."

abcnews.go.com

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-25 08:00 PM

This was on Redstate this morning:

So all that talk about a "secret society" within the FBI that Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson has been pimping for several days – the senator may have jumped the gun.

Or made it up. It's getting hard to tell.

[snip]

Meanwhile, he took several days of floating this alt-right-styled conspiracy theory...

[snip]

For Senator Johnson to do what he did, however, is simply irresponsible.


www.redstate.com

#5 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-25 08:07 PM

I heard Ron Johnson going off on this on NPR this morning.

He came off as a partisan tool with an axe to grind ten times bigger than the cloth Hillary wiped the server with.

He was rather hilariously unable to acknowledge that when he questions the integrity of the FBI, it calls into question the integrity of the FBI.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-25 08:49 PM

We're down to examining the idle conversation of these two people? Wow. The lack of creativity is what bothers me most. The pizza brothel was better.

#7 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-01-25 08:58 PM

Dreyfuss was guilty.

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-25 09:34 PM

Talk about a NOTHINGBURGER! And Senator Ron Johnson was publicly called out as a fool by news media today with that "secret society" --------.

#9 | Posted by e1g1 at 2018-01-25 10:42 PM

The best part of this was Senator Ron Johnson claiming a day earlier that he had "an informant" that had testified about the existence of meetings of the secret society.

"Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., on Wednesday walked back earlier comments he made about having an "informant" corroborate reports of FBI anti-Trump "secret society" meetings being held after then President-elect Trump won the 2016 election."
www.washingtonexaminer.com

Nothing shows the level of how far the GOP will blatantly lie to the public to advance their agenda than this.

#10 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-26 07:14 AM

Hey Ron Johnson,

Pro tip: Secret Societies are never actually called "Our Secret Society"

Effing doucheknuckle

#11 | Posted by leadbelly at 2018-01-26 09:58 AM

Ahhhh the GOP. Impressing the citizens of the USA with their grace, class and statesmen like qualities every day.

What a joke. And their supporters wonder why they're viewed as clowns.

#12 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-26 11:39 AM

Nothing is ever deleted

A local data recovery firm has a demo where they copy all 1s then all 0s to m plate 7 times. Then they shatter the platters and they are still able to take a PIECE of the platter and recover data. The only way to truly erase data is to melt the platters

#13 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-01-26 01:41 PM

"Nothing is ever deleted"

We never did get to see the 22 million emails that the Bush administration conveniently "lost".

I hear a portion were recovered but never released. And Bush aides were found in contempt of Congress for not complying with subpoenas in the U.S. attorney firings investigation though none were ever punished.

This just reinforces the fact that we should Lock Her Up!

#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-26 02:22 PM

This just reinforces the fact that we should Lock Her Up!

#14 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY AT 2018-01-26 02:22 PM | REPLY

We only lock up people who have been convicted of a crime. 40 years of investigations hasn't revealed any criminal activity.

It's funny how you can ignore evidence of crimes Trump has committed including video admissions and 275 times he has settled fraud cases which is a tacit admission of guilt and don't say lock him up but say lock her up despite a complete lack of evidence of crime

#15 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-01-26 03:26 PM

50,000 Text messages about Yoga and Weddings I imagine

#16 | Posted by VanDamage at 2018-01-26 07:32 PM

Re#15
And you are right, of course.

If you knew me you would know I was just being snarky..

Sorry... snarky doesn't come across too well in a blog sometimes.

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-26 07:50 PM

If you knew me you would know I was just being snarky..

#17 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

Doubtful.

#18 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2018-01-27 01:30 AM

If Strzok didn't see collusion, as anti-Trump as he was with his access to information, why are we still wasting your money (tax dollars) on Mueller? Time for him to wrap it up. Indict or move on, please.

#19 | Posted by Nuke_Gently at 2018-01-27 09:10 AM

why are we still wasting your money (tax dollars) on Mueller? Time for him to wrap it up. Indict or move on, please.

#19 | POSTED BY NUKE_GENTLY

Hold your horses partner. Are you getting nervous? If your man has done nothing then you have nothing to fear. Right?

Besides.

It ain't over until the Fat Man sings.

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-27 06:03 PM

Not nervous. Even CNN posted an article about how he can skate. Just want government to be efficient.

#21 | Posted by Nuke_Gently at 2018-01-27 06:35 PM

The best part of this was Senator Ron Johnson claiming a day earlier that he had "an informant" that had testified about the existence of meetings of the secret society.
"Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., on Wednesday walked back earlier comments he made about having an "informant" corroborate reports of FBI anti-Trump "secret society" meetings being held after then President-elect Trump won the 2016 election."
www.washingtonexaminer.com
Nothing shows the level of how far the GOP will blatantly lie to the public to advance their agenda than this.
#10 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-26 07:14 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Or, he really is being informed and performing his regurgitation as a Russian disseminator. I see all Republicans are performing this. They are all guilty. May the hunt begin.

#22 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-01-27 06:54 PM

The thing where the House was kind of amateurish and the Senate more professional; Republicans like Johnson put and end to that.

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-27 06:58 PM

Just want government to be efficient.

#21 | POSTED BY NUKE_GENTLY

How's that working out for you?

#24 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-27 07:02 PM

Regulation is going away, investments are way up, unemployment is at near record lows, and my friends are getting jobs and bonuses. People are already getting more on their paychecks. Davos seems like a success and more billions have been pledged to invest in the USA. The most recent license I applied for I received. The military helped to put ISIS on the run and even Iranian fast boats have stopped harassing US vessels. If the houses of Congress could get their act together we'd be clicking along much better. Besides the waste of time special prosecutor, Congress, and the whiny left, things are great.

#25 | Posted by Nuke_Gently at 2018-01-27 09:58 PM

"Knock, Knock"

"Who's there?"

"Mr Gently?"

"Yes?"

"It's Immigration. Your parents brought you here from Weirdodia 40 years ago, but you have no papers. Please get your things, you are leaving now."

"Wow, that's great!"

#26 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-27 10:43 PM

Even CNN posted an article about how he can skate.

What, this opinion piece by a criminal defense attorney recommending Trump take Fifth? www.cnn.com

Should he take that route you bet two things will happen.

First, he will get a grand jury subpoena. The optics of that, alone, are devastating. And remember, there is no right to have your attorney present before a grand jury and the grand jury gets to judge his credibility and demeanor as he asserts that right to each and every question asked by Mueller's team. BTW, how did it work out for the last president to get a grand jury subpoena?

Second, the court of public opinion will immediately declare him guilty. Of course, legally that's not true but the public doesn't see it that way. You've been around this place long enough to know it doesn't. Just think of the many times the Fifth has come up in threads over the years.

#27 | Posted by et_al at 2018-01-27 10:53 PM

"First, he will get a grand jury subpoena. The optics of that, alone, are devastating."

I want to agree with this, but unfortunately I don't think it will actually be all that devastating.
I think it's like Trump said; he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and not lose any supporters.

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-27 11:43 PM

If Strzok didn't see collusion ... why are we still ...

Because Strzok didn't know everything and new evidence has developed?

#29 | Posted by et_al at 2018-01-28 12:09 AM

If the houses of Congress could get their act together we'd be clicking along much better. Besides the waste of time special prosecutor, Congress, and the whiny left, things are great.

#25 | POSTED BY NUKE_GENTLY

Those Houses of Congress are a big part of the government. And nothing has changed. In fact it is worse than ever. Trump was hired to fix that and because of his hateful spite and his stable genuising he is making a fine mess of things. The Special Prosecutor is investigating him (the other big part government) because he was/is playing footsie with the Russians.

Your billionaire is supposed to be the Deal Maker. He better make a damn good deal quick or your efficient government is going to shutdown again Feb 8th.

#30 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-28 01:03 AM

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