President Trump tore into FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller over his decision to erase nearly 20,000 text messages between disgraced FBI investigator Peter Strzok and his paramour, FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
“Wow, 19,000 Texts between Lisa Page and her lover, Peter S [Strzok] of the FBI, in charge of the Russia Hoax, were just reported as being wiped clean and gone. Such a big story that will never be covered by the Fake News. Witch Hunt!” he tweeted Saturday.
Wow, 19,000 Texts between Lisa Page and her lover, Peter S of the FBI, in charge of the Russia Hoax, were just reported as being wiped clean and gone. Such a big story that will never be covered by the Fake News. Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2018
Earlier this week, the Department of Justice Inspector General released a report stating that thousands of text messages between Strzok and Page couldn’t be recovered because Mueller’s team wiped them from their phones before handing them over as evidence.
“SCO’s [Office of the Special Counsel] Records Officer told the OIG that as part of the office’s records retention procedure, the officer reviewed Strzok’s DOJ issued iPhone after he returned it to the SCO and determined it contained no substantive text messages,” the watchdog report reads.
So Mueller’s team wiped ALL of the data off of Peter Strzok’s iPhone after determining “it contained no substantive text messages.” Given what we know about Strzok, this smells like quite the coverup. Time for Congress to step in?https://t.co/mOgpBbDVO4 pic.twitter.com/9w2mEPK64C
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) December 13, 2018
Stzrok testified to Congress last summer, telling Rep. Issa (R-Calif.) that it’s a “safe assumption” he sent messages to Page from his personal phone similar in tone to the widely-publicized messages attacking Trump and his supporters.