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Today, the Department of Justice's Inspector General (IG) issued a comprehensive report regarding the text messages of ex-FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and it provided an interesting look at the bigger picture of their texts.  Or more specifically, texts that were not available to the IG.

The IG had to use Department of Defense resources to uncover thousands of missing text messages written by Strzok and Page December 2016 - May 2017, but when the IG asked for Strzok's iPhone (issued to him by the FBI), investigators were told his phone had been reset to factory settings and reconfigured for its next user.

Also, according to the report, Mueller's team already reviewed Strzok's phone and determined on September 6, 2017 that it "contained no substantive text messages."  When asked by the IG whether or not the phone had any text messages on it, the special council member who reviewed the phone said "she did not recall whether there were any text messages on Strzok's phone."  Some people would call that selective memory.

As for Page's phone, Mueller's team told the IG they could not locate the phone she returned after she left the Mueller team in July 2017.  However, in September 2018, the  phone was located and turned over to the IG, but like Strzok's phone, it too had been re-set to the factory settings.  Unlike Strzok's phone, Page's phone had not been reassigned to a new FBI official.  No one had records about who handled Page's phone or who re-set it to factory settings after Page turned it in.

The IG's report on Strzok and Page's phones and text messages is an interesting read and this Fox News article provides more details than I can re-cap in this blog - it is definitely worth a read HERE.

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