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BREAKING: Strzok and Page Text Messages Recovered by the DOJ

The missing text messages have been at the center of a swirling controversy...

The Department of Justice has recovered missing text messages from FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, according to Fox News.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote a letter on Thursday for Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

According to Horowitz’s letter, the Office of the Inspector General “has been investigating this matter and, this week, succeeded in using forensic tools to recover text messages from FBI devices, including text messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page.”

Horowitz clarified, “Our effort to recover any additional text messages is ongoing. We will provide copies of the text messages that we recover from these devices to the Department so that the Department’s leadership can take any management action it deems appropriate.”

Initial reports appeared on Wednesday night that the DOJ had begun recovering some of the texts. The missing text messages have been at the center of a swirling controversy after congressional committees were notified by the DOJ that there were missing records from Dec. 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017.

President Trump chimed in on Twitter on Wednesday night:

Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page were the focus of scrutiny in December 2017 after a series of text messages were publicized (which were outside of the missing time period from Dec., 2016 to May, 2017) and revealed their combined antipathy for Trump. Peter Strzok was removed from Robert Mueller’s special counsel in July 2017 after the politically charged texts were uncovered by the DOJ.

The most controversial text was sent by Strzok to Page, as reported by CNN:

Later in a text from August 15, 2016, Strzok tells Page: “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office” – an apparent reference to Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe – “that there's no way he gets elected – but I'm afraid we can't take that risk. It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40 . . . ." Page does not appear to have responded, according to records reviewed by CNN.

Washington will wait and see if anything substantial comes from the recovered text messages, or if the lost texts were just a big coincidence. Time will tell.

Coincidence, my rear. I think we know that it was not a coincidence. What we do not know is if they have stalled for long enough to comb through all of them and remove any incredibly damaging ones. Then release the pile and claim they are all there. Who would know the difference if they do a good job scrubbing?

So, in the 2016 election, the National Rifle Association supported Hillary Clinton to be President, right? I mean, that's the logic here. There were probably a few members of the NRA who voted for Hillary, just like there were some member of the GOP or various churches, etc. FBI agents are human beings (unless the conspiracy theory I'm about to propose is right and they're all Ancient Aliens from Uranus). Figure some of them despise Trump and didn't want him elected. That doesn't mean the whole of the FBI was involved in some conspiracy against him, just like a few NRA member voting for Hillary Clinton doesn't mean the NRA as a whole supported her.

The NRA is a political, lobbying organization. The FBI is a non-partisan, intelligence organization. If members of the FBI were working to undermine a sitting president... uh, that's a pretty damn big deal.

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In addition to Matt's point, these aren't just some random FBI agents. Strzok was on the team investigating the President. That is a major issue even if he was the only person who felt that way. If he was stationed in Colorado Springs, dealing with other issues, it wouldn't matter too much.

And let's not forget the reference to Andy McCabe. He's not some low level NRA member voting for Hillary Clinton.

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