On Wednesday night, Fox News host Sean Hannity reported exclusively that the Department of Justice is currently in the process of recovering the missing text messages from anti-Trump FBI employees.
The missing text messages are reportedly between anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Stzrok and FBI attorney Lisa Page, who showed strong political bias in their communications and spoke of an "insurance policy" in case Donald Trump became president.
Hannity said that DOJ sources have successfully started to recover some of the missing texts between Strzok and Page, although the content of the recovered texts is not currently known. This development comes after officials learned about the disappearance of five months worth of text messages from December 14, 2016, through May 17, 2017.
The Daily Wire reported earlier on Wednesday that officials had indicated that the "glitch" that caused the texts to go missing had affected thousands of cellphones at the FBI. CBS News Justice Department reporter Paula Reid noted that the DOJ confirmed that the period of time that data was lost for the other cellphones was longer than just five months, instead spanning an entire year.
The Daily Wire further noted:
Nearly all of the groundwork that laid the foundation for the Russia investigation took place between June 2016 and May 2017. The first dossier report from former British spy Christopher Steele was on June 20 and the FBI began its investigation in late July. The five-month period of missing texts between Strzok and Page ends on May 17, 2017, the same day that Robert Mueller was appointed the special counsel in the Russia investigation.