On Thursday, Fox News reported that the Department of Justice has recovered missing text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who both were against the election of Donald Trump to the presidency.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote a letter confirming that the texts had been found to Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA); both men had expressed interest in finding them. Horowitz wrote that the DOJ “succeeded in using forensic tools to recover text messages from FBI devices, including text messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page that were sent or received between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017.”
Horowitz added, “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.”
The DOJ had previously announced that there were missing records between December 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017. Over 50,000 texts were exchanged between Strzok and Page, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Monday. He asserted, “We will leave no stone unturned to confirm with certainty why these text messages are not now available to be produced and will use every technology available to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source, If we are successful, we will update the congressional committees immediately.”
On Wednesday, federal law enforcement officials told Fox News that the supposed glitch preventing the missing messages from being loaded into the FBI’s archive system had also affected thousands of FBI cellphones.