Legal experts say the revelation that the FBI somehow “lost” five months worth of text messages from two anti-Trump FBI employees could form the legal grounds needed to dismiss Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
The bombshell report over the weekend that months worth of text messages between anti-Trump and pro-Clinton FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page could be the legal basis to end the Russia investigation as more evidence continues to mount that suggests that the investigation is a “politically-motivated scheme.” Law and Crime reports:
Strzok has already been outed as anti-Trump, leading to his dismissal from the probe, and his past communications with Page showed a potential Justice Department bias towards Hillary Clinton. The fact that now nearly half a year’s worth of text messages between Strzok and Page during the time leading up to Robert Mueller‘s appointment as Special Counsel weren’t preserved by the Justice Department will surely fuel motions from Team Trump’s lawyers against the investigation.
Months of text messages don’t just accidentally disappear. One past conversation between Strzok and Page indicated that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch knew there would be no charges filed against Clinton well before that investigation ended. Given the significant evidence of impropriety in the Clinton case, a foregone conclusion of innocence before the FBI wrapped up their investigation looks shady at best. Trump’s lawyers will surely argue that after those messages came to light, the DOJ intentionally “lost” those five months’ worth of other messages.
The report from Law and Crime came before it was later revealed on Monday that Page and Strzok spoke of a “secret society” in their communications to each other, the meaning of which is not currently known by investigators. In a text message to Page, Strzok also spoke of an “insurance policy” in case Trump won:
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in [deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe’s] office 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…”
This does not even include the strong Democratic bias that Mueller’s team has, a team that he selected, and has plagued his investigation into alleged “collusion” between Trump campaign associates and Russian government officials.
Another recent development, the FISA memo, could prove to be of even greater significance in ending Mueller’s investigation as it supposedly details massive abuses of the program and could provide evidence that shows the surveillance warrants obtained to spy on members of the Trump campaign were improperly obtained. Multiple Republican lawmakers who have viewed the memo have demanded its immediate release to the American public, a move that Democratic lawmakers are trying to prevent.