Read the Justice Dept. inspector general’s letter saying he has recovered missing FBI texts

The Justice Department inspector general says he has recovered missing text messages from two senior FBI officials who investigated both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and exchanged notes critical of the president.

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January 25, 2018

The Honorable Ron Johnson

Chairman

Committee on Homeland Security
and Governmental Affairs

340 Dirksen Senate Of?ce Building

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Charles E. Grassley
Chairman

Committee on the Judiciary

224 Dirksen Senate Of?ce Building
United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairmen Johnson and Grassley:

Thank you for your letter dated January 23, 2018, in which you requested
information regarding the Federal Bureau of Investigation?s (FBI) preservation of
text messages for FBI employees Lisa Page and Peter Strzok. You requested a
response by January 29, 2018.

I understand that in its letter to you dated January 19, 2018, the
Department of Justice (Department) reported that the technical system for
retaining text messages sent from or to FBI?issued mobile devices failed to
capture text messages between Ms. Page and Mr. Strzok during the period from
December 14, 2016, to May 17, 2017. The Of?ce of the Inspector General (OIG)
had similarly been advised by the FBI that this failure prevented the FBI from
producing to the OIG text messages between Ms. Page and Mr. Strzok during the
period from December 14, 2016, to May 17, 2017.

The OIG 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 that were sent or received between
December 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017. 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. Proceeding in this manner
is consistent with the process for handling Department information. As I
have noted with respect to other Department information produced to the OIG

by the Department as part of our review, I would have no objection to the
Department providing its own records to your Committees in response to a
Congressional oversight request should Department leadership deem it
appropriate to do so, and consistent with applicable law and Department policy.

I h0pe this information is helpful to the Committees and that it serves to
clarify my letter to you dated December 13, 2017. Consistent with the
practice, I look forward to providing the Department, Congress, and the public
with a report detailing our ?ndings, which will be responsive to additional
questions in your letter, as soon as our work has been completed. We also would
be pleased to discuss with your Committees Whether the OIG has the necessary
authorities, resources, and capabilities to obtain this type of evidentiary
information.

Sincerely,

Michael E. Horowitz
Inspector General

cc: The Honorable Claire McCaskill
Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security and
Governmental Affairs

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The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
Ranking Member, Committee on the Judiciary

The Honorable Trey Gowdy
Chairman, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

The Honorable Elijah Cummings
Ranking Member, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

The Honorable Bob Goodlatte
Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary

The Honorable Jerrold Nadler
Ranking Member, Committee on the Judiciary

The Honorable Richard Shelby

Chairman, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science,
and Related Agencies

Committee on Appropriations

The Honorable Jeanne Shaheen

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science,
and Related Agencies

Committee on ApprOpriations

The Honorable John Culberson

Chairman, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science,
and Related Agencies

Committee on Appropriations

The Honorable Jos? Serrano

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science,
and Related Agencies

Committee on Appropriations

The Honorable Rod J. Rosenstein
Deputy Attorney General

The Honorable Christopher A. Wray
Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation