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Report: Justice Dept Is Withholding Vast Majority of Texts

Congressional investigators are now revealing that they’ve only received about 15% of the 50,000 text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

And that doesn’t include the newly recovered messages leading up to the appointment of Robert Mueller, which could potentially double the number of texts.

The FBI’s explanation? The rest of the texts were of a ‘personal nature’.

So the agency under investigation for corruption gets to say what’s relevant to the investigation?

That’s not gonna fly.

What’s more, these are only texts sent via government-issued phones.

But we know for a fact that Strzok and Page texted on personal phones as well.

Will investigators subpoena records from Apple? That could be an epic fight.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The Justice Department has given Congress less than 15 percent of the texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — and that is all Congress is likely to get, at least until department experts finish an effort to recover an unknown number of previously lost texts that were sent and received during a key five-month period during the Trump-Russia investigation.

There is much confusion over some basic facts of the Strzok-Page texts. How many are there? How many relate to the two most politically-charged investigations in years, the Trump-Russia probe and the Hillary Clinton email investigation? How many have been turned over to Congress? And how many are left to be turned over to Congress?

How many texts will be turned over? First, it’s not possible to know how many texts from the December 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017 time period will be recovered and turned over. But of the 50,000 the Justice Department already has in hand, officials say they have already turned over all they’re going to give to Congress.

That means Justice has decided to allow Congress to see just 4,000 to 7,000 of a total of 50,000 Strzok-Page texts — even the larger number is slightly less than 15 percent of the total number of texts the Justice Department has now. Why is that? Justice Department officials point to a January 19 letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd to Capitol Hill investigators explaining which texts would and would not be turned over.

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