Justice Dept IG accused of FBI-wide software error for missing Strzok-page news

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In a comprehensive report Thursday, the Department of Justice’s internal watchdog issued debt a technical error for a swath of missing text messages between the anti-Trump, ex-FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa page-and showed that the government issued mobile phones by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, Strzok and side-swept had, all clean according to Strzok was fired from the Russian probe.

The DOJ Inspector General (IG), said that, with the help of the Department of Defense, it was able to discover thousands of missing SMS messages written by Strzok, and page, and sent her FBI-issued Samsung phones from December 15, 2016 to may 17, 2017, “as well as hundreds of other text messages outside of the gap time-the time that has not been manufactured by the FBI due to technical problems with his text message collection tool.”

But if the IG went on the search for the iPhones separately Strzok and page of the Müller issued team were told the investigators that “[Strzok s] iPhone had been reset to the factory settings and re-configured for the new user to which the device was issued.”

The records officer, the special counsel told the IG that “as part of the office for the records retention procedure, the officer checked Strzok, the DOJ issued iPhone, after he included it again in the SCO and determined there is no material text messages.”

The officer wrote a note in the official log for the review Strzok the phone: “No substantive texts, notes, or reminders.” But the officer said that the IG, you have “to remind you, if there are any text messages on Strzok phone,” although, “she made an identical log entry for an iPhone, you checked one of the other employees on the same day that they remembered specifically that no SMS messages.”

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Strzok has been allegedly removed from Müller’s team in the summer of 2017, after the FBI discovered he was sending politically charged anti-Trump-text-messages-including a number of had been to the side, with whom he was engaged in an extramarital affair. In a message, Strzok page assured that Trump would not be President, because “We don’t stop,” it happens. Strzok has been fired from the FBI in August.


Similarly, the IG ‘s were told by the investigators that the special counsel’s office was simply “not the iPhone, with which before the page is that returned been had to the DOJ justice Management Division (JMD)” after you left the Müller team at 15. July, 2017.

More than a year later, in September 2018, the JMD said, it page iPhone had been found and turned it in the IG. But, as Strzok had been set back to the phone “on page iPhone to the factory settings on the 31. July 2017,” even if it has not been assigned to a new FBI officials. Page, the FBI announced in may.

“Neither [Müller’ s office], JMD, the office of the Chief Information Officer had reflected on the records dealt with or the device, set it to the side turned in their iPhone on July 14, 2017,” the IG reported.

Senior DOJ leaders said the IG, that it is routine to reset iPhone before you reassinged to new users, and according to a forensic examination, was not able to find the IG, “with associated data-to-side, the use of the device” on the wiped phone.

In contrast to with Strzok, the telephone, the records officer on Müller ‘ s team, that “you have not received the phone the following page is the deviation of the [special counsel’s office] and, therefore, do not give page the iPhone for records that may need to be maintained, before the phone has been reset.”

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While the FBI maintains a system to wirelessly collect SMS messages sent or received, FBI-issued mobile devices, the IG found that the system had failed, systemically, during Strzok and page SMS.

“Approximately 9,311 SMS were restored messages from Strzok [phone], while the tool for the detection of failure-time”, written in the IG. “Approximately 10,760 SMS messages have been restored, from the side, [phone], while the tool for the detection of failure-period.”

The Agency switched to a new model of phone agents in the midst of the problems with the automated system, according to the IG. And in its response to the IG report, the FBI “SMS collection to fail, and the rate of collection failure, was a theme that worked for the FBI, and corrected since its identification in 2014.”

“During the calendar year 2017, the FBI phased out the use of Samsung Galaxy S5 devices by their employees and replaced them with the Samsung Galaxy S7 devices because the software and other problems that prevents the data tool sent for the collection of reliable capturing of text and receive messages issued through the FBI, the Samsung Galaxy SS mobile devices,” the IG.


The development comes as a Strzok-one of the two agents that interviewed personally, as the National security Advisor, Michael Flynn fired at the White house in January 2017 — is in the midst of yet another allegation of possible misconduct. The former FBI-Director James Comey has admitted that the decision Strzok interview, Flynn, broke, without a detour via the White house Counsel’s office Protocol.

The judges prepare to set Flynn on a number of Strzok in this interview, about whether he had spoken about sanctions, with the then Russian Ambassador has appointed Müller for the production of documents, by Friday, after Flynn allegedly in a bomb submission that the FBI pressured him not to bring a lawyer to the meeting. Flynn will be sentenced Dec. 18, but the new revelations of delay, the date or more, unhoped-for developments in Flynn’s case, could.

Strzok has adamantly denied wrongdoing in a fiery congressional testimony, to say that, while he had political opinions, he does not allow it to affect his work. In their court filing on Tuesday, Flynn ‘ s legal team seemingly in a shot took on Strzok for the responsibility.

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“Even if the circumstances later came to light that the extensive public debate on the identification of General Flynn, including the revelation that certain FBI involved officials, will be asked in the January 24 interview with General Flynn himself is being investigated for misconduct, General Flynn did not wrote again away from accepting responsibility for his actions,” Flynn’s lawyers.

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Texts published in the September Strzok and page are discussing a “media leak strategy” in the midst of the Russia-probe-as a Strzok lawyer claimed that to stop the text only the above-mentioned efforts, leaks. Two text exchanges in April 2017 between Strzok and, in particular, the attention of Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N. C., who wrote a letter to the Ministry of justice argues that the texts raised “serious concerns” about an “obvious systemic culture of the media leaks” in the FBI.


“I had literally just gone to find this phone to tell you I want to talk with you about the media leak strategy with the DOJ, before you go,” Strzok texted page on April 10, 2017, according to meadows, the quoted recently created documents from the Ministry of justice.

In response, Strzok lawyer, Aitan Goelman, the line in question, referred to an effort to stop leaks.

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“The term ‘media-leak strategy’ in Mr Strzok text refers to a Department-to recognize-wide initiative and to stop leaks to the media. The President and his “enablers” are once again peddling baseless conspiracy theories to deceive the American people,” he said in a statement.

On April 22, though, Strzok said, “is article! Well the page is made,” and on April 12 he told her that two negative articles on the page “namesake” would be coming soon, according to meadows. This was an obvious reference to Carter page, of the former trump-adviser, the FBI monitored for months after the receipt of a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court. Meadows’ first letter to Rosenstein explains, “Well done, page,” text was sent on April 12, but in an updated letter Tuesday, he noted that it is true, in fact, later in the month.

In April 11, 2017, the Washington Post, a story was published with the title “FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor the former trump adviser to Carter page. The article, citing “law enforcement and other U.S. officials,” reported that the DOJ and the FBI was convinced a FISA judge, there was “to believe probable cause that page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia.”

The SMS-exchange “should lead reasonable people to question, to examine whether there is a sincere desire, misconduct or derogatory information in the media to justify to continue to probe,” meadows, who serves on the House Oversight Committee, wrote.

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