Furor Over Missing FBI Texts, 'Secret Society' Reference
The president calls it 'one of the biggest stories in a long time'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2018 10:41 AM CST
In this April 21, 2017, file photo, President Trump poses for a portrait in the Oval Office in Washington after an interview with the AP.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

(Newser) – The texts called Donald Trump a "loathsome human"—but what did the missing texts say? That's what the Justice Department is trying to find out following the weekend revelation that five months' worth of messages between veteran FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page have thus far proved unretrievable. Strzok was pulled from Robert Mueller's Russia probe over the texts, which were exchanged with Page. The two ripped on Trump, as well as other political figures, but the FBI discovered the system that archives texts didn't do so between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017, the latter being the date Mueller was appointed special counsel. Now, reaction from the president, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and others:

  • Trump's tweet: "In one of the biggest stories in a long time, the FBI says it is now missing five months worth of lovers Strzok - Page texts, perhaps 50,000, all in prime time. Wow!" the president tweeted Tuesday. Politico notes that the number of missing texts isn't known; 50,000 is the figure Strzok and Page exchanged that were recovered.

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