WashingtonExaminer.com | Byron York | The examiner is reporting that investigators for both the House and Senate received stunning news from the FBI that the bureau "failed to preserve" texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page from December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017. In the letter to Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson, the Department of Justice stated that the texts were not recorded because of "glitches" that occurred during a change between models of the FBI-issed Samsun Galaxy phones.
The examiner goes on to further note a number of critical events that occurred between December 2016 and May 2017, including:
- Conversations between Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
- The completion and publication of the intelligence community assessment of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
- The briefing in which FBI director James Comey told President-elect Donald Trump about the Trump dossier.
- The president's inauguration.
- The nomination and confirmation of new Justice Department leadership.
- Flynn's interview with the FBI (conducted by Strzok).
- Comey's assurances to Trump that he, Trump, was not under investigation.
- A variety of revelations, mostly in the Washington Post and New York Times, about various Trump figures under investigation.
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russia probe.
- The firing of top Obama Justice Department holdover Sally Yates.
- Trump's tweet alleging he was wiretapped.
- Trump's firing of Comey.
- And, finally, on May 17, 2017 — the final day of the missing texts — the appointment of Trump-Russia special prosecutor Robert Mueller.