The Department of Justice finally handed-over a trove of messages exchanged between anti-Trump agents at the FBI over the weekend, but admitted it was unable to retrieve at least five months of texts due to “technical reasons.”
The FBI turned over the communications to federal investigators struggling to understand the level of corruption and bias at the bureau during the 2016 election. Late last-year, senior agent Peter Strzok made national headlines when his private text messages to other agents revealed a stunning level of anti-Trump bias throughout the agency.
“The department also said in a letter to lawmakers that its record of messages sent to and from the agent, Peter Strzok, was incomplete because the FBI, for technical reasons, had been unable to preserve and retrieve about five months’ worth of communications,” writes Yahoo! News.
According to Sen. Ron Johnson, the Republican chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, the new communications span the spring and summer of 2016 and may shed light on the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server as well as the US presidential election.
The communications also include references to former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s infamous ‘tarmac meeting’ with Bill Clinton.
The FBI claims the “missing texts” are a result of “misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities.”