Chaffetz: Five Months of Missing Texts Between Ex-Mueller Team Members 'Highly Suspicious'
Newly-released text messages between two romantically involved FBI agents suggest they knew in advance that Hillary Clinton would not face charges over her private email server even before she was interviewed.
The latest batch of nearly 400 pages of additional text messages between Agent Peter Strzok and attorney Lisa Page were provided to Congress on Friday. However, five months worth of text messages, from Dec. 14, 2016 through May 17, 2017, were not preserved.
Speaking on "America's Newsroom," Fox News contributor and former Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz called the missing messages "convenient."
Unreal. We've been asking for the remaining text messages between anti-Trump FBI agents (and former Mueller team members), Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The FBI now says the texts are "missing."
If it wasn't already clear we need a second special counsel, it's abundantly clear now https://t.co/nvpNY4s4QV
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 22, 2018
"The FBI 'failed to preserve' five months worth of text messages exchanged between Peter Strzok & Lisa Page, two FBI employees who made pro-Clinton & anti-Trump comments while working on the Clinton & Russia investigations." via @ChuckRossDC & @DailyCallerhttps://t.co/sHMBTWCHza
— Judicial Watch (@JudicialWatch) January 22, 2018
Chaffetz emphasized the "highly suspicious" dates, since Mueller's probe started on May 18, 2017.
"When you're talking about things ending within hours of other things starting, you really have to raise an eyebrow," he said.
Strzok and Page were pulled from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation last summer after the anti-Trump messages emerged. In one of the messages from July 1, 2016, the two discussed then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch's decision to accept the FBI's decision not to prosecute Clinton.
"Timing looks like hell," Strzok texted Page.
"Yeah, that is awful timing," Page agreed. In a later message, she added: "It's a real profile in couragw [sic], since she knows no charges will be brought."
Just days before, Lynch had triggered heavy criticism from Republicans for an airport tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton.
Chaffetz recalled that then-FBI Director James Comey stressed that no one at the Justice Department knew what he was going to announce about the Clinton probe.
"A lot of us just don't believe the Department of Justice was applying justice in a fair, even hand because it was Hillary Clinton," said Chaffetz.
Watch the segment above.