Federal Bureau of Investigation did not keep texts between agents involved in Clinton, Trump probes

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The text messages between Strzok and Page, who were having an extramarital affair, suggested that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch knew there'd be no charges filed against Clinton before the investigation into her use of a private server ended and spoke of "pressure" to wrap up the probe after Trump secured the GOP nomination.

On Sunday, the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said the FBI recently admitted it had failed to preserve the text messages exchanged between FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and his mistress and FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

In a response letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Johnson wanted to know why the FBI did not preserve the text messages from the missing the five month period. One of the new messages mentions a language change in the statement then-FBI Director James Comey would read to America exonerating Hillary Clinton of any wrongdoing in the email probe. Page was an FBI lawyer also involved in Mueller's investigation.

"Yeah, that is very bad timing", Page agreed.

In another more cryptic exchange, Strzok spoke of an "insurance policy" that the Federal Bureau of Investigation sought to take out in case Trump defeated Clinton in the election.

Citing "misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI's collection capabilities", Boyd explained that "data that should have been automatically collected and retained for long-term storage and retrieval was not collected". Some Republican lawmakers have contended the communication reveals the and the Mueller team to be politically tainted and biased against Trump - assertions Wray has flatly rejected.

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But, according to the letter, the told the department that its system for retaining text messages sent and received on bureau phones had failed to preserve communications between and Page over a five-month period between December 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017. He also asks for the "scope and scale" of any other records from the Clinton investigation that have been lost.

"MYE" stands for "midyear exam" and was the FBI case name for the Clinton email investigation.

Strzok was a veteran counterintelligence agent who worked on the Clinton email case and was later reassigned on the team investigating ties between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign. Lynch's announcement came days after it was revealed that the attorney general and former President Bill Clinton had an impromptu meeting aboard her plane in Phoenix.

Comey announced that he would not recommend charges against Clinton during a press conference on July 5, 2016.

The messages were exchanged before Clinton was even interviewed by the FBI, seeming to indicate Comey had made up his mind before finishing the investigation.

As noted by Ross, May 17, 2017 is of particular significance.

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