For the last few weeks, the right-wing tubes have lit up with claims that the FBI is trying to cover up a smoking gun that supposedly proves the investigation into Russia’s effort to hack the election is a witch hunt.
Earlier this week, the Department of Justice revealed that the FBI failed to preserve a text message exchange between FBI counterintelligence expert Peter Strzok and FBI in-house attorney Lisa Page containing a number of attacks on Trump disappeared. Strzok, you will recall, was bounced from Robert Mueller’s investigative team after these texts came to light.
Oh, how the wingnuts howled. Sean Hannity, for instance, railed that this was proof positive of an anti-Trump conspiracy in the Hoover Building. Watch here.
Others picked up the cry.
Sessions must be roaring like a lion because he’s finding those texts. Just another nail in the coffin for the FBI who sought to interfere in our election! All must be fired @POTUS❗️ #StopTheWitchHunt#TheFixWasIn#SecretSociety#ObamaGate#CorruptFBI#RedWaveRising2018 pic.twitter.com/ERfiePLRMQ
— Nina Tomasieski (@NinaMorton) January 25, 2018
My guess is Mueller is racing to "interview" @RealDonaldTrump before his own investigation further implodes with revelations of illegal anti-Trump actions/bias from the "Memo" and text messages. #ReleaseTheMemo https://t.co/3HmoaPt1Z3
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 25, 2018
AN EXPLANATION FOR PEOPLE BORN YESTERDAY: Is it really believable that the FBI simply lost months of texts between its rogue officials?
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) January 25, 2018
The FBI “LOST” 5 months of important texts surrounding an investigation into the President of the USA just like Hillary “ACCIDENTALLY” deleted over 30,000 emails… 🤔🤔🤔
I’m seeing a pattern here.
— Jack Murphy (@RealJack) January 25, 2018
And it went all the way to the top.
Where are the 50,000 important text messages between FBI lovers Lisa Page and Peter Strzok? Blaming Samsung!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2018
In one of the biggest stories in a long time, the FBI now says it is missing five months worth of lovers Strzok-Page texts, perhaps 50,000, and all in prime time. Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2018Loading...
But there’s just one problem. There’s no there there. And even the fair and balanced network knows it. Fox News’ own Department of Justice correspondent, Jake Gibson, spoke with federal law enforcement officials who told him that a massive technical glitch resulted in the loss of thousands of texts from phones belonging to 10 percent of the FBI’s employees from December 16, 2016 through May 21, 2017. It turns out that Strzok and Page were ensnared in this hiccup.
This outbreak of journalism from Fox News dovetails with what Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr found on Tuesday afternoon. He told CNN’s Manu Raju that the missing texts weren’t a big deal.
BURR doesn’t share same alarm as Trump over missing FBI texts. “I’m not going to read anything into it other than it may be a technical glitch at the bureau.The fact that they have provided the rest of them certainly doesn’t show an intent to try to withhold anything,” he told us
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 23, 2018
Lo and behold, on Thursday, the FBI revealed that it had indeed tracked down the texts. FBI inspector general Michael Horowitz told Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley and Senate Homeland Security chairman Ron Johnson that the recovery effort is still well underway. Gibson got a copy of the letter.
— Jake Gibson (@JakeBGibson) January 25, 2018
For those of you keeping score, roughly 48 hours elapsed between the time we learned those emails disappeared and the time they were recovered. Gee, you would think that if the FBI really wanted to make those texts disappear down the rabbit hole in order to screw Trump, Horowitz would have dragged his feet in tracking them down.
But that didn’t stop some of the deplorables from taking a victory lap.
FBI texts found? Hillary Clinton just had another seizure and I think Barack Obama is gonna make a run for it, he just bought a white Ford Bronco
— 🎙Wayne Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) January 25, 2018
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) January 25, 2018
How can anyone ever trust our federal "criminal justice" system again?
Text were lost….Until pressure was applied. Like magic, the texts are found.
This is a total disgrace.https://t.co/JS9d5XOL3m
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) January 25, 2018
Such is life in the world of alternative facts. Just about anything that can be seen as remotely detrimental to Trump is a massive conspiracy to destroy the republic. It’s very telling that when Fox News and a Republican committee chairman say this is baloney, it’s not enough to get people off the ceiling.
(featured image courtesy David Shane, available under a Creative Commons BY-SA license)