Trump labels missing FBI texts ‘one of the biggest stories in a long time’

Trump labels missing FBI texts ‘one of the biggest stories in a long time’
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE early Tuesday cast a spotlight on recent revelations that the FBI was unable to keep a record of six months worth of text messages from two officials, calling it “one of the biggest stories in a long time.”

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The FBI notified lawmakers late last week that it was unable to preserve some text messages exchanged between agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page.

The bureau said messages sent between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017, were not maintained because of issues with many of the mobile phones given to agents. The FBI did not provide a specific number of texts that were missing. 

Strzok, who also worked on the FBI’s investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE’s use of a private email server, was removed last summer from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerGraham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' House progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller MORE’s probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia after it was discovered he and Page exchanged anti-Trump messages. They also criticized other candidates in their exchanges.

Several Republicans have used Strzok to suggest Mueller’s investigation is biased against the president.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAmash: Some of Trump's actions 'were inherently corrupt' 'Persuadable' voters are key to the 2020 election — and the non-screaming news industry Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general MORE on Monday announced the Justice Department will investigate the missing messages.

Trump has frequently clashed with the FBI while in office, attacking specific bureau leaders and saying its reputation is in “tatters.”