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

Greg Nash

President Trump 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.”

{mosads}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 Clinton’s use of a private email server, was removed last summer from special counsel Robert Mueller’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 Sessions 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.”

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