Special Counsel Team Erased Lisa Page and Peter Strzok Phones After Being Notified of Biased Messages by Inspector General…

Another Inspector General Michael Horowitz report; ..another exercise in futility.

The DOJ Office of Inspector General has filed a 35-page report (full pdf below) outlining the issues with recovery of text messages from devices belonging to FBI attorney Lisa Page and FBI agent Peter Strzok.

Page and Strzok transferred to the special counsel team when Robert Mueller took over the counterintelligence investigation, ie. “muh Russia”.  Within the report the IG notes that after the special counsels office was notified of the biased text messaging identified by Strzok and Page; and after Mueller removed them from the investigative team; the phones issued to Ms. Page and Mr. Strzok were reset removing any communication during their time on the special counsel team from discovery.  Here’s the pertinent part:

The full IG report is below.

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At this point it really is an exercise in futility to hold out hope that any corruption within the DOJ and FBI will be brought to the surface by Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

As Horowitz goes through the details and circumstances surrounding the efforts undertaken by his office to retrieve the messages; and against the backdrop of almost identical conclusions within his prior two reports on McCabe leaking and FBI bias; the IG ends by saying all standard procedures were followed and there’s no evidence of bad intentions by the participants.

Nothing to see here…. move along, move along.

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423 Responses to Special Counsel Team Erased Lisa Page and Peter Strzok Phones After Being Notified of Biased Messages by Inspector General…

  1. Vor Daj says:

    My heart is sick and sad. The American Lady of Justice is dying. From where the sun now stands, I will hate the DOJ, FBI and CIA forever.

    Liked by 10 people

    • lemmus1 says:

      Chief Joseph

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    • Orson says:

      TIME to get thst second passport (if you don’t already have one). Time to dust it off and update it. American liberty is over. (IT was a good run, even the Founders would have to admit.)

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      • TigerBear says:

        I’ll be damned!! I will NOT RUN!! We either stand and fight or lose everything, and as old as I am, I will fight with all who are willing. NEVER GIVE UP, or GIVE IN!! They can only kill us once and God willing we get many more of them. Yes, if need be I will lay my life down for this GREAT NATION, as our children and grandchildren will be faced with tyranny otherwise!

        The dimms want you thinking just as you are, as they will burn this nation down in order to rule over the ash heap as they care nothing for America except for what they can make selling off her broken pieces.

        Frustration, irritation and outright anger is the norm right now….but we will prevail!!! 👍🏽👍🏽🙂

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    • chipin8511 says:

      IG report is where the truth goes to die per Douglas Gabriel americanintelligencemedia.com

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    • hoop says:

      NSA has ALL THE TEXTS – and even recordings of the phone conversations.

      All Page and Strzok texts can be pulled up easily.

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  2. Chieftain says:

    hearing
    ron johnson
    sco
    corruption is institutionalized
    will Congress assert itself?

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    • pete says:

      congress is as corrupt as the doj and fbi and state and all therest of them

      Liked by 2 people

    • shirley49 says:

      Not until we get more bulldogs in there like TRUMP

      Liked by 1 person

      • James Carpenter says:

        The recent mid-terms demonstrated either an intransigent apathy/ignorance on the voter’s part or an insurmountable machine able to “harvest” votes as needed.
        When ballots fail only bullets remain. And who is gonna start shooting who?
        You? Me?
        Against a Deep State, where could one reasonably start?
        Nope. We had our chance Nov 6 and now hope fizzles, the only heat coming from sparks of strong emotional statements, preached to and heard by the choir.

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  3. Who is going to do the least amount of work – Huber or Whitaker?

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  4. Blind no longer says:

    This is just what I expected! A year ago I would not have believed that these people would be sooo blatant in their corruption and would never have believed they would openly violate the law…however what’s even more unbelievable and blatantly in your face corrupt, is the OIG stating of they just did what they always do…no violation…no cover up… no outrage at their actions!!!! Horowitz just as corrupt as the rest!! We are a banana republic!

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  5. Casey’s Ghost says:

    With apoligies to Bruce Cockburn
    “… powers in high places, stir up eddies in the dust of rage”
    add to that ,,, “ today these eyes scan bleached out land for the coming of the outbound stage, pacing the cage”

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  6. Drain the swamp! says:

    How does Trump get out of this AWFUL mess?

    Liked by 5 people

  7. 6x47 says:

    Seems to me there needs to be a criminal referral for obstruction of justice against the Special Counsel and whoever wiped the phones.

    Can I get a criminal referral?

    Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

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    • NC Patriot says:

      Maybe Judge Sullivan will oblige.

      Liked by 2 people

      • stephenbaze says:

        Horowitz was a known collaborator over a year ago, nothing new.

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        • Deplorable_Infidel says:

          “a known collaborator over a year ago, nothing new”

          I have seen his name on this list, but he was one of the most vocal IG’s protesting against BHO’s neutering of the IG positions. As sundance has pointed out (in a post last week, I believe), the IG just does the report. The swamp critters that review it are the ones that do the redacting (and removal of things before the redaction’s).

          https://aim4truth.org/2018/01/03/deep-state-shadow-government-revealed-senior-executive-service/

          These the are the “Obama Holdouts” that still control the executive branch of government a full year after Trump has come to office. Obama expanded the existing program of Deep State managers and appointed over 7,000 of the 8,156 bosses who are called the Senior Executive Service. Some call it the “Shadow Government”, and it is true that this federal cabal works in the shadows

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  8. icthematrix says:

    The cause is likely lost. We placed hope in those assigned to discover the root evil and crimes, but they are every bit as shallow, compromised and dependent on the feed trough as all the others. One, gigantic, woven ball of serfs, beholden to their masters for their generous salaries and benefits. The entire lot…Sessions, Huber, Horowitz and more, rotten to the core.

    Our President has some bullets for his gun, but no wonder he holds them for leverage. It’s the only play he has for potential survival. I believe a small group of patriots in our party have the courage to try. So many more do not, many others are defiant and threatened by PDJT, and the deep state socialists can’t wait to destroy him. The tentacles are starting to stretch out for our President…even as they position for their power spot in the House. I pray the wall is funded before January, but not holding my breath.

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    • avi says:

      its not necessarily lost ,
      BUT
      all the BS pushed by people about Q, Trust Sessions. He’s got it, wait the midterms etc etc, was likely pay-op against us with concern trolls and useful idiots pushing it. Thank goodness that nonsense has been debunked. we have to unify and fight the left and the corrupt muller type 24/7

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    • lemmus1 says:

      Barr, once confirmed, could name an SC with CF/e-mail/Spygate in his scope

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    • Michael Jones says:

      He should put the SeaBees and the Army Engineers to work and fund it with Defense money. Tell Pelosi to GFH!

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    • lanahi says:

      “The cause is likely lost”, so lose hope, sit down, shut up and accept it or die. Hope I never have to share a fox hole with anyone with your views. But I guess that is what is effectively happening. Surrender is next?

      All we know is what is being reported, and we don’t know that either. We get only hints at the real truth of the situation, but we can miss those hints easily enough or misinterpret them. Too many of us are interpreting it all in light of our past conditioning, not realizing we have never truly been here before and the situation is unique in our history. “It won’t ever change” because it never has. “They are too powerful and we lose.” “Nothing is happening.”

      Our opponents are worthy adversaries. So are we. But their side and propaganda is all we hear about. So do we believe them? What a head fake they are doing just through being louder!

      About 10% of patriots won the first American revolution, I hear. Undoubtedly they almost lost many times. One battle was won, another lost, others appeared to be a win or loss when they weren’t. Still others appeared to be more or less important in light of the overall picture than they were. But the patriots continued to fight because they believed enough in their cause. They did not over-trivialize the strength of their opponents, but they didn’t under-estimate their own strengths either. And they knew this was something new…they had never been there before and could not judge outcomes based on history. So they continued to believe and WILL it to be so. They did not spread pessimism for the cause. They KNEW it would happen, and it did.

      So now we are in the second American revolution. Whether we lose or not depends on us.

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  9. ATheoK says:

    IPhones run a regular backup to the Apple cloud.

    I suppose these clowns and Horowitz never bothered to inquire of Apple about that backup.

    Nor did they check with NSA to see if the texts were captured.

    Liked by 4 people

    • CM-TX says:

      It was reported that during the wiping phase, both phones had been sent to Apple directly… & truly restored to “factory default settings”.🤨

      (Hannity Radio Show – earlier today)

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      • lanahi says:

        And that is probably true. But NSA also has most or all of it captured.
        They let a lot of the bad actors continue on long after they knew what these actors were doing. They continued to be employed or have security clearances. Don’t you think that time was useful as they watched the cover-ups going on, even while servers and phones were wiped and emails erased?
        Safeguards were put into place as soon as they knew about the coup, which has been for a long time now, and players monitored as soon as identified or even before then. These players are rank amateurs compared to military intelligence and NSA, and they continually prove that. They are, in fact, stupid. From the time they were known to now, they have themselves been under surveillance, wiretapped, monitored in every way, but they think they can get away with destroying anything? Really stupid!

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    • Jbird says:

      AtheoK, Exactly NSA has database of all communications. A person of authority made this statement early durning the Hillary email debacle, he was ostracized for openly admitting the point.
      I’m so fed-up with the internal cabal of actors getting away with flagrant crime rubbed in our face. If no one with clout & respect is willing to stand up & call out the obvious corruption what’s the point in all this. As an observer with no clout to it’s moral torture to observe blatant corruption.

      Why the hell did Epstein get away with abusing underage girls, those violated victims are hearing loud & clear that they do not matter. Basically they are being victimized again, ripping the scabs to endure more pain & rage for no justice.

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  10. Davenh says:

    Sundance made the observation last week that PDJT appears to be focused on the MAGA economy in liue of pursuing the swamp critters. I can’t disagree with that assertion, the evidence seems to point that way. Unfortunately, the longer we suffer under a two tier justice system the more crap we will have to endure. This is sure to breed resentment among Trump supporters and there is no guarantee that Trump will benefit from that anger. I believe Trump is a genius politically, but fear that if the swamp isn’t dealt with decisively in the next two years then our moment will have past. We need some high value scalps. Large enough so the msm can’t ignore it.

    Liked by 3 people

    • AModerateMan says:

      A good start to your wish Davenh would be for Flynn’s judge to decide in favor of Flynn in some way positive. If after he reads all of the information he has requested and nothing happens for the better to this patriot, then the muck just get’s deeper and Flynn is swallowed up.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Orson says:

      Angello Codevilla in October (SEE American Mind from Claremont Inst) averred that we are in the opening phases of a New Revolution. This late first period has seen massive disappointment: not half-way to a wall to secure national sovereignty, not half-way to restoring the Rule of Law and the constitution…. Does one-tenth count? Codevilla predicted our disappointed FRUSTRATION. What we do or fail to do with that is the will that writ the future.

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    • lanahi says:

      Don’t you think President Trump knows all that too? He knows it would be political suicide to let all of it go without major prosecutions. Besides that, he personally doesn’t want to let it go.
      He also knows he needs more friendly judges. He also knows that, whatever he doesn’t get done with the economy NOW isn’t going to get done. He also knows he can’t put a noose around Hillary’s and Obama’s heads tomorrow without having to declare martial law and having half the nation riot.
      There is no question that investigations and grand juries were and are going on, as evidenced by continual references to them in front of congress and elsewhere. Huber and his 470 investigators aren’t just gone off fishing while getting paid for nothing. He, Horowitz, Witaker, and Wray have had several meetings lately in safe rooms…for some reason. There have been recent raids in Little Rock, Arkansas…with boxes and boxes of files taken off in plane loads to DC. There’s still those pesky high levels of sealed indictments. Where are some of our formerly very public and vocal bad actors lately? Judges, including Sullivan in the Flynn case, are making their own inroads towards transparency. Sullivan was one of the latest chess moves. Wonder why Contreras, who was supposed to oversee that sentencing hearing, suddenly recused himself?
      Think.
      It is known that the EO on military tribunals takes effect January 1, 2019. It is known that Gitmo is being prepared, with new hospital beds and barracks and 800 new guards, while there are only 45 prisoners or less total! General Kelly was there recently to look over the preparations. They were told to expect “high level prisoners, including American politicians”. And there was a reason Graham asked Kavanaugh about military tribunals for civilians, adding that some who were prosecuted were put to death.
      Are you paying attention to Trump’s tweets? He blows a lot of smoke but he also purposely sets the narrative that the media can’t help but follow. He is signaling where he is going to go. Look at them and see what he is signaling.
      Hillary took off for India immediately after those notes passed around at the Bush funeral, having to cancel her tour to go to a wedding there suddenly. Where are the others since then?
      Whistleblowers are finally coming out of the closet. All the bad actors, who previously stood in a united front while they were employed, are eating their own and testifying against each other. None of them intend to go down with the rest of the ship, or at least not alone.
      Are you watching? All these hints don’t say much alone, but together they add up to a strong picture. Just consider it all.

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  11. CNN_sucks says:

    Depressing. FIB are acting like mafia gang.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Zorro says:

      Greatest organized crime organization in US history.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “acting like mafia gang.”

      DEFINITION OF RACKETEERING
      By: Christopher Reinhart, Senior Attorney

      August 10, 2006

      https://www.cga.ct.gov/2006/rpt/2006-R-0484.htm

      You asked about the definition of “racketeering” and “collusion” and how they might apply to state or federal officials.

      The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) (18 USC §§ 1961-1968) prohibits (1) acquiring, establishing, or operating an enterprise with illegally derived income, (2) acquiring or maintaining an interest in or control of an enterprise through illegal activity, and (3) using an enterprise to commit illegal acts (Extortion, Blackmail, Etc., 31A Am Jur 2d).

      RICO defines “racketeering activity” as a long list of state and federal crimes. The federal crimes include bribery, various fraud offenses, gambling offenses, money laundering, a number of financial and economic crimes, obstructing justice or a criminal investigation, murder for hire, and sexual exploitation of children. The state crimes include murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter, and drug crimes.

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    • guest4ever says:

      Hey, I think the mafia would be insulted by that comment!/s

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  12. Republicanvet91 says:

    Interesting. It takes 7 months for Flynn’s 302 to be finalized, yet I bet these phones were wiped 5 minutes after Horowitz called Mueller.

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  13. Paqul Killinger says:

    Currently, there is an ABSENCE OF FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT in the United States.

    This would be true whether Donald Trump were President or not.

    At the same time, however, he is the only person who can cause it to be reclaimed.

    Liked by 5 people

    • Child of Morning says:

      And his office, that required an oath to attain, is responsible for it,

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    • lanahi says:

      There are over 17 federal intelligence agencies or sections…way too many. Trump only trusts one of them…the military intelligence in each branch of service. I think all the rest of it will be reorganized and/or disbanded once this is all over. Of course, it is generally thought that the attempt of JFK to disband the CIA is what got him killed. These guys play for keeps.

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  14. jbrickley says:

    Technically, iPhones have a Secure Enclave chip that is like a write only black box. You put secrets on it like private encryption keys. The encryption keys typically come in pairs, a private key needs to be kept super secret, hence locking it in the black box Secure Enclave chip. It’s public key is used to query the Secure Enclave and the chip basically says Yes or No. The flash storage on the iPhone is encrypted using the passcode as a private key but even before you create the passcode the data is already encrypted with unique private key created when the chip is manufactured. So once you reset an iPhone to factory the Secure Enclave clears the keys and the data is gone forever. There is no way to recover it forensically. Unless there is a backup somewhere on iCloud or perhaps on an government computer it’s gone. iPhones managed by an MDM (Mobile Device Management) Server can have their passcode reset to unlock but once it’s wiped, the data is gone without a backup. Now it depends on what app they use for text messages and there is another system at a server level that captures those text msgs. The messages wiped from the iPhone are redundant. This is similar to the emails from Lois Lerner and the excuses about losing them when her laptop hard disk died. That’s ridiculous because there is an email server and at least at normal enterprise levels an email vault that stores all emails sent and received regardless if the user deleted them. Perhaps the IRS was not vaulting email and is exempt to the laws private companies must follow when it comes to data retention.

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    • jbrickley says:

      There very well may be a copy of those messages somewhere. The claims of finding the iPhones reset to factory are a ruse, a distraction. Where’s the logged messages? All communications should be kept in secure archives for litigation purposes. That’s what the courts mandate private companies must do. Why are the feds immune?

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  15. Vor Daj says:

    I dearly hope that Judge Sullivan not only tosses the entire case, but issues an excoriating statement and recommends / refers Mueller, Rosenstein, Comey, et al for prosecution for multiple crimes ranging from filing false instruments to violation of Flynn’s civil rights. Each of them needs to pay the full penalty under the law, including prison time and financial ruin, for their own crimes against individual citizens and against the United States.

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  16. RJones says:

    I have many issues with the OIG report, which I will not summarize here. Suffice it to say that my sense of the FBI IT operation is that they appear to lack an adequate cyber security culture and do not appear overly competent.

    With respect to text msg retention, first there ought to be a govt-wide records retention policy setting minimum retention for ALL business records, including text and email, which departments could lengthen if needed, but not shorten.

    Second, the OIG should have had an expert drill into why the retention system is dropping messages. The system should be transactional and therefore no messages lost. Personally, I am not satisfied by the half-ass explanation. They basically said they didn’t know why it’s unreliable. I’ve heard that sort of BS from IT people many times. There’s a reason. They just need to find it. Bet you I could.

    And, OMG, FBI folks are texting about super sensitive investigations using Samsung phones in the clear? Where a Russian could pick them up using a fake cell tower or other intercepted commas?

    Were the system admins interviewed? Were system log files reviewed for evidence of suspicious admin activity?

    Lastly, and most importantly, Strczk was exposed via TEXT MEsSAGES. Why didn’t whoever told the SCO about this problem immediately confiscate Strczk’s phone? It is common (required by NIST 800-53) to wipe devices prior to re-issuance. They should have grabbed phones from all suspects the minute they knew there was a problem. OIG failed to mention that failure.

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    • GB Bari says:

      All good points.

      I however have a much simpler assessment. The FBI IT people were simply ordered to destroy evidence in a manner where criminal (coverup) intent could be plausibly denied. And with a lawless DOJ these days, the threshold for that is quite low.

      It appears that regardless of what procedures have been mandated within the DOJ, the lawless perps have already developed ways to skirt those procedures to reach the desired results.

      Just another example of institutionalized immorality and a general lack of ethics within the Deep State.

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    • Orson says:

      “With respect to text msg retention, first there ought to be a govt-wide records retention policy setting minimum retention for ALL business records, including text and email…” WE – the Feds – already do (cf, Hillary, eg, document retention act). But who enforces the law and penalizes the Feds own willful destruction of documents???????

      No one, apparently. Not even with GOPe government.

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  17. So disappointing isn’t it, Sundance. You really thought Mike Horowitz was going to make an Honest investigation and submit a Honest Report. Then you put faith in Jeff Sessions appointing UNDER-COVER Huber to actually investigate Hillary Clinton and along the way reveal the Conspiracy to take out Pres. Trump. The WHOLE of the FBI & DOJ, I mean EVERYONE, see themselves ELITE and don’t care one Whit about you or I. What is that Old Saying , Power Corrupts and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely, is SPOT ON with Concerns to the U.S. Legal System from Judges to DOJ Prosecutors to FBI Agents. Honesty comes from the Heart and CORRUPTION comes from the Bank Account, you know, the Filthy Lucre the Bible speaks to. What is So Sad is us PEONS are Financing this CORRUPTION.

    The rumors of DIRTY Mueller is about to submit his findings an opinion are another LIE. Now that Russian collusion is imploding DIRTY Mueller has resurrected George Nader and the “Middle East” connection and his Minions in New York are investigating the Trump Campaign for impropriety with Donations received. (There will be NO report until Pres.Trump is removed from the Presidency…PERIOD.)

    In the end we all DIE and will answer for our Sins. Jesus knows not only the Truth but the Intent of our actions.

    I can assure you I will be PISSING all over Myself on that Day and BEGGING for Mercy.

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  18. jeans2nd says:

    Why were the Strzock-Page phones turned in? What was the need? Were the phones not good enough for Strzock-Page, but good enough for a regular FBI guy?

    smh Why? Why did Strzock-Page require new phones?
    Phone control was part of my bailiwick – manufacturing, car, steel industry – and a new phone was NEVER issued – NEVER – unless the phone was destroyed or the carrier required it. Not even for the VP.

    What was Strzock-Page’s reason for obtaining new phones?
    Why were Strzock-Page new phones approved?
    Why is no one asking?

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  19. Anonymous says:

    Mueller ought to be planning for an all-expenses-paid retirement at Club Fed.

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  20. ARW says:

    She didn’t review 20k texts on the phones themselves. She downloaded them to her desktop. Where’s THAT file?

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  21. Zippy says:

    “At this point it really is an exercise in futility to hold out hope that any corruption within the DOJ and FBI will be brought to the surface by Inspector General Michael Horowitz.”

    Huber… Huber… Huber…

    Bueller… Bueller… Bueller…

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  22. Ray says:

    You would think destroying evidence would result in charges.

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  23. Beth says:

    What about the NSA files in storage that supposedly hold everybody’s phone calls, texts, and emails as evidence in the case that we commit a crime ?

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  24. Red says:

    They have it all, Rogers helped see to that.

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  25. Lon Spector says:

    America July 4. 1776-November 22, 1963. RIP

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  26. Robert W says:

    Civil War is needed again. With all this corruption to the core of US government, we need to act now and not wait until its too late i.e. Venezuela….

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