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Investigation: Corruption in Hollywood and DC Part 6: Mueller Team “Accidentally” Wipes 31 Phones

Investigation: Corruption in Hollywood and DC

Robert Mueller lead the Russian Collusion investigation in 2016 against President Trump. The investigation alleged links between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian officials and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump.

Two years ago Rudy Giuliani said that Mueller’s team needed to be investigated themselves for destroying evidence, such as erasing text messages.

Judicial Watch managed to obtain 87 pages of records that implicate Mueller’s team of erasing not 1 or 2 phones, but 31 phones “accidentally”.

  • 20 phones were reported wiped of data due to “accidental wipe” (usually from entering the password too many times);
  • 2 phones were reported wiped after placed in airplane mode from which they could not be unlocked because the password was forgotten, including the phones of Andrew Weissmann (2 phones) and two deputies of Mueller, Kyle Freeny, and Rush Atkinson.
  • 1 phone was wiped clean without explanation.
  • There are no records of Robert Mueller’s phone’s ever being reviewed.

You can read Judicial Watches article HERE

27 phones from the Special Counsel team before they could be reviewed. 20 of those were reportedly wiped clean by having the password entered too many times, they claimed they “forgot” the passwords.

Lisa Page, a member of the Special Counsel team, returned her phone when she was going back to the FBI full time.

Page’s phone read as follows when returned: “Phone not found, phone found and with DOJ OIG, but according to AMZ on 9/19/18 conversation, the phone was restored to factory settings. Per email from DOJ OIG contact [redacted] on 10/17/18, the phone was restored to factory settings when they received it.”

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Peter Strzok’s phone reads as follows: “No substantive texts, notes or reminders.”

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Strzok and Page were engaged in an extramarital affair before they left the special counsel.

The DOJ inspector general investigating the FBI for potential bias first discovered a gap in text message data collection from between December 15, 2016, through May 17, 2017, from phones issued to Strzok and Page, and tried to recover those messages.

When Page was leaving the Special Counsel’s Office, she had to fill out government forms and return all of the equipment that was issued to her; however, she did not need to go through the security and ethics debriefs.

In an email from Special Counsel administrative official “LFW” to a colleague “SLL,” with the subject line, “Employee Exit Form and Certification Checklist,” LFW says: “She has a laptop (which may already be in [redacted] area), a DOJ cell phone & charger, and, perhaps a PIV badge. Since she is not actually leaving employment, the security and ethics debriefs will not have to happen.”

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A series of emails started on December 27, 2018 regarding Giuliani’s comments to the press.

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Christopher Greer and Beth McGarry emailed between themselves regarding Lisa Page’s missing phone and Pete Strzok number never being cancelled and never receiving the phone.

Mueller lied about applying for the Director of FBI position when it opened. An email was released in the documents titled Mueller.

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The same day Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to the Russian Collusion investigation.

On July 24, 2019, Mueller testified about whether he interviewed for the director position or not.

STEUBE: Thank you, Mr. Chair. Mr. Mueller, over here. Mr. Mueller did you indeed interview for the FBI director job one day before you were appointed as Special Counsel?

MUELLER: My understanding I was not applying for that job, I was asked to give my input on what it would take to do the job, which triggered the interview you’re talking about.

STEUBE: So you don’t recall on May 16th, 2017 that you interviewed with the president regarding the FBI director job?

MUELLER: I interviewed with the president and it was about…

STEUBE: Regarding the FBI director job?

MUELLER: …it was about the job and not about me applying for the job.

STEUBE: So your statement here today is that you didn’t interview to apply for the FBI director job?

MUELLER: That’s correct.

STEUBE: So it – did you tell the vice president that the FBI director position would be the one job that you would come back to – for?

MUELLER: I don’t recall that one.

STEUBE: You don’t recall that?

MUELLER: No.

President Trump came out in response to Mueller’s testimony.

Mueller and Rosenstein conversed with each other about the “boss” not knowing of their communications.

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On May 16, 2017, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe detailed how Rosenstein suggested that he wear a wire in the Oval Office to collect more evidence on President Trump. He thought that would be feasible because he was not searched when he entered the White House.

From the Judicial Watch:

On May 18, 2017, Horwitz emails Rosenstein with the subject line, “Urgent” to ask him about President Trump being the focus of an FBI investigation: “The Washington Post has been told by very good sources that President Trump is now a focus of the FBI investigation Can I please talk to you as soon as possible on deep background?”

On May 15, 2017, Rosenstein received an email from Katherine Davis, likely the 60 Minutes producer. In it, she states: “I hope you’re handling all of this craziness this week. Am sure you are. Much to discuss. FBI finalists. And whether you are considering recusing (hoping not but lmk) Lmk when I can come and visit. Next week? You know where to reach me in the meantime.”

In the days surrounding the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel, Rosenstein received calls from multiple emails of support from former senior Obama administration officials.

On May 12, 2017, Rosenstein received an email from former Obama Special Counsel Jonathan Su: Hi Rod: I know there’s a lot going on right now, but I wanted to send you a note of support. If there’ s anything I can do to be of help, please let me know. Hope you hang in there.”

On May 13, 2017, he received a similar supportive email from former Obama White House Deputy Associate Counsel Mike Leotta with the subject line “Thinking of you and your family.” The message says: “I hope you’re hanging in there, [redacted] despite all the press attention, attacks, and contradictory claims.”

On May 14, 2017, Rosenstein emailed Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Senior D.C. District Court Judge John D. Bates’ cell phone number, three days before the appointment of Robert Mueller.

On May 16, 2017, Rosenstein received a supportive email from former Obama Deputy Attorney General, James Cole: “You have the right approach. I always found that if you concentrated on doing your job (protecting the constitution) your reputation takes care of itself.”

On May 16, 2017, the day before Mueller was appointed, scheduling emails indicate that Rosenstein spoke with both Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and then-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI).

The day after the special counsel appointment, on May 18, 2017, Judge Bates sent an email to Rosenstein with the subject line “Great move” and the message “Well done.”

On May 20, 2017, Rosenstein requests a phone call with Obama’s former Principal Deputy Solicitor General, Neal Katyal, who was also Al Gore’s co-counsel in Bush v. Gore and recently published the book, Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump.

You can read the released 87 pages of records from the Justice Department that show senior members of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel’s Office repeatedly and “accidentally” wiped phones assigned to them HERE. More documents HERE.

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