GOP Senate Intel Chair Shreds Trump’s Conspiracy Theory About FBI
Trump Lie Exposed by GOP Senator
Donald Trump started this day Tuesday like he has many others: tweeting. And like many other days, there was some blatant dishonesty included in the tweets from the racist Republican. But this time, fellow member of the GOP and Senate Intel Chair Richard Burr was the one to correct him.
Trump tweeted out a message about the FBI potentially missing months of texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The two were romantically involved and sent unflattering texts about Trump to each other while being tied to the Clinton and Russia investigations. Both were removed from the investigative teams some time ago.
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, 2018
It’s clear Trump either didn’t read what his own Attorney General Jeff Sessions said about the texts, or he is flat-out lying here. According to Sessions:
“After reviewing the voluminous records on the FBI’s servers, which included over 50,000 texts, the Inspector General discovered the FBI’s system failed to retain text messages for approximately 5 months between December 14, 2017 to May 17, 2017,” Sessions said.
In other words, no, there aren’t “perhaps 50,000” missing texts. The actual number is not known at this time. But considering the two would have had to send roughly 333 texts per day to each other in that 5 month period to equal 50,000, it’s highly unlikely the number is that high. And that’s to say nothing of the fact a reasonable portion of the texts would have nothing to do with anything related to the investigations.
The FBI has stated the problem stems from software issues between the phones and their collection methods.
“The FBI has informed [the Department of Justice] that many FBI-provided Samsung 5 mobile devices did not capture or store text messages due to misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities.”
But Donald Trump obviously wants to plant the seed of doubt and dabble in conspiracy theory here to discredit the FBI and it’s investigatory ability. He wants people to believe the texts were intentionally deleted to hide wrongdoing.
Enter Republican Senate Intel Chair Richard Burr to throw cold water on that ploy.
Manu Raju of CNN posted Burr’s response on Twitter when he was asked about the missing texts.
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
Jeff Sessions announced the DOJ would probe the FBI and leave “leave no stone unturned” to get to the bottom of the situation. But it seems clear from the statement by Richard Burr the agency has been forthcoming to the Republican-led committee.
Containing the lies of Donald Trump is obviously impossible at this point. But even Republicans can’t help but get tired of his shtick occasionally. And, like this instance, they will sometimes do the fact-checking of Trump for us.
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