President Trump just called it “one of the biggest stories in a long time.” But the real story isn’t what he thinks.
In the conservative world, outrage over “the missing texts” is everywhere.
The allegation, which you’re hearing from President Trump, Fox News, and Republicans in Congress alike, is that the FBI intentionally deleted an unknown number of texts between two FBI employees. The messages of special agent Peter Strzok and attorney Lisa Page supposedly contain proof of an FBI plot to undermine the Trump presidency.
Strzok and Page have been in the crosshairs of the White House and its defenders since the mid-December release of texts in which they discussed an “insurance policy” against Trump in the run-up to the November election. Special counsel Robert Mueller removed Strzok from his team when he became aware of the texts, but that hasn’t stopped some conservatives from alleging that they prove the Mueller probe is a partisan witch hunt.
“Are we really supposed to believe that the FBI simply lost text messages from that important timeframe? This is like Watergate but far worse,” Sean Hannity said on his Monday night show. “This reeks of law-breaking, it reeks of conspiracy, and it reeks of obstruction of justice.”
There is very little evidence to support this allegation, but it shows every sign of snowballing into a big deal. President Trump called the missing messages “one of the biggest stories in a long time” in a Tuesday morning tweet; Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said an investigation into how they disappeared is already underway.
The “missing texts” conspiracy has legs because, for months, Republicans have been arguing the FBI in general, and Mueller’s probe specifically, is irreparably biased against Trump. Some Republicans, like Rep. Francis Rooney, have called for a ”purge” of purportedly disloyal Read More Here