Rep. Gaetz: 'No Longer Disputable' That a Pro-Clinton, Anti-Trump Bias 'Infected the FBI'

By Susan Jones | January 23, 2018 | 10:16am EST
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) (Photo: Screen grab/C-SPAN)

( - "It is no longer disputable that a pro-Hillary Clinton, anti-Donald Trump bias has intractably infected the FBI, and the United States of America is in jeopardy as a consequence," Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) told Fox News's Sean Hannity Monday night.

"There are even more damaging facts to come," Gaetz added. "I know that's hard to believe, but trust me, around the corner we're going to be learning even more about how infected this investigation is, particularly the Mueller probe."


Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a statement to Fox News, said that FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page exchanged some 50,000 text messages (some of them showing an anti-Trump/pro-Clinton bias). Sessions also told Congress that five months of the Strzok-Page text messages are missing. Those missing messages include the critical period from Dec. 14, 2016-May 17, 2017 -- covering the Trump transition to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

"The American people are never going to believe that two days after Barack Obama sicced the intelligence community on President Trump, that all of a sudden, these text messages went dark and then they just happened to reappear and come alive the day after Robert Mueller is selected to be the special counsel. It would be the coincidence of all coincidences," Gaetz said.

Gaetz also referenced a classified memo, drafted by Rep. Trey Gowdy and other Republicans working on or for the House intelligence committee. The four-page memo reportedly details FISA surveillance abuses by the the U.S. government. (Gowdy on Tuesday said he compiled the memo using information provided by the FBI.)

Republicans lawmakers cannot divulge what the memo says, but they launched a campaign to have the memo released to the public.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) last week said what he read in that memo "is as bad as I thought it was," and he said it would inform the public "exactly what our FBI was up to."

On Monday, Rep. Gaetz told Hannity that the memo and the five months of missing Strzok-Page texts must be evaluated together:

"Wait 'til you overlay this five months of dark period (missing texts) with the memo we want to release," Gaetz told Hannity. "These are not isolated incidents that are separated from one another."

In a related development, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) told Fox News's Laura Ingraham Monday night he doesn't accept the explanation that's been given for the missing five months of Strzok-Page emails. He wants FBI director Christopher Wray to return to testify before Congress.

"Think about all the critical events that were going on during this time," DeSantis said. "You have the Trump transition. You have the Trump inauguration -- FBI agents running over to interrogate Michael Flynn for whatever reason.  Then you have (former FBI Director James) Comey, when he says, oh we're doing this big Russia investigation. The firing of Comey. All these things were happening. And you can imagine, based on what we already know from Strzok and page, they were saying all kinds of  things about this and I think it would probably be really devastating evidence of their bias against Donald Trump.

The Justice Department blamed technical glitches for the missing texts, saying the “FBI’s technical system for retaining text messages sent and received on FBI mobile devices failed to preserve text messages for Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page from December 14, 2016 to approximately May 17, 2017.”

The FBI also told the Justice Department that “many FBI-provided Samsung 5 mobile devices did not capture or store text messages due to misconfiguration issues…that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Fox News he has spoken to the DOJ inspector general, “and a review is already underway to ascertain what occurred and to determine if these records can be recovered in any other way. If any wrongdoing were to be found to have caused this gap, appropriate legal disciplinary action measures will be taken.”

Sessions added that he will “leave no stone unturned” to find out why the five-month text-message gap exists, and DOJ will “use every technology available” to see if they can be recovered.

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