President Trump sarcastically accuses FBI of ‘blaming Samsung’ for missing Strzok-Page texts

“President Donald Trump tweeted his contempt for the FBI on Tuesday as he demanded to know where the 50,000 text messages exchanged between two Federal Bureau of Investigation staffers accused of expressing views against him had gone,” Francesca Chambers reports for The Daily Mail. “Trump tweeted Tuesday night: ‘Where are the 50,000 important text messages between FBI lovers Lisa Page and Peter Strzok? Blaming Samsung!'”

“The agency has claimed that it has had a problem retaining texts from Samsung 5 cell phones it had issued to agents and staff – among them Page, a senior lawyer who was briefly part of Robert Mueller’s special counsel team, and her lover Strzok, who was involved in both the Clinton and Mueller probes,” Chambers reports. “The FBI claimed that it could not find the texts because of ‘misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities.'”

“Texts between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page exchanged between December 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017, are among a broader batch of missing phone messages that the FBI’s system failed to store because of a software upgrade glitch on many Samsung 5 cellphones,” Chambers reports. “The White House called them evidence of potential illegality at a briefing on Tuesday, and said the president believes it is of ‘great cause for concern’. Trump earlier tweeted they were ‘one of the biggest stories in a long time.'”

“Reports said the texts between them were exchanged on FBI-issued phones during the course of an alleged extramarital affair,” Chambers reports. “‘We will leave no stone unturned to confirm with certainty why these text messages are not now available to be produced and will use every technology available to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source,’ Sessions said in a statement. The Justice Department last week revealed a critical gap in messages between Peter Strzok, a counterintelligence agent who worked on Hillary Clinton’s email case, and Lisa Page, an agent who worked with Strzok for a time on the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference. Texts the pair sent each other between December 14, 2017 and May 17, 2017 are missing, the department informed Congress.”

“A letter from Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd to Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson on Friday said that the Department of Justice had learned ‘that many FBI-provided Samsung 5 mobile devices did not capture or store text messages,” Chambers reports. “‘Unreal. We’ve been asking for the remaining text messages between anti-Trump FBI agents (and former Mueller team members), Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The FBI now says the texts are ‘missing,’ ‘ Rep. Mark Meadows, leader of a group of conservatives known as the House Freedom Caucus, tweeted. ‘If it wasn’t already clear we need a second special counsel, it’s abundantly clear now’.
Flabbergasted, Meadows told Fox, ‘They’re supposed to be out tracking terrorism and we can’t even find our own text messages?'”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Why would U.S. “intelligence” or any other agencies ever use insecure foreign-made products when superior, far more secure American products are readily available?

U.S Government Intelligence. The oxymoron that keeps on giving.

Why would the U.S. government choose an insecure mobile operating system on devices from a South Korean convicted infringer of a U.S. company’s patented intellectual property over said U.S. company’s vastly more secure products?

Could it be due to the fact that Google has already inserted some U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) code into Android while Apple does not accept code from any government agencies for any of their operating systems or any other products?

Nah, couldn’t be. That doesn’t make any sense at all. I must be craaazzzy!

I long for a simpler time. A saner time. A time when rewarding foreign companies that have been convicted of repeatedly and blatantly stealing intellectual property from U.S. companies with contracts financed with U.S. taxpayer money would be utterly unthinkable, not rubber-stamped.

Along with U.S. taxpayers who value their hard-earned money, any U.S. representative worth his or her salt should be livid right about now. That only one or two might be (if we’re even that lucky), is a pitiful testament to the absolutely clueless, generally moronic, and largely worthless dreck that fouls the houses of the U.S. Congress today.

Will some U.S. Congressperson or Senator finally luck out and stumble into a clue, then stand up and ask WTF is really going on here?

If not, a plague on both your houses, you unpatriotic fools.

U.S. citizens, contact your U.S. congressperson here.SteveJack, October 22, 2014

SEE ALSO:
U.S. Government approves Samsung Galaxy devices for classified use – October 22, 2014
Samsung Android-based Knox security suite contains serious security flaw – December 27, 2013
Google has already inserted some U.S. NSA code into Android – July 10, 2013
‘World’s most secure Android Phone’ hacked in under 5 minutes at DefCon Hacking Conference – August 12, 2014
Surveillance companies hate Apple’s impenetrable iPhones, iPads; Android infinitely more exploitable than iOS – August 12, 2014

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

49 Comments

    1. The FBI is NOT corrupt. To say so is pure lunacy. Period.

      While the FBI is not recognized universally as *the* best law enforcement agency in the world, it is recognized universally as one of the best.

      A few people may, or may not, have let their personal views shade their actions. There absolutely is no way to know that at this time. There is lots and lots of speculation on both sides of the discussion, but there is no objective information that conclusively points either way.

      Over the past 45+ years I’ve had many personal views that contrasted radically with my employers, my teams’ goals, and even the end results. But, that did not stop me from doing my job properly. The same can be said to be true of virtually all the people in the FBI.

      As someone whose mother was an FBI agent and someone who has been an integral, external investigator for the FBI on multiple occasions, I can tell you that virtually 100% of persons within the FBI do their job very well no matter what their personal, political, religious, or ethnic beliefs are.

      Botty, can you say you have such personal knowledge that supports the opposite conclusion? If not, sit down and shut up.

        1. Botty, your paranoia is getting more than a bit scary. In the past, I have merely considered you to be deluded and tunnel-visioned with an extreme attachment to any rationale that favored the Republican Party and officials, no matter how questionable (or blatantly false). You have attached yourself to a party that lumps large sections of the U.S. population together in order to paint them negatively, using terms such as libtard, snowflake, etc. And your political party has, after a great deal of internal strife, affiliated itself with a self-aggrandizing and delusional personality posing as president who, without merit, continues to attack and undermine key U.S. institutions like the press and the FBI. The only loyalty Trump has is to himself and his immediate family. Trump will throw anyone and anything under the bus to advance his personal agenda and achieve what he interprets as popular approval. When Trump feels that he is in danger of being caught for acting improperly or lying, he reacts much like a child – denial, deflection, and reflexive aggression and name-calling. It wouldn’t surprise me if he began stomping his feet, pointing, and crying hysterically. Yes, he is officially occupying the office of POTUS, but he will *never* truly be President. He appears incapable of living up to the job.

          Now you are accusing the FBI of treason? You and the subset of people like you across this country actually scare me with your fanatical devotion to a belief system that is unsupported by reality.

      1. Non sequitur. The accusation is not against the rank and file as your comment suggests, but against top management who have a vested interest to protect Trump which there is no reason to believe that it did not get rid of evidence that excalpates Trump.

        1. Wow!
          “The accusation is not against the rank and file as your comment suggests, but against top management who haD a vested interest to protect OBAMA_CLINTON where there is STRONG reason to believe that it did get rid of evidence that exculpates Trump BUT NOT previous administrative officials

        1. Trump fills the role of Boss Hogg and Sessions is very much Roscoe P. Coltrane. You can fill out the rest of the character relationships yourself. Even the plot is spot on – Boss Trump wants money and power and is willing to do just about anything to get it.

          Regardless of what Trump says about himself, he is not that smart and certainly not a great deal-maker. He is a bully that has only been successful because he originated from a family with wealth and power. He has certainly accumulated wealth, but at the expense of many other people. And almost anyone who has been engaged in New York development for as long as Trump will have a lot of dirty laundry buried in his/her past.

          Trump may actually believe what he says sometimes. That does not make it true.

          1. not that smart?
            …meanwhile, back in the dark, dank, damp forests of Chappaqua, Felonia von Pantsuit cracks open her third bottle of Chardonnay of the day, stumbling, mumbling, “Why aren’t I fifty points ahead, you might ask.”

  1. ” Why would U.S. “intelligence” or any other agencies ever use insecure foreign-made products when superior, far more secure American products are readily available?”

    Because of the FAR. In almost all cases, the FAR requires the U.S. Government to buy the cheapest that meets the stated, defined, written requirements. The iPhone is not, and almost never has been, the cheapest.

      1. So your contention is that the FBI purposely bought Samsung phones for the sole purpose of supporting some clandestine group within the FBI (and elsewhere within the U.S.) have been plotting to overthrow the Presidency?

        You need to replace your tin foil hat with a much larger one made of multiple layers of steel, copper, mu-metal, lead, and tantalum. Maybe one that masses out at over 1,000 kg.

        1. No & no the whole FBI isn’t against Trump.

          But there are a few people in the FBI who were actively working to see Hillary was elected and then, after the election, that Trump would be thwarted.

          Some of those text messages are now public.

          The actions of the former President in conducting public business with a false name on Hillary’s unsecured private server are a matter of fact. Lots of people from that era are now moving to cover their hind ends.

          No one I know questions the honesty and patriotism of the rank and file FBI people & their staff. But there are very disturbing things being discovered and the latest have gone to congressmen who have clearance to see them and they say there are astonishingly bad things that occurred.

          We will see soon just what those documents from the DOJ/FBI have to say. Palace coups are always something done by the fraction of 1% and it seems now likely that might have happened.

  2. More importantly why would a man who is in effect the de facto chief of the FBI – as President – publicly and rudely shame them? Many of these officers give their lives to fight crime and the Trumpet mocks them like he’s still an outsider. No sir. These are your men and women now. Lead them. And if it please you try to change them. Don’t ridicule them like a 5 yr old child. Smoke and mirrors won’t always work. Everyday the most clears and your true character is unveiling.

    1. Kay, the fact that you think the POTUS is the de facto head of the FBI shows exactly how little you understand about our government. Please get informed before you spout nonsense.

    2. Support them even if they are corrupt! Yeah, that’s the type of thinking that got America here in the first place.

      Case in point: 16 year old shot dead by policeman (FBI’s cousin) WHILE in COURT. Policeman says his gun “went off” accidentally. Wink wink, “accidentally”, when it should have been on safety and…… “accidentally” in the right direction to hit the 16 year old kid right in the head. Was it a Samsung gun that misoperated? The whole system covered up for the policeman who is now roaming free to shoot others.

  3. Aside from the idiocy of using FBI-issued devices for personal communication, this lost backup crap reminds me of the IRS missing email situation a few years back, blaming a loss of backup and re-imaged hard drives, despite the fact that they used Exchange servers, so the local hard drive backup didn’t matter. But they got away with it.
    It doesn’t matter your politics, folks, we can’t accept that kind of crap from any government workers, but especially from unelected ones.

  4. The texts magically become available on May 17, 2017, which just so happens to be the very day Mueller was appointed to serve as Special Counsel in an investigation based on a phony dossier paid for by the Clinton campaign and subsequently used as the basis for a FISA warrant so the outgoing administration could spy on a U.S. Presidential candidate and President-elect via weaponized U.S. intelligence agencies.

    What a coincidence!

    Obama thought that with all this inside information on the Trump campaign in the hands of Hillary and her campaign team, even she couldn’t lose. And after her easy victory, Hillary would be in control of the Department of Justice. So who would ever investigate or prosecute?

    These are the same people who successfully “fixed” the primaries for Hillary. They cheated Bernie Sanders. They even gave CNN’s presidential debate questions to Hillary in advance. These are the same people who used the IRS to destroy Obama’s leading media critics and slow tea party fundraising and activism to a trickle during the 2012 Obama re-election run. This is a REAL attempt to “fix” the U.S. Presidential election, folks.

    If this ever comes out – and good luck pinning it on America’s untouchable first black ex-president despite the obviousness of the evidence – it’ll make Watergate look like nothing.

      1. Evidence suggests a massive scandal is brewing at the FBI

        Each day brings credible reports suggesting there is a massive scandal involving the top ranks of America’s premier law enforcement agency. The reports, which feature talk among agents of a “secret society” and suddenly missing text messages, point to the existence both of a cabal dedicated to defeating Donald Trump in 2016 and of a plan to let Hillary Clinton skate free in the classified email probe.

        If either one is true — and I believe both probably are — it would mean FBI leaders betrayed the nation by abusing their powers in a bid to pick the president.

        More support for this view involves the FBI’s use of the Russian dossier on Trump that was paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. It is almost certain that the FBI used the dossier to get FISA court warrants to spy on Trump associates, meaning it used the opposition research of the party in power to convince a court to let it spy on the candidate of the other party — likely without telling the court of the dossier’s political link.

        Even worse, there is growing reason to believe someone in President Barack Obama’s administration turned over classified information about Trump to the Clinton campaign.

        As one former federal prosecutor put it, “It doesn’t get worse than that.” That prosecutor, Joseph ­diGenova, believes Trump was correct when he claimed Obama aides wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower.

        These and other elements combine to make a toxic brew that smells to high heaven, but most Americans don’t know much about it. Mainstream media coverage has been sparse and dismissive and there’s a blackout from the same Democrats obsessed with Russia, Russia, Russia.

        Partisan motives aside, it’s as if a scandal of this magnitude is more than America can bear — so let’s pretend there’s nothing to see and move along.

        But, thankfully, the disgraceful episode won’t be washed away, thanks to a handful of congressional Republicans, led by California Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. After he accused the FBI of stonewalling in turning over records, the bureau relented, at least partially.

        The result was clear evidence of bias against Trump by officials charged with investigating him and Clinton. Those same agents appear to have acted on that bias to tilt the election to Clinton.

        In one text message, an agent suggests that Attorney General Loretta Lynch knew while the investigation was still going on that the FBI would not recommend charges against Clinton.

        How could she know unless the fix was in?

        All roads in the explosive developments lead to James Comey, whose Boy Scout image belied a sinister belief that he, like his infamous predecessor J. Edgar Hoover, was above the law.

        It is why I named him J. Edgar Comey last year and wrote that he was “adept at using innuendo and leaks” to let everybody in Washington know they could be the next to be investigated.

        It was in the office of Comey’s top deputy, Andrew McCabe, where agents discussed an “insurance policy” in the event that Trump won. Reports indicated that the Russia collusion probe was that insurance policy.

        The text was from Peter Strzok, the top investigator on the Trump case, and was sent to Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer and also his mistress.

        “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40 . . .,” Strzok wrote.

        After these messages surfaced, special counsel Robert Mueller removed Strzok and Page from his probe, though both still work at the FBI.

        Strzok, despite his talk of an “insurance policy” in 2016, wrote in May 2017 that he was skeptical that Mueller’s probe would find anything on Trump because “there’s no big there there.”

        Talk about irony. While Dems and the left-wing media already found Trump guilty of collusion before Mueller was appointed, the real scandal might be the conduct of the probers themselves.

        Suspicions are hardly allayed by the fact that the FBI says it can’t find five months of messages between Strzok and Page, who exchanged an estimated 50,000 messages overall. The missing period — Dec. 14, 2016, through May 17, 2017 — was a crucial time in Washington.

        There were numerous leaks of classified material just before and after Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

        Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, has emerged from his hidey hole to notice that the FBI has run amok, and said Monday he would “leave no stone unturned” to find the five months of missing texts.

        Fine, but the House is racing ahead of him. Nunes has prepared a four-page memo, based on classified material that purportedly lays out what the FBI and others did to corrupt the election.

        A movement to release the memo is gaining steam, but Congress says it might take weeks. Why wait? Americans can handle the truth, no matter how big it is.

        Michael Goodwin, The New York Post, January 23, 2018

        1. If Americans could handle the truth, we’d have this Russian thing behind us already. OF COURSE they helped the right team win and we’re benefiting from that now. Trump had help from many areas including the Russians to win the election. If everyone agrees that happened, then what? Congress? Republican, not going to do anything. Voters? Doesn’t matter, will vote for him again in 4 years. Supreme Court? A Republican lean for at least 40 years into the future, nothings going to happen there. There is absolutely NO downside to just owning it and moving forward.

          People still think that things like this matter in today’s world the sooner that everyone just accepts that fact, it immediately becomes old news and when the Republicans win again in November, no one will even bat an eye. 🙂

          1. “OF COURSE they helped the right team win … ”

            No, they tried to help the LOSING team. At least, this time around. Anyone who can’t see that is willfully blind.

            1. The Russians helped the Republicans, the team that won, to win the election. That is not even worth challenging. Now, if Ithought that people would suddenly turn away from Republicans and conservative ideas because of this, then I might float any number of alternate theories that make even less sense than the direct connection.

              We all know that anyone that voted for Donald Trump is NOT going to sit out the next election and WILL vote for him again. They’re energized to vote for him and I can’t think of a scandal that would change that. So, just stop denying it. Yes, whatever anyone says, he did it. He’s guilty of whatever you think… and you know what? He’s going to win another 4 years. And there’s nothing anyone can do about it 🙂

              If you’re a conservative that doesn’t believe that, you’re RINO.

      2. Then, there are an awful lot of “tinfoil hat” wearers:

        Voters Call for Special Prosecutor to Investigate Corrupt FBI

        Voters think a special prosecutor is needed to see if the nation’s top cops have been playing politics.

        The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters believe a special prosecutor should be named to investigate whether senior FBI officials handled the investigation of Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump in a legal and unbiased fashion. Thirty-one percent (31%) disagree, but a sizable 19% are not sure.

        The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 22-23, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

  5. Blaming Samsung is a great idea, now Apple’s pathetic home country has made an excuse for disregarding another sovereign nation, invading it, torturing and killing massive amounts of innocent civilians.

    They won’t need to rush to find these text, I mean look how long they are taking to find a weapons of mass destruction program.

  6. Why is the President of the United States using twitter to make statements? It is embarrassing that our head of state is making both diplomatic, political and personal comments though that medium.

    1. One might as well have criticized FDR for using the “personal” “social” medium of the day, radio, for bringing his message directly to the public through his “fireside chats.”

      If you find the tweets embarrassing, by all means don’t read them.

      1. FDR read a complete, coherent speeches on the radio which were grammatically and factually correct, and reviewed by his staff.

        Trump doesn’t verify anything with anyone and is factually wrong over 75% of the time according to nonbiased fact checkers.

        Big difference.

  7. “Why would U.S. “intelligence” or any other agencies ever use insecure foreign-made products when superior, far more secure American products are readily available?”
    IOS, written in the US (to the best of my knowledge)
    Android, written in the US (to the best of my knowledge)
    iPhones, made in China
    Samsung phones, made in China and SK
    How different are they?

  8. Meuller is a lifelong Republican, appointed FBI director by George W Bush. He was the second longest serving FBI director in US History.

    He has such belief in the rule of law and our constitution that he refused to authorize illegal wiretaps, requested by the the Bush White House. He threatened to quit his job as FBI director rather than violate the constitution. (As did Comey, the then acting Attorney General). The bush White House relented. He risked his entire career to uphold the constitution.

    We used to believe that a special prosecutor HAD to be from the president’s OPPOSING PARTY to prove he was not hiding anything, (see Nixon and Clinton special prosecutors). Now, the most trusted republican law official in history (unanimously praised by the US senate upon being appointed special counsel) is being smeared by the president, and house flunkies, and accused of being biased AGAINST the republican president.

    He has so far INDICTED four members of the trump campaign or administration.

    The president, on the other hand, has endlessly and publicly attacked HIS OWN APPOINTEES (Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein, Tillerson), attacked republicans McConnell and Ryan and everyone else who in anyway disagrees with him. He’s told 2000 documented lies in his first year (google washington post or just look at the videos of his own contradictions)

    The trump people, including Kushner, Manafort, Flynn had over 50 meetings with over 20 russians, which meetings were so innocent that they were ALL feloniously excluded from their own government clearance forms. When you sign those forms, (right above your signature), it says leaving out information is a felony.

    Mueller is getting closer and closer to trump, so trump and his flunky’s are counter attacking and smearing, without the slightest concern for the damage their doing to out institutions.

    1. And once we have people saying openly what we all already know, then what? There’s not a political structure in the world that can take down what’s been built. Everyone that has tried has ended up worse off. Do you REALLY think that something like Russians helping the winning team matters to anyone other than the Democrats that are just upset they didn’t think of it first? 🙂

        1. Glad to see at least ONE person clear thinking enough to know that the Russians worked with the Republicans to win and it doesn’t mean a thing 🙂 Notice that The president will likely go to Mueller and say “I did it, now what are you going to do…” and nothing will happen!

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