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Goodlatte: 'No Coincidence' That FBI Agents' Texts Went Missing

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 January 2018 03:05 PM

It is "no coincidence" that five months of emails between two high-ranking FBI officials have gone missing, given the time period during which they were exchanged, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said Wednesday.

"It's impossible to believe. It is not a coincidence." the Virginia Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" co-host Sandra Smith. "The fact of the matter is, these messages run from about the time that the Russia/Trump investigation started at the FBI and run to the day before special independent counsel [Robert] Mueller was appointed. There is no coincidence there. These messages must be found."

Goodlatte said he's pleased that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made a strong commitment to find the messages exchanged between FBI agent Peter Strzok and agency attorney Lisa Page, who were reportedly romantically involved at the time.

"The texts that have been produced are very concerning as well, because they indicate a concerted effort not just talk between two people, but a concerted effort to do things within the department that cast a shadow on the most important law enforcement organization in the world," said Goodlatte.

He noted that every day, the FBI's tens of thousands of "great men and women protect us, investigate crimes, and prevent terrorist attacks," and the agency is an important organization that "should not be besmirched by the work of a few people at the top of this organization. It needs to be investigated further."

Goodlatte also said he finds it a "bizarre thing" that Strzok, who had been a key investigator, remains employed by the FBI in its personnel department.

"I think we need to see leadership at the top of the FBI start cleaning house there," he said. "This is a serious problem. When you say there is no 'there there' and that's a reason not to participate in the investigation, that's a clear indication that he cannot be impartial in that process because it's only worth him doing it if there is something there."

However, Goodlatte said it's not certain yet if there was criminal misconduct in the FBI, and further investigation is needed.

"I and others have seen many of those thousands of pages that are classified and can't be made public," said Goodlatte. "There is need for further investigation on this. We're certainly going to continue that in the Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Government Committee that Trey Gowdy chairs."

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It is "no coincidence" that five months of emails between two high-ranking FBI officials have gone missing, given the time period during which they were exchanged, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said Wednesday.
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