Robert Mueller’s Team Found ‘Wiping’ Their Phones

New Freedom of Information Act Documents revealed 24 instances in which Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team – who produced the Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election – had wiped their phones, with 15 instances of ‘phone wiping’ being attributed to members entering their passwords incorrectly too many times.

Following the release of the FOIA documents, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has begun investigating the team in order to determine if the deletions were part of a “widespread intentional effort.”

“It appears that Special Counsel Mueller’s team may have deleted federal records that could be key to better understanding their decision-making process as they pursued their investigation and wrote their report,” Grassley wrote in a letter to the Attorney General William Barr.

“Indeed, many officials apparently deleted the records after the DOJ Inspector General began his inquiry into how the Department mishandled Crossfire Hurricane. Moreover, based on this new information, the number of times and the stated reasons for the deletions calls into question whether or not it was a widespread intentional effort.”

U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at Mueller’s team, who investigated his campaign for potential collusion with Russia, likening the deletions by Mueller’s “hit squad” to Hilary Clinton’s email deletion.

Moreover, Grassley alleges that Mueller’s team has engaged in similar behaviours previously, stating in his letter to Barr and the FBI:

“This would not be the first time the Special Counsel’s office misused records within their possession. On March 8, 2019, I wrote a letter to the Justice Department regarding Special Counsel Mueller’s selective use of emails in the George Papadopoulos Statement of Offense. In that letter, I provided references to a footnote in the Statement that was used by Mueller to suggest that a Trump “Campaign official suggested ‘low level’ staff should go to Russia.” In full context, however, the emails in question actually show that the Trump Campaign wanted someone “low level” to decline these types of invitations.”

The FOIA documents were released following a request from the DOJ’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) that phones used by Mueller’s team during the investigation into potential Russian collusion or election malfeasance titled “Crossfire Hurricane.”

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