Trump blasts Mueller 'hit squad' members 'all using the same really dumb' excuse for wiping their cell phones

DONALD Trump has blasted Robert Mueller’s "hit squad" for “all using the same really dumb” excuses for wiping their cell phones.

The President lashed out after it emergedphones were allegedly wiped of all information before being turned over for review into the investigation over his alleged links with Russia.

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More than 15 phones were wiped before they were handed over to the Office of the Inspector General to be searched for evidence of potential bias.

Trump tweeted “so now we find out that the entire Mueller ‘hit squad’ illegally wiped their phones clean just prior to the investigation of them, all using the same really dumb reason for this 'accident’."

He then went on to say it was “just like Crooked Hillary smashing her phones with a hammer, & DELETING HER EMAILS!”.

The President then repeated his accusation that what he called the “Mueller Scam” was “all an illegitimate Witch Hunt, & a big price must be paid”.

The cells were reportedly wiped because of forgotten passcodes, irreparable screen damage, loss of the device, and intentional deletion, among other reasons.

Mueller's deputy, Andrew Weissman, "accidentally wiped" his phone twice after entering the wrong password too many times in March 2018, the outlet reported.

Attorney James Quarles' phone allegedly "wiped itself" and former FBI attorney Lisa Page's phone was restored to factory settings when it was received by the Inspector General's Office.

Page was previously caught sending and receiving anti-Trump messages with FBI agent Peter Strzok.

The records were released by the Justice Department this week in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

It has prompted Congressional Republicans  to demand answers about whether there was a deliberate effort to wipe the phones,

Senate Homeland Security Chair Ron Johnson is asking a Justice Department watchdog to investigate, Politico reports.

Johnson is asking Horowitz to send answers by September 18, as the senator winds down a related probe into the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane investigation

Crossfire Hurricane was a counterintelligence probe of the 2016 Trump campaign's contacts with Russians, which merged into Mueller's probe in mid-2017.

Johnson also asking whether Horowitz may be able to retrieve messages from the phones.

"These reports are troubling and raise concerns about record retention and transparency," Johnson wrote in a letter to DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz.

"Therefore, I respectfully request that your office open an investigation into this matter to determine what, why, and how information was wiped, whether any wrongdoing occurred, and who these devices belonged to."

Sen. Chuck Grassley wrote to Attorney General Bill Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray on Friday, seekingdetails on what actions were taken to recover material deleted from the phones, reports Fox News.

“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.

“Indeed, many officials apparently deleted the records after the DOJ Inspector General began his inquiry into how the Department mishandled Crossfire Hurricane.”

Mueller's report, released in April 2019, found no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to tip the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in Trump’s favor.

But it also did not reach a conclusion on whether the president had obstructed justice.

The investigation did lead to more than 30 indictments, including Manafort, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and longtime Trump friend Roger Stone, whose sentence for seven felony crimes was commuted in July by the president.


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