In an interview published on Thursday, Rudy Giuliani, former NYC Mayor and current attorney and legal counsel for President Trump said that special counsel Robert Mueller should be investigated over the disappearance of text messages sent by Peter Strzok, a former FBI official removed from Mr. Mueller’s probe into the 2016 presidential election over remarks he made during the race disparaging of Mr. Trump, according to a Washington Times report.
“Mueller should be investigated for destruction of evidence, for allowing those text messages from Strzok to be erased, messages that would show the state of mind and tactics of his lead anti-Trump FBI agent at the start of his probe,” Mr. Giuliani told The Hill.
“That should be investigated, damn it, that should be investigated fully. You want a special counsel, get one for that,” Mr. Giuliani said, The Hill reported.
Mr. Strzok, 48, a former counterintelligence official, participated in the special counsel’s investigation into the 2016 election prior to being removed in July 2017 over the discovery of text messages he sent during the race to another FBI employee, lawyer Lisa Page, in which they ranted against Mr. Trump. He was subsequently fired from the bureau on Aug. 10, 2018.
A report published this month by the Department of Justice’s internal watchdog revealed that “technical problems” prevented the FBI from recovering thousands of text messages sent and received by Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page on their government-issued cellphones.
Asked if he felt the erasure of the messages was deliberate, Mr Giuliani referred to the destruction of a Watergate-era recording by Richard Nixon’s loyal secretary.
“It’s actually worse than Rose Mary Woods,” he explained. “She erased less than 19 minutes of conversation, but the FBI got rid of more than 19,000 messages and the messages from the time Strzok and Page worked for Mueller are lost forever.”
Mr Giuliani said prosecutors should be investigated for using the Christopher Steele dossier, which he termed a “piece of garbage”, to justify a search warrant on a Trump advisor without telling the court it was paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The dossier was actually the result of opposition research work initially paid for by conservative donor Peter Singer, owner of the Washington Free Beacon. The Clinton campaign picked up the tab after Mr Trump won the Republican nomination.
To date, Mueller’s team has charged four Americans once affiliated with Trump’s campaign or administration – Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, Paul Manafort and George Papadopoulos. Also, 13 Russian nationals, 12 Russian intelligence officers, three Russian companies, and two other people have also been charged. Michael Flynn, Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyer, was recently sentenced to three years in jail for making hush money payments to two women on behalf of Mr. Trump on the eve of the election.
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