Imagine that you are a prosecutor who is investigating the President of the United States for potential crime and you are guilty of the same crime you are investigating.
Not only are you guilty of that crime but you have successfully nabbed other people you are investigating on that crime. That is what former Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s team could have potentially done, Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell said, BizPac Review reported.
Speaking Thursday on Fox Business Network’s “The Evening Edit,” she responded to breaking news that 27 of the phones used by Mueller’s team had been wiped clean before the Department of Justice’s inspector general could scrutinize them.
She added that she’d pressed the DOJ IG to no avail in 2018 to collect all of the team’s phones there and then to prevent their possible future destruction.
“I wrote about it in an article in 2018 complaining that Rosenstein and Mueller allowed the Strzok/Page cell phones from the special counsel operation to be destroyed, and I demanded that the IG seize the other phones then and collect all the evidence off of them,” Powell said.
“And then the IG lets this happen. All of those phones should have been seized while at the end of the special counsel operation while they were still doing it, and they should have nailed every one of them,” she said.
In 2018 the Department of Justice Inspector General released a report that showed that the phones of former FBI special agent Peter Strzok and his lover, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, had been reset.
But rather than seizing all of the other phones before they could be reset the Inspector General did nothing.
On Thursday the Department of Justice released 87 pages of records, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch.
The report showed that at least 27 phones of Mueller team members had been “accidentally wiped.”
Senator Chuck Grassley was furious about the news that the phones were wiped and wants answers from the Department of Justice, PJ Media reported.
“It appears that Special Counsel Mueller’s team may have deleted federal records that could be key to better understand their decision-making process as they pursued their investigation and wrote their report,” he said in a letter addressed to Attorney General Bill Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray. “Indeed, many officials apparently deleted the records after the DOJ Inspector General began his inquiry into how the Department mishandled Crossfire Hurricane.”
“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,” he said.
Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Devin Nunes were also skeptical of Mueller’s team “accidentally” wiping that many phones, in some cases by typing the incorrect password too many times.
“I’m not a lawyer, but I am aware of the concept of anticipatory obstruction of justice,” the senator said on Fox News.
“It’s an amazing coincidence that all these professional investigators kept accidentally wiping their phones,” Rep. Nunes said. “You’d think these people could come up with a more believable excuse for hiding evidence.”