Yesterday’s bombshell revelation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation supposedly “lost” some five months of text messages between rogue, anti-Trump agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page was widely denounced as unacceptably suspicious, but the text messages should be recoverable, potentially spelling bad news for the subversive government employees. The FBI routinely gleans text messages from private carriers’ backup servers, and thus can do the same to find out what its disgraced agents were discussing between December 14th, 2016 and May 17th, 2017.
According to Ars Technica, “Authorities can often obtain your e-mails and texts by going to Google or AT&T with a simple subpoena.” Moreover, “the major cell carriers, including Verizon and AT&T, responded to at least 1.3 million law enforcement requests for cell phone locations, text messages and other data” in one year alone. Indeed, here are five high-profile cases in which FBI investigations successfully obtained cell phone records using subpoenas.
Just this past Friday, the joint FBI-Las Vegas Police report on the October 1st Mandalay Bay shooting revealed that subpoenas for gunman Stephen Paddock’s telephone records were instrumental in figuring out his whereabouts and motivations (or lack thereof) before the deadly mass shooting.
That same month, the FBI subpoenaed disgraced Louisville Basketball Coach Rick Pitino’s text messages and phone records going back as early as January 2014 – text messages that were sent a full three years before Strzok and Page’s “missing” text conversations.
In the same college basketball bribery scandal, the FBI also hit Oklahoma State University’s program with subpoenas for phone records going back several years.
Similarly, former Subway spokesman and convicted child molester Jared Fogle is currently serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison after the FBI successfully subpoenaed his text messages, in which Fogle admitted to paying for sex with a 16-year-old.
And just a few months ago, the FBI was able to subpoena deleted text messages from Tallahassee City Manager Rick Fernandez to a lobbyist implicating the two in a major corruption scandal.
Why won’t the Bureau do the same for Strzok and Page’s texts?
Stay tuned for more.
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