That time frame also includes the firing of ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as well then-FBI director James Comey. It also corresponds with the emergence of the Russian dossier. The FBI duo, who reportedly were romantically involved, exchanged 50,000-plus text messages according to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who says the Justice Department will leave no stone unturned in trying to find out what happened to the missing data.
Recall that the federal government also said it lost thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails and also misplaced emails in the investigation of IRS harassment of conservative and Tea Party nonprofit groups. There are also reports that the FBI and DOJ decided to clear Hillary Clinton of any wrongdoing in the email/server scandal even before completing the investigation.
Democrats and their gullible stenographers in the mainstream media (a.k.a. the opposition party) claim that criticism of the FBI is disrespectful to rank-and-file agents, but it's the agency's politicized senior management -- not the agents -- that, for good reason, is coming under scrutiny. Some GOP lawmakers have called for a special prosecutor to look into FBI/Justice Department misconduct.
According to an Op-Ed by James Bovard in The Hill, FBI alleged evidence suppression is hardly a unique phenomenon. Take, for example, Watergate, Ruby Ridge, Branch Davidian (the compound where about 80 people died), Cliven Bundy, and Hillary Clinton cases.
Conservatives are caterwauling about the vanished evidence but this type of tactic has long been standard procedure for the FBI... The FBI has a long history of “losing” evidence that would tarnish its halo. And for most of the agency’s history, judges and Congress have let the FBI sweep its dirt under the rug...
Bovard provides some examples.
Acting FBI chief Patrick Gray was forced to resign in 1973 after it was revealed that he had burned incriminating evidence from the White House in his fireplace...
In the Ruby Ridge case, when an FBI sniper gunned down an Idaho mother holding her baby in 1992, the chief of the FBI’s Violence Crimes division was sent to prison for destroying evidence...
The FBI suppressed mounds of evidence regarding its final assault on the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, on April 19, 1993...
FBI evidence shenanigans destroyed the prosecution of Cliven Bundy, the Nevadan rancher who was involved in a high-profile standoff with federal agents in 2014...
A month before the 2016 election, Americans learned that the FBI agreed to destroy the laptops of top Hillary Clinton aides after a limited examination of their contents (including a promise not to examine any emails or content after January 31, 2015) in its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Once respected the world over as one of democracy’s greatest law enforcement creations, the FBI was reduced to the role of political enabler, banana-republic-style, during the Obama years because of the way its top echelon operated, Natural News asserted earlier this week. (Related: Read more about government lawlessness at DeepState.news).
U.S. Rep John Radcliffe (R-Texas) has even suggested that a secret society made up of DOJ/FBI officials may have been actively working against Donald Trump.
The whole trumped-up, as it were, Russia narrative and Mueller investigation of Trump may have been prompted by a disturbing, police state-like abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Service Act. There is strong speculation that the Obama administration used the discredited Trump dossier as a pretext to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. That's why Republican lawmakers are pushing for the release of a four-page classified memo that purportedly may summarize wrongdoing by the Obama cohort in this context.
Recall that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee reportedly paid a former British intelligence agent with Kremlin contacts $9 million for the dossier. The FBI reportedly chipped in too. As Natural News founding editor Mike Adams wrote last week, the magnitude of this scandal could make Watergate look like child’s play.