The Mueller Angry Democrats recently deleted approximately 19,000 Text messages between FBI Agent Lisa Page and her lover, Agent Peter S. These Texts were asked for and INVALUABLE to the truth of the Witch Hunt Hoax. This is a total Obstruction of Justice. All Texts Demanded!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2018
There are some major factual problems with Trump’s claim, we found. First, a new report from the Justice Department’s internal watchdog suggests the roughly 19,000 messages slipped through the cracks due to technical glitches with the FBI’s data-collection tool on Samsung devices, not because Strzok and Page went around the system. Second, perhaps most importantly, while the messages were initially not captured, they have since been recovered. Trump’s claim gives the false impression the texts are still unaccounted. In fact, at least a portion of the recovered texts were given to Congress and described in press reports. Some messages between Strzok and Page were published by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General in a June 2018 report.
Lying and defaming have always been Trump's go-to when he faces criticism. He's relied upon smears ranging from name-calling (pig, fat, ugly, disgusting, liar) to outright false accusations against his critics and accusers, sometimes with attempts to damage them professionally. Anyone who has paid attention to Trump since he became a New York gossip fixture in the 80s--much of the gossip promulgated by Trump himself--knew this about his tactics 30 years ago. It's an approach he learned under the tutelage of his first fixer, sleazy disbarred lawyer, Roy Cohn.