Over two dozen Mueller team phones ‘accidentally’ wiped before DOJ could review them

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A number of cell phones belonging to members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team were “accidentally” wiped before the devices could be reviewed by the Justice Department inspector general.

That’s according to 87 pages of DOJ records released Thursday under a Freedom of Information Act request from the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.

The records show the phones were wiped of data before the DOJ’s Office of Inspector General could review the devices because of forgotten passcodes, irreparable screen damage, loss of the device, intentional deletion or other reasons, Fox News reported.

At least 27 phones were reportedly wiped of data, with some reset to factory settings and others wiped “accidentally” after entering the wrong password too many times.

The phones detailing the activity of key members of the anti-Trump probe had been requested by the inspector general, The Federalist’s Sean Davis reported, after a deep dive into the documents — Davis was the first to report on the devices being wiped.


Turns out, Andrew Weismann, a top prosecutor on Mueller’s team, “accidentally wiped” two cell phones, according to Davis.

The documents also showed that a phone belonging to top Mueller Deputy James Quarles “wiped itself.”

As Davis reported in a tweet, a key tactic used by the Mueller team was to put the phones in airplane mode, lock them, and then claim they didn’t have the password.

Other Mueller deputies involved include Kyle Freeny and Rush Atkinson:

The documents also show that the cell phone of FBI lawyer Lisa Page had been lost by the Mueller team, and when it was eventually obtained by the inspector general, it had been wiped clean of all data — reportedly two weeks after she left the team.

Page’s phone was found to be in the custody of DOJ official Christopher Greer.


Page was involved in the initial “Crossfire Hurricane” probe of the Trump campaign, and was also an early member of Mueller’s team, as was her illicit lover, Peter Strzok, the fired FBI agent she was having an affair with.

The lovers were removed from Mueller’s team after anti-Trump text messages were discovered.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., responded to a National Review article on the issue by tweeting: “If Robert Mueller had nothing to hide, why did he wipe the data from 27 phones used by his team?”

Richard Grenell, the former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, went even further, citing a tweet from Davis to say: “This is criminal. But in Washington, DC it’s Thursday.”

As for assessments of the findings, it’s fair to say that skepticism was a common theme.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:



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