Recently released Department of Justice documents reveal multiple members of then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team “wiped” their phones during the Russia investigation.
The records show that phones were wiped for a variety of reasons including forgotten passwords, irreparable screen damage, loss of the device and intentional deletion.
All of the phones were wiped of information before the Office of Inspector General could review the devices.
Mueller deputy Andrew Weismann “accidentally wiped” his phone because he “entered password too many times” in March 2018.
Lawyer James Quarles’ phone “wiped itself without intervention,” though Quarles said he didn’t have any work-related information the device.
FBI Lawyer Lisa Page’s phone was also said to be “restored to factory settings” when the DOJ received it.
At least 12 other officials whose names were redacted claimed to have “accidentally” wiped their phones or unintentionally returned them to factory settings. As many