A top Republican investigator is demanding answers after at least two dozen phones belonging to members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team were “wiped” of their data before Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigators could review them.
“It appears that Special Counsel Mueller’s team may have deleted federal records that could be key to better understanding their decision-making process as they pursued their investigation and wrote their report,” Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa wrote to the Justice Department and the FBI on Friday. “Indeed, many officials apparently deleted the records after the DOJ Inspector General began his inquiry into how the Department mishandled Crossfire Hurricane. Moreover, based on this new information, the number of times and the stated reasons for the deletions calls into question whether or not it was a widespread intentional effort.”
The revelation was contained within 87 pages of partially redacted Justice Department records released through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought