Trump overstates missing texts involving FBI agent - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Trump overstates missing texts involving FBI agent

Posted: Updated:

By ERIC TUCKER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is tweeting about missing text messages involving an FBI agent reassigned from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. But he's overstating the number of missing texts.

Trump on Tuesday called news the FBI was missing five months' worth of texts from the agent, Peter Strzok, "one of the biggest stories in a long time." Strzok was removed from Mueller's team following the discovery of anti-Trump text messages exchanged with an FBI lawyer.

Trump suggested incorrectly the number of missing messages was "perhaps 50,000." The Justice Department says that's the overall number of messages found on FBI servers.

The FBI says a technical system glitch caused messages between December 2016 and May 2017 to not have been properly stored.

The Justice Department is seeking to recover the messages.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • MGM sues Vegas shooting victims in push to avoid liability

    MGM sues Vegas shooting victims in push to avoid liability

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 5:44 AM EDT2018-07-18 09:44:53 GMT
    MGM Resorts International has sued hundreds of victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in a bid to avoid liability for the gunfire that rained down from its Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las...More >>
    MGM Resorts International has sued hundreds of victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in a bid to avoid liability for the gunfire that rained down from its Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas.More >>
  • Hawaii lava boat tours continue after explosion, injuries

    Hawaii lava boat tours continue after explosion, injuries

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 5:44 AM EDT2018-07-18 09:44:38 GMT
    (Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources via AP). This photo provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources shows damage to the roof of a tour boat after an explosion sent lava flying through the roof off the Big Island of Hawa...(Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources via AP). This photo provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources shows damage to the roof of a tour boat after an explosion sent lava flying through the roof off the Big Island of Hawa...
    Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a...More >>
    Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 people.More >>
  • Smoke clogs Yosemite Valley as firefighters battle blaze

    Smoke clogs Yosemite Valley as firefighters battle blaze

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 5:44 AM EDT2018-07-18 09:44:22 GMT
    (AP Photo/Noah Berger). The Ferguson Fire burns along a ridgeline in unincorporated Mariposa County, Calif, on Monday, July 16, 2018.(AP Photo/Noah Berger). The Ferguson Fire burns along a ridgeline in unincorporated Mariposa County, Calif, on Monday, July 16, 2018.
    Hot and dry weather is hindering efforts to slow the growth of a wildfire near Yosemite National Park that killed a California firefighter.More >>
    Hot and dry weather is hindering efforts to slow the growth of a wildfire near Yosemite National Park that killed a California firefighter.More >>
  • More NewsMore>>

  • Beautiful And Dry Start To The Middle Of The Week

    Beautiful And Dry Start To The Middle Of The Week

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 6:46 AM EDT2018-07-18 10:46:02 GMT
    Happy Wednesday to you! Temperatures will reach a pleasant high in the upper 70s later this afternoon. A healthy balance of sun and clouds will be the star of today’s show! Along with a beautiful looking day, it will feel nice as well! Dewpoints will remain in the low 50s making conditions comfortable! Thursday will feature sunshine and temperatures creeping back into the 80s. The first half of Friday is looking nice with the humidity starting to increase at the end of the da...More >>
    Happy Wednesday to you! Temperatures will reach a pleasant high in the upper 70s later this afternoon. A healthy balance of sun and clouds will be the star of today’s show! Along with a beautiful looking day, it will feel nice as well! Dewpoints will remain in the low 50s making conditions comfortable! Thursday will feature sunshine and temperatures creeping back into the 80s. The first half of Friday is looking nice with the humidity starting to increase at the end of the da...More >>
  • Valley restaurant offering free hot dogs today

    Valley restaurant offering free hot dogs today

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 5:24 AM EDT2018-07-18 09:24:22 GMT

    A Valley eatery is observing National Hot Dog Day by offering customers a freebie. 

    More >>

    A Valley eatery is observing National Hot Dog Day by offering customers a freebie. 

    More >>
  • One dead in Youngstown motorcycle crash

    One dead in Youngstown motorcycle crash

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 5:00 AM EDT2018-07-18 09:00:30 GMT

    Route 422 is open again on Youngstown's East Side after a deadly motorcycle crash closed part of the highway early Wednesday.

    More >>

    Route 422 is open again on Youngstown's East Side after a deadly motorcycle crash closed part of the highway early Wednesday.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms