More than two dozen cell phones belonging to members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team were “wiped” clean of their data before the Justice Department’s inspector general could check them.
Newly released DOJ records show the phones were wiped of the data because of forgotten passcodes, irreparable screen damage, loss of the device and intentional deletion.
The records were released after a lawsuit from the watchdog group Judicial Watch.
Mueller deputy Andrew Weissman said he “accidentally wiped” his device twice after he entered the wrong passcode too many times in March 2018.
Attorney James Quarles’ phone “wiped itself” of the data without his input, say the , the network reported.
The documents also show that a phone belonging to then-FBI attorney Lisa Page – who exchanged anti-Trump texts with fellow agent Peter Strzok — was restored to factory settings before the Inspector General’s Office got it.