More than two dozen phones belonging to members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team were wiped clean of data before the Justice Department’s inspector general could comb them for records, the DOJ said in records released Thursday.
Source: Pages 49-52 from This Document.
UPDATE: Counting the phones which were “reassigned,” the Special Counsel’s Office wiped 31 phones before they could be checked for records.
CLAIM: Accidentally Wiped
Andrew Weismann, a top prosecutor on Mueller’s team, “accidentally wiped” his cell phone, causing the data to be lost. Other members of the team also accidentally wiped their phones, the DOJ said.
Not to mention the usage of a texting app so they couldn’t retrieve any messages if they don’t show up— Logan McKenna (@LoganMcKennaa) September 10, 2020
According to Apple’s Security Guide, it would’ve taken Andrew Weissmann a minimum of 1 hour and 36 minutes to “accidentally” wipe his phone.
Lisa Page’s Phone
“Additionally, the cell phone of FBI lawyer Lisa Page was misplaced by the special counsel’s office. While it was eventually obtained by the DOJ inspector general, by that point the phone had been restored to its factory settings, wiping it of all data.– National Review
Relevant portion from the 2018 IG report: pic.twitter.com/38BvdyjrHA— Ivan Pentchoukov (@IvanPentchoukov) September 10, 2020