Documents obtained by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch revealed that the phones of several significant members of Robert Mueller's Russian conspiracy probe were found to have all their data wiped clean prior to being handed over to the Office of the Inspector General.
Around 30 phones were wiped prior to being checked for records, with official explanations ranging from user error and mistaken passwords to intentional clearing for reassignment. For those "accidentally" scrubbed, the documents indicate it occurred when a user attempted to enter an incorrect password too many times in a row.
One of the probe's chief investigators, Andrew Weismann, reportedly wiped two of his three assigned phones.
FBI attorney Lisa Page, who allegedly conspired with ex-lover Peter Strzok to keep the Michael Flynn investigation ongoing, was one whose phone had been "restored to factory settings" before it was received by the inspector general.
Perhaps the most curious case was the phone belonging to assistant special counsel James Quarles which "wiped itself without intervention from him," according to the documents.
Former CIA analyst and commentator Buck Sexton was one of many who found the provided explanations lacking.