WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s inspector general has given recommendations to the FBI on how more reliably to store and retain text messages from employees.

The recommendations were made in a watchdog report Tuesday.

The inspector general began looking into the issue after the FBI said that, for technical reasons, it was missing months of messages exchanged between former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page. Both officials were part of the FBI teams investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The discovery of anti-Trump text messages led special counsel Robert Mueller to remove Strzok from his team.

The missing text messages were later recovered.

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