Last week both The New York Times and The Washington Post reported that lead FBI Investigator Peter Strzok sent “Trump hate” texts to a mistress of his. Now the scandal is not only the anti-Trump texts — apparently the fact he has a mistress isn’t a big deal — but also he was never fired, just demoted in a very hush, hush way.
Yes, it seems like special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s probe is a team of anti-Trumpers.
Strzok used to work as former FBI Director James Comey’s top lieutenant. During the time Comey was still director, he was instrumental in the early investigation in the supposed collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
As you can imagine, this dude is pretty biased.
Via Daily Wire: But then it was revealed that before that, Strzok led the investigation into Clinton’s email scandal and sat in on her “interview” with the Bureau (during which she was not under oath and for which no transcript or tape has ever been produced). And Strzok also led interviews with all of Clinton’s top aides: Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, Jake Sullivan and Heather Samuelson.
“Electronic records show Peter Strzok, who led the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server as the No. 2 official in the counterintelligence division, changed Comey’s earlier draft language describing Clinton’s actions as ‘grossly negligent’ to ‘extremely careless,’ the sources said,” CNN reported.
It doesn’t stop there, though.
According to Fox News, Strzok was a “key figure in the chain of events when the bureau, in 2016, received the infamous anti-Trump ‘dossier’ and launched a counterintelligence investigation into Russian meddling in the election that ultimately came to encompass FISA surveillance of a Trump campaign associate.”
The dossier was a compilation of rumors and lies about Trump put together by an opposition research team contracted by Democrats called Fusion GPS. Fusion’s records, obtained by House investigators, show the dossier was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
His web widens even more…
Strzok was one of two FBI agents whom initially interviewed former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, back in January, reports an intelligence official.
So Strzok just happened to be everywhere, his fingerprints on everything — Trump, Hillary, the dossier, Flynn. Quite a coincidence.
Back to Mueller. The special prosecutor didn’t announce the termination of Strzok, nor his reassignment. Instead, word just leaked out. Both Mueller and the Justice Department kept the information of Strzok’s biased texts from House investigators, who had been demanding more information for weeks — had even issued subpoenas.
“Oh, and the woman with whom he supposedly exchanged anti-Trump texts, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, worked for both Mr. Mueller and deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, who was accused of a conflict of interest in the Clinton probe when it came out that Clinton allies had donated to the political campaign of Mr. McCabe’s wife,” the Wall Street Journal reported. “The texts haven’t been publicly released, but it’s fair to assume their anti-Trump bias must be clear for Mr. Mueller to reassign such a senior agent.”
Some are praising Mueller for removing the biased agent, but most think it’s him trying to bury the whole thing.
And if you do the digging, it certainly seems more the latter.
The very underpinnings of the Trump-Russia collusion probe were predicated on the infamous dossier, which may also have led to the government wiretapping Trump officials (again, the House has demanded information about the surveillance, but both the FBI and Justice are stonewalling).
“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mr. Mueller, is also playing an increasingly questionable role in resisting congressional oversight. Justice has floated multiple reasons for ignoring House subpoenas, none of them persuasive,” the Journal said.
“First it claimed cooperation would hurt the Mueller probe, but his prosecutions are proceeding apace. Then Justice claimed that providing House investigators with classified material could hurt security or sources. But House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes has as broad a security clearance as nearly anyone in government. Recently Justice said it can’t interfere with a probe by the Justice Department Inspector General—as if an IG trumps congressional oversight.”
So, despite CNN’s take — “Trump’s Russia defense in disarray” — it’s really Mueller that has the huge problem. The avuncular, 73 year old who led the FBI for a dozen years is now so utterly compromised that there’s no way he can continue to lead the probe into Trump and Russia.