June 28, 2018

Wouldn’t you know it?  I go to all the trouble of suggesting 20 questions for the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees to ask FBI agent Peter Strzok in his much-anticipated closed-door hearing on Wednesday, and he hardly answers anything.  Sure, mine were mostly tongue-in-cheek, but come on.  I’m sure the committees had plenty of extremely important questions for him, and he was essentially non-responsive over the course of several hours.


At least that’s the impression given in the brief reports that followed the testimony of the anti-Trump crusader.  Committee members were not buying.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia said, “Unfortunately, FBI counsel ordered Mr. Strzok not to answer many of the legitimate questions he was asked.  We intend to hold a public hearing soon.”

 RELATED READING:  20 Questions for Peter Strzok

Strzok was supposed to be there to address the obvious political bias in his texts with FBI colleague and extramarital squeeze Lisa Page, clarify his role in the Trump/Russia investigation and shed light on the exoneration of Hillary over her clearly illegal use of a private server while Secretary of State and her clearly illegal destruction of subpoenaed evidence.  But not much light was shed.  According to Freedom Caucus member Ron DeSantis of Florida, “It was a waste --- Strzok is full of it and kept hiding behind [the] classified information excuse.”


Gee, that seems odd, because it was his lawyer who insisted just the other day that Strzok was eager to testify, to set the record straight on what he considers to be a mischaracterization –- even a caricature –- of him.  For someone so eager to testify, he really was not forthcoming at all.  The committees got the runaround.


Sorry, this is classified.  The investigation is ongoing.  My lawyer advises me, blah blah blah.  Sorry, Mr. Strzok, that dog won’t hunt.  The people in the room had security clearances, not to mention the constitutional duty to oversee the FBI, and they are sick and tired of getting the Readers Digest version of critical documents.  The same goes for your heavily edited and self-serving testimony.


My understanding is that Strzok wasn’t even testifying under oath.  If that is true, why wasn’t he sworn in?  And why should he get to decide which questions he will and will not answer?  Who does he think he is, Hillary Clinton? 


Incidentally, I thought Strzok really might “pull a Bill Clinton” when I saw the video of him walking down the hall to the hearing.  It was not my imagination –- he actually did have that same little self-satisfied, cat-that-ate-the-canary half-smile that we saw on Bill when he hid behind the meaning of the word “is.”  He must have known in advance that he’d be able to cover his behind, at least for one more day.


Inspector General Michael Horowitz is still working on a report that will examine Strzok’s role in the Trump/Russia investigation, including the use of the FISA court to get warrants to target (SPY ON) Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.  Word from the hearing was that Strzok claimed he’d had nothing to do with the warrant on Carter Page.  Really?  Strzok was the lead investigator!  There is no way something like that would have been done without his knowledge and consent.  Again:  committee members, not buying.


According to Catherine Herridge for FOX News, Republicans on the committees “remain convinced” that Strzok’s anti-Trump bias “infected the FBI investigations.”


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The Judiciary Committee had said the hearing would involve both classified and unclassified information to “sort through” before a public hearing took place.  “A public hearing will be held!” they assured us.  So perhaps we should just look at this closed-door hearing as a preliminary step --- a run-through to give the committees a chance to determine what to cover in the public hearing and how they’re going to handle Strzok.  My first suggestion:  SWEAR HIM IN.


It’s the public hearing that will tell the tale.  And, hey, maybe they’ll throw in a few of my 20 questions!  But I get the impression his lawyer might object.




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  • Betty Gayheart

    06/28/2018 08:46 PM

    I think it is an absolute shame there are two tiers of justice - one for the hard working American people who really care about their country and one for the corrupt people in positions of authority who don't give a hoot as long as they can pad their bank accounts. #JusticeDelayedIsJusticeDenied #HoldtheDemsResponsible

  • rodney burke

    06/28/2018 04:34 PM

    Pete can run but he can't hide, forever. the "Classified " dodge won't fly once he gets in open hearings. any attempt to hide behind the fifth or such, is a clear admission of guilt. he and Rosenstein are clear cases of TDS. We KNOW who is guilty, the evidence keeps piling up. No more Mr. Nice guy. Time to be vicious and drag it out of Pete. All of it. he is the criminal in chief, now, who was directing him or did he do it on his own? Comey and McCabe are mentally ill with liberalism, that is apparent. Get the ovomit, Lynch and Rice there also. With each passing day, the stench of ovomit gets worse and worse. Time for some people to pay. Not Brennan and Clapper. Administration people and their lawyers. They are giving the legal profession a rotten name.

  • Gertrude Stoner

    06/28/2018 04:21 PM

    I never thought he would be forthcoming with anything of value. He is after all a liar and cheat, how could anyone expect any good to come of this, and even if he had been sworn in what difference would it have made? They are obviously not afraid of prosecution. Look at the Clintons and others who have slithered out from under any sort of retribution. I am thoroughly disgusted!

  • Carol Breeden

    06/28/2018 01:08 PM

    Seeing how this is a spiritual battle, is it possible that Obama (or someone) has been able to "brain-wash" his people to think that he is actually right and everybody else wrong? Could they be under his spell? This is not exactly the scenario of the "Left Behind" fictional series but it is similar in some ways.....right down to to deaths of those who get in their way. The Bible does say that evil will "wax worse" in the end times. Our battle is not flesh and blood but principalities and powers in high places. "High Places" are to be torn down. Perhaps this is intended to cause God's people to take their rightful positions and spiritually tear down the "High Places". At any rate, it is ALL very evil.

  • Suzanne Utts

    06/28/2018 12:36 PM

    Surely you didn't think Strzok would answer questions! I think most Americans expected Strzok to do exactly what he did! Most of us see this is a lot of smoke and mirrors and an expensive dog and pony show. We have lost faith in our government to deal wisely with criminals because most at the top are criminals themselves and "There is an honor among thieves."

  • Rhonda Hughes

    06/28/2018 11:08 AM

    Maybe he is afraid to open his mouth because he doesn't want to be the next to "commit suicide", or have an unfortunate " accident ".... just my thought........

  • Marilynn Hoyt

    06/28/2018 10:25 AM

    I'm shocked that the FBI paid for his attorney!!! He should be on the outside looking in at this point in time and have to come up with his own attorney!!!

  • Stephen Russell

    06/28/2018 09:44 AM

    Have Peter S & FBI Counsel reply to questions, name names. Subopena ALL.
    Shake up FBI & DOJ alone. NO exceptions, even lowly GS1s can be called in. Why not

  • Anthony Silverence

    06/28/2018 09:19 AM

    Hey Huck,
    Did you really think this guy Strzok was gonna answer any questions? He lawyered up and he wasn't gonna say anything. Fact is, he's likely gonna go through a Divorce trial soon and saying anything might cause him grief down the line. Not to mention his job is in jeopardy. So no, there was no way he was gonna come clean.