The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, is getting ready for a scheduled closed-door deposition on Wednesday with FBI agent Peter “We’ll Stop It” Strzok, who is appearing in response to Goodlatte’s subpoena.  In an interview Sunday with Maria Bartiromo on FOX News, Goodlatte pointed to Strzok as a key figure in both the Hillary and the Russia/Trump investigations, and he made it clear he’s very interested in questioning him about the extremely biased text messages he exchanged with Lisa Page.

 

As we all know by now, the most eyebrow-raising of his texts was sent to Page just eight days after he was placed in charge of investigating Trump.  It suggests more than bias –- it reeks of the desire to act on that bias, and Strzok certainly was in a position to do so.  And the fact that THIS PARTICULAR TEXT wasn’t included in the texts supplied to the IG by the Justice Department --- the IG had to use a painstaking process to turn it up himself --- gives the impression that the DOJ had drawn a red line on what it would and would not reveal and had decided that this was especially damning.


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We all know the message in question.  Lisa Page had written Strzok, “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right?  Right?!”  Well, that’s pretty straightforward.  But Strzok answers more cryptically:  “No.  No he’s not.  We’ll stop it.”

 

What does THAT mean?  Who is “we”?  What are “we” going to “stop”?

 

Now, if this were, say, 1998 and the subject were Bill Clinton, we who knew him well could imagine just how he’d answer a question like this.  Remember how we used to have to parse every word he uttered to figure out his dodge?  (In fact, I think that’s when the word “parse” entered the common language.)  It’s not that hard for a skillful lawyer to finesse an answer that deals with his own state of mind.  After all, who’s to know, besides himself, what was in his mind?  Here’s the type of answer Clinton might give:

 



“Well, I think it all comes down to what the meaning of ’we’...is.  (small smirk)  By ‘we,’ I didn’t mean myself and that woman, Miss Page.  By ‘we,’ I meant, um,  the AMERICAN PEOPLE.  The American people...will stop it...at the BALLOT BOX!  Yeah, that’s the ticket.  Now, I want you to listen to me.  I’m gonna say this again.  (wagging finger)  I did not...use...my...position...against that candidate.  Mr. Trump.  These allegations are FALSE.”

 

I chose a Bill Clinton parody simply to show how easy it is to bamboozle people about what you really meant by something.  The word "is" meant just what was going to get Clinton out of immediate legal jeopardy.  Strzok, I’m sure, is an exceedingly crafty lawyer as well, with access to a host of similarly crafty lawyers.  If he tries to claim his text was about something innocuous like voters stopping Trump at the ballot box, I’m not buying it.

 

For one thing, if Strzok had meant anything other than what we think, he likely would have phrased it differently, as in, “No, he’s not going to get elected,” or “No, people won’t vote for him.”  Also, it was four days after he sent the text that he and Lisa texted about meeting in Andy’s office and discussing the “insurance policy.”  It’s doubtful he can convince anyone that this was about anything but an insurance policy against President Donald J. Trump.  (Claiming you were talking about a literal insurance policy might work if you were in Health and Human Services ha-ha, but not the FBI.)  And let’s not forget Page’s text to Strzok about being in the right place at the right time.  The “stop it” text has to be be taken in context with scores of viciously anti-Trump messages.  When that is done, any ambiguity falls away.

 

So let’s all put on our skeptics’ hats and hold them on through what are bound to be powerful gusts of wind from the witness chair.  These seasoned lawyers have spent years shielding themselves from public view, and they’re not likely to “stop it” now.

 

https://nypost.com/2018/06/23/fbi-agent-peter-strzok-subpoenaed-by-house-panel/

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  • Amelia Little

    07/29/2018 12:04 PM

    Hmmm.....maybe comey will really move to Canada--and hopefully denounce his US citizenship and become a Canadian. No loss to our country, for sure. All those hoolywood elites who promised to leave the US (come to think of it, didn't hear any of them say they would denounce their US citizenship, hopefully they would) if Trump became President need to do that. Guess they think screaming anti-Trump stuff at their "prestigious" awards is important.

  • Terri Matthews

    06/26/2018 04:37 PM

    Clinton and the corrupt FBI/DOJ will never face any legal proceedings. Clinton is the head of the world Cabal along with Soros! It is true there is a higher group of leaders and they run the world, people may think that elections mean something when the truth is all of the planets inhabitants are ruled by the Cabal acting like gods. I've given up ever hoping that the Clinton's would have some consequences to their illegal activity but they obviously are untouchable. The next time I decide to do something illegal I will just use the Clinton defense, "Do as I say NOT as I do"

  • Elaine Keith

    06/26/2018 02:34 PM

    Why is it that the American Public was able to see and hear other testimonies in this case, but not see and hear Peter Strzok? Is it another case of preferential treatment (as in Hillary)? President Trump seems to agree and he thinks we, the people, should have complete transparency here. How do we get it?

  • Gayle Johnson

    06/26/2018 11:06 AM

    I agree with the comments already posted by other readers; I don't think anyone in the FBI and DOJ will be held accountable for what they have done.
    I support President Trump (both monetarily and ethically) and believe he is doing his best to MAGA, however, I lost trust in the rest of our government (Congress) decades ago. Beginning in the 80s, through the 90s, and still today, I was/am cynical of the do nothing Congress. The only thing Congress does is obstruct the things President Trump wants to do; MAGA!
    In the 2000s I began to follow what was going on in our country, especially during the 8 year reign of BHO (saying his name or hearing his voice makes me gag). I sighed a breath of relief when his reign (and Hillary's defeat) ended.
    I am appalled with what has been happening in this country for the past year and a half, with the CONSTANT bashing of President Trump, his family, and his staff, by the media, through the Hollywood elitists and non-comedians, and the Democrats and liberals. IT NEEDS TO STOP, NOW!!! With all the hate that is being spewed by the media, through the Hollywood elitists and non-comedians, and the Democrats and liberals, is it any wonder why we have been having mass shootings?

  • Vicki A. Browder

    06/25/2018 11:37 PM

    Gov. Huckabee,
    I truly believe with this being a closed hearing he will simply crawfish on many questions, or refuse to answer due to ongoing investigations, or maybe just plead the 5th!...
    I do not expect them to learn much of anything from him, UNLESS, they get lucky enough and he rolls over on another employee or if they get really lucky, even someone much further up the ladder than himself!..

  • Elaine Liming

    06/25/2018 11:35 PM

    I agree with many of the comments below---If he takes the 5th---arrest him---let him go to trial. Let the Jury do their job.

  • Norris Harod

    06/25/2018 07:26 PM

    When he takes the 5th, then immediately charge and arrest him, them prosecute him in a regular trial asap.

  • Norris Harod

    06/25/2018 07:05 PM

    When he takes the 5th, then immediately charge and arrest him, them prosecute him in a regular trial asap.

  • Mrs Ann Smith

    06/25/2018 05:29 PM

    When is the Law of Sedition going to be applied, please?

  • JC Holland

    06/25/2018 05:25 PM

    Who cares if this traitor testifies, he'll just lie. Nothing ever seems to happen to liars who testify.
    Why not give him full immunity to get the real truth and bring down the rest of the pond scum.
    Better to get some of them rather then nobody like we have now.

  • michael j eberhart

    06/25/2018 04:12 PM

    i think you nailed it huck

  • Jerry Tipps

    06/25/2018 01:53 PM

    Honestly, I believe that ALL of this “E “connecred” person that is screaming “BLOODY MURDER”, pointing fingers, and desperately trying to “shift our focus away” from THEM by causing Trump-bashing-and-firestorms everywhere. That one reason is that the “99.99% sure thing” (Hillary being elected), people, ALL of THESE people (and their supporting cast of fake news and political DOJ Leaders), had “bet their farms” on getting rich at the public’s expense and now they are desperate. We are witnessing desperate people (starting with Hillary), doing illegal and desperate things to keep from getting caught!
    God help us if ANY of them get away with this!

  • Dianna Huhn

    06/25/2018 01:14 PM

    If he lives that long. Witnesses are dying the day before they are to testify. The Word of God says, Because judgement is not executed speedily, it is fully set in the heart of man to do wrong. How many more witnesses, congressmen and women, and children will die before the indictments are unsealed? Trust the plan? No. Trust God. He hastens His word to perform it. Jer. 1:12

  • Ken Gibson

    06/25/2018 12:39 PM

    This is exactly how it will go down -- He will use parsing of words similar to what you believe. He will also say that at no point did his personal animus effect his professional ethics & responsibility to ensure a fair investigation and he is proud of the work he performed because it reflects that one can separate personal feelings from professional work. The MSM will eat it up, headlines will be "Strozk confirms no bias in investigations" and all will be swept under the rug. That's the way it works as long as the liberal press controls the narrative which, unfortunately, they now do in America.

  • rodney burke

    06/25/2018 12:27 PM

    again, time for the gloves to come off. And this Strzok freak get hammered. the lies won't work this time. We wren't stupid like in the Bill Clinton era. no it's time for Goodlatte and his ilk to be just as vicious at the FBI as they have been to Trump and Co. It is time for top tier to be in jail. And Rosenstein as well.

  • Patricia Mcglohon

    06/25/2018 12:24 PM

    This is deeply disturbing that the FBI is involved in obstructing or trying to stop our American way to vote and let our votes count. Wow! I'm kinda surprised but always suspected something like this was going on. I was a kid when Watergate happened so it's not a total shock. I'm so happy we have Mr. TRUMP and have confidence that God will surely bring things to light. In the meantime I will keep praying.

  • Angelyn Smith

    06/25/2018 12:22 PM

    I am 75 years old and never thought I would ever witness anything like the messes we are currently experiencing in our government and beloved country. The utter corruption and selfishness of so many in leadership positions is sickening and more than a little frightening. I get the distinct feeling that many of them would gladly bring down this country and destroy our way of life rather than admit they are/were wrong or just do the right thing for the good of all. I have to remind myself daily that "we wrestle not with flesh and blood but with the powers of darkness in high places". I feel like so many in high positions of authority in our country have sold their souls to Satan and don't even know what they've done or are doing. Praying daily that he will continue to guide and protect the ones trying to do what's right; as well as for strength and courage to endure with a right attitude and fortitude to deal with the eventual fallout.

  • Denise Terry

    06/25/2018 12:22 PM

    Thank you for always speaking the truth and helping those of us who don't always understand what is going on in our government! Thank you, too, for being true to your faith in our Lord. I also want to commend you and your wife on raising such a great role model for young women in this country. Sarah continues to amaze me at her diplomacy, intelligence, and devotion to her job. I believe that she is in her current role "for such a time as this". I'm sorry to hear of what happened to her and her family. I pray for her and God's favor to be on her and her family.

  • Frances Hubbard

    06/25/2018 12:10 PM

    I can't believe what's going on in America today, and I really don't believe Strzok nor Page
    will face any charges,now on the other hand if this was a Republican, the Democrates
    wouldn't let up until full charges were filed and prison time was served, I'm sure
    Strzok and Page already know how to answer every question that will be asked,I'm just
    ready for the Republicans to start standing up to the Democrates! when are these people
    going to start serving time for their criminal acts? And why are these people still getting paid?
    I am So fed up with Comey,Clintons,Mueller and Rosenstein!

  • Stephen K Lentz

    06/25/2018 12:05 PM

    Just another "do nothing hearing The guy will say nothing worth while and the rinos will just nod and say "that sounds good" AND how much is THIS costing the American taxpayer??

  • Margo netherlands

    06/25/2018 10:17 AM

    ANYONE with a smidgeon of honesty must admit that the entire investigation is tainted. this moment in history will either restore or destroy americans trust in gvt...the trust that MANY corrupt politicians have destroyed.

  • Mike Grayson

    06/25/2018 10:11 AM

    If those on the committee are smart, they follow your blog and will be prepared to deal with Strzok.