“Agent Peter Strzok was just fired from the FBI – finally. The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer and longer. Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped? It is a total Hoax, No Collusion, No Obstruction – I just fight back!”
That’s President Trump, breaking the news of deputy FBI Director Peter Strzok’s firing on Twitter (where else?) on Monday. Strzok had been at the FBI for 22 years. Incredibly, this partisan anti-Trump hack managed to get himself put in charge of both Hillary Clinton’s sham email “investigation” and the Russia/Trump “collusion” probe. If he and his paramour Lisa Page hadn’t immortalized their extreme bias through many candid text messages, we probably would never have known about the feelings motivating their actions at the FBI.
And don’t tell me, as Strzok smugly tried to do before Congress, that his actions and their outcomes weren’t affected by his deep political bias against Trump and his supporters. (Inspector General Michael Horowitz gave him the benefit of the doubt on that, but his reasoning is unfathomable.) The decisions made to protect Hillary and keep her viable as a candidate can’t be explained any other way. Remember who changed the statement made on July 5, 2016, by James Comey to read “extreme carelessness” instead of “criminal negligence” (which it was) to avoid having to indict Hillary? None other that Peter Strzok. And, if I understand correctly, Lisa Page was looking over his shoulder as he made the change.
In June, the IG issued a report that acknowledged the bias and at least the potential for abuse. Strzok’s texting was “not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the Presidential candidate’s electoral prospects.” The Office Of Professional Responsibility, headed by Mueller appointee Candice Will, recommended a demotion and a 60-day suspension, but, to his credit, deputy FBI Director David Bowdich saw the need for more of a change and went on to fire Strzok.
Though Bowdich has an amazing career history (police officer, FBI SWAT team member and sniper, head of white collar investigations at San Diego field office, head of Los Angeles field office, leader of FBI response to San Bernardino shooting), Strzok’s lawyer, Aitan Goelman, said his firing of Strzok was a departure from “typical Bureau practice” and dismissed it as a result of “political pressure.” No doubt Goelman will become a fixture on CNN and MSNBC. And the GoFundMe page Strzok set up immediately upon being fired has already brought him (at this writing) over $120,000 from suckers who share his hatred of the President.
When President Trump says the list of bad players grows ever longer, he’s not exaggerating. Look at the list of those who are gone or demoted and most likely on their way out: FBI Director James Comey was fired by the President himself, a richly deserved sacking that Trump had every right to do. Acting DOJ Director Sally Yates was fired for refusing to obey an order. Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, whose office was apparently used for a discussion of the “insurance policy” against Trump, was fired for lying to investigators. FBI General Counsel James Baker resigned. Comey’s Chief of Staff James Rybicki resigned, though that seems to have been in the works for some time. McCabe’s legal assistant and compulsive texter Lisa Page was demoted and later resigned. Bruce Ohr, fourth highest in rank at the DOJ –- and of great interest to investigators now, for good reason –- has been demoted twice.
There’s a rarely-heard positive side to some of these individuals remaining at the FBI and DOJ for a while: as long as they remain government employees, they can be interrogated by the IG. Once they’re out, they’re out of reach, at least to him. But look at how the swamp is actually starting to drain and remember that if Hillary had been elected, it would only have gotten deeper and cruddier.
The reported reason for Strzok’s firing was that his texting gave the “appearance” of bias, but according to Sara A. Carter, the most probable and much more serious reason for his dismissal was the action he took: abusing the FISA court by withholding information in the warrant applications to spy on Trump associates. That’s the “poisonous tree” that has since borne poison fruit in the form of the Mueller investigation.
Relative to that, here’s a useful memory refresher: a report from the Washington Times written just after Strzok’s testimony in July. It’s timely now because the just-released Bruce Ohr memos and notes confirm what Strzok said then about the route the Clinton-financed “dossier” took from Christopher Steele to Bruce Ohr to the FBI. Bruce Ohr himself is scheduled to testify August 28.