From the very start of Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election — which quickly turned into a probe about anything and everything related to one Donald J. Trump and anyone around him — the general consensus among conservatives was that the deck was purposely stacked against the newly-elected president.
There was, for starters, the fact that Mueller is a good friend of the man whose firing precipitated the special counsel in the first place, a clear conflict of interest. Then there was the legal team he assembled, which had donated copious amounts to the Democrats and almost nothing to the Republicans. One of the members of the team had provided legal defense to Hillary Clinton during the email scandal.
There was also the erratic nature of the probe — particularly the departure of Peter Strzok in August. According to ABC News, after just weeks on the job, Strzok stepped away from the investigation and got transferred to the FBI’s human resources department.
It certainly looked odd and a lot more like a demotion than a lateral personnel move. We speculated at the time that it was indicative of some sort of strange internal chaos in Mueller’s legal coterie. But, actually, it was far worse than that — and the truth confirmed a lot of things conservatives had suspected about the special counsel’s Russia investigation.
According to dual reports in The New York Times and The Washington Post, Strzok didn’t just leave but was removed from his post after he sent texts disparaging President Trump to another person while he was leading the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server — which was a whole separate can of worms.
“The people briefed on the case said the transfer followed the discovery of text messages in which Mr. Strzok and a colleague reacted to news events, like presidential debates, in ways that could appear critical of Mr. Trump,” The Times reported.
However, The Times didn’t quite mention who Strzok was sending these messages to. The Washington Post was not quite so circumspect — because, after all, “democracy dies in darkness.”
“During the Clinton investigation, Strzok was involved in a romantic relationship with FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who worked for Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, according to the people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue,” the article read.
“The extramarital affair was problematic, these people said, but of greater concern among senior law enforcement officials were text messages the two exchanged during the Clinton investigation and campaign season in which they expressed anti-Trump sentiments and other comments that appeared to favor Clinton.”
So, just to recap: the guy who basically led the investigation into Clinton’s email server was sending his mistress text messages that portrayed Clinton in a favorable light. He then got a job on the Trump/Russia inquiry, in spite of the fact that he was already associated with exonerating Clinton for her classified email shenanigans. Oh yeah, and he was sending messages to his mistress dissing Trump. Bob Mueller sure knows how to hire ’em.
It’s bad enough when someone who is in a sensitive position which requires them to be impartial is sending texts which are decidedly partial.
It’s even worse when that person is involved in a romantic relationship with the individual in question, which raises security concerns. And, oh yeah, Strzok is married to someone who isn’t Lisa Page.
While FBI regulations allow agents to express opinions “as an individual privately and publicly on political subjects and candidates,” Strzok was investigating both candidates in question, which is yet another conflict of interest in a probe that seems determined to compile as many of them as possible.
It’s worth noting, too, that the House Intelligence Committee has been asking for information on Strzok’s demotion for three months now, according to the Washington Examiner. As late as Dec. 1, the committee had requested to speak to Strzok — something that the FBI and DOJ had been stalling on.
Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes of California was decidedly unhappy with the latest revelations.
“By hiding from Congress, and from the American people, documented political bias by a key FBI head investigator for both the Russia collusion probe and the Clinton email investigation, the FBI and DOJ engaged in a willful attempt to thwart Congress’ constitutional oversight responsibility,” Nunes said in a statement Saturday.
“This is part of a months-long pattern by the DOJ and FBI of stonewalling and obstructing this committee’s oversight work, particularly oversight of their use of the Steele dossier. At this point, these agencies should be investigating themselves.”
Well, whatever. I’m sure Strzok’s inevitable testimony before the committee will be interesting for everyone involved — except for Strzok, his wife, Lisa Page, Robert Mueller and the rest of his team — but all of this goes to prove a point anyone who reads the news could have told you long ago. Well, except for the adulterer part. However, given his political persuasion, we probably shouldn’t be too surprised at that either. The point is that Robert Mueller’s probe is a hive of anti-Trump functionaries who don’t even hide their contempt for the president or their willingness to expand their investigation to whatever lengths it takes in order to tarnish and obstruct his administration.
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H/T U.K. Daily Mail