Yesterday, FBI agent Peter Strzok strove to exonerate himself before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees despite evidence of political predilection. His pro-Hillary Clinton favoritism was presented in a recent Department of Justice Inspector General report, which noted that Strzok "negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice." Furthermore, Mark Alexander reminds us, "He was [former FBI Director James] Comey's lead investigator in the Clinton email investigation and helped Comey write up his exoneration of Clinton before her softball FBI interview."
Strzok dug himself into all sorts of trouble with what appears to be a personal vendetta. Yet he told the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees that "not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took." He added, "Like many people, I had and expressed personal political opinions during an extraordinary presidential election. Many contained expressions of concern for the security of our country — opinions that were not always expressed in terms I am proud of."
Recall the infamous text in which Strzok indicated, "We'll stop it [Trump]." Yesterday, Strzok explained: "You need to understand that was written late at night, off-the-cuff, and … [after] candidate Trump insult[ed] the immigrant family of a fallen war hero. My presumption, based on that horrible, disgusting behavior, [was] that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States." He further bellowed, "The suggestion that I, in some dark chamber in the FBI, would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards, and do this is astounding to me. It couldn't happen."
Oh, it could happen alright. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) retorted, "He thinks calling someone destabilizing isn't bias. He thinks protecting the country from someone he hasn't even begun to investigate isn't bias. He thinks promising to 'stop' someone he is supposed to be fairly investigating from ever becoming president isn't bias." The Federalist's Sean Davis adds, "Strzok — who slept with an FBI co-worker behind his wife's back, texted that he wanted to stop Trump, that he was an f—ing idiot, and that Trump voters were ignorant hillbillies — just claimed that he held himself to the highest possible standard while investigating Trump."
The Wall Street Journal's Kimberley Strassel chimes in: "The question every American should ask is this: How would you feel if he'd expressed such disgust toward you, and was also investigating you?" This was echoed by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who stated, "Imagine if you were under investigation and the investigator hated you, disparaged you in all manner of ways, and fraternized with another employee working on the case who also hated you."
Yet Strzok had the audacity to complain, "I have the utmost respect for Congress's oversight role, but I truly believe that today's hearing is just another victory notch in Putin's belt and another milestone in our enemies' campaign to tear America apart." Perhaps Strzok should spend more time evaluating how much he and his former boss, Comey, have contributed to tearing America apart.
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Peter Strzok's Bias Exposed
Here is a telling exchange that sets the tone for the entirety of yesterday's hearing, demonstrating Strzok's defiant attitude:
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC): "Your testimony is: Bob Mueller did not kick you off because of the content of your texts; he kicked you off because of some appearance he was worried about."
Strzok: "My testimony — what you asked and what I responded to — is that he kicked me off because of my bias. I'm stating to you it is not my understanding that he kicked me off because of any bias – that it was done based on the appearance. If you want to represent what you said accurately I'm happy to answer that question, but I don't appreciate what was originally said being changed."
Gowdy: "I don't appreciate having an FBI agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations during 2016."
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) pointed out the obvious, stating, "Let me tell you, when you have text messages, Mr. Strzok, the way you do, saying the things you did, you would be better off coming in and saying 'That was my bias.' You have come in here and said 'I have no bias.' And you do it with a straight face. And I watched you in the private testimony you gave, and I told some of the other guys, 'He is really good. He's lying — he knows we know he's lying and he could probably pass the polygraph.'" Then, after referencing Strzok's affair with FBI lawyer Lisa Page, Gohmert adds, "Credibility of the witness is always an issue."
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) asked Democrats to consider the legitimacy of Republicans' concern regarding Strzok's bias, stating, "To my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, please replace President Trump's name with your own name in a small sample of things Mr. Strzok has said. Envision how you would feel if you found out that the chief agent investigating you as a member of Congress was making these comments: 'F—k Trump,' 'Trump is a disaster,' 'Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart. I could smell the Trump support,' or, perhaps most alarmingly and revealingly, 'We'll stop it' — referring directly to Mr. Trump's candidacy for president."
Goodlatte made another important point early in the hearing, stating, "Mr. Strzok and others inside the FBI and [Justice Department] turned our system of justice on its head. And that's why we are here and why it matters. We don't want to read text message after text message dripping with bias against one of the two presidential candidates."
No real new information was gleaned from this at times circus-like hearing (thanks in large part to the childish interruptions by Democrat committee members who were clearly intent on obstructing the proceeding). However, it was useful in exposing the degree of arrogant animus that Strzok has toward Congress and Republicans in particular. He is clearly a politically motivated individual who is either a liar or deluded or both. And unlike Strzok's claims, the reason the American public's confidence in the integrity of the FBI has eroded is because of the blatant displays of bald-faced hypocrisy from senior members within the agency.
Both stories are from The Patriot Post, July 13, 2018. I received both in an e-mail.
Me Here....I watch a fair amount of the hearing yesterday. What impressed me the most about Agent Strzok was he unbelievably large ego! If his head was the size of his ego, even the doors to NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building at the Cape wouldn't be big enough for him to get inside!
In my military service, I have met a few with huge egos. They seemed to believe they were the end all of everything. None of these were even remotely close to Agent Strzok. Agent Strzok during the hearing had the appearance of thinking that the committees questioning him were beneath him. He was the superior in that hearing.
Agent Strozk, I have big news for you, you are nothing. Zip. Zero. Nada! You are so unworthy of the FBI Badge you carry. You are a complete disgrace to the FBI, the Federal Government, and the American people.
Your bigotry, bias, and outright contempt for President Trump shines like a lighthouse on a clear night. Yet, you claim you are free of all bias. Your actions in cases involving Hillary Clinton and President Trump are that bright light of bias. You aid those you like and try your best to destroy those you don't. That is clear bias. It is there for all that are willing to look to see.
The many Democrats at the combined committee hearing were amazing in their outrageous conduct during the hearing. They did everything they could to make a silk purse out of this sow's ear. It failed. All it showed was how far they will go to coverup for their own.
The Democrats tried to lay smokescreens by bringing up other issues. If the US Navy could create such smokescreens, they could hide the entire Navy. But even with these smokescreens, the Democrats still couldn't hide the bias, bigotry, and contempt Agent Strzok has for President Trump.
Agent Strzok is currently under investigation by the FBI for his conduct as an agent. I can only hope that very soon, Agent Strzok is dismissed from the FBI with the equivalent of a military Dishonorable Discharge. That is the minimum he should get!