By TEMPLE LI
FBI Agent Peter Strozk, now infamous for his blatant anti-Trump bias and terrible judgment in both personal and professional matters, testified Thursday at a hearing before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees. All of his follies were brought to the forefront, as he was questioned for hours about his obvious anti-Trump bias in text messages that he sent to his lover, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
Strozk was a high-ranking FBI member and participated in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, as well as the Mueller investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. Strozk and Page exchanged approximately 50,000 text messages between 2016 and 2017, thoughtlessly expressing in writing their opinions of Donald Trump. Among the highlights of stupidity are a text from Page where she asked if Trump is “not ever going to become president, right?” to which Strzok replied “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.” Strozk called Trump an “idiot”, a “loathsome human,” and a “douche” and also insulted other Republican presidential candidates, Republican voters, Congress, and Americans in general. He also referred to an “investigation leading to impeachment” and an “insurance policy” against a Trump victory.
At the hearing, Strozk found himself skewered by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). The hearing was marked by outbursts and fiery remarks all around, including a crazy blustering shout of “You need your medication!” from Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-New Jersey), directed at Gohmert. Coleman blurted this out following Gohmert’s verbal spanking of Strozk for his foolishness in both his career and his family with these words: “I’ve talked to FBI agents around the country. You’ve embarrassed them; you’ve embarrassed yourself. And I can’t help but wonder, when I see you looking there with a little smirk, how many times did you look so innocent into your wife’s eye and lie to her about Lisa Page?”
Strozk attempted to claim objectivity and the ability to separate his personal feelings toward Trump from his work in the Mueller investigation with the statement, “At no time in any of these texts did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took.” But Gowdy was not having any of Strzok’s disingenuousness. He saw right through it and stated, “The moment special counsel Bob Mueller found out about Peter Strzok’s text and emails he kicked him off of the investigation. But that was a year and a half too late. The text and emails may have been discovered in May of 2017, but the bias existed and was manifest a year and a half before that. All the way back to late 2015 and early 2016. So it wasn’t the discovery of texts that got him fired, it was the bias manifest in those texts that made him unfit to objectively and dispassionately investigate.”
It is clear that Strzok has a deep and ongoing animus against President Trump, and it is not at all believable that it would not affect his daily work at the FBI. His text-venting to Page exemplifies this. More troubling is that Strzok’s bias is symptomatic of core problems that occurred at the onset of the special counsel investigation, given that his politically-motivated efforts laid the groundwork for it.
Be careful who you call an idiot, Peter Strzok; you never know when you will look like one in front of the entire country.
Temple Li is the news editor for Empire State News, where she frequently authors her own editorials (just because she feels like it). She graduated at the top of her class at a mediocre college, infuriating her professors with her conservative wit and sultry charm. Empire State News allows Ms. Li to make a living, and to have a platform to tell people what she thinks. What could be better than that?
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