Former FBI agent Peter Strzok is suing the agency after he was sacked for unprofessional conduct.
Strzok was fired after exchanging politically charged text messages with colleague and mistress Lisa Page on FBI cell phones. In his lawsuit, Strzok insists he was fired “because of his protected political speech” and claims the dismissal represents a violation of his First Amendment rights.
In the words of Strzok’s lawyer, it is “indisputable that his termination was a result of President Trump’s unrelenting retaliatory campaign of false information, attacks, and direct appeals to top officials.”
Before he was dismissed, Strzok was leading the Clinton email investigation and the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of suspected collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Moscow (both of those investigations are now being examined for misconduct and bias).
In a filing submitted Monday, the DOJ outlined a series of offenses committed by Strzok – including dereliction of duty and security violations – and said his actions undermined the “FBI’s ability to function as a trusted, nonpartisan institution.”
Text messages revealed this week show Strzok agreeing to treat Hillary Clinton kindly during an interrogation because she was expected to win the election:
“One more thing, [Clinton] may be our next president,” said Page in a text to Strzok. “The last thing you need [is] going in there loaded for bear. You think she’s going to remember or care that it is more [Department of Justice] than FBI” conducting the interrogation?
“Agreed,” replied Strzok.
Strzok later claimed the messages didn’t mean “we should treat [Clinton] differently because she’s our next president.”
But that’s exactly what happened. Strzok and the FBI changed their behavior towards Hillary because they believed she would win the election (or kill them if they turned on her).
Despite overwhelming evidence that Clinton put the nation at risk by mishandling top-secret information, then-FBI Director James Comey decided not to prosecute her. So much for FBI integrity.
Editor’s Note: This is certainly a smoking gun that government institutions have been politicized and illegally used to attack political opponents. Strzok should be in jail, with several others, including former FBI director Comey.