Now that Robert Mueller’s investigation has concluded, and its determination was that there was no Trump-Russia collusion, there have been calls to examine the probe’s origins at the FBI.
President Trump has called for Congress and/or our new Attorney General to “look into” those who had created a “false narrative” sparking the fairy tale investigation.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has already committed to look into the FBI’s actions here.
Another Inspector General’s (IG) report about much of this is expected to come out within the next three months as well. Perhaps this report will bring some of these actions and behaviors out into the light and into question.
Let’s not forget that the FBI is an agency within the Department of Justice (DOJ), and that the FBI Director reports to the Attorney General of the United States. So while all of this was occurring, we had James Comey reporting to Loretta Lynch, both of whom were appointed to their positions by Barack Obama.
The slogan of the FBI, which appears on its symbolic badge is “Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity.” This slogan, which originated 1935 by FBI Inspector W.H. Drane Lester, describes the high moral standards the FBI expects from its staff.
These expectations apparently do not extend to their upper management level personnel!
Let’s take a walk down memory lane and recall some of these text message gems that some of these non-political protectors of the republic felt compelled to send.
On Aug. 8, 2016, FBI lawyer Lisa Page texted her adulterous lover, Peter Strzok, who was in charge of the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton and later worked on the Russia probe: “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”
Strzok responded on his FBI-issued work phone: “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”
This text was discovered by the inspector general at the U.S. Department of Justice, after the FBI amazingly failed to uncover the message on its own. That’s odd.
We all learned they have a hard time recovering emails, but I guess that applies to certain text messages as well!
This is what a previous report by the Inspector General had to say about Strzok’s text, “It is 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 inspector general’s office also asked Strzok for his response.
“When asked about this text message, Strzok stated that he did not specifically recall sending it, but that he believed that it was intended to reassure Page that Trump would not be elected, not to suggest that he would do something to impact the investigation,” the report notes.
Strzok later told the House Judiciary Committee that he meant Americans in general would stop Trump in 2016.
You have to ask the question, “What were these people at the FBI and the DOJ so worried about regarding Donald Trump possibly being elected?
I mean…, fine…, you want Hillary Clinton to win, but is it the end of the world if she doesn’t?
These people apparently think so, since they were willing to go as far as to undo a legitimate presidential election.
As time goes on, I think we’re beginning to see what they were all afraid of. They were all afraid that we would get a glimpse into their “deep state” operations and that their gig would be up. And it is.
In an Aug. 15, 2016 text message, Strzok told Page: “I want to believe … that there’s no way Trump gets elected—but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
According to Maxim Lott for Fox News, “Critics say the text implies Strzok wanted the investigation to hurt Trump in case he were to win.”
Strzok also told the IG and the House Judiciary Committee that his text meant “an investigation should happen right away.”
“My use of the phrase ‘insurance policy’ was simply to say, while the polls or people might think it is less likely that then-candidate Trump would be elected, that should not influence … us doing our job responsibly,” Strzok told the House Judiciary Committee.
Oh, okay, that makes sense to me now.
Have I told you how happy I am you got fired Mr. Strzok?
Well, I am.
“Despite having called the Russia situation an ‘insurance policy’ and having pressed for more vigorous investigation, a text from May 17, 2017 shows Strzok had doubts.”
“In texts to Page, Strzok questioned whether he should join Mueller’s team investigating Trump and Russia because: “you and I both know the odds [of us finding anything] are nothing. If I thought it [an investigation] was likely [to turn up anything] I’d be there no question.”
“Strzok did ultimately joined the team investigating Trump, before being removed and then fired, after the IG report revealed his texts.’
In February 2016, while Hillary Clinton was under investigation for improper handling of classified information, the Department of Justice wanted to send four attorneys to question Clinton.
But FBI attorney Page urged both Strzok and then FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to only allow two DOJ people to be sent.
“Our best reason to hold the line at 2 is she might be our next president,” Page explained to McCabe via text. “The last thing we need is us going in there loaded for bear, when it is not operationally necessary… This is as much about reputational protection as anything.”
Hmmm, they didn’t seem to have any of these concerns when dealing with Donald Trump. Just sayin’.
The Inspector General report also found an exchange between FBI employees on their work phones from Nov. 9, just after the election.
“I can’t stop crying,” one unidentified FBI employee said.
“That makes me even more sad… I can’t stop stressing about what I could have done differently,” an unidentified FBI attorney replied.
The same FBI employee who discussed crying after the election also used an FBI-issued device to direct class-based disdain toward Trump supporters: “Trump’s supporters are all poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS that think he will magically grant them jobs for doing nothing.”
Peter Strzok used similar language, saying in one text: “Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart. I could SMELL the Trump support….”
Well we can smell you and your partners in crime too, Strzok, and you smell rotten…, rotten to the core.
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