Friday, July 12, 2024

GOP Sens. Release Additional Strzok Messages about 2016 FBI Probes

'From where I’m sitting, it looks like the entire future credibility of the FBI is sitting on your shoulder...'

Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., continued their effort to provide maximum transparency on the deep-state conspiracy to delegitimize President Donald Trump, with an incoming Biden administration poised to reinstate cover-up procedures.

The two powerful committee chairs recently released a trove of documents comprising more than 400 pages of material from the State and Justice departments, as well as the FBI.

They followed up on Thursday with even more premium tidbits, including newly declassified messages from corrupt, anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok.

The messages pertained both to the “Midyear Examination” probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and the “Crossfire Hurricane” sting that sought to link the Trump campaign with now-debunked allegations of Russian collusion.

Among the revelations was Strzok’s acknowledgement in September 2016 that a claim from the Steele Dossier that the Trump Organization was communicating to Russian agents via Alfa Bank appeared to be false since the Trump “email domain is no longer pointing to any active mail server.”

The messages also catalogued Strzok’s frustration with the fact that departments within the agency refused to cooperate on warrants to spy on Trump officials using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

A subsequent inspector-general’s report revealed that the agency committed at least 17 significant errors in its relentless pursuit of FISA warrants.

Strzok admits that the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who had an acrimonious feud with Trump during the Republican primaries, had leaked materials (likely the Steele Dossier) to former Watergate coat-tail rider Carl Bernstein, a notoriously unabashed leftist reporter, following Trump’s election.

By February 2017, with Trump having assumed the presidency, the stakes then became even higher. FBI Director James Comey was facing intense pressure to fall in line with the new president while attempting to conceal the open investigation against him.

An unidentified agent told Strzok at the time, “From where I’m sitting, it looks like the entire future credibility of the FBI is sitting on your shoulder.? Just my opinion, but I thought you should know.”

It is unclear from the context whether the agent was concerned over Strzok playing fast and loose with FBI procedures in a highly sensitive, highly politicized investigation, or whether he was expressing support or solidarity with the biased counterintelligence operative.

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