Dismissed FBI Agent Is One Who Changed Hillary Email Scandal Language From "Grossly Negligent" To "Extremely Careless"

Over the weekend we noted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's top FBI investigator into 'Russian meddling', agent Peter Strzok, was removed from the probe due to the discovery of anti-Trump text messages exchanged with a colleague (a colleague whom he also happened to be having an extra-marital affair with).

Not surprisingly, the discovery prompted a visceral response from Trump via Twitter:

Alas, as it turns out, Strzok, who was blatantly exposed as a political hack by his own wreckless text messages, also had a leading role in the Hillary email investigation.  And wouldn't you know it, as CNN has apparently just discovered, Strzok not only held a leading role in that investigation but potentially single-handedly saved Hillary from prosecution by making the now-infamous change in Comey's final statement to describe her email abuses as "extremely careless" rather than the original language of "grossly negligent."

A former top counterintelligence expert at the FBI, now at the center of a political uproar for exchanging private messages that appeared to mock President Donald Trump, changed a key phrase in former FBI Director James Comey's description of how former secretary of state Hillary Clinton handled classified information, according to US officials familiar with the matter.


Electronic records show Peter Strzok, who led the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server as the No. 2 official in the counterintelligence division, changed Comey's earlier draft language describing Clinton's actions as "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless," the source said.
The drafting process was a team effort, CNN is told, with a handful of people reviewing the language as edits were made, according to another US official familiar with the matter.


But the news of Strzok's direct role in the statement that ultimately cleared the former Democratic presidential candidate of criminal wrongdoing, now combined with the fact that he was dismissed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team after exchanging private messages with an FBI lawyer that could be seen as favoring Clinton politically, may give ammunition to those seeking ways to discredit Mueller's Russia investigation.


The FBI and the Justice Department declined to comment.

Peter Strzok

Of course, as we noted a month ago (see: First Comey Memo Concluded Hillary Was "Grossly Negligent," Punishable By Jail), the change in language was significant since federal law states that "gross negligence" in handling the nation’s intelligence can be punished criminally with prison time or fines whereas "extreme carelessness" has no such legal definition and/or ramifications. 

In fact, Section 793 of federal law states that "gross negligence" with respect to the handling of national defense documents is punishable by a fine and up to 10 years in prison...so you can see why that might present a problem for Hillary.

“Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer— shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.”

And just like that, the farce that has heretofore been referred to as the "Russian meddling probe" has been exposed for what it really is...an extremely compromised political "witch hunt".


JSBach1 Pinto Currency Mon, 12/04/2017 - 18:06 Permalink

How about more hypocrisy: Recall that on November 14, 2008 the then: "President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden announced that former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Republican Congressman Jim Leach would be available to meet with delegations at the G-20 summit on their behalf. Thursday, November 13, 2008:  Russia: Arkady Dvorkovich, Senior Economic Advisor to the President, G8 Sherpa, and Ambassador Kislyak  India: Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Ambassador Sen (India), Ambassador Arun K. Singh, Deputy Chief of Mission  Australia: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd..." http://p2008.org/chrntran08/obamag20summit.html 

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Big Creek Rising JSBach1 Mon, 12/04/2017 - 18:12 Permalink

And this is the very same FBI puke that conducted the Flynn interview that lead to the lying to FBI charge.Funny how WaPo and NYT held that tidbit from publication until just after Flynn confessed and sold out. Not that GovCo hacks would collude with presstitutes or anything

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Chupacabra-322 Whoa Dammit Mon, 12/04/2017 - 18:46 Permalink

“Whoa, and there’s more on Peter Strzok. He exchanged anti-Trump texts with Lisa Page, another Mueller team member with whom he was having an affair. She’s deputy to Andrew McCabe.”

“Surprise – it was Hillary Clinton supporter Peter Strzok told Comey that there was no proof of “intent” – BEFORE he had interviewed HRC.”

And of course, he was involved with the sketchy interview of Cheryl Mills…

And Heather Samuelson…

And voila, they were given immunity…

He allowed Mills and Samuelson to attend the interview with Hillary…

So Strzok exonerated Hillary, led the probe into Weiner’s laptop that cleared Hillary, allowed major conflicts in the Clinton investigation, and then took control of the Steele dossier probe into Trump, all while being a rabid anti-Trump, pro-Clinton partisan in his personal life.

And when Mueller learned of this behavior he reassigned him instead of firing him, in order to prevent word getting out to the public.


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JimmyJones Chupacabra-322 Mon, 12/04/2017 - 21:50 Permalink

FBI is infested with Clintons minions that Bush Jr kept in place, same or probaby worse with the DOJ, Bush Jr. Didn't clean house one bit (because they are one in the same) and neither did Obama. The DOJ was expanded big time during Clinton. The DOJ is loaded to the gills with Clinton people that go all the way back to Bill. Look at their donations and then look at the date the started working there. All about 20 years in and Senior level. This is a great article too on Kushner's family back ground and how he will be gone very shortly because he was behind ordering Flynn. http://stevepieczenik.com/trump-boots-jared/

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jeff montanye QueeroHedge Mon, 12/04/2017 - 23:10 Permalink

well, perhaps try her first.probably what happened is the clinton, bush, and obama administrations culled the best the formers could collect and to them added their best recruits.  robert mueller.  vicky nuland.careerism married to a higher purpose:  eretz yisrael hashlemah.they have a phrase for it.  that tells you something.

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Whoa Dammit jcaz Mon, 12/04/2017 - 19:26 Permalink

Strzok was also the one who interviewed Flynn. It looks like it was entrapment.According to another source, with direct knowledge of the Jan. 24 interview, McCabe had contacted Flynn by phone directly at the White House. White House officials had spent the “earlier part of the week with the FBI overseeing training and security measures associated with their new roles so it was no surprise to Flynn that McCabe had called,” the source said.McCabe told Flynn “some agents were heading over (to the White House) but Flynn thought it was part of the routine work the FBI had been doing and said they would be cleared at the gate,” the source said.“It wasn’t until after they were already in (Flynn’s) office that he realized he was being formerly interviewed. He didn’t have an attorney with him,” they added.https://www.hannity.com/content/2017-12-04-exclusive-fbi-supervisor-boo…

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Omen IV jcaz Mon, 12/04/2017 - 21:48 Permalink

Binney says unequivacally the NSA has every- email / text/ phone call / document - at multiple nodes of the AT &  T switching stationsFirst, from deep packet inspection, they would have the originator and ultimate recipient (IP) of the packets plus packet series 32 bit number identifier and all the housekeeping data showing the network segments/path and time to go though the network. And, of course, the number of packet bits. With this they would know to where and when the data passed. From the data collection, they would have all the data as it existed in the server taken from. That’s why I originally said if the FBI wanted Hillary’s email, all they have to do is ask NSA for them. All this is done by the Narus collection equipment in real time at line rates (620 mbps [mega bits per second,] for the STA-6400 and 10 gbps [giga bits per second] for the Insight equipment). Binney explained what these numbers mean: Each Narus Insight device can monitor and record around 1,250,000 emails each second … or more than 39 trillion emails per year.

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greenskeeper carl Chupacabra-322 Mon, 12/04/2017 - 19:06 Permalink

I think this country needs a chief law enforcement officer. You know, someone that is in charge of keeping these types of people in line. He should run a department that was charged with insuring justice. Hell, we could even name it 'justice'. We should put a competent, trustworthy person in charge, someone that will ensure justice is enforced evenly, so that even people high up on government are held accountable.

Just an idea. Maybe one day we will get one of those.

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mtl4 jeff montanye Tue, 12/05/2017 - 09:41 Permalink

Great thought on paper Carl but the issue is that with someone that powerful you're only one step away from a dictatorship at that point and the deep state will continue to stonewall you every step of the way right up to full blown assasination.  The system was set up well initially (forefathers did us well) but the problem is all those little "adjustments" politicians make over time are starting to add up.  Now there are too many folks just in civil service for themselves and this includes the House, Senate and the Executive branches of gov't not to mention the deep state.  The entire system is so corrupt with cancerous greed it needs to burn itself down and be rebuilt again just as has happened for centuries in other civilizations.  Unfortunately it's just time.

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otschelnik mc888 Tue, 12/05/2017 - 02:22 Permalink

Oh. So the DOJ/FBI want to keep the investigation 'in house.'  They want us idiots to rely on the honor and integrity of our heroes in law enforcement.Well enough of this 'honor and integrity' crap.We have ZERO confidence in the FBI to police itself.  Or for that matter, the CIA, IRS, NSA, DOJ, or DNC.  

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z530 Chupacabra-322 Tue, 12/05/2017 - 14:43 Permalink

And of course, he was involved with the sketchy interview of Cheryl Mills…And Heather Samuelson…And voila, they were given immunity…He allowed Mills and Samuelson to attend the interview with Hillary… Don't forget that it was probably him that also negotiated the destruction of their laptops. Pretty sweet deal to allow people under investigation to attend the Hillary deposition, acting as Counsel. I'm sure they let everyone do that, right? http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/03/fbi-agreed-to-destroy-immuni…

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fleur de lis Whoa Dammit Tue, 12/05/2017 - 04:48 Permalink

He will never be arrested because there are too many FBI sleaze balls just like him and they are all friends and they are all part of the FBI sleaze racket so if he goes down the others will follow.They hang together or they hang alone. If they can ride this out they can retire with big fat .gov pensions for being clever sleaze balls and not getting caught.Hard to tell which is sleazier - the FBI or the CIA.

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