Public Enemy No. 1: Walls Closing In On Peter Strzok As Questions Arise Over His Involvement In FISA Application

Over the past 10 days we've learned a lot about FBI agent Peter Strzok, a man who very likely would have lived the remainder of his life in relative obscurity as an FBI counterintelligence agent but for his sudden dismissal from Special Counsel Mueller's "Russian Collusion" investigation.

As we noted on December 2nd (see: Mueller's Top FBI Agent Probing Clinton Emails, Russian-Collusion "Removed" After Anti-Trump Texts Found), Strzok's life became far more complicated when it was revealed that his dismissal from Mueller's team was linked to the discovery of multiple "anti-Trump text messages" shared with a colleague...a colleague with whom he happened to be having an extramarital affair. 

Of course, like most twisted Washington D.C. scandals, his overt political bias and anti-Trump text messages were only the tip of the iceberg as it was subsequently discovered that Strzok not only held a leading role in the Hillary email investigation but potentially single-handedly saved her 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."

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.

All that said, while ill-advised, sending anti-Trump texts to your mistress is certainly not illegal and probably doesn't violate any FBI statutes that would require dismissal from an ongoing investigation...if we're wrong on that then we would highly encourage Mueller to look at the text messages of the remainder of his team because we're almost certain he would have to replace everyone.

So, that brings us back to the key question surrounding Peter Strzok...why exactly was he fired from the Trump investigation?

As it turns out, Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) has an interesting theory on that question which he shared during his questioning of FBI Director Chris Wray last week.  To summarize, Jordan's theory is that Strzok received the controversial "Trump Dossier" from the Clinton campaign then went to the FISA courts where he passed it off as a legitimate piece of intelligence in an effort to obtain the warrants necessary to effectively spy on the Trump campaign.

"Here's what I think Director Wray.  I think Peter Strzok, head of counter intelligence at the FBI, Peter Strzok the guy who ran the Clinton investigation and did all the interviews, Peter Strzok, the guy who was running the Russia investigation at the FBI, Peter Strzok, Mr. 'Super Agent' at the FBI, I think he's the guy who took the application to the FISA court...and if that happened...if you have the FBI working with the Democrats' campaign, taking opposition research, dressing it all up and turning it into an intelligence document and taking it to the FISA court so they can spy on the other campaign...if that happened...that's as wrong as it gets."

Of course, Director Wray could clear up any confusion on this topic by simply releasing the FISA application but that would just be too simple now wouldn't it?

Comments

pods Ghost of Porky Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:32 Permalink

That was a pretty good distillation of the situation. That just makes my skin crawl. Goes to show you don't need too many people in places to get shit done. One guy basically whitewashed the Hillary illegally handling classified documents on her secret server, and then he goes on to bring the full force of the intelligence apparatus to bear on a political enemy.This system is far too powerful to exist.  Especially with everyone's digital past at their fingertips. Nevermind if they don't find anything they can just use the tools of the CIA to plant whatever they would like on your computer, then leave no traces of their being there.This is Minority Report x10.  Not only can they charge you with pre-crime, they can make up the pre-crime and hang you with it.pods

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auricle Stuck on Zero Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:54 Permalink

When do we get to apply the 'do more with less' business strategy to the security industrial complex. Cut their budgets and staff. Start holding them criminally liable for their illegality.Shut down the FISA court. It is a useless, constitution subverting cancer. If what happened is true that the FISA court rubber stamped a warrant to spy on an election campaign then that group needs to go. This is what the FISA court was designed to prevent and it failed miserably.  

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STP Stuck on Zero Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:25 Permalink

That sure worked for Hillary, during the Benghazi hearings.  She was a master of obfuscation and deflection, but she was really good at throwing in a good dose of Patriotism, wrapping herself in the flag and praising the proud staff, who gave their lives in service of this country.  Then she'd throw in the indignation bit, when the heat came to close.  Her lawyer skills and evil skankiness sure helped her, skip out of that scot free (so far...).

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two hoots pods Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:56 Permalink

Keep him alive. Interesting what Mueller surrounded himself with?  Or, were they hand picked by others as was Mueller?  Either way, Mueller is tainted with his vetting or maybe he did none which is another tainting  issue.The Russians are no longer our greatest threat.   Still a threat but this “Trumps” the stated purpose of  Mueller investigation and it's not likely he will tack that way now?   Someone in our gov with enough horsepower must wade into this. 

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turbojarhead pods Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:07 Permalink

I used to think that anytime somebody you would never expect got busted for child porn. With what we know now, how hard is to hack into somebody's comp, stash some trash, hen tell the cops where to look? And thanks to NSA/CIA, it can never be traced bac to them.

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pods turbojarhead Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:35 Permalink

And child porn (rightfully) still has such a powerful stigma attached to it, nobody is going to listen if someone argues that they didn't put it there, weren't home, etc.The mere arrest for that will pretty much end your life as you know it.And they have the tools to do it.  If the tools talked about in that hacker toolkit release are actually functional, no digital information should be able to be used as evidence in court. That is how damn powerful that shit is.pods

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chubbar PGR88 Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:31 Permalink

The problem these assholes have now is they know insiders are ratting them out, so going back and changing documents is likely to end in prison time. These cunt judges that approved the FISA applications haven't done anything wrong even if it turns out the FBI submitted false documentation, assuming they didn't know about any of it. However, if the judges start redacting info or changing documents, they go to jail as well. I hope this asshole, McCabe and the assholes at the DOJ who are in on this shit all hang!

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pods chubbar Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:34 Permalink

A good public hanging till dead would go a long ways to reining in these sociopaths. If there is one thing they love, it is their own lives.Of course, were that power to be available and widely used, I think that you would be more apt to see some 'hedgers dangling than the actual criminals.pods

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SDShack chubbar Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:06 Permalink

Yeah, it's not going to just stop with the DOJ and FBI. The FISA judges are going to be snared in this too. I think I read something the last couple of days about the judge overseeing this unexpectedly recused himself. Scuttlebut is he is also a FISA judge, so he may have been involved in approving the tap on the Trump campaign. If so, a clear case of conflict of interest at best, and possibly collusion in a illegal wiretapping crime at worst. Just more speculation on how deep the rabbit hole may go.

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Future Jim PGR88 Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:03 Permalink

"you didn't mention torture"I have often wondered, what if Pedosta's password was not stolen by a phishing scam? What if he was physically captured by some kind of patriot cell (the last 3 good guys in the CIA/FBI) and they tortured it out of him without leaving a mark? What if they got information that led them to those above him and tortured information out of them?

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Vageling “Rebellion to … Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:39 Permalink

DaFuQ? No! No military trial. He's not a soldier. He will get off good. Besides... What's that for dictatorial shit? What the fuck did his family done wrong? Go after him. You guys lost reason. You think this guy will talk? He rather be hanged publicly. Dead folks tell no tales. Just flip him over. Which is your point. If he got juicy stuff on the top dogs. He may receive some identity change living in some 3rd world shithole. If he refuses... Just fucking hang him after being convicted. But leave his family out of it. That's so weak. We're going to put guns to his children head now? Are we muzzies? Put the fucker in isolation. (Amazing what that can do). Complete lock down. Fuck with his mind. Fuck even drug him (non lethal). I don't care. But that family stuff is a bridge too far, because they would actually kill them [His family]! For what? What crimes did they commit? Other then having some asshat for father? 

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