In the aftermath of the publication of the Inspector General's report on FBI abuse, if there was one thing that was made abundantly clear, it was that FBI special agent Peter Strzok - who was in charge of the Clinton email investigation and then probed Trump for "Russian collusion" while texting his lover Lisa Page that "we'll stop" Trump from becoming president - was acting out of pure, political bias and anger at Clinton's loss. It was certainly not lost on Trump, who made his feelings on the subject abundantly clear on twitter:
- Comey gave Strozk his marching orders. Mueller is Comey’s best friend. Witch Hunt! (source)
- “The highest level of bias I’ve ever witnessed in any law enforcement officer.” Trey Gowdy on the FBI’s own, Peter Strzok. Also remember that they all worked for Slippery James Comey and that Comey is best friends with Robert Mueller. A really sick deal, isn’t it? (source)
- The IG Report totally destroys James Comey and all of his minions including the great lovers, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who started the disgraceful Witch Hunt against so many innocent people. It will go down as a dark and dangerous period in American History! (source)
- FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who headed the Clinton & Russia investigations, texted to his lover Lisa Page, in the IG Report, that “we’ll stop” candidate Trump from becoming President. Doesn’t get any lower than that! (source)
And while Lisa Page had the wits to quit shortly before the publication of the OIG report, Strzok did not and in fact was still employed at the time of the report's publication last Thursday. But maybe not much longer because as CNN first reported, Strzok was escorted out of the FBI building on Friday, even though he is still technically employed and, as we reported some time ago, he has been stationed in Human Resources since dismissal from Mueller team.
News - FBI special agent Peter Strzok was escorted out of the FBI building on Friday, source familiar tells me; as of today, he is still employed; he's been stationed in Human Resources since dismissal from Mueller team.— Laura Jarrett (@LauraAJarrett) June 19, 2018
Shortly after the report, Strzok's attorney confirmed the report saying that Strzok was escorted from the building amid an internal review of his conduct.
"Pete has steadfastly played by the rules and respected the process, and yet he continues to be the target of unfounded personal attacks, political games and inappropriate information leaks," his attorney Aitan Goelman said in a statement.
It gets better: in the layer letter, attorney Goelman writes that "Pete has steadfastly played by the rules and respected the process, and yet he continues to be the target of unfounded personal attacks, political games and inappropriate information leaks."
But wait, it gets even better, because in the very next line Strzok's attorney complains about the "impartiality of the disciplinary process, which now appears tainted by political influence." Yes, this coming from the "impartial" and "unbiased" FBI agent who led a failed coup against the president, vowing to "stop" Trump, an act which in another time would have much more serious consequences than simple termination and being expelled from the FBI.
And speaking of that, the lawyer next complained that "instead of publicly calling for a long-serving FBI agent to be summarily fired, politicians should allow the disciplinary process to play out free from political pressure." We are confident that everyone will be very interested in watching the "impartial" disciplinary process play out fully in the coming months.
Goelman's conclusion: "Despite being put through a highly questionable process, Pete has complied with every FBI procedure, including being escorted from the building as part of the ongoing internal proceedings." It was not clear how Pete could not have complied with being escorted from the building but we'll leave it at that.
While Strzok's career at the FBI now finally appears over (with possible disciplinary consequences to follow), many questions remain including some revelations made later in day by the Inspector General Horowitz, who during a hearing on Tuesday said that he's no longer convinced the FBI was collecting all of Strzok's and Page's text messages even outside the 5-month blackout period when it archived none of the texts due to a technical "glitch", which means a number of other Strzok responses to Page likely missing.
BREAKING: IG Horowitz now says he's no longer convinced the FBI was collecting all of Strzok's and Page's text messages EVEN OUTSIDE THE 5-MONTH BLACKOUT period when it archived none of the texts due to a technical "glitch." So a # of other Strzok responses to Page likely missing— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) June 19, 2018
Most importantly however, Horowitz ended an MSM talking point, clarifying that "we did NOT find no bias in regard to the October 2016 events." Strzok's choice to make pursuing the Russia espionage case a bigger priority than reopening the Clinton espionage case suggested "that was a BIASED decision." In other words, as we noted last week, Strzok was clearly biased in his pursuit of Trump and dismissal of Clinton: a perversion of the entire FBI process.
Shooting down a Dem/MSM talking point, Horowitz testified, "We did NOT find no bias in regard to the October 2016 events." Strzok's choice to make pursuing the Russia espionage case a bigger priority than reopening the Clinton espionage case suggested "that was a BIASED decision"— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) June 19, 2018
There were were serious "hot takes" as well, including this one:
I'm glad to hear that Peter Strzok was finally fired from his job at the FBI, so that he can now become a full-time resistance member.— Steven Miller (@StephenMilIer) June 19, 2018
To all this, all we can add is that while there is still zero evidence that Trump "colluded" with Russian, Strzok's expulsion from the FBI building is sufficient proof that the FBI was engaged in what effectively amounts to collusion, if not conspiracy, against a democratically elected US president.