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Strzok

Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller, who spent $3.2 mil­lion in his first four months inves­ti­gat­ing Russ­ian med­dling in last year elec­tion and any links between Pres­i­dent Trump and Rus­sia, fired an inter­est­ing char­ac­ter in his staff, FBI agent Peter Str­zok (pro­nounced “struck” as far as I can tell).

Str­zok was senior super­vi­sor on the Clin­ton pri­vate email server investigation,

he was in charge of run­ning the probe, review­ing evi­dence and mak­ing rec­om­men­da­tions to higher-​ups, includ­ing then-​FBI Direc­tor James Comey.

Str­zok is the guy who decided Hillary was care­less but not crim­i­nal, and Comey went along with it.

Ben Shapiro listed,

Str­zok wasn’t just any agent. Here are some of the events in which he was involved.

He Inter­viewed Hillary Clin­ton And Helped Exon­er­ate Her.

He Was Involved In The Inves­ti­ga­tion Into The So-​Called Russ­ian Dossier.

He Inter­viewed Mike Flynn.

He also inter­viewed Huma Abe­din and Cheryl Mills.

Appar­ently Mueller fired Str­zok for tex­ting anti-​Trump mes­sages to his (Strzok’s) mis­tress. Ben concludes,

It’s not clear whether Mueller fired Str­zok upon find­ing out about his anti-​Trump text mes­sages; if so, that would actu­ally boost Mueller’s cred­i­bil­ity. And it’s also true that Str­zok was a top agent, and would have been tasked by Comey to let Hillary off the hook. How­ever, Strzok’s involve­ment in every area touch­ing the col­lu­sion and Hillary inves­ti­ga­tions, and his known bias, throws the entire inves­ti­ga­tion into chaos.

This is a strange case, and Scott John­son adds his own list; here are the last three items (empha­sis added),

10. None of the sto­ries pause to ask why the Inspec­tor Gen­eral have sought Strzok’s text mes­sages in the first place. What is going on here? As the Times notes, FBI reg­u­la­tions allow an agent to express his opin­ions “as an indi­vid­ual pri­vately and pub­licly on polit­i­cal sub­jects and candidates.”

11. A law enforce­ment source writes to observe that the Inspec­tor Gen­eral would not be able to access the pri­vate text mes­sage com­mu­ni­ca­tions of an FBI offi­cial as senior and promi­nent as Str­zok unless he had good cause to do so. What was this cause?

12. He adds: “Review­ing an agent’s pri­vate text mes­sages is not an inves­tiga­tive action which is entered into lightly unless the sit­u­a­tion is seri­ous. I can­not think of a sit­u­a­tion where you would find the IG’s office look­ing at your pri­vate text mes­sages unless you, or some­one you were com­mu­ni­cat­ing with, is in big, big trou­ble. There is some­thing very, very shady going on here with the IG’s inves­ti­ga­tion of Strzok….why the IG was inves­ti­gat­ing him in the first place is much more interesting.”

Str­zok is not the only mem­ber of Mueller’s million-​dollar gang who is clearly biased. Andrew Weiss­mann, one of Robert Mueller’s top pros­e­cu­tors and for­merly the Obama-​era Chief of the Jus­tice Department’s Crim­i­nal Fraud Sec­tion, con­grat­u­lated for­mer Act­ing Attor­ney Gen­eral Sally Yates for refus­ing to enforce Pres­i­dent Trump’s Mid­dle East travel ban exec­u­tive order. He wrote:

I am so proud. And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deep­est respects.”…

The Wall Street Jour­nal is ques­tion­ing Mueller’s cred­i­bil­ity, and wants him to step down. Mueller remains undaunted: Yes­ter­day the Jour­nal reported Mueller Sub­poe­nas Deutsche Bank Records Related to Trump.

Hugh Hewitt: A spe­cial coun­sel needs to inves­ti­gate the FBI and Jus­tice Depart­ment. Now.

As Drudge says, developing …

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who spent $3.2 million in his first four months investigating Russian meddling in last year election and any links between President Trump and Russia, fired an interesting character in his staff, FBI agent Peter Strzok (pronounced “struck” as far as I can tell).

Strzok was senior supervisor on the Clinton private email server investigation,

he was in charge of running the probe, reviewing evidence and making recommendations to higher-ups, including then-FBI Director James Comey.

Strzok is the guy who decided Hillary was careless but not criminal, and Comey went along with it.

Ben Shapiro listed,

Strzok wasn’t just any agent. Here are some of the events in which he was involved.

He Interviewed Hillary Clinton And Helped Exonerate Her.
. . .
He Was Involved In The Investigation Into The So-Called Russian Dossier.
. . .
He Interviewed Mike Flynn.

He also interviewed Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.

Apparently Mueller fired Strzok for texting anti-Trump messages to his (Strzok’s) mistress. Ben concludes,

It’s not clear whether Mueller fired Strzok upon finding out about his anti-Trump text messages; if so, that would actually boost Mueller’s credibility. And it’s also true that Strzok was a top agent, and would have been tasked by Comey to let Hillary off the hook. However, Strzok’s involvement in every area touching the collusion and Hillary investigations, and his known bias, throws the entire investigation into chaos.

This is a strange case, and Scott Johnson adds his own list; here are the last three items (emphasis added),

10. None of the stories pause to ask why the Inspector General have sought Strzok’s text messages in the first place. What is going on here? As the Times notes, FBI regulations allow an agent to express his opinions “as an individual privately and publicly on political subjects and candidates.”

11. A law enforcement source writes to observe that the Inspector General would not be able to access the private text message communications of an FBI official as senior and prominent as Strzok unless he had good cause to do so. What was this cause?

12. He adds: “Reviewing an agent’s private text messages is not an investigative action which is entered into lightly unless the situation is serious. I cannot think of a situation where you would find the IG’s office looking at your private text messages unless you, or someone you were communicating with, is in big, big trouble. There is something very, very shady going on here with the IG’s investigation of Strzok….why the IG was investigating him in the first place is much more interesting.”

Strzok is not the only member of Mueller’s million-dollar gang who is clearly biased. Andrew Weissmann, one of Robert Mueller’s top prosecutors and formerly the Obama-era Chief of the Justice Department’s Criminal Fraud Section, congratulated former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce President Trump’s Middle East travel ban executive order. He wrote:

“I am so proud. And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respects.”…

The Wall Street Journal is questioning Mueller’s credibility, and wants him to step down. Mueller remains undaunted: Yesterday the Journal reported Mueller Subpoenas Deutsche Bank Records Related to Trump.

Hugh Hewitt: A special counsel needs to investigate the FBI and Justice Department. Now.

As Drudge says, developing . . .

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog