The 500-page report recently released from the office of the Inspector General exposed bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation. One of the individuals extensively named throughout it was an agent in the bureau, Peter Strzok.
According to the report, Strzok attempted to weaponize the FBI and use resources available to him to prevent Donald Trump from winning the 2016 presidential election. A number of his personal text messages were found in the report which were particularly insulting of Trump and his supporters.
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As Washington Examiner reports, Strzok will now voluntarily testify before Congress.
In a letter sent Saturday and made public Sunday to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, the lawyer for Peter Strzok says he will voluntarily appear and testify before the panel, and “any other Congressional committee that invites him.”
Aitan Goelman said the idea that Strzok would have to be subpoenaed to appear is “wholly unnecessary.”
Strzok, a veteran counterintelligence officer, worked in a senior role on both the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
STRZOK intends to voluntarily testify before the House Judiciary Committee, his lawyer says.
The letter: pic.twitter.com/uHLwZ6rguT
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Strzok previously made headlines when an affair he was having with FBI attorney Lisa Page first became public and a number of his texts were seized and eventually shared with the public. The incident caused Mueller to remove him from the Russian investigation.
Many of the messages, both previously released and found in the IG report, exhibited tremendous anti-Trump, pro-Clinton bias:
Texts — many of which were already made public before Thursday’s IG report — between the two included their thoughts about the 2016 presidential election, and harsh criticisms of then-candidate Trump, calling him words like “idiot,” ”loathsome,” ”menace” and “disaster.”
The IG made public a newer, more inflammatory text where Page wrote to Strzok in August 2016: “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”
Strzok responded: “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”
.@TomFitton: “Peter Strzok, who said he wanted to stop Trump from being president, was the lead FBI special agent on the Clinton email matter and then moved over onto the Russia investigation as well. Both investigations have been irredeemably compromised.” pic.twitter.com/yvumbU5BCy
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It was previously believed that Strzok would not come willingly to testify before Congress and, as Politico reports, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte started the process to secure a subpoena of Strzok.
The Virginia Republican’s move comes on the heels of a critical Justice Department inspector general report that delivered a harsh assessment of Strzok’s animus toward Trump, revealed through private text messages to FBI attorney Lisa Page that were uncovered during the internal investigation.
Two sources briefed on subpoena effort indicated that Goodlatte has formally notified his Democratic counterparts of his intent to subpoena Strzok, a step that launches a two-day waiting period before he can officially issue the subpoena, under committee procedures.
.@TGowdySC on Peter Strzok, Lisa Page: “Those two presumed and pronounced [@HillaryClinton‘s] innocence before her investigation ended and they presumed and pronounced @realDonaldTrump‘s guilt before the investigation even began.” #FoxNewsSunday https://t.co/WSd9wuhEQl pic.twitter.com/cDKlN521wH
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President Trump has been particularly critical of Strzok since the release of the IG report.
“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,” Trump tweeted. “It will go down as a dark and dangerous period in American History!”
And, “Why was the FBI’s sick loser, Peter Strzok, working on the totally discredited Mueller team of 13 Angry & Conflicted Democrats, when Strzok was giving Crooked Hillary a free pass yet telling his lover, lawyer Lisa Page, that ‘we’ll stop’ Trump from becoming President? Witch Hunt!”
“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?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018