When normal people lose their job – or are fired – they are worried where the next paycheck will come from and how their bills will be paid. When Former FBI agent Peter Strzok gets fired for expressing anti-Trump sentiments and threatening to use tools at his disposal within the FBI to prevent Trump from winning the 2016 presidential election, he gets people across the country to donate more than $350,000.
The infamously anti-Trump agent is set to cash in on the mega-payday after a GoFundMe was set up to help “Pete’s hefty – and growing – legal costs and his lost income.”
Per Fox News Insider:
The “Friends Of Special Agent Peter Strzok” quickly garnered more than $250,000 and counting for Strzok, who was let go by the bureau on Friday.
Strzok played an integral part in both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and what would later become the special counsel’s Russia probe.
He was subpoenaed to testify before House lawmakers in July over anti-Trump texts he sent to Lisa Page, his former co-worker and lover, using his FBI phone.
“Peter Strzok, a man who has spent his entire life working to help keep us and our nation safe, has been fired. He needs your help,” the GoFundMe page reads.
The campaign’s description includes a number of Strzok’s career achievements and accomplishments. It said he “is a proud husband and father, a veteran of the U.S. Army and counterintelligence Special Agent who spent more than two decades in a job he loved at the FBI. ”
And, “Last week, in a decision apparently driven by political pressure, a senior FBI official chose to fire Pete — overruling the agency’s normal and independent process by rejecting the decision of the career professionals in the FBI’s disciplinary division. This has left him without income and facing considerable legal bills.”
Here’s more from GoFundMe:
We are asking you to support a man who has dedicated his life to defending America; to stand up for the freedoms on which this country was built and a government that truly serves the people by protecting all Americans, including dedicated government employees, from constantly being subjected to the whims and influence of politicians.
The description sounds great until people remember Strzok was instrumental in weaponizing the FBI against a presidential candidate and then a president.
Check this out, from USA Today:
Who says sending anti-Trump texts to your girlfriend doesn’t pay?
Sure, such texts cost Peter Strzok his 22-year career with the FBI, but they also seem to have garnered the disgraced former agent a lot of support – enough to raise more than $325,000 for his legal expenses in one day on a GoFundMe page.
The page, launched Monday by “Friends Of Special Agent Peter Strzok,” initially sought $150,000 to be “put into a trust dedicated to covering Pete’s hefty – and growing – legal costs and his lost income.”
But that sum was reached quickly and the target amount was later raised to $350,000.
At the time of publication, the GoFundMe campaign had raised $385,419.
“Stunned and humbled by the extraordinary outpouring of support already received from thousands of fellow everyday citizens taking time to fight for our country and our shared American ideals,” Strzok said in a statement on social media, in response to the fundraising effort. “Thank you.”
Stunned and humbled by the extraordinary outpouring of support already received from thousands of fellow everyday citizens taking time to fight for our country and our shared American ideals. Thank you.
— Peter Strzok (@petestrzok) August 14, 2018
Former Assistant Director to the FBI Chris Swecker, via an op-ed with Fox News, said both critics and supporters of Strzok should welcome the firing:
Both supporters and opponents of President Trump should welcome the firing of disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok, announced Monday. He and fired FBI Director James Comey and fired Deputy Director Andrew McCabe have done more damage to America’s premier law enforcement agency than anyone in its storied 110-year history.
Because President Trump has frequently tweeted denunciations of this trio, it’s understandable that many people view their firings as unjustified political vendettas by the president against his critics.
But while their clearly is no love lost between the president, Strzok, Comey and McCabe, there is no doubt that by any objective standard, all three deserved to be fired for misconduct. I say this as someone who spent 24 years proudly serving as an FBI special agent and who retired as an assistant director in charge of all FBI criminal investigations.
All three of these rogue FBI officials put themselves on pedestals and cast themselves as noble heroes willing to sacrifice their own careers for the cause of truth and justice. That’s great PR spin, and much of the media has fallen for it. But it’s simply not true.
In other words, Strzok was not fired for simply expressing his opinion privately. According to the Department of Justice inspector general, Strzok also used his private email to send and receive classified information – exactly the misconduct by Hillary Clinton he was supposed to be investigating.
The actions by Strzok, Comey and McCabe disgusted me and many of the dedicated, loyal, patriotic and courageous men and women who have served in the FBI – often willingly risking their lives in defense of our country.
I consistently hear from many current and former FBI employees who bitterly resent how Strzok, Comey and McCabe broke rules that all FBI employees are required to follow – from the lowest level up to the director.
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.