Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent says his 'blunt' criticism of Trump never impacted his work

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent says his 'blunt' criticism of Trump never impacted his work

Mueller removed Strzok from the investigation after the Justice Department's inspector general began investigating whether he had sent text messages on a work phone criticizing then-candidate Trump to fellow FBI agent Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair.

Strzok admitted he had privately criticised Trump as well as other politicians, including Trump's Democratic opponent in the election, Hillary Clinton. Not good. Saying that "we'll stop it" in reference to the Trump presidency is not good. This information had the potential to derail, and quite possibly, defeat Mr. Trump.

During his opening statement, House Oversight Committee ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland asserted that Republicans were trying to shut down a fruitful investigation. Strzok plainly is talking about some sort of action "we" will take, some intervention, not the passivity of hoping Americans will reject Trump based on information it already has.

Why was the Russian Federation probe started in the first place? But then it kept that investigation completely secret from the public, lest news of it affect the outcome of the investigation in any way.

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"It was in no way, unequivocally, any suggestion that me, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, would take any action whatsoever to improperly impact the electoral process for any candidate", Strzok added. And many Democrats say actions taken by law enforcement during the campaign season - including announcing a reopening of the investigation into Clinton just days before the election - actually wound up harming the Democratic candidate and aiding the Republican candidate, Trump.

And that's what you have to keep in mind as you watch these ludicrous hearings, and everything else the Republicans do with regard to this issue. Republicans' dissatisfaction with Strzok and the FBI's handling of him prompted the joint hearing of the House Oversight and House Judiciary committees Thursday.

Strzok told lawmakers in his opening statement that he followed department protocol handling sensitive information about the extent of Russia's meddling in the USA election and the Trump team's potential role in it. As one agent put it at the time, "The FBI is Trumpland". That document was allegedly used to secure a spy warrant against former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page; a piece of partisan opposition campaign research was used to secure a FISA warrant?

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, who represents Trenton, Princeton and Old Bridge, interrupted Gowdy and said Strzok is the one testifying, not the former Greenville prosecutor.

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"My presumption, based on that terrible, disgusting behavior that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be President of the United States", Strzok said.

"Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took", he is expected to say.

"I have always told the truth", Strzok said.

"When I tell you that I personally what I believe and what I did, I understand why people may have doubts".

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And just as this kindergarten rumpus was ramping up in Washington, where the Major League Baseball all-star game will be played next week, word arrived from Columbus, Ohio that Stormy Daniels, the noted thespian, had been taken into police custody after she allowed a patron to touch her person while she was performing at a Buckeye State honky-tonk. In breaking his months-long silence, Strzok vigorously defended his handling of two hugely sensitive investigations in which he played a leading role: inquiries into Hillary Clinton's email use and possible co-ordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. They would not tolerate any improper behavior in me any more than I would tolerate it in them.

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