Multiple media reports that the former number two man in the FBI’s counterintelligence program, Peter Strzok, was escorted from the FBI building by security last Friday. Strzok, you’ll recall, is the guy who bragged of an “insurance policy” against Trump being elected and claimed, “We’ll stop him.” The action seems to be a suspension pending the outcome of an Office of Professional Responsibility investigation and a decision by FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Full statement from Strzok’s attorney pic.twitter.com/G7EyuAQuGk
— Laura Jarrett (@LauraAJarrett) June 19, 2018
It's clear from Strzok's lawyer's statement that Strzok, despite everything he did and wrote, has *not* been fired from the FBI. Some sort of suspension seems most likely. https://t.co/3HYdhRBlsZ
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 19, 2018
This, of course, begs the question of what exactly do you have to do to get fired if you are in the upper echelons of the FBI? And what is known now that wasn’t know several months ago that would lead to this action?
Overwhelming odds are that Strzok gets fired. Wray is not floating on a layer of charisma and good feelings right now and Strzok’s evasions and his answers all make him radioactive. It is hard to believe that he’d be allowed back into the FBI in any investigative or management capacity.
There are five other agents under review for their texts. Miraculously, two of them also worked on the Mueller investigation.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) asks IG Michael Horowitz if unidentified Attorney #1 and Attorney #2 in the IG's report are Sally Moyer and Kevin Kleinsman.
(Spelling may be incorrect on both last names) pic.twitter.com/iFu20k5Jqb
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) June 19, 2018
And there are over 50 FBI agents who have been identified as having taken illegal gifts or gratuities from members of the press.
This is an agency in crisis. It has been thoroughly politicized. In fact, the DOJ IG is looking into the extent to which Strzok may be responsible for the counterintelligence investigation that kicked all of this mess off. Nothing I’ve seen thus far encourages me to think that Christopher Wray has the skills to reform the FBI or even comprehends the scope of the problem.
My latest in The Hill: 9 Times IG Horowitz contradicted FBI Director Wray while he was sitting right next to him. (But if nobody noticed; did it happen?) https://t.co/qorwK6056V
— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) June 19, 2018
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