The FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s illicit email practices concluded in the heat of the presidential campaign with former director James Comey making an impromptu announcement: although she acted “extremely careless,” no charges would ultimately be brought against the then-Democratic candidate.
As the edits of the infamous memo that exculpated Mrs. Clinton show, the usage of “extremely careless” was a transmogrification of “grossly negligent,” the incriminating language that was originally used in one of Comey’s drafts.
“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” Comey said in July.
As anyone who has followed the Hillary Clinton email case knows by now, ignorance of the law is no excuse for mishandling highly classified information, and is accompanied by criminal charges for anyone who isn’t political royalty.
Now, we have another piece of the puzzle about how the Comey memo came to be. It appears that Peter Strzok, who has been on the hot seat for weeks regarding pro-Hillary and anti-Trump tweets to his mistress FBI lawyer Lisa Page, had a direct hand in crafting it.
As CNN, a self-styled adversary of the Trump administration, reported on Wednesday.
Emails obtained by CNN show the FBI agent at the center of a Capitol Hill storm played a key role in a controversial FBI decision that upended Hillary Clinton’s campaign just days before the 2016 election: the letter to Congress by then-FBI Director James Comey announcing the bureau was investigating newly discovered Clinton emails.
The new revelation about FBI agent Peter Strzok comes as Republicans accuse him of being sympathetic to Clinton while seeking to undermine Donald Trump during the heat of the 2016 campaign season.
It is not an “accusation” that Strzok is a partisan: He was specifically removed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for displaying partisan bias while on the Russian collusion case. CNN continues on the details:
Strzok, who co-wrote what appears to be the first draft that formed the basis of the letter Comey sent to Congress, also supported reopening the Clinton investigation once the emails were discovered on disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s laptop, according to a source familiar with Strzok’s thinking. The day after Strzok sent his draft to his colleagues, Comey released the letter to Congress, reigniting the email controversy in the final days of the campaign.
Strzok did, however, harbor reservations about Comey making a public announcement just days before the election and sent a text message to that effect, two sources said. And Strzok’s text messages provided to Congress show him grappling with the fallout of making the letter public, according to a CNN review of his texts.
Contrary to CNN’s conclusion, the new report does not make for a “more complicated portrait of Strzok than many of his critics have painted in public.” It clarifies what any informed citizen already knows about the FBI agent: Strzok was a partisan booted off the Russian probe for good reason.
Unfortunately, by that time Strzok was removed from the Russia investigation, the case had already been closed on Hillary Clinton, and the damage had been done.
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