Bombshell lost in hearing hubbub: Comey directed Strzok to prioritize Trump-Russia probe over all else

Lost in all the howling from sanctimoniously outraged Democrats running cover for disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok at Thursday’s congressional hearing was the revelation that former FBI director James Comey instructed Strzok to prioritize the Trump-Russia collusion probe over the Hillary Clinton email scandal that involved the mishandling of classified information.

The defiant agent’s fiery appearance before a joint Judiciary-Oversight Committee hearing included a moment when Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., asked Strzok about his decision to “prioritize” the Trump investigation in October 2016 over a discovery of emails on disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop.

“The first reason I did it is because the director told me to,” Strzok said, referring to Comey. “The director said it was our top priority.”

“When you look at an allocation of resources based on the threat to national security, the Russia influence investigations were of much greater impact than a mishandling of classified information investigation,” he added.

All of which depends on what was included in the classified information rendered vulnerable.

“The first reason was the director told you to?” Rep. Nadler said in clarifying Strzok’s response.

“Yes, sir,” the FBI agent replied.

But once again, Strzok’s bias comes into play — a common theme when it comes to the agent.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz was clear in his report last month that he “did not have confidence that the decision of [Strzok] to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Weiner laptop was free from bias in light of his text messages.”

Horowitz also said Comey “clearly departed from FBI and department norms and his decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and Justice Department as fair administrators of justice.”

Nadler conveniently overlooked these findings as he endeavored to put Strzok in a favorable light.

Tom Tillison


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