A former FBI official claims that allowing disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok to testify publicly in front of congressional Republicans had been a whopper of a mistake.
Not only did the hearing fail to uncover any new information, but it transformed Strzok from an obscure nobody to the left’s latest newfound hero and martyr, former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker argued in a Fox News column Friday.
“The Republican members succeeded only in turning Strzok into a Democratic hero and giving him a national audience for his emphatic denials of Republican allegations that his anti-Trump and pro-Clinton political allegiance influenced his investigations involving the two candidates,” he opined.
Here’s just a sliver of the hero-worship Strzok is currently receiving from the left:
To any Trump-loving loons watching @maddow, let me explain this to you in English:
Peter Strzok is a patriot and a hero. This is confirmed by his record at the FBI.
Trump is a liar, traitor and buffoon. This is confirmed by his actions on a daily basis.
— Bill Madden (@activist360) July 12, 2018
Today we have seen that Gowdy, Goodlatte, and the GOP are the actual Deep state actors pushing an agenda to undermine America’s Democracy and disrupt the rule of law. Peter Strzok is a Hero, even Hercules didn’t have to put up with that much bullshit. #StrzokHearing
— Solomon (@GoodKingSolomon) July 13, 2018
— Will Knows Gowdy Just Needs A New Cream Rinse (@bywillpollock) July 12, 2018
Just watch TRM too . Peter Strzok is in my opinion a hero. I had no idea he did so much to protect America. I wish him the best!!!! Good Luck tomorrow, I will be watching! Thank you for your service
— Patricia Peters (@Patrici14072957) July 12, 2018
Peter Strzok has protected this country from harm. He is a true American hero. Instead of heralding his long and distinguished career, the House Republicans have chosen to use him as a scapegoat, in order to run cover for a man who is almost certainly, the illegitimate POTUS.
— Jack Boshoff (@AbpositiveJack) July 13, 2018
FBI Agent Peter Strzok is one of your heroes.
He is one of your most accomplished, dedicated and devoted FBI Agents.
America’s security is his life’s mission. And, he is good at it. pic.twitter.com/Zts1qBCmOF
— Ortus (@Sedibus_MCML) July 12, 2018
“Not only did the Republican committee members fail to recognize Strzok’s public relations trap,” Swecker’s column continued. “They allowed Strzok’s former lover Lisa Page to delay her committee appearance – originally scheduled for Wednesday – until after she had ample opportunity to observe his televised testimony. All Page has to do now is tailor her answers to match Strzok’s.”
Swecker wasn’t necessarily right about this concern, though. After Page spoke with House lawmakers during a closed hearing Friday, several notable GOP figures praised her.
“I found Lisa Page to be more credible than Peter Strzok,” Rep. Matt Gaetz said after the hearing. “I didn’t agree with her characterization of every text message and every piece of evidence, but we did not see the smug attitude from Lisa Page that we saw from Peter Strzok.”
The more pressing issue is how Strzok used the hearing to make a mockery of the House and hoodwink millions of low-information leftists into buying his lies hook, line and sinker.
According to Swecker, Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy should have known better than to allow Strzok this opportunity.
“Gowdy should have known that there was zero chance of a ‘Perry Mason’ moment like those featured on the old TV show about a defense lawyer, when Strzok would break down under the withering questions of GOP members and confess to placing his thumb on the scale of the investigations,” he wrote.
He further dinged the South Carolina Republican for failing “to anticipate the coordinated strategy of the Democratic members to obstruct the hearing and run interference for their new hero, who they painted as a patriot and noble martyr who sacrificed his FBI career for the good of the nation.”
The bottom line is that Thursday’s hearing was a complete circus act and show, especially in light of the information already gleaned from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report.
“The Horowitz report described how Strzok, as the head of the Clinton email investigation, sat on his hands for well over three weeks after the New York FBI office reported to him that it had discovered new evidence relevant to the Clinton investigation,” Swecker noted.
“This – when matched with Strzok’s contemporaneous statements – appears to amount to, at minimum, obstruction of justice. It would not be a stretch to convince a jury of 12 that Strzok’s expressed intent to improperly change the course of the investigation was accompanied by actions.”
So instead being invited to make a mockery of the House, the disgraced FBI agent should have been “summarily dismissed from the FBI” and “thoroughly investigated and prosecuted if the evidence shows he has broken the law,” Swecker concluded.
Was that a fair argument? Some would argue otherwise, noting that the hearing allowed House Republicans like Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert to expose Strzok’s true nature to the American people:
The hearing also allowed the American people to witness Strzok’s very creepy personality firsthand.
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