Late Monday, the Department of Justice released documents and filed a motion to dismiss disgraced ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok’s lawsuit that claims he was unjustly fired and should be reinstated as chief of counterespionage at the bureau.
Yes, in spite of the very obvious anti-Trump bias and apparent seditious behavior of Strzok, terminating even the worst government employee is a dicey proposition and subject to the whims of the judicial system.
As noted by Fox News, the documents released outline an abundance of “security violations” and serious, “unprofessional conduct” to include allegedly keeping sensitive FBI documents on his unsecured, personal devices. The documents detail that in fact, Strzok’s wife accessed his phone and found evidence of his affair with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page. They also reveal how Strzok and Page texted back and forth about what they should do next after being caught.
One of the documents released includes an August 2018 letter to Strzok from the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) in which Strzok is accused of “dereliction of supervisory responsibility” for his failure to investigate the potentially classified Hillary Clinton emails that were found on an unsecured laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, with the 2016 election fast approaching.
The OPR noted that an agent working the case told prosecutors that he was “scared” and “paranoid” that “somebody was not acting appropriately” and that “somebody was trying to bury this.”
The DOJ motion to dismiss Strzok’s lawsuit insists that Strzok must not succeed in any of his claims. The document indicates that his key position in the FBI and responsibilities for some of its highest-profile investigations “imposed on him a higher burden of caution with respect to his speech.”
Among 40,000 text messages between August 2015 and May 2018 involving Strzok that were examined, was a message to Page in which he called candidate Trump a “disaster” and that “[w]e’ll stop” him.
“It is because of those text messages, and the paramount importance of preserving the FBI’s ability to function as a trusted, nonpartisan institution, that Plaintiff was removed from his position, and not because of any alleged disagreement with Plaintiff’s viewpoints on political issues or Tweets from the President,” the motion states.
The motion–identifying Attorney General William Barr as the defendant–asserted that Strzok was “given ample notice and opportunity to be heard” in the internal process that resulted in his firing.
At the time the lawsuit was filed, Strzok’s attorney Aitan Goelman said, “While many in law enforcement have faced attacks by this president, Pete Strzok has been a constant target for two years. It’s indisputable that his termination was a result of President Trump’s unrelenting retaliatory campaign of false information, attacks and direct appeals to top officials.”
The stomach-turning arrogance of Strzok testifying before Congress in July 2018 has provided nothing but infamy and scorn for the former agent who told Page not to worry about a potential Trump election due to a so-called “insurance policy” that most recognize as the plan to impeach him via fabricated evidence. Of course, that effort has in fact been played out at the hands of Democrats since the election.
Read the DOJ motion and released documents here:
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