(National Sentinel) Deep Stinking State: The first leak following closed-door testimony of FBI agent Bill Priestap, who was anti-Trump counterterrorism official Peter Strzok’s boss, has surfaced: Seems like the now-demoted Strzok had a much larger role in two key investigations than previously reported.
As noted by Fox News, an anonymous lawmaker said that assessment was based on the most recent records and congressional testimony, including from Priestap.
The network’s Cathrine Herridge and Samuel Chamberlain reported:
Priestap was interviewed Tuesday as part of an ongoing joint investigation by the House Judiciary and Oversight committees. Priestap was Strzok’s supervisor and oversaw both the Russia and Clinton investigations.
The trip was referenced by Strzok in a May 4, 2016 text message to FBI lawyer Lisa Page that said “Bill” would be “back from London next week.”
On Jan. 30 of that year, Strzok emailed Priestap and another FBI colleague expressing dismay about statements made by then-White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest claiming Clinton was not a target of the FBI probe into her private email server that she kept while secretary of state.
“Below not helpful,” Strzok wrote. “Certainly the WH is going to do whatever it wants, but there is a line they need to hold with regard to the appearance of non-interference.”
Strzok was reassigned to the FBI’s human resources division following revelations that he was romantically involved with Page and exchanged politically charged text messages. An FBI spokesperson told Fox News last month that Page had “resigned” to “pursue other opportunities.”
In addition to his work on the Mueller probe, Strzok was the lead agent on the Clinton email case known inside the bureau by the code name “Mid Year Exam” or MYE.
Congress is set to interview two more FBI officials later this month: Michael Steinbach, former head of the agency’s national security division; and Steinbach’s predecessor, John Giacalone.
In addition, lawmakers want to talk to DoJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz after he releases his long-awaited report into the FBI’s handling of Clinton’s email case.
You may recall it’s been reported that Giacolone quit the investigation in protest because it was going “sideways” — nowhere by design.
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