By Jon Dougherty
As more details emerge regarding the “Spygate” scandal and the Deep State’s effort to undermine and depose POTUS Donald Trump, it’s becoming clearer that the American people have completely lost control over their government.
On Thursday, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), released another transcript, as he promised last week he would continue doing in the interest of informing the American public, of previously unreleased congressional testimony involving a well-known figure in the scandal, fired FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok.
In his testimony from June 2018 — ahead of his August 2018 firing over texts sent to his one-time lover, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, disparaging Trump — Strzok noted that he was involved in three important probes: Hillary Clinton’s emails; the ‘Trump-Russia collusion’ hoax; and the probe into Trump-Russia collusion headed by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Mueller ejected Strzok from his team after the anti-Trump texts became public. However, according to his congressional testimony, Strzok said that neither Mueller nor any member of his team asked whether the anti-Trump bias expressed in his texts had any impact on his investigation into the Trump-Russia thing.
Strzok said repeatedly during his June testimony that Mueller never brought up the bias or whether it impacted his work — suggesting that Mueller’s team and the special counsel himself didn’t really care whether the agent’s work was influenced at all by his bias.
According to the testimonial transcript, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) asked Strzok a long series of questions regarding the Mueller probe. The agent told him that the FBI investigation began in late July of 2016 and that he was “one of the senior leaders” on the team. He added that he joined the special counsel investigation “within a month” after its inception in May 2017 — to further his career because he believed it could lead to Trump’s impeachment, Page testified last year.
Strzok did say he discussed “the existence of the text messages” in an August 2017 discussion with Mueller and another lawyer, he said.
“There was a sense that special counsel Mueller absolutely wanted to run an investigation that was not only independent but also presented the appearance of independence, and the concern that these texts might be construed otherwise,” Strzok said.
Ratcliffe pressed him. “Do you think it’s fair, as these texts have been characterized, do you think it’s fair to say that they were hateful texts with respect to Donald Trump?” the lawmaker asked.
“I wouldn’t call them hateful. I would call them an expression of personal belief in an individual conversation with a close associate,” Strzok said.
Notes Tyler O’Neil at PJ Media:
Whether or not the texts were “hateful,” they demonstrated a fear and loathing of Donald Trump and seemed to suggest that Strzok and Page were attempting to prevent Trump’s election from within the FBI. Even if the texts did not reveal any such conspiracy — as Strzok and Page have insisted they did not — they certainly reveal an animus against the then-Republican candidate for president.
For this reason, it would be incumbent on the special counsel’s team to probe whether or not that bias affected the FBI agent’s work. According to his testimony, they did not.
“Did special counsel Mueller or the other attorney in the room ask you whether or not your expression of personal belief about Donald Trump influenced any of the actions or decisions that you had taken or any of the evidence or information that you had gathered?” Ratcliffe asked.
Strzok replied, “No.”
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