“Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were directly involved in matters relating to the opening of Crossfire Hurricane.
“Strzok was the Agent who both wrote and approved the electronic communication opening the matter from the very start as a full investigation rather than an assessment or preliminary investigation.
“At the time, Page was serving as Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s Special Assistant, and, according to Strzok, it was McCabe who directed that the Crossfire Hurricane investigation be ‘opened immediately’ after information described more fully below was received from Australian authorities in late July 2016.
“Over a period of months prior to the opening of Crossfire Hurricane, Strzok and Page had exchanged numerous messages, which are already in the public domain and express a very clear prejudice against Trump.”John Durham for the United States Department of Justice, “Report on Matters Related to Intelligence Activities and Investigations Arising Out of the 2016 Presidential Campaigns,” May 12, 2023, pp. 47-48
In 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives Government Affairs Committee published an interim report on Hillary Clinton’s abuse of email.
The report highlights that the very same FBI employees involved in investigating Republican candidate for President Donald J. Trump were also his bitter political enemies.
- July 1 2016: “following Attorney General Lynch’s announcement that she would follow the FBI’s recommendation in the Clinton investigation, Page wrote, ‘it’s a real profile in couragw [sic], since she knows no charges will be brought’ against Secretary Clinton.”
- August 6, 2016: “Following candidate Trump’s apparent victory in the Republican primary, Strzok and Page discussed how his victory pressured the FBI to finish its investigation of Hillary Clinton. On August 6, 2016, Page texted Strzok that he was ‘meant to protect the country from that menace,’ linking to an article about Trump’s so-called ‘enablers.‘ Strzok replied, ‘[O]f course, I’ll try and approach it that way. I just know it will be tough at times. I can protect our country at many levels, not sure if that helps.‘”
- August 9, 2016: “Page wrote to Strzok about Trump, ‘He’s not ever going to become president, right? Right?!'”
- August 15, 2016: “Strzok replied to Page, ‘I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office—that there’s no way he gets elected—but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk.'”
- September 2, 2016: “Page wrote about preparing talking points for Director Comey because ‘potus [sic] wants to know everything we’re doing.’
- November 3, 2016: “Page wrote to Strzok, ‘The nyt [sic] probability numbers are dropping every day. I’m scared for our organization.’ This is likely a reference to the New York Times presidential election forecast, which gave Secretary Clinton as high as a 93 percent chance of winning on October 25, before dropping to an 85 percent change as of November 3.”
- Election Day 2016:
- “Page wrote, ‘OMG THIS IS F*CKING TERRIFYING.’ Strzok agreed, ‘Omg, I am so depressed.’ Later that month she wrote, twice, about buying and reading All the President’s Men. She also wrote, ‘Figure I needed to brush up on watergate [sic].’ These messages raise questions about whether personal political bias may have affected the FBI’s inquiry.”
- “On November 4, 2016, as the FBI finished its review of the emails on Congressman Weiner’s laptop, Page wrote to Strzok, ‘[T]he American presidential election, and thus, the state of the world, actually hangs in the balance.'”
- November 14, 2016: “Page wrote, ‘God, being here makes me angry. Lots of high fallutin’ national security talk. Meanwhile, we have OUR task ahead of us.‘ Combined with Strzok’s August 15 text about an insurance policy, further investigation is warranted to determine what they meant, what actions they might have taken as a result, and how their attitude affected their decision-making and performance.”
Strzok and Page were not running the FBI, but they clearly were symptomatic of the culture at the top. Moreover, they were, singly or together:
- Apparently reporting to the President of the United States, Barack Obama;
- Utterly biased against Donald J. Trump; and
- Intimately involved with an investigation that had the potential to derail Trump’s candidacy and Presidency.
Not only did they go after Trump, but the DOJ/FBI failed to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her obvious crimes.
Durham had the opportunity to promote some form of accountability in his report.
Instead, we get:
What is needed is an entirely transformative approach to the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI.
They must be cleaned out from top to bottom of corruption.
The way they perverted the 2016 Presidential campaign and Presidency of Donald J. Trump can never be allowed to happen again.
By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal (Dossy). All opinions are the author’s own.
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