The FBI has come under fire recently after it was revealed that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller fired FBI agent Peter Strzok after Mueller found out Strzok exchanged private anti-Trump messages with his paramour during the investigation. Now we know that Strzok’s biases had real effects beyond the Mueller investigation.
A bombshell report was released on Monday claiming that Strzok changed a key phrase in then-FBI director James Comey’s description of how former secretary of state Hillary Clinton handled classified information. According to an exclusive CNN Report, “Strzok changed Comey’s earlier draft language describing Clinton’s actions as ‘grossly negligent’ to ‘extremely careless.’”
Strzok led the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server and was the number two in the Russian collusion investigation of Donald Trump.
The FBI has often been heralded as impartial and unbiased by both sides of the aisle and the mainstream media. However, its reputation came in doubt during the 2016 election cycle when it was suspected that then FBI director James Comey was being political instead of impartial.
The statement made by James Comey regarding Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information puzzled many, because he single-handedly changed the standard of misconduct from “grossly negligent” to “extreme carelessness.” This, of course, led to many questions and one seems to have been answered.
Peter Strzok, a top counterintelligence expert in the FBI, was exchanging anti-Trump and pro-Hillary messages while allegedly having an extra-marital affair with a woman working for FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe.
Strzok’s messages appeared to mock the current president and defend the former first lady. It would also seem that Strzok’s investigation of President Trump relied heavily on the Steele dossier that was paid for by the Clinton campaign.
It is indeed extremely troubling that Peter Strzok was reportedly the agent that changed Comey’s earlier draft from “gross negligence” to “extreme carelessness.” This revision is of vital importance since it changes the legal standard and re-writes the law.
If the original standard of “gross negligence” were used, the investigation of Hillary Clinton would likely have gone forward to the Department of Justice, since she met the legal standard. Intent was never part of the original statute that was cited by Comey. Strzok and Comey effectively changed the law to benefit Hillary Clinton months before the election.
For his part, Robert Mueller seemingly fired Peter Stzork after the allegations were made public. Whether Mueller knew before the news became public is another question that must be answered and will have a strong bearing going forward on how the public perceives his intentions.
The Fix was In
In October, a report was released detailing that then-FBI director James Comey had drafted a letter exonerating Hillary Clinton months before interviewing her or many of the key witnesses. This letter seemingly refuted Comey’s claim that the FBI was performing its due diligence.
With the new revelations, there is enough information to conclude that the FBI under James Comey was biased against President Trump and had some troubling connections to the Clinton campaign. As for the Mueller special investigation, there is no reason for the public to assume that it is free from bias.
Trump is right. The swamp needs draining.