Reports emerged over the weekend that Mueller removed a top FBI agent from his investigation on President Trump over credibility concerns.
Peter Strzok, according to the New York times, “is considered one of the most experienced and trusted F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators.”
Strzok was also a chief lieutenant under former FBI Director James Comey and the investigation of supposed collusion between Trump and Russia during Trump’s campaign.
After months of trying to keep the reason for Strzok’s demotion secret, Strzok was finally investigated by the House, and only then did it become clear that his dismissal was the result of apparent lack of credibility as an investigative agent.
Strzok sent several anti-Trump texts to his mistress, and not only does that compromise his credibility on the Mueller probe, it also raises serious questions about the FBI investigation of Trump under James Comey.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
The Washington Post and the New York Times reported Saturday that a lead FBI investigator on the Mueller probe, Peter Strzok, was demoted this summer after it was discovered he’d sent anti- Trump texts to a mistress. As troubling, Mr. Mueller and the Justice Department kept this information from House investigators, despite Intelligence Committee subpoenas that would have exposed those texts. They also refused to answer questions about Mr. Strzok’s dismissal and refused to make him available for an interview.
The news about Mr. Strzok leaked only when the Justice Department concluded it couldn’t hold out any longer, and the stories were full of spin that praised Mr. Mueller for acting “swiftly” to remove the agent. Only after these stories ran did Justice agree on Saturday to make Mr. Strzok available to the House.
This is all the more notable because Mr. Strzok was a chief lieutenant to former FBI Director James Comey and played a lead role investigating alleged coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. Mr. Mueller then gave him a top role in his special-counsel probe. And before all this Mr. Strzok led the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and sat in on the interview she gave to the FBI shortly before Mr. Comey publicly exonerated her in violation of Justice Department practice.
Oh, and the woman with whom he supposedly exchanged anti-Trump texts, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, worked for both Mr. Mueller and deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, who was accused of a conflict of interest in the Clinton probe when it came out that Clinton allies had donated to the political campaign of Mr. McCabe’s wife. The texts haven’t been publicly released, but it’s fair to assume their anti-Trump bias must be clear for Mr. Mueller to reassign such a senior agent.
The fact that Mueller’s special council withheld this information from Congress for months raises some serious doubt about the probe’s credibility.
That such a top agent was so obviously anti-Trump ruins its portrayal of itself as an impartial investigation.
This revelation adds to a growing list of concern, as we already know that the infamous Trump dossier was backed by the Hillary Clinton campaign’s finances.
Having come up with no evidence at all for collusion between Trump and Russia, the House has now seen that Mueller’s investigation, as well as the FBI investigation under James Comey, was heavily influenced by ant-Trump sentiment.
The Wall Street Journal concludes:
All of this reinforces our doubts about Mr. Mueller’s ability to conduct a fair and credible probe of the FBI’s considerable part in the Russia-Trump drama. Mr. Mueller ran the bureau for 12 years and is fast friends with Mr. Comey, whose firing by Mr. Trump triggered his appointment as special counsel. The reluctance to cooperate with a congressional inquiry compounds doubts related to this clear conflict of interest.
[…] The latest news supports our view that Mr. Mueller is too conflicted to investigate the FBI and should step down in favor of someone more credible. The investigation would surely continue, though perhaps with someone who doesn’t think his job includes protecting the FBI and Mr. Comey from answering questions about their role in the 2016 election.
Even the Wall Street Journal says its time for Mr. Mueller to step down.
Seeing as how no evidence that Trump colluded with Russia to “interfere” with the election, under multiple investigations, the President would have nothing to fear from any continued investigation.