Peter Strzok is a Democrat partisan employed by the United States Civil Service Commission currently working in the FBI human resources department after being demoted from Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) of the FBI Counterintelligence Division for his involvement in the Trump-Russia collusion hoax and for extreme bias in the investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Strzok oversaw the Clinton email investigation and then was lead investigator on the Trump counterintelligence investigation.
Strzok was the direct contact between CIA Director John Brennan and FBI Director James Comey in the Deep state coup attempt to overturn the 2016 presidential election and remove President Donald Trump from office.
Hillary Clinton whitewash
- Main article: Hillary Clinton email investigation
Email exchanges from 2009 to 2011 exist in which Hillary Clinton Chief of staff Cheryl Mills and Deputy CoS Huma Abedin both directly discussed or were involved in discussing Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Both denied knowledge of it to FBI investigator Peter Strzok. Neither were prosecuted for lying to the FBI despite the FBI being in possession of emails with condemning evidence they lied.
Strzok interviewed Huma Abedin on April 5, 2016. Abedin lied to the FBI and was not prosecuted. Strzok reported, "Abedin did not know that Clinton had a private server until about a year and a half ago when it became public knowledge.” In fact Abedin and Cheryl Mills were involved in an Aug. 30, 2011 email exchange in the FBI's possession in which State Department official Stephen Mull mentioned that Clinton’s “email server is down.” In another email exchange on Jan. 9, 2011 Abedin was told that Clinton’s server had been malfunctioning because “someone was trying to hack us.” “Had to shut down the server,” wrote Clinton IT Specialist Justin Cooper, who told the FBI in his interviews that he discussed Clinton’s server with Abedin in 2009, when it was being set up.
Strzok interviewed Cheryl Mills on April 9, 2016. Mills was granted immunity, nevertheless Mills lied to Strzok anyway and was not prosecuted. “Mills did not learn Clinton was using a private server until after Clinton’s [Department of State] tenure...Mills stated she was not even sure she knew what a server was at the time," Strzok reported. Mills asked about it in a Feb. 27, 2010 email to Abedin and an aide to Bill Clinton who helped set up the Clinton Chappaqua server. “Ur funny. We are on the same server,” Cooper replied.
The next day President Obama intervened in the ongoing criminal investigation when he publicly declared that Hillary Clinton showed “carelessness” in using a private e-mail server to handle classified information. Strzok texted Lisa Page, his cohort and an FBI lawyer that he was “increasingly profoundly bothered by [ FBI General Counsel James Baker ] call and the lack of ANY heads up. Deeply. It was wrong given what I had already been asked to do...I’m not sure if I want to be part of this.” Lisa Page responded, “You are part of this and that’s not going to change. But I think you have every right to be angry and frustrated about being left out of the loop on your investigation, especially when you’re going to be left holding the bag. . . . Big big case, big big problems.” Sen. Chuck Grassley noted 17 witnesses, including Clinton herself, were interviewed after the decision not to prosecute Clinton was made.
FBI Director James Comey met with President Obama in the White House on May 26, 2016; by afternoon Comey's revised draft memo exonerating Clinton was circulating among FBI leadership, General Counsel James Baker, Andrew McCabe, Bill Briestap, Strzok, James Rybicki, Johnathan Moffa, Trisha Anderson, David Bowdich and several others. Strzok changed the language of the draft memo from "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless." Gross negligence in handling classified information is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
On July 2, 2016 Strzok and David Laufman finally conducted the long delayed personal interview with Hillary Clinton. Two witnesses in the investigation, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, were allowed to sit in. No video, transcript or oath was made. Three days later Dir. Comey usurped the power and authority of the Attorney General and declared Hillary Clinton would not be charged for any of her illegal actions.
Cover upThe FBI released documents under the Freedom of Information Act in early September 2016 from the Hillary Clinton email investigation which was now closed. The release includes FBI form 302 interview reports. Some details from the July 2, 2016 (302) interview with Hillary Clinton were intentionally withheld. Strzok admitted in a text to Lisa Page that a group at the highest levels of the FBI, including himself, conspired to withhold some of the information from Congress and the American people:
“there are VERY inflammatory things in the 302s we didn’t turn over to [Congress]…that are going to come out in FOIA and absolutely inflames Congress. I’m sure Jim [Baker] and Trisha [Trisha Beth Anderson] and Dave [Laufmen] and Mike [Kortan] are all considering how things like that play out as they talk amongst themselves.”Days later James Clapper's Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced, in violation of Intelligence Community Directive ICD 732, that no Intelligence Community-wide damage assessment into Secretary Clinton’s security breaches would be conducted. ODNI ignored all subsequent FOIA requests.
- Main article: Trump-Russia
The Clinton Campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC) hired FusionGPS to conduct ‘Opposition Research’ on Donald Trump. FEC records show Obama for America also paid $972,000 to Perkins Coie, the surrogate law firm for FusionGPS, beginning in April 2016. Mary Jacoby, wife of FusionGPS founder Glenn Simpson, visited the White House in April.
FusionGPS then hired Nellie Ohr, wife of Assoc. Dep. Attn. Gen. Bruce Ohr. Nellie Ohr specialized in Russian counterintelligence. Nellie Ohr collaborated with ex-MI6 officer Christopher Steele to write Hillary Clinton's opposition research Steele dossier. By May 2016, Nellie's husband Bruce was working with Strzok.
CIA Director John Brennan formed a Joint Counter-Intelligence Task Force. Strzok acted as FBI liaison with Brennan. Brennan himself selected the CIA and FBI analysts who worked on the joint Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA), and they included Peter Strzok. "Strzok was the intermediary between Brennan and Comey, and he was one of the authors of the ICA.
Lisa Page and Strzok discussed circumventing federal records laws to hide their nefarious activity.  The FBI began an investigation into Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's associations. This investigation led to the wiretapping of at least three Trump associates, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, and Roger Stone.
In June Strzok had direct contact with Christopher Steele and received a preliminary draft of the Steele dossier. According to Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, the preliminary draft was also given to the DNC and Clinton campaign at that time. Strzok, Bruce Ohr and Lisa Page applied for a FISA warrant to surveil the Trump campaign. The initial warrant application was denied.
On July 25, 2016 Strzok and Lisa Page exchanged messages about Strzok's personal friendship with FISA court Judge Rudy Contreras. A year and a half later in December 2017 Contreras accepted a guilty plea from former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn for allegedly lying to Strzok in the early days of the Trump administration. Strzok originally reported Flynn did not lie, however FBI Dep. Dir. Andrew McCabe altered the interview report to say Flynn did lie.
Page: Rudy is on the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court]! Did you know that?By the end of July 2016 Strzok signed the document beginning the FBI's Russia probe. Two days later they had this exchange:
Strzok: Just appointed two months ago
Strzok: I did. We talked about it before and after. I need to get together with him
Strzok: He mentioned thinking about it even though he was junior, they needed people and they especially needed minorities, and then he said he’d gotten on a month or two ago at a graduation party we were both at.
Strzok: [Redacted] brought up a good point about being circumspect in talking to [Contreras] in terms of not placing him into a situation where he’d have to recuse himself.
Page: I can’t imagine either one of you could talk about anything in detail meaningful enough to warrant recusal
Strzok: Really? Rudy, I’m in charge of espionage for the FBI. Any espionage FISA comes before him, what should he do? Given his friend oversees them?
Page: Standards for recusal are quite high. I just don’t think this poses an actual conflict. And he doesn’t know what you do?
Strzok: Not the level or scope or area. But he’s super thoughtful and rigorous about ethics and conflicts. [redacted] suggested a social setting with others would probably be better than a one on one meeting.
Lisa Page – He’s not ever going to become president, right? Right?!
Strzok - No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.
On September 2, 2016 Lisa Page wrote about preparing talking points for Dir. Comey because “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.” The text raises questions about the extent of Obama’s personal involvement in on ongoing the FBI investigation.
- Main article: FISA abuse
The Obama DOJ's illegal FISA warrant on Carter Page was built on an echo chamber of Hillary Clinton's opposition research among journalists, law enforcement and the intelligence community - all reinforcing each other with the manufactured allegations of the Steele dossier. Michael Isikoff’s September 23, 2016 Yahoo News article, provided by Christopher Steele, was presented to the FISA court as independent corroboration of evidence in the DOJ's possession, which likewise was provided by Christopher Steele.
The contents of Isikoff's Yahoo News article was leaked by Steele to Isikoff at the direction of FusionGPS, and focused on Carter Page's July 2016 trip to Moscow. The law firm of Perkins Coie hosted a meeting with Steele and FusionGPS where the matter was discussed. Congress was briefed on the contents of Hillary Clinton's opposition research Steele dossier by the FBI, although Congress and the FISA court were kept in the dark about the false allegations of Russian collusion with the Trump team originating with the Clinton campaign and the Democratic party. Steele was paid $168,000 by the Clinton campaign and DNC.
On October 15, 2016 Strzok and DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr rewrote a narrower FISA warrant application dropping Trump's name and focusing on Carter Page. While the BBC suggested that the surveillance was meant to ferret out “transfers of money,” Louise Mensch asserted that a “warrant was granted to look at the full content of emails and other related documents that may concern US persons.” The FBI did not inform the court that the FBI authorized payment to Steele for the information. On October 21 the FISA court approved the warrant application on Carter Page giving the FBI unfettered and retroactive authority to access Page's upstream and downstream private electronic communications with the Trump campaign.
The insurance policy
- Main article: Deep State coup
On August 15, 2016 CIA Dir. John Brennan gave an unusual private briefing to Democrat Minority Leader Harry Reid in which he told Reid the FBI should take the lead in an investigation of the Trump campaign. The FBI is the federal agency in charge of domestic intelligence and, unlike the CIA, can spy on U.S. citizens. Two days after Brennan’s special briefing, Reid sent a letter to Dir. Comey demanding an investigation targeting “individuals tied to Trump” to determine if they coordinated with the Russian government “to influence our election.” Reid alludes to Carter Page and repeated the unproven charge from Hillary Clinton's opposition research dossier that Page met with two Kremlin officials in Moscow in July 2016 to discuss removing U.S. sanctions on Russia. Carter Page already denied the allegation under oath, swearing he never even met the Russian officials named in Clinton's opposition research dossier.The same day Strzok texted Lisa Page:
I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy [McCabe]'s office that there's no way [Trump] gets elected -- but I'm afraid we can't take that risk. It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40...
Carter Page is a US citizen who served as a volunteer advisor to the Trump campaign. The October 2016 FISA application first had to be certified by Director Comey or Deputy Director McCabe of the FBI. It then had to be certified by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Dana Boente, or Rod Rosenstein, or the Senate-confirmed Assistant Attorney General for National Security Division. The FBI and DOJ obtained one initial FISA warrant and three 90 day FISA renewals from the FISA court. In the case of Carter Page, relevant information and potentially exculpatory material was not provided to the FISA court on these four separate occasions over the next year.Within a week after signing the documents to begin the Trump-Russia investigation, Strzok traveled to London to interview "a key witness". Strzok and Lisa Page debated what would be shared with DOJ prosecutors while the investigation is ongoing:
Strzok - I think we need to consider the lines of what we disclose to DOJ. For example, the last stipulation notes we will not disclose.Lisa Page sent Strzok a text,
Page – Jesus. You should read this. And Trump should go f himself. Moment in Convention Glare Shakes Up Khans American Life http://nyti.ms/2aHulE0On October 28, 2016, ten days before the election, James Comey reopened the Clinton email investigation. 600,000 classified State Department emails were found on Anthony Weiner's computer. Attn. Gen. Loretta Lynch opposed notifying Congress, but aides persuade her firing Comey for doing so would put Lynch in the midst of a firestorm. Comey's hand was forced by New York Police Department (NYPD) investigators who seized Weiner's laptop and turned it over to the FBI late in the game. Comey's surprise letter to Congress threw Clinton's lead in the polls into a tailspin. The "insurance policy" became operational: government leaks alleging collusion between Trump and Russia were rampant. Ironically, the New York Times at the same time ran a story and headline that said, Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link To Russia:
Strzok – God that’s a great article. Thanks for sharing. And F TRUMP.
Page – And maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace. To that end comma, read this:
Page – Trump Enablers Will Finally Have to Take A Stand http://nyti.ms/2aFakry
Strzok – Thanks. It’s absolutely true that we’re both very fortunate. And of 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
For much of the summer, the F.B.I. pursued a widening investigation into a Russian role in the American presidential campaign. Agents scrutinized advisers close to Donald J. Trump, looked for financial connections with Russian financial figures, searched for those involved in hacking the computers of Democrats, and even chased a lead – which they ultimately came to doubt – about a possible secret channel of email communication from the Trump Organization to a Russian bank.Facebook CEO & founder Mark Zuckerberg called the Clinton campaign & Deep State theory that Russian fake news influenced the election "a pretty crazy idea."
Law enforcement officials say that none of the investigations so far have found any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government...
Hillary Clinton’s supporters, angry over what they regard as a lack of scrutiny of Mr. Trump by law enforcement officials, pushed for these investigations.
Sometime around Thanksgiving 2016 Glenn Simpson of FusionGPS and Dep. Attn. Gen. Bruce Ohr met while President-elect Trump was selecting his cabinet, and discussed what Simpson considered the distressing development of Trump’s victory. Ohr's wife, Nellie Ohr worked for both FusionGPS and CIA.
On December 5, 2016 Strzok gave a false and misleading briefing to the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Hillary Clinton's Steele dossier. House Intelligence Committee investigators later were contacted by an informant suggesting that there was “documentary evidence” that Strzok was obstructing the House probe into the origins of Hillary Clinton's Steele dossier.
John Brennan attached Hillary Clinton's opposition research dossier to the official Presidential daily intelligence briefing for Obama. Obama ordered two pages of the summary to be shared with Trump. The special classified briefing was then leaked to the Washington media, allowing them to use the presidential briefing to justify publication of unsubstantiated claims which by journalistic standards prevented them from using up to that point.
When CNN broke the story of the dossier's sensational allegations co-written by Evan Perez - a friend and former colleague of FusionGPS principal Glenn Simpson, it cleared the way for BuzzFeed to publish the entire dossier, and signaled that the intelligence community was implementing the "insurance policy". This completed a circular echo chamber, binding the intelligence community - chartered to steal and keep secrets, to the media - embodying the right to free speech.
Russiagate was no longer part of Hillary Clinton's political campaign directed at Trump, it was now a disinformation operation aimed at the American public, as the pre-election media coverage resonated more fully with the Steele dossier in the open. You see, said the mainstream media: everything we published about Trump and Putin is really true—there’s a document proving it. What the press corps neglected to add is that they’d been reporting the same talking points and innuendo from the same opposition research since before the election, and were now parroting the same “evidence” to prove it was true.
On Tuesday January 10, 2017, CNN stated President-elect Trump was briefed on the Clinton-Steele dossier. An hour later Buzzfeed published the dossier. The next day, Wednesday January 11, Trump said he was not briefed on the dossier. NBC confirmed Trump wasn’t briefed. Fox News confirmed Trump wasn’t briefed. Later that night Wednesday January 11, DNI James Clapper issued a press statement noting that he had just now briefed President-elect Trump on the dossier moments before. Clapper's press release stated, “The IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable," yet Clapper's intelligence community used that same dossier with no other evidence to obtain a FISA warrant for direct surveillance of the Trump campaign three months earlier. The fact the "evidence" originated as a political smear campaign from the Clinton campaign and Democratic party was never told to the FISA court.
On January 24, 2017 Strzok interviewed National Security Advisor Mike Flynn at the White House. In March Dir. Comey testified to a closed session of the House Intelligence Committee that, while Flynn may have had some honest failures of recollection during his FBI interview, Strzok who questioned him concluded that he did not lie. FBI Dep. Dir. Andy McCabe altered Strzok's interview notes (302s) with Flynn and destroyed evidence. Special Counsel Robert Mueller used the tainted evidence to blackmail Flynn into offering a guilty plea for lying to Strzok, along with threats to prosecute Flynn's son. Strzok's friend, Judge Rudy Contreras was removed from the case days after accepting Flynn's guilty plea, and a new judge is now reviewing the evidence.Strzok discussed with Lisa Page joining the Mueller team. Strzok wrote:
“For me, and this case, I personally have a sense of unfinished business. I unleashed it with MYE [Mid Year Exam, the FBI codename for the Clinton investigation]. Now I need to fix it and finish it."
"an investigation leading to impeachment?”
“You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I’d be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern that there’s no big there there.”
Lisa Page was working as legal counsel in the office of the FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. In July 2017 Lisa Page flipped against the Deep State conspirators when she realized McCabe was lying to investigators about McCabe's instructions to her to make illegal leaks. When Inspector General Mike Horowitz interviewed Lisa Page about the October 2016 election eve leaks to the Wall Street Journal, she provided the evidence - the Strzok/Lisa Page text messages. Lisa Page presented facts that contradicted McCabe's sworn statements, for which McCabe then was fired. The text messages also showed extreme bias among investigators in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, the Trump-Russia investigation, and Special Counsel Mueller's investigation. Strzok and Lisa Page were fired from the Mueller investigation, and reassigned within the DOJ and FBI.
On the day Strzok was fired by Mueller, Mueller had George Papadopoulos arrested at the airport. Within 24 hours Mueller had Papadopoulos agreeing to work as an informant ("proactive cooperator"), to spy on other members of the 2016 Trump campaign, Trump transition, or Trump administration.
The responsibility within the FBI operation to clear Clinton and open an investigation against political opponent Donald Trump fell heavily upon FBI Agent Peter Strzok. Strzok was advanced to the #2 position within the FBI counterintelligence unit as an outcome of his participation. In addition to working with FBI counsel Lisa Page, underneath Andrew McCabe, Strzok was the FBI contact and liaison with Christopher Steele and the foreign intelligence apparatus that were assisting in their goals.
When the FBI's internal Inspection Division (INSD) and Inspector General evidence of the conspiracy began to surface Peter Strzok was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and demoted within the FBI. Strzok remains employed within the FBI as a cooperating witness/co-conspirator.
- "in April, 2016, President Obama gave an interview in which he seemed to have foreknowledge that Hillary Clinton would be exonerated for her “carelessness” and did not “intentionally” mishandle classified emails, words that Comey would use just a few months later...In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Mr. Obama seemed to prejudge the outcome of the ongoing inquiry into Mrs. Clinton’s email scandal, and he disputed the notion that any of the emails contained classified information of true importance. "She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy,” he said. “What I also know is that there’s classified and then there’s classified. There’s stuff that is really top secret top secret, and then there’s stuff that is being presented to the president, the secretary of state, you may not want going out over the wire.”…
...we now see how Obama’s pledge that politics would not taint the investigation was a bald-faced lie. This confidence in her exoneration was shared by Mrs. Clinton, who also seemed to have foreknowledge that the fix was in: The FBI is investigating the matter, and while Mrs. Clinton has virtually promised she will not be indicted, the scandal still hangs over her presidential ambitions...“That is not going to happen,” she told NBC News when asked if she would be indicted. “There is not even the remotest chance that it’s going to happen.”
National Review Contributing Editor Andrew McCarthy has long argued that Obama was the ringleader in obstructing justice in the Hillary email investigation: "From the first, these columns have argued that the whitewash of the Hillary Clinton-emails caper was President Barack Obama’s call -- not the FBI’s, and not the Justice Department’s… The decision was inevitable. Obama, using a pseudonymous email account, had repeatedly communicated with Secretary Clinton over her private, non-secure email account....If Clinton had been charged, Obama’s culpable involvement would have been patent. In any prosecution of Clinton, the Clinton -- Obama emails would have been in the spotlight. For the prosecution, they would be more proof of willful (or, if you prefer, grossly negligent) mishandling of intelligence. More significantly, for Clinton’s defense, they would show that Obama was complicit in Clinton’s conduct yet faced no criminal charges."
...a draft dated June 30, 2016 (i.e., five days before Comey delivered the final version), contained a passage expressly referring to a troublesome email exchange between Clinton and Obama. (I note that the FBI’s report of its eventual interview of Clinton contains a cryptic reference to a July 1, 2012, email that Clinton sent from Russia to Obama’s email address. See report, page 2.) The passage in the June 30 draft stated: We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent. She also used her personal email extensively while outside the United States, including from the territory of sophisticated adversaries. That use included an email exchange with the President while Secretary Clinton was on the territory of such an adversary. [Emphasis added.] Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal email account.
On the same day, according to a Strzok–Page text, a revised draft of Comey’s remarks was circulated by his chief of staff, Jim Rybicki. It replaced “the President” with “another senior government official.” So not only were edits made to Comey’s draft memo to hide Hillary’s guilt but also Obama’s involvement.
From the Strzok-Page text messages we know that Loretta Lynch knew Hillary would not be prosecuted. That meeting on the tarmac was to tell Bill Clinton the fix was in, a fix whose impetus came from the White House and an occupant concerned with both his legacy being erased by a President Trump but also by his involvement in covering up Hillary’s crimes....
This is Watergate on steroids. Not only do we have one party colluding with government agencies to keep its candidate from being prosecuted for her crimes and preventing the election of the other party’s candidate, but we also have a sitting and corrupt President using the powers of his office to subvert an election and hand-pick his successor.
- May 4, 2016 Lisa Page and Strzok discuss Trump sealing the GOP nomination:
Page – And holy sh*t Cruz just dropped out of the race. It’s going to be a Clinton Trump race. Unbelievable.http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/21/fbi-agents-felt-pressure-wrap-up-clinton-email-probe-trump/
Strzok – What?!?!??
Page – You heard that right my friend
Strzok – I saw Trump won, figured it would be a bit
Strzok - Now the pressure really starts to finish MYE [Mid Year Exam - codename for the Clinton investigation] ….
Page - It sure does. We need to talk about follow up call tomorrow. We still never have.
- Confessore, Scott Shane, Nicholas; Rosenberg, Matthew (11 January 2017). "How a Sensational, Unverified Dossier Became a Crisis for Donald Trump". The New York Times.
- April 2, 2016 Lisa Page text to Strzok: "So look, you say we text on that phone when we talk about Hillary because it can’t be traced, you were just venting, bc you feel bad that you’re gone so much but that can’t be helped right now."
August 30, 2016: Page - Have a meeting with [James Turgal of the FBI's IT branch] about getting iphone in a day or so
Strzok - Oh hot damn. . . We get around our security/monitoring issues?
Page - No, he’s proposing that we just stop following them. Apparently the requirement to capture texts came from [Office of Management and Budget], but we’re the only org (I’m told) who is following that rule. His point is, if no one else is doing it why should we. . . I’m told – thought I have seen – that there is an IG report that says everyone is failing. But one has changed anything, so why not just join in the failure.
- NYT, 1/19/17
- Check out @HillaryClinton's Tweet: https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton/status/793250312119263233?s=09
- Nellie Ohr represented the CIA's "Open Source Works" group in a 2010 "expert working group report on international organized crime" along with Bruce Ohr and Glenn Simpson. Open Source Works, the CIA’s in-house open source analysis component, is devoted to intelligence analysis of unclassified, open source information. The directive that established Open Source Works is classified, as is the charter of the organization. CIA says the existence of any such records is a classified fact.