You’ve seen the name a million times now, and usually you have to take its appearance with a grain of salt: Peter Strzok is not a name you ever would have known if he was not involved with the FBI investigation into the conspiracy between Donald Trump and the Russian government to engineer a win in the 2016 election. In fact, Strzok would have just been one of the majority of America who was horrified at the prospect of Donald Trump winning the presidency.
That’s a qualified statement — a majority of voters were horrified by that idea; if the majority of America actually voted, the margin would have been much, much larger for the Democratic win, and the electoral college would be completely obsolete.
But because Trump won, and because he did so in a way that makes him and everyone he’s associated with very defensive about that win, any hint that someone may have opposed his victory is seen as a betrayal to America — even if that opposition came before Trump was the President.
And so it came to be that Strzok, who along with his romantic partner Lisa Page sent messages as shocking as “did you hear him make a comment about the size of his d**k earlier? This man cannot be president,” was removed from the investigation. But the Inspector General’s report, though it did show that Strzok and Page were biased, did not show that their bias had any bearing on the FBI investigation into Russian interference in our elections. The IG report recommended “administrative action” for Strzok and Page.
Today, Peter Strzok was fired.
There is little doubt that the order to do so — in contradiction to the recommendation of the Inspector General — came from much higher up than the Deputy Director of the FBI. If it were purely an FBI decision, it would have been Director Christopher Wray who announced it himself. But Wray was appointed by Donald Trump, and David Bowdich, the underling who fired Strzok, rose through the ranks on his own.
That leaves Trump’s associates in the clear for what is very obviously an act of revenge by the President of the United States.
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