Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
Former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok defended his affair with now-former FBI counsel Lisa Page during a closed-door appearance before the House Judiciary Committee last summer, repeatedly denying the relationship presented a security risk when challenged by GOP aides, according to a newly released transcript of his testimony, Fox News reports.
Strzok, who was fired from the bureau after months of scrutiny regarding anti-Trump text messages between him and Page, confirmed he was involved in an extramarital affair when asked about it during his interview before the committee on June 27, 2018.
But a new bombshell report reveals that Strzok deleted “personal” communications with his mistress saying, “As a fact of the matter, following the — at some point, I — you know, it was related to personal reasons — deleted all those.”
“But they were the personal communications, not the work ones,” he added.
Oh and we are supposed to take his word? What a joke.
“Pete deleted personal communications from his personal iPhone before and unrelated to these investigations,” said Goelman, who added in a follow-up comment that the deletions were made prior to July 27, 2017, when Strzok was kicked off the Mueller probe.
Goelman did not provide a specific date for the deletions.
Strzok, who was fired from the FBI in August 2018, said he had been contacted by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to provide any work-related communications he had on his personal cellphone and email accounts.
As deputy chief of FBI’s counterintelligence division, Strzok oversaw the Trump-Russia investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane. He also played a leading role in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which focused on whether the 2016 presidential candidate mishandled classified information on her private email server.
One issue that arose during that investigation was Clinton’s decision to delete around 30,000 emails that she deemed to be personal in nature. The former secretary of state provided another 30,000 emails to the State Department in December 2014. Republicans have asserted that Clinton may have deleted work-related emails as well from her server, which was housed at her private residence in New York.
In the case of Strzok and Page’s personal communications, the OIG made the request after finding the pair had exchanged anti-Trump text messages on their FBI-issued cellphones. Strzok was removed from the special counsel’s team after Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, told special counsel Robert Mueller about the texts.
Strzok said he conducted a search of his personal accounts and devices but found no work-related messages.
He made it clear in his testimony that he was allowed to conduct the search on his own, without the involvement of the FBI or OIG.
How insane is that?
Strzok and Page communicated on their work phones to hide their affair from their spouses, according to the inspector general report released in June 2017.
The two were also assigned to the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and handling of classified information, a case that was nicknamed “Midyear Exam” or “MYE” inside the bureau. Page resigned from her post as FBI counsel in May 2018. Strzok was fired from his post in August 2018.
I guess if you are a dem you can get away with just about anything.
So corrupt it’s crazy.
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