Kirsters Baish| As we previously reported, FBI agent Peter Strzok was terminated from the bureau this past Friday, months after anti-Trump text messages exchanged between Strzok and his lover/colleague Lisa Page were uncovered. His lawyer, Aitan Goelman, confirmed on Monday that his client had been fired for violating FBI policies.
Deputy Director of the FBI, David Bowdich, was the one to call for Strzok to be fired following the Office of Professional Responsibility’s recommendation to simply suspend and demote the disgraced agent.
This past June, Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his much anticipated report, in which he referred Strzok’s findings to the Office of Professional Responsibility in order to be investigated and possible disciplinary action agreed upon.
The mainstream media is mostly reported that Strzok was let go from the bureau for the plethora of anti-Trump text messages that were sent back and forth between Strzok and Page, however there are a lot of reasons for his termination. Former FBI agents spoke with investigative reporter Sara Carter, and they painted a different story than the one that the media is. The agents explained that the former agent was terminated from the bureau for his part in the defrauding of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) in the Carter Page FISA warrant case. They say he was also fired after appearing to make false statements in court during his closed-door Congressional hearing.
The New York Times reported that Strzok had also been accused of sending “a highly sensitive search warrant to his personal email account.”
Sara Carter reported:
In a statement to SaraACarter.com on Monday, the FBI said: “Mr. Strzok was subject to the standard FBI review and disciplinary process after conduct highlighted in the IG report was referred to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).”
“OPR reviewed the investigative materials, as well as the written and oral responses of Mr. Strzok and his counsel, and issued OPR’s decision,” an FBI spokesperson said. “The Deputy Director, as the senior career FBI official, has the delegated authority to review and modify any disciplinary findings and/or penalty as deemed necessary in the best interest of the FBI.”
“Strzok was under oath before Congress and he made statements that appeared to be false and refused to answer some questions, but he was going to get just a slap on the wrist,” said a former supervisory special agent from OPR adjudication, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the nature of their work. “There is absolutely no wiggle room when it comes to lack of candor in the FBI…unless you’re an SES (Senior Executive Service). Strzok’s firing went well beyond texting about Trump. Strzok would have also been involved in the handling of the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) application to the FISC (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court)…” The agent noted that Strzok was “well aware that he was lying by deception when they did not include the information on who paid for the dossier and (that) Bruce Ohr was back-channeling information for a discredited source.”
“Strzok knew they were not putting the application in the right context,” the former FBI supervisory special agent added. “If there was the slightest doubt if that application was not 100 percent true, then that application would not go forward.”
It was revealed by the newly released Carter Page FISA documents that Strzok had given up information. This information was used to obtain the FISA warrant on Page. This proves that Strzok lied right to GOP lawmakers’ faces.
During Strzok’s Congressional hearing, which took place in July, he claimed that he had not had any involvement in the Carter Page FISA warrant’s drafting. He also claimed that he had not given up any information or evidence to the FISC. He claimed that he did not give up anything important when it came to the application. He claimed that he did not supply evidence of any kind and was not involved in showing the FISC for approval, as claimed by new sources.
The documents proves that Strzok had used Carter Page’s letter to then-FBI Director James Comey from September of 2016 as “pretext” in order to start an investigation on him.
Sara Carter explained that Candace Will is the head of the Office of Professional Responsibility, and she was appointed to run the office in 2004… by the FBI Director at the time, Robert Mueller. Interesting, isn’t it?