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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Strzok had 'IMPEACHMENT' in Mind When He Worked for Mueller: Page Testimony

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, testifies before a House Judiciary Committee joint hearing on "oversight of FBI and Department of Justice actions surrounding the 2016 election" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 12. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **
FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, testifies before a House Judiciary Committee joint hearing on “oversight of FBI and Department of Justice actions surrounding the 2016 election” on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 12. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) **

Jeff Mordock and Stephen Dinan

Fired FBI Agent Peter Strzok went into the special counsel’s Russia investigation thinking it might end in impeachment and advance his career, former paramour Lisa Page told congressional investigators last year, according to a transcript released Tuesday.
Ms. Page also said decisions to allow Hillary Clinton’s top aides to sit in on her FBI interview in 2016, and not to pursue gross negligence charges against her for her secret emails, were made by the Justice Department. She identified two lawyers at the department she said made that decision.
Transcripts from two interviews the House conducted with Ms. Page were released by Rep. Doug Collins, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee.
He entered them into the Congressional Record, releasing them over the reluctance of the Justice Department, which he said had been slow-walking their publication.
Last week he released a transcript from Bruce Ohr, the Justice Department figure who passed the salacious anti-Trump “Steele dossier” into the government’s hands.
Mr. Collins said that the interviews give a picture of a small cabal at the FBI and Justice Department who were intent on trying to thwart the election of President Trump, then worked to investigate him once he was in office.
“The American people deserve to know what transpired in the highest echelons of the FBI during that tumultuous time for the bureau,” Mr. Collins said Tuesday.
Ms. Page was a lawyer working for then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe during the time in questions, and she was having an affair with Mr. Strzok, a lead agent on some of the key investigations involving Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump.
Ms. Page, in the transcripts, says she considered the probe into Mr. Trump more serious than the one into Mrs. Clinton’s mishandling of top secret information.
“The Clinton investigation was whether she mishandled classified information. That’s important. It matters, but it does not matter like a person associated with a presidential campaign receiving and potentially accepting, which we didn’t know, obviously, but the risk that somebody had received and accepted an offer of assistance from Russia, which I view as our sort of most treacherous adversary,” she said.
Ms. Page and Mr. Strzok exchanged thousands of text messages including a number that suggested a severe bias against Mr. Trump from early on.
In one series of texts from August 2016, they viewed their roles investigating Mr. Trump as prophetic.
“Maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace,” Ms. Pagetexted Mr. Strzok.
During her House interview, she confirmed the “menace” was Mr. Trump.
Mr. Strzok seemed conflicted on whether it was worth joining the special counsel’s probe in 2017, given that it might peter out with nothing to show.
Ms. Page told the House committees that didn’t necessarily mean he wanted to find something, but he did have his eye on career advancement and a major takedown of a president would help that.
“If it’s going to end in impeachment, that’s kind of a big deal,” she said. “I mean, put aside who it is, put aside how we feel about it. You know, that’s monumental. People who are on Watergate are still known as somebody who was on Watergate.”
She insisted that wasn’t an attack on Mr. Trump, though.
“It’s about being on an unbelievably kick ass team and being a part of, you know, something impressive,” she said.
Mr. Strzok ultimately was part of the team, including working for special counsel Robert Mueller until the anti-Trumptexts came to light. Mr. Mueller removed him from the team.
Mr. Strzok was later fired by the FBI last summer.

Ms. Page left the bureau months before.


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