FBI Agent Peter Strzok, a top investigator in both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the “Crossfire Hurricane” operation into the Trump campaign, appeared before Congress on Wednesday in a closed-door session in which he apparently spent the majority of his ten hour testimony…not answering questions. According to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Strzok ducked many uncomfortable questions on the advice of his FBI-appointed lawyer.
“Unfortunately the FBI counsel in the room has instructed Mr. Strzok not to answer many, many questions, and that’s going to be a serious problem moving forward,” Goodlatte said in an interview with Fox News. “So we will be raising questions with the FBI and the Department of Justice about why it is that their counsel is instructing Mr. Strzok not to answer questions.”
Strzok was in front of lawmakers for most of the day on Wednesday, testifying about his role in the twin investigations and the text messages he exchanged with his lover, FBI lawyer Lisa Page. Over the past six months, the pair’s text messages have turned them into the most controversial figures in law enforcement; their obvious bias against Donald Trump has led many to speculate on how well they were able to keep their political opinions from coloring their duties as federal officers.
That turned from speculation to outright suspicion upon the release of the Inspector General’s report on the Clinton investigation, which turned up a new-to-the-public text from Strzok. After being asked by Page if Trump was actually going to become president, the agent in charge of investigating his campaign said, “No. We will stop it.”
Strzok was reportedly removed from FBI headquarters on the day of the report’s release.
According to Goodlatte, Strzok was responsive to many of the questions lawmakers had about the investigation and about his texts with Page. Where he clammed up on advice from the FBI, however, was when congressmen began asking him about how the Trump collusion investigation got its start in 2016.
“They are advising him not to answer those questions,” Goodlatte said of the FBI lawyers. “I think that’s inappropriate and certainly not helpful to our investigation in the Congress.”
The FBI and the Justice Department has gone to great lengths to cover up the factors that went into initiating the Trump/Russia investigation, so it comes as little surprise that Strzok would refuse to answer those questions now. Make no mistake about it, this is where the rotten core of this apple will be found. All the Christopher Steeles and Carter Pages and George Papadopouloses in the world can’t save the FBI from the judgement coming at them from the American people.