- - Sunday, July 15, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok’s congressional testimony revealed inherent bias, mendacity and corruption within the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division (“Trump says after Strzok hearing that ‘rigged’ Mueller probe is hurting U.S. relations with Russia,” Web, July 13). Mr. Strzok proclaimed that the vulgar and partisan messages with his mistress Lisa Page via FBI smartphones could never create biased investigations. He testified, “And the suggestion that I, in some dark chamber somewhere in the FBI, would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards, and somehow be able to do this is astounding to me. It simply couldn’t happen.” Yet Mr. Strzok conveniently omitted that these “safeguards” included the former FBI Director James Comey, the now-fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, the demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr and of course, the now-resigned FBI girlfriend-attorney Lisa Page. These people were the checks and balances to which Mr. Strzok alluded. This all suggests something rotten in the Counterintelligence Division.

Such unsavory biases and rigged investigations are not new. The FBI has a known history of “black bag” jobs and “COINTELPRO” investigations that were highly political and inherently unconstitutional. Now these FBI bureaucrats have been caught acting as a virtual legal defense service for the Hillary Clinton team and something more akin to a Spanish Inquisition to the Donald Trump team.

Since the FBI and the DOJ refuse to come clean, they no longer deserve the honor of running America’s counter-intelligence programs. The function of counter-intelligence should be transferred to the Department of Homeland Security as soon as possible.

RICK REISS

Temecula, Calif.



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