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Ex-FBI Agent Strzok Says Trump Was ‘Badly Compromised’ By Russians In 2016

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok — who was removed from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation in July 2017 because of texts critical of President Donald Trump and fired by the FBI in 2018 — is still under fire from Trump's sycophants. They will insist that his new book, Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump, has no validity. But it won't keep him quiet.

Outside of the Trumpian bubble, those who followed Mueller's probe carefully will want to hear what Strzok has to say — even if they are critical of some of his actions. And Strzok maintains that Trump, as the book's title indicates, was "compromised" during the 2016 election.

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Ex-FBI Agent Describes Trump Campaign As ‘Counter-Intelligence Nightmare’

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

This week, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its bipartisan report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Former FBI agent Peter Strzok has analyzed the SSCI report in a Twitter thread, stressing that it paints a damning picture of President Donald Trump and his allies. And according to Strzok, the FBI could have done more to address the "counterintelligence nightmare" of Trump's campaign.

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#EndorseThis: Rep. Jim Himes Thinks Devin Nunes Must Have Written His Memo Drunk

In what sounds like a candid exchange over a beer, U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) tells Chris Matthews of MSNBC what rational people in D.C. really think of that “secret” Devin Nunes memo on the FBI: a stronger substance than beer could be to blame.

“You’d hope that whoever wrote (the memo) was a couple of whiskies into the bag,” says Himes, before pointing out that the GOP’s pandering #ReleaseTheMemo campaign is based on intel that Republicans in Congress can’t possibly know. Distinguished senators like Ron Johnson should know better than to push such a flawed document.

It doesn’t stop there. Matthews takes a swipe at Fox News, saying that people like Jeanine Pirro used to be “normal.” Himes’ reply is hilarious, throwing a small black hole’s worth of shade at Pirro and Fox wing-nut Sean Hannity.

GOP Senator Hyped Silly ‘Secret Society’ FBI Conspiracy — Based On Joke Text

Republicans are desperate to derail the Russia investigation with FBI conspiracy theories about the text message correspondence between bureau officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

The two officials privately trashed Donald Trump during the Clinton server investigation, but also several other politicians on both sides of the aisle. As far as Republicans are concerned, this is a scandal that proves liberal bias at the FBI, brings down special counsel Robert Mueller, and discredits the entire federal investigative organization, even though it patently does none of those things.

Appearing Tuesday on Fox News, Johnson, who sits on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, claimed the Strzok and Page text messages prove there was “a group that was holding secret meetings off-site,” and reflected “corruption, more than bias.”

He reiterated this claim on Wednesday morning, saying “I have heard, you know, from somebody who has talked to our committee, that there — there is a group of individuals in the FBI that was holding secret, off-site meetings. And you know, again, that Strzok and Page calling it a certain term, I’m just saying, off-site meetings.”

The entirety of the message, from Lisa Page, states, “Are you going to give out your calendars? Seems kind of depressing. Maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society.”

Any reasonable interpretation of this would be that it was a cheesy joke, not a boast of a sinister underground organization of turncoat FBI agents trying to bring down Trump.

But Johnson is hardly the first one to the party. Reps. Trey Gowdy and John Ratcliffe have also pushed the idea that Page’s clearly facetious remark represents something sinister, and the hosts at Fox and Friends breathlessly piled on. 

This whole episode should be a cautionary tale to any government officials: Do not ever tell a joke in the office, or someday you may find yourself becoming the punchline of a farcical GOP investigation.

Matthew Chapman is a video game designer and science fiction author from Texas. He can be found on Twitter @fawfulfan.

PHOTO: Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington January 6, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron