PUBLISHED: 5:24 PM 4 Dec 2017

Special Counsel Robert Mueller Has “Top FBI Agent” Removed, But Intentions Still Unclear

Robert Mueller heads the special counsel looking into Russian Meddling in the 2016 elections

Robert Mueller heads the special counsel looking into alleged Russian Meddling in the 2016 elections

New reports came out on Saturday of pandemonium within the FBI ranks. Former FBI Director, Robert Mueller, now heads the special counsel into the alleged Russian collusion and meddling in the 2016 election. The new reports indicate Mueller had fired one of his top investigators back in the summer.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent, Peter Strzok, was removed from the investigation and demoted to human resources for the bureau. According to the New York Times, sources indicate the move came shortly after the discovery of several anti-Trump text messages.

Peter Strzok had exchanged a lively conversation with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who was also part of the Mueller investigative team. Page and Strzok were engaged in extramarital affairs. Page used to work as a direct subordinate of Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

McCabe’s wife had been given large donations for her political campaign from the Clinton Foundation. These donations were made at the same time Hillary was coming under investigation for her email server.

Peter Strzok was lead investigator into the Hillary Clinton email server scandal. He was also the agent who took Hillary’s testimony in July of 2016. The testimony was not under oath, with her lawyer’s present, and behind closed doors.

Before Strzok had taken the testimony of Hillary Clinton, then-FBI Director James Comey had already written his controversial memo. Accusing Clinton of gross negligence and “extreme carelessness,” Comey suggested that no charges be brought against the former first lady.

Peter Strzok, with his long retinue of accomplishments, was lead contact for the FBI investigation into the Steele Dossier. Also known as the Trump dossier or the PP tapes, the opposition research was supplied by an ex-MI-6 agent. The agent was approached by members of the Fusion GPS team.

Fusion GPS is a Russian lobbying firm. The same firm which arranged a meeting with Trump Jr. trying to sell research on Hillary Clinton. The group has recently been identified as receiving payments from the Democratic National Committee months before the dossier came to light.

The Steele dossier has been widely regarded as the piece of intelligence which garnered wire taps on The Trump campaign staff and ensuing unmasking of American Citizens such as General Flynn. The Steele dossier shows the Obama administration as well as the FBI and members of Congress were willing to pay for and use knowingly fake information to try and influence the 2016 elections.

Page had left the Russian investigation team weeks before news of the text messages was release. Strzok was reported to be fired in August, but the reasons of his termination were not released. This action had prompted an investigation, which was requested by the House Intelligence Committee.

The House Intelligence Committee had subpoenaed information related to the dossier and reassignment of Strzok from the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ). 

House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Devin Nunes (R-CA), has demanded FBI Director Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein both be issued contempt of Congress charges. Representative Nunes believes both departments, the FBI and Department of Justice, are attempting to block the Congressional investigation into Russian meddling.

The committee had requested information about the reassignment of Strzok and was lied to by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The committee is trying to discern to what extent the Steele dossier was used in policy making. 

Immediately after the leaks came out, the DOJ contacted the chairman and informed him that some of their requests will be considered. Unimpressed, Nunes announced, “This attempted 11th-hour accommodation is neither credible nor believable, and in fact is yet another example of the DOJ’s disingenuousness and obstruction.”

Nunes claims this is clear obfuscation of the facts in an attempt to undermine the oversight of congress.  Hiding certain facts from the American people, and covering up the obvious political bias of federal agents from Congress reveals a disrespect of oversight responsibility, Nunes said on Saturday. The contempt of Congress charges will be filed by the end of December if outstanding requests are not met.

The credibility of the FBI has never been so low. The release of the text messages between Agent Strzok and Agent Page could be used to further destroy the integrity of the FBI. The reality of high level agents conducting top tier investigations while holding deep rooted political bias goes against the independent nature of the federal agency.

The president’s use of the term “witch hunt” is becoming more warranted by the day. The concerted leak revealed that people with biases not only received positions of power, but shared their bias within the workspace environment.