Today in Obstruction of Justice: Peter Strzok fired from the FBI without cause

After over a year of vilification by the President, the FBI today fired Peter Strzok, the former head of FBI Counterintelligence, who, by sending a few personal texts disparaging Donald Trump during the campaign, gave fuel to the Republican conspiracy theory that a “deep state” plot was in the works against the Trump Pence 2016 campaign. This theory, of course, had been completely debunked during a series of show hearings called by Republicans friendly to the President, which only demonstrated that Strzok, regardless of what his personal feelings may have been about Trump and his likely conspiracy to collude with a hostile foreign government to win the White House, did nothing whatsoever to influence the outcome of the election against the candidate. But that didn’t stop Strzok from being fired today, over the objections of the director of the FBI office that generally handles employee discipline, who had suggested that the agent face only a 60-day suspension and a demotion.

The following is from the Washington Post.

…Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s attorney, said FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the firing Friday, Goelman said the move undercuts the FBI’s repeated assurances that Strzok would be afforded the normal disciplinary process.

“This isn’t the normal process in any way more than name,” Goelman said, adding in a statement, “This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans”…

The President of the United States then took to Twitter, essentially taking credit for the firing, presenting it as an example of him fighting back against a “rigged,” politically-motivated investigation.

“Agent Peter Strzok was just fired from the FBI — finally,” Trump tweeted. “The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer & longer. Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped? It is a total Hoax. No Collusion, No Obstruction — I just fight back!” he wrote.

As there is no evidence whatsoever that either Strzok or the FBI did anything to either harm the Trump campaign, or help Hillary Clinton, it would appear, at least to me, that the firing, whether or not the President himself demanded it, was political in nature. And, as such, this appears to be yet another instance of obstruction of justice from an administration led by a man who, on national television, told Lester Holt that he’d had fired FBI director James Comey for refusing to let go of “the Russia thing” and stop the investigation.

Here’s the letter posted by Strzok’s attorney, who, you can be sure, will be suing the government on behalf of his client for wrongful termination.

Oh, and here’s an interesting addendum… Bobby Goodlatte, the son of Republican House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, came out today to say that he was “deeply embarrassed” by his father’s role in the attack against Strzok. [I’d love to see other family members of prominent Trumpists following suit.]

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16 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted August 14, 2018 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Yesterday Strozk posted “This is only the beginning”.

  2. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted August 14, 2018 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Mueller had to boot him from the investigation his bias was so apparent. He was the lead investigator of a political witch-hunt based on a phony dossier cooked up for the Clinton DNC. What crime is it called when you conspire to overthrow a President? What are the ‘sentencing guidelines’ for it?

  3. John Brown
    Posted August 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    When the USA is under cyber attack from Russia and you vote for an unapologetic Ruskie Stooge who kowtows to pootin in front of the whole world to see its called Accomplice to Treason. That’s what every damn trumptard is guilty of. I’m curious to hear from the great minds at MM how we reconcile this societal dilemma once Agent Orange has been properly deposed. Pretend it never happened? Excuse them as ignorant? Suspend their voting rights for some period of time? Community service or jail time? Recall that amnesty for the confederate traitors lead to almost immediate Jim Crow that we still dealing with now.

    Strozk was actually doing his job, unlike most of Congress.

  4. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted August 14, 2018 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    That’s retarded. It is going to be proven there was no hack. It was a leak from an insider with access to the server. His name was Seth Rich.

  5. Lynne
    Posted August 14, 2018 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    John Brown, admittedly I am not a lawyer but it is my understanding that intent tends to be important in criminal proceedings. You would have to prove that the Trump voters either knew or should have known that Trump was committing treason with Putin.

  6. John Brown
    Posted August 14, 2018 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Lynne, there is of course practical limits how far down you look at punative actions. McConnell and Ryan, hell yeah. Bonglords, no, but they should be forever shamed like crazy Qanon asshats that they are.
    HW, remember that “the simplest explanation” has a very good historical track record. And to us simple folks with eyes and ears, and brains that work, it’s Russia. Also to the NSA, CIA, FBI, etc. You get that application into Infowars yet? He may want to infiltrate MM full time now that decency is prevailing and he’s scurrying back into dark spaces like the cockroach he is.

  7. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted August 14, 2018 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    You have no idea what is going on. Pretty fucking simple to just stick a thumb drive in the port and hit the buttons. You are the one who will be in shame. I’m sure – you are actually proud to be a CIA-loving fuckin’ goon. “There will come a time none of them will be able to walk down the street.”

  8. John Brown
    Posted August 14, 2018 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    HW , Agent Orange, and you by extension, are gonna have the 21st century Cersi walk of shame, but without the resurrection! That’s gotta be a meme.

  9. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted August 14, 2018 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    You little derp. You deep state perp-a-derp twerp burp.

  10. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted August 14, 2018 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    How is trying to go against Q going for Bill Maher on twitter? Hahaha! “Those who talk loudest” – know what I’m sayin’? Perpy derp is getting LIT UP. You better try to help him out. You could be the boy who sticks your finger in the dyke and saves the deep state from the flood!

    https://twitter.com/billmaher/status/1028147514719924225

  11. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted August 14, 2018 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Maybe he would let you get an internship over at Kid Love Productions.

  12. EOS
    Posted August 15, 2018 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-statement-on-firing-of-peter-strzok/

  13. John Brown
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    EOS, partisan hacks say what? Good astroturf name though, I’ll give them that.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judicial_Watch

  14. EOS
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Ohr is next. Draining the swamp. https://www.google.com/amp/s/theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/08/15/strzok-fired-likely-bruce-ohr-is-next-false-fisa-affidavits-fraudulent-302s-security-clearances-under-review/amp/

  15. Jcp2
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    You mean bolotnyy.

  16. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted August 17, 2018 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    You think Ol’ Nellie has a little bit of a problem too?

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