(National Sentinel)Â Fake News: The “failing”Â New York Times, as POTUS Donald Trump likes to call the newspaper, failed again on Monday when it reported that the primary reason behind the FBI’s firing of former counterintelligence official Peter Stzrok wasÂ largely due to text messages he exchanged with former FBI lawyer and lover Lisa Page, in which he expressed aÂ lot of animus toward the president.
But in a statement to ace investigative journalist Sara A. Carter, the FBI makes itÂ crystal clear Strzok’s firing was forÂ cause — not “texts,” although it seems as plain as day that both StrzokÂ and Page were working behind the scenes to thwart POTUS Trump’s election chances and then undermine his presidency
In a statement toÂ SaraACarter.comÂ on Monday, the FBI said: â€œMr. Strzok was subject to the standard FBI review and disciplinary process after conduct highlighted in the IG report was referred to the FBIâ€™s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).â€
â€œOPR reviewed the investigative materials, as well as the written and oral responses of Mr. Strzok and his counsel, and issued OPRâ€™s decision,â€ an FBI spokesperson said. â€œThe Deputy Director, as the senior career FBI official, has the delegated authority to review and modify any disciplinary findings and/or penalty as deemed necessary in the best interest of the FBI.â€
â€œStrzok was under oath before Congress and he made statements that appeared to be false and refused to answer some questions, but he was going to get just a slap on the wrist,â€ saidÂ a former supervisory special agent from OPR adjudication, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the nature of their work.Â
â€œThere is absolutely no wiggle room when it comes to lack of candor in the FBIâ€¦unless youâ€™re an SES (Senior Executive Service). Strzokâ€™s firing went well beyond texting about Trump. Strzok would have also been involved in the handling of the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) application to the FISC (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court)â€¦â€
The agent noted that Strzok was â€œwell aware that he was lying by deception when they did not include the information on who paid for the dossier and (that) Bruce Ohr was back-channeling information for a discredited source.â€
â€œStrzok knew they were not putting the application in the right context,â€ the former FBI supervisory special agent added. â€œIf there was the slightest doubt if that application was not 100 percent true, then that application would not go forward.â€
As we reported previously, the Justice Department’s recent document dump on Carter Page, a former 2016 Trump campaign official against whom the FBI obtained a FISA warrant,Â Strzok wasÂ not truthful during congressional testimony when he said he had nothing to do with the FISA application.
It tookÂ a yearÂ for government watchdog Judicial Watch to receive those documents.
And though the arrivedÂ heavily redacted,Â there is are already a few bombshells that can be gleaned from them.
For one, anti-Trump FBI thugÂ Peter Strzok may haveÂ perjured himself in his recent testimonyÂ before a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees when he claimedÂ he hadÂ nothing to do withÂ obtaining those FISA warrants against Page.
“The docs reveal Peter Strzok used Carter Pageâ€™s September 2016 letter to Comey as a ‘pretext’ to open investigation on him,”Â The Gateway PunditÂ reported, adding:
Sara Carter also noted that the head of the Office of Professional Responsibility is run by a woman named Candace Will; she was appointed to run the OPR in 2004 by then-FBI Director ROBERT MUELLERâ€“so perhaps thatâ€™s why the OPR recommended Peter Strzok only be suspended and demoted rather than fired.
Does that surprise anyone?
Read Sara’s full report here.