Peter Strzok Sues DOJ, FBI Over Firing For Anti-Trump Texts

Peter Strzok Sues DOJ, FBI Over Firing For Anti-Trump Texts

Anti-Trump former FBI agent Peter Strzok is suing the Justice Department, FBI, Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray after he was fired over a trove of text messages between he and his paramour, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

In a suit filed Tuesday, Strzok claims that the FBI caved to “unrelenting pressure” from President Trump when he was fired, according to the Associated Press.

The suit from Peter Strzok also alleges he was unfairly punished for expressing his political opinions, and that the Justice Department violated his privacy when it shared hundreds of his text messages with reporters. –Associated Press

“The campaign to publicly vilify Special Agent Strzok contributed to the FBI’s ultimate decision to unlawfully terminate him,” reads the lawsuit. “as well as to frequent incidents of public and online harassment and threats of violence to Strzok and his family that began when the texts were first disclosed to the media and continue to this day.”

Strzok’s lawsuit accuses the government of violating his First and Fifth Amendment rights by firing him over the text messages, and then depriving him of due process to challenge his ouster. Moreover, Strzok says that the DOJ’s decision to transmit the incendiary messages to reporters before Congress had a chance to see them was “deliberate and unlawful,” and a violation of the Privacy Act.

Strzok’s anti-Trump sentiment came to light after an internal investigation revealed he and Page had exchanged approximately 50,000 text messages – many of which contained obvious animus towards then-candidate Donald Trump.

Strzok’s position in the bureau had been precarious since last summer, when Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz told Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III that the lead agent on his team had been exchanging anti-Trump messages with an FBI lawyer. The next day, Mueller expelled Strzok from the group.

The lawyer, Lisa Page, had also been a part of Mueller’s team, though she left a few weeks earlier and no longer works for the FBI. She and Strzok were having an affair. –Washington Post

Perhaps the most alarming of the exchanges mentions an “insurance policy” in the event Trump is elected.

I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he [Trump] gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk.” Strzok wrote to Page, adding “It’s like a life insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

In another text exchange, Strzok tells Page: “I am riled up. Trump is a f*cking idiot, is unable to provide a coherrent answer,” and “I CAN’T PULL AWAY, WHAY THE F*CK HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY (redacted)??!?!

Page then messages Strzok, saying “And maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace. (links to NYT article), to which Strzok replied “I can protect our country at many levels.”

 

And now, it looks like Strzok is making use of his nearly $450,000 GoFundMe contributions.

via zerohedge

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  • Carl Peal
    August 7, 2019, 4:16 pm

    IIRC, the electronic devices (phones, whatever) were ISSUED to Strzok and page by the Bureau. If so, that’s government property. Also, if they used a government network for transmitting and receiving messages, the messages are the property of the government and not that individual’s property. Strzok might have a right to his opinions, but if he transmits them on official government equipment on a government network, he has no right to privacy. Courts have upheld this not only for government agencies, but also for private companies. JMO

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    • Dave Strader@Carl Peal
      August 7, 2019, 7:03 pm

      Correct, he does not have a legal basis for the suit. Corrupt judge can still make life interesting though. Nothing surprises me anymore with the acts of desperate, anger filled democrats.

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  • Carl Peal
    August 7, 2019, 4:16 pm

    IIRC, the electronic devices (phones, whatever) were ISSUED to Strzok and page by the Bureau. If so, that’s government property. Also, if they used a government network for transmitting and receiving messages, the messages are the property of the government and not that individual’s property. Strzok might have a right to his opinions, but if he transmits them on official government equipment on a government network, he has no right to privacy. Courts have upheld this not only for government agencies, but also for private companies. JMO

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  • Inkpad
    August 7, 2019, 4:27 pm

    It will all be thrown out he was part of the treasonous plot against our elected President. He needs to be charged for his part and all court and legal fees then lock him up

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    • russell remmert@Inkpad
      August 7, 2019, 6:48 pm

      yes he/she cheated with his/her wife and is guilty of treason against America throw the book at him.her

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  • Inkpad
    August 7, 2019, 4:27 pm

    It will all be thrown out he was part of the treasonous plot against our elected President. He needs to be charged for his part and all court and legal fees then lock him up

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  • Angelika Griffin
    August 7, 2019, 4:29 pm

    Actually, WHY is HE NOT in JAIL…??? What about the President’s CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to BECOME and BE “President of the United States of America”….???? What about the CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT of the PEOPLE of THIS country to PICK their President…????

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