In his testimony before Congress, Peter Strzok claimed that the fact that the FBI did not leak the investigation into collusion between Russia and Trump is proof that the FBI and himself were unbiased. Many in the media now use his excuse as proof of non-bias, but is it really? Not according to Andrew McCabe. McCabe testified that the real reason they made sure there were no leaks was that they didn’t want to tip off targets of the probe. He said that is standard for the FBI. He also said the public airing of the Hillary investigation was very unusual. Was it public in order to warn the targets in that probe?
In his book, McCabe wrote:
Unlike the Clinton email investigation, which was inevitably public from the very start, and in that sense out of the ordinary for the FBI, the Russia investigation was pursued quietly, as virtually all Bureau cases are, for principled reasons.
There would have been little the Bureau could say even if saying little were not Bureau policy: Much of what we knew was based on intelligence that could not be revealed without damaging sources or alerting unfriendly actors to their existence. Going public would have impeded the investigation itself.
McCabe further wrote that alerting the public to the investigation would have done the Russians’ bidding for them:
There was also a political issue, which President Obama and his advisers had to wrestle with. Sounding the alert in the middle of a national election, when the full picture was not yet known, could be perceived as an attempt to sway the electorate. At the very least, it would cause widespread confusion and dismay — doing the Russians’ work for them.
Those statements don’t bode well for Strzok’s central thesis offered as proof of his integrity and the FBI’s lack of bias against Trump during the 2016 presidential election.
Strzok presented that case during testimony last July to the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.
Stung by the release of his anti-Trump text messages, Strzok used the opening statement of his recent testimony to tout “one extraordinarily important piece of evidence supporting my integrity, the integrity of the FBI, and our lack of bias.”
He explained: “In the summer of 2016, I was one of a handful of people who knew the details of Russian election interference and its possible connections with members of the Trump campaign. This information had the potential to derail, and quite possibly defeat Mr. Trump. But the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind.”
I call BS.
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