Why do Peter Strzok and Lisa Page still have jobs in our government? You ought to recognize their names, but in case not, according to Wikipedia: [emphasis added to quotes]
Strzok was the Chief of the Counterespionage Section during the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server. Strzok rose to become the Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division, which is the number two position in that division, and led the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.
Later on, Strzok was put onto special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Oddly enough, despite her notoriety, Page has no Wikipedia entry, so the UK’s Daily Mail will have to do:
Lisa Page, a lawyer for the FBI, looked somber … as she was spotted leaving the home that she shares with her husband and children in Washington D.C. …
Page was exposed as being the lover of Peter Strzok, deputy head of counterintelligence at the FBI, after it was discovered they exchanged anti-Trump text messages, which led him to be reassigned to the FBI’s human resources department in August.
Strzok, according to the Washington Post, was a key player in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state. He was also responsible for changing the wording in then FBI director James Comey’s assessment from ‘grossly negligent’ to ‘extremely careless,’ and the probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election. Page was also working on Mueller’s Russia probe for a short time but had already left the investigation when the text messages were discovered.
Both still work for the FBI, despite their alleged bias against Trump and in favor of Clinton, and despite the fact that their alleged extramarital affair has become public.
Page now works for the FBI’s office of the general counsel, while Strzok works in the FBI’s human resources department, so both are still collecting government paychecks.
Both of these people were involved in extremely sensitive national security investigations. Strzok was second in command in the Counterintelligence Division of the FBI. As such, both were subject to blackmail had their alleged adulterous affair come to light. More facts about them can be found here and here.
Again, why are they still on the public payroll? Are there no rules, policies, or laws that address such behavior? Apparently so:
An agency [of the federal government] may discipline an employee who engaged in consensual adulterous behavior for conduct unbecoming of a federal employee. Suspension is the typical punishment for such misconduct, but removal may be justifiable under certain circumstances. …
That article explains that in some states, adultery is a crime.
According to the New York Times, 23 states criminalize adulterous conduct, and while it is a misdemeanor in most of those states, it is a felony in others such as Massachusetts, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
Virginia, where Strzok lives, criminalizes adultery. Washington DC does not. It’s unknown where, exactly, the adultery in question took place, but the odds are that not all of it took place within the confines of the District of Columbia. Are FBI agents allowed to commit crimes, even misdemeanors, and keep their jobs?
Odd, isn’t it, how some people are held to the letter of the law while others skate?
From the same article:
Employees can also be removed on a charge of improper conduct if their extramarital affair interferes with the agency’s mission. …
Even if federal employees with a security clearance are able to keep an extramarital affair from a spouse, they will have a harder time keeping that secret from the government, especially when their clearance comes up for review. Adultery is the kiss of death for federal employees with security clearances; it is very hard to prove … that an employee who engaged in adulterous conduct does not pose a threat to national security given the individuals’ susceptibility to coercion related to the affair. …
Guideline D cites as a disqualifying condition [“for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Information], “sexual behavior that causes an individual to be vulnerable to coercion, exploitation, or duress.” Guideline E similarly cites as a disqualifying condition, “personal conduct or concealment of information about one’s conduct, that creates a vulnerability to exploitation, manipulation, or duress.” …
So many questions arise with regard to the above information:
When did the FBI (particularly Andrew McCabe and James Comey) and Robert Mueller learn about the alleged Strzok/Page adulterous affair?
Have Strzok and Page had their security clearances pulled? When was the last time either of them had their clearances up for review?
Did they swear under oath that they had not engaged in any behavior that would disqualify them from having a top secret security clearance? (Surely these two had to have top secret clearance.) If they did so swear (and facts seem to have proved otherwise), why do they still work in the government? How, exactly, does the FBI go about ensuring someone still deserves a security clearance?
What kind of organization was former FBI Director James Comey running for this alleged affair to be going on under his very nose, even if he didn’t know about it? If he did know about it, then when did he find out?
Did Robert Mueller know about the alleged affair even as he put these two on his team?
Why didn’t Mueller inform Congress and the public why he removed Strzok from his team? Why did he wait over five months to explain why Strzok was “reassigned?”
Did Mueller learn about the affair and/or the texts from the Office of the Inspector General? If it’s true that the biased texts messages were more concerning to Mueller than the affair, why is that so? Seriously.
Why was it “of greater concern” that their texts exhibited political bias than that two people who worked closely together on two of the most sensitive political investigations, perhaps in the history of this Republic, were engaged in an alleged extramarital affair?
Isn’t it plausible that they could easily have been blackmailed, for example, to use their positions to help ensure that Hillary Clinton was exonerated and/or to use their positions to help ensure that Hillary Clinton was elected (via that “insurance policy”)?
What seems more serious to you? Possible political bias against Trump or FBI employees potentially succumbing to blackmail?
Something’s not adding up here.
What impact does the pair’s behavior have on the credibility of the evidence they gathered that is being used to bring charges against Lt. General Michael Flynn, George Papadopolous, Paul Manafort, and potentially others?
What impact does their behavior have on the credibility of the evidence used to obtain FISA warrants to spy on candidate, President-elect, and ultimately President Trump and his team?
What impact does their behavior have on the incredible exoneration of Hillary Clinton, who by all evidence belongs in prison like Kristian Saucier? (Did you even know about him?)
A recent case in the news brought even more questions to mind:
Lawyers representing four people accused of a deadly drug conspiracy in St. Louis were claiming that evidence collected by DEA agents in Atlanta had been tainted by an undisclosed affair between a DEA supervisor and a confidential informer. …
DEA agents are forbidden from even being alone with sources, or having a relationship closer than “arm’s length.” …
Cromer [the agent] has been suspended without pay, a DEA spokesman said Friday. Cromer also came under criminal and internal investigations, according to court testimony. There is no indication that he has been criminally charged.
A DEA spokesman said Thursday that Cromer is no longer with the agency.
So this raises a few more questions concerning Strzok and Page: Why weren’t they suspended without pay? Did they come under criminal and internal investigations?
Again, why are they still with the FBI?
That DEA agent was suspended without pay, criminally and internally investigated, and he is no longer employed at the DEA. How much more serious is the potential for taint in the Clinton (fake) investigation and the Trump/Russia witch hunt, given the potential for blackmail faced by Strzok and Page, who were critical members of both investigations?
If someone has access to the NSA database, what might be learned about just about anybody, which can then be used as blackmail to achieve whatever end is desired?
Again we see the double standard at work–how some people are held to the finest letter of the law while others get away, no matter what they do or how egregious their conduct.
It’s a travesty of justice that Hillary Clinton was not indicted for mishandling (at best) classified information and for putting our national security at risk.
It’s a travesty of justice that We the People are still funding this by-now totally discredited partisan witch hunt being led by Robert Mueller.
To add insult to injury, We the People are still paying their salaries, too.