For the last four years several former FBI employees who were hostile to President Donald Trump have been gaslighting us into believing that their hatred had no effect on the performance of their duties.
The extensive cast of characters affiliated with the probes of the president include former FBI director Robert Mueller, who led the Russia collusion investigation; former FBI director James Comey; former deputy head of counterintelligence Peter Strzok and former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap. They are just a few of the naysayers who worked tirelessly to take Trump down. They tried in vain to camouflage their contempt for the president.
Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith texted “Viva le resistance,” to a colleague on November 22, 2016 during the Trump administration’s transition.
He is expected to plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham’s review of the investigation into links between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign.
Clinesmith was referred for potential prosecution after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found he altered a key document in FISA filings related to former Trump adviser Carter Page. The FBI illegally surveilled Page because they suspected him of being an agent of Russia. Page was never charged with wrongdoing.
Curiously, the day after Trump won the presidential election, Clinesmith sent an instant message on a government device lamenting to a colleague: “I am so stressed about what I could have done differently. “Plus, my god damned name is all over the legal documents investigating [Trump’s] staff. I just can’t imagine the systematic disassembly of the progress we made over the last 8 years,” he wrote.
“ACA [Obamacare] is gone. Who knows if the rhetoric about deporting people, walls, and crap is true. I honestly feel like there is going to be a lot more gun issues, too, the crazies won finally. This is the tea party on steroids. And the GOP is going to be lost, they have to deal with an incumbent in 4 years. We have to fight this again. Also Pence is stupid,” he ranted.
He denied that his hatred for Trump affected his work, telling the Inspector General that his texts were personal “commentary.”
Clinesmith also worked with Peter Strzok to organize a counterintelligence briefing with Trump and former National Security adviser Michael Flynn.
Strzok was dismissed from the FBI following the leak of his anti-Trump texts to his former lover, ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page. The most intriguing of all declared: “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office [Andrew McCabe was the former FBI deputy director] for that there’s no way he gets elected—but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40 …”
Strzok took part in an interview of Flynn at the White House on January 24, 2017 which led to charges that he was lying to the FBI about his communications with a Russian ambassador, even though he had been previously cleared of any wrongdoing.
FBI notes revealing misconduct by FBI officials in surveillance of Trump’s campaign staff and associates led to the Justice Department’s decision to drop the charges against Flynn.
Strzok played a significant role in the investigation of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email server. He was also one of the FBI lawyers who took part in interviews with George Papadopoulos in February 2017 and he was instrumental in the FISA process to obtain wiretaps.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is also expected to submit a criminal referral for Bill Priestap who gave misleading information to the committee on Feb. 15, 2018 about the reliability of British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s anti-Trump dossier.
He accused Priestap along with four other people from the FBI briefing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, of “completely whitewashing the truth about the reliability of the dossier. It was used as a basis for the counterintelligence probe Priestap led into the Trump campaign called Crossfire Hurricane.
A recently declassified page of handwritten notes from Priestap, dated the day of Flynn’s FBI interview in January 2017, revealed his ruminations over whether the goal of the interview was to get the then-incoming national security adviser to tell the truth or to catch him in a lie so that he could be charged with a crime or removed from his position.
The IG report stated, “Our review did not find documentary or testimonial evidence directly connecting the political views these employees expressed in their text messages and instant messages to the investigative decisions we reviewed.”
These damning texts and noted have revealed what the lips of these rogue actors have concealed.