For John, BLUF: Is FBI Agent Peter Strzok going to require his own tag? Nothing to see here; just move along.
Peter Strzok — the fired Mueller team member — was responsible for the words "extremely careless" that got Hillary off the hook for her email problem.
Emeritus Law Professor Ann Althouse, 4 December 2017.
Here is the lede plus one:
CNN reports.I was going to eschew this topic, at least for a while. But, since Blogger Ann Althouse brought it up, I am jumping in.A former top counterintelligence expert at the FBI, now at the center of a political uproar for exchanging private messages that appeared to mock President Donald Trump, changed a key phrase in former FBI Director James Comey's description of how former secretary of state Hillary Clinton handled classified information, according to US officials familiar with the matter.
Electronic records show Peter Strzok, who led the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server as the No. 2 official in the counterintelligence division, changed Comey's earlier draft language describing Clinton's actions as "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless," the sources said....
It looks like Agent Peter Strzok was up to his eyebrows in this Trump imbroglio, including the Russian Dossier, the collusion investigation and Ms Clinton's EMails. For Special Counsel Mueller the good news is that he fired Agent Strzok. At this point it looks like good on him. When you may be about to strike at the President you better have a very clean operation. You wouldn't want someone turning over a rock a year after an impeachment effort, and finding that you had done a less that proper job.
From the Comments to Professor Althouse's Post, Young Hegelian says:
I'm sorry, can someone please tell me what saint Trump lights a votive candle to so that he gets enemies like these? I mean, the man is absolutely blessed by God in the choice of his enemies.I would say that I miss the days when Inspector Lewis Erskine (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) was with the FBI. It captured that pristine law enforcement organization those of us who grew up in the '40s and '50s believed to exist. Were we naive?
Hat tip to Ann Althouse.
Regards — Cliff