House Republicans have released the transcript of a closed-door interview of disgraced and fired former FBI official Peter Strzok, who acted as a point man for both the FBI’s Hillary Clinton email server investigation and its Trump-Russia probe.
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) March 14, 2019
The Strzok testimony, which is from June 2018, is creating a buzz on social media and appears to offer more insight into the FBI’s activities during the 2016 presidential election season.
Strzok testified that Hillary Clinton and the Department of Justice seemingly struck a deal that blocked the FBI from accessing her private, home-brew email server for information relevant to the Clinton Foundation.
Jerry Dunleavy of the Washington Examiner reports:
When asked by then-majority general counsel Zachary Somers if “the Clinton Foundation was on the server”, Strzok testified that he believed it was “on one of the servers, if not the others.” But Strzok stressed that due to an agreement between the [Department of Justice] and Clinton, they were not allowed to search Clinton Foundation emails for information that could help in their investigation.
Strzok further explained in his testimony:
“According to the [DOJ] attorneys, we lacked probable cause to get a search warrant for those servers and projected that either it would take a very long time and/or it would be impossible to get to the point where we could obtain probable cause to get a warrant.”
The Clinton Foundation has developed a reputation as a corrupt influence-peddling racket. The Department of Justice under President Trump has reportedly launched an investigation into whether the foundation acted as a “pay-to-play” scheme.
The release of the Peter Strzok transcripts comes the same week that Republicans released the transcripts from an interview of Lisa Page, Strzok’s FBI colleague and mistress. Page’s bombshell testimony confirmed that Hillary Clinton received what amounted to a secret pre-pardon from the Obama Department of Justice.
Both Strzok and Page were dismissed from Robert Mueller’s special counsel staff after texts surfaced showing that they not only had personal animosity against candidate Trump, but they were also prepared to take action in their official capacity as FBI agents to “stop” him from winning the 2016 election. The two also discussed an “insurance policy,” which Page later admitted was the Russia investigation, that was intended to delegitimize Trump’s mandate.