In a display of the arrogance that got him fired in the first place, former FBI special agent Peter Strzok has sued the FBI and Justice Department over his termination.
Strzok, who is at the center of the plot to stage a coup against President Trump and likely to be a key figure in the ongoing investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham into the origins of the Russia collusion scam filed the suit on Tuesday.
According to Strzok, the DOJ and FBI succumbed to “unrelenting pressure” from Trump when it gave him his walking papers and now he wants his job back as well as back pay.
Strzok is also citing an invasion of privacy over incriminating texts between him and Lisa Page, the ex-FBI lawyer who he was engaged in a steamy adulterous affair with.
The two lovebirds were also exposed for exchanging countless text messages packed with derogatory language about Trump and his supporters, including one in which Strzok wrote that he could “smell” them at Walmart.
Talk about chutzpah!
Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who wrote derogatory text messages about Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential run, sues the FBI and the Justice Department. Strzok alleges the bureau caved to "unrelenting pressure" from the president when it fired him. https://t.co/w9LfIYnDe5
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 6, 2019
Via The Associated Press, “Peter Strzok sues FBI for firing him over anti-Trump texts”:
A veteran FBI agent who wrote derogatory text messages about Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday charging that the bureau caved to “unrelenting pressure” from the president when it fired him.
The suit from Peter Strzok also alleges he was unfairly punished for expressing his political opinions, and that the Justice Department violated his privacy when it shared hundreds of his text messages with reporters.
“This campaign to publicly vilify Special Agent Strzok contributed to the FBI’s ultimate decision to unlawfully terminate him,” the lawsuit says, “as well as to frequent incidents of public and online harassment and threats of violence to Strzok and his family that began when the texts were first disclosed to the media and continue to this day.”
The complaint, which names as defendants Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Chris Wray, revisits a political drama that was seized on by conservative critics of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation as proof that the bureau was biased against Trump. It provides new details about the circumstances of Strzok’s firing and amounts to the latest defense of his reputation, coming months after a fiery congressional hearing in which he insisted that his personal views never influenced his work.
Multiple investigations are underway examining whether the FBI acted properly during the Russia investigation, and Strzok remains a frequent target of Trump’s scornful tweets. A Justice Department inspector general report focused on the early days of the Russia probe is expected to be released in the coming weeks.
Spokespeople for the FBI and the Justice Department declined to comment on Strzok’s lawsuit.
Strzok is expected to be featured prominently in the upcoming DOJ Inspector General report into FISA abuse which is rumored to be ready for release just in time for Congress’s return from their latest extended taxpayer-funded vacation.
The lawsuit is likely a component of a larger public relations counteroffensive designed to portray the deep state figures who surveilled and attempted to frame Trump and his associates as victims.
Former GOP House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said that Strzok had nobody but himself to blame for his troubles during an appearance on Fox News.
Gowdy makes a very good point in that Saint Mueller wasn’t named in the lawsuit despite being the one who kicked the treacherous Strzok off of the investigative team once the texts became public.
Perhaps Strzok and his deep state lawyers just provided another tip-off that the doddering old fool was merely a figurehead for the sweeping witch hunt that ultimately failed to take out Trump.
Now the media will run with it as they prop up Strzok as yet another martyr figure in their war on Trump when nothing could be farther than the truth.