Jonathan Turley: Peter Strzok Is Making Case against Himself by Lashing Out at Trump over Mar-a-Lago Raid

Liberal legal scholar Jonathan Turley has dropped the hammer on disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok over his recent outbursts regarding the raid on President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.

Strzok has been trying to troll Trump on social media in the wake of the raid.

In posts on Twitter, Strzok claimed that Trump’s passports that were seized during the FBI’s August 8 raid on Mar-a-Lago were Russian.

He appeared to be alluding to the Russigate conspiracy theory, that Strzok himself helped to peddle, alleging that Trump was a Russian agent.

It was later revealed that the passports in question were diplomatic, however.

Trump sued Strzok and others in March over claims that the 45th president colluded with Russia during his successful 2016 campaign for the White House.

Strzok was fired from the FBI over text messages with Lisa Page, an FBI attorney he was having an affair with, that disparaged Trump.

Turley wrote:

“Career colleagues at the Justice Department previously referred Strzok for possible criminal charges and he was fired for his bias and unprofessional conduct.

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“However, Strzok was immediately embraced by many in the media and establishment for his anti-Trump sentiments.

“Now, Strzok appears liberated in showing precisely the bias and unhinged hostility alleged by his critics.

“He has been in the news lashing out at Trump and trolling his objections to the raid on Mar-a-Lago

“Strzok has sounded at times like a virtual troll on social media,” Turley continues.

“Strzok often seems to lack any self-awareness of his past controversy.

“He has been on MSNBC defending the raid and insisting that ‘absolutely the American public should trust what the FBI is doing.’

“He insisted that any doubts over the FBI’s objectivity are ridiculous: “It’s not that the FBI is targeting any one side or the other. What you see is the FBI going out on a day-in, day-out basis objectively investigating allegations of law.’

“Yet, it is Strzok’s own conduct that had led to many having doubt about the motivation and independence of the department.

“Strzok’s bias and violation of FBI rules led to career Justice Department investigators referring his case to prosecutors and ultimately led to his firing from the FBI.

“His emails showed intense bias against Donald Trump and highly concerning statements about having an ‘insurance policy’ in place if Trump were to win the election.”

Strzok also wrote to Lisa Page, the same person Strzok had referenced his “insurance policy” to in emails.

“Many of us have said that there could be criminal conduct revealed by this raid, but we simply do not know,” Turley added.

“There is much that we do not know to establish such a case, let alone speculate on its outcome.

“That is why some of us have called for greater transparency from the Justice Department, including the release of substantive portions of a redacted affidavit.

“For his part, Strzok appears eager to confirm the allegations made against him,” he wrote.

“Yet, these public statements only fuel the concern of many that the raid was another ‘insurance policy’ by the FBI.

“For his former colleagues at the FBI, Strzok’s trolling can hardly be a welcomed addition to the public controversy over their investigation.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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