Disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok was a key figure in the Russia investigation, and his anti-Trump bias was more than obvious.
But while he was going after President Donald Trump and giving Hillary Clinton a pass for sending and receiving classified information on her private email server, it turns out Strzok’s own polygraph test results raised serious red flags.
Strzok served as the No. 2 counterintelligence analyst at the FBI before being fired last year and let go from ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team after an internal probe found that he had sent hundreds of anti-Trump text messages to Lisa Page, a former lawyer at the FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair.
Emails uncovered by Congress show that Strzok hadn’t passed a polygraph examine — which is required every five years as an FBI agent — while he was leading both investigations in 2015 and 2016.
In June 2018, Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins grilled FBI Director Christopher Wray and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on why Strzok had not passed a polygraph examine but was still granted access to sensitive compartmentalized information (SCI).
Collins began by asking why Strzok played a lead role in the Clinton investigation — which involved significant national security secrets not being protected by Crooked Hillary — when he had not been properly cleared according to existing FBI policy.
Collins said to Wray and Rosenstein during the congressional hearing in June 2018:
Let’s go back to something though that I asked you- that you and I had a conversation about a few months ago. This was Mr. Strzok’s issue.
I asked you at the time did he have his security clearance, you said you would check, you assumed he did at that point.
The concern I have here is, again, process inside the Department of Justice on what happens when you have someone of his caliber, counterintelligence level — this is not a new recruit.
This is somebody who’s been around, had very sensitive information and on January 13th, an individual from the F.B.I.’s Washington Field Office emailed Mr. Strzok and other employees that their polygraphs were out of, er, I think it was ‘out of scope’. I asked you about that and asked if he had been polygraphed, you didn’t know at the time.
It said the polygraph raised flags.
Collin’s grilling Rosenstein and Wray came more than two years after Strzok’s violation of protocol had been first reported.
By February 4th, 2016, Strzok had taken the required polygraph — and it raised red flags.
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When Strzok testified before Congress in July 2018 — one month after Wray and Rosenstein’s testimony — Collins asked Strzok about his polygraph examine and the serious red flags with the results.
Strzok admitted in the email to [redacted] that he and four other agents had polygraphs that were similarly “out of scope” but he had recently passed his examine.
Strzok claimed he was qualified to be read-in to SCI even though his polygraph were worrisome.
Collins did his best to pry answers about this from agent Strzok, but the fired FBI agent did his best at being deliberately evasive.
Collins wasn’t asking Strzok to divulge classified information, but rather explain why he was viewing highly sensitive and classified information when he hadn’t passed his polygraph.
And, when Strzok did finally take the examine, there were serious red flags associated with it.
Watch the clip below of Collins questioning Strzok about all of this:
Strzok also sent countless salacious text messages smearing Trump, his supporters, and making a bevy of controversial comments implying he could take action to stop Trump from taking office.
He called Trump supporters a bunch of ignorant hillbillies; spoke about an “insurance policy” in the case that Trump won the election; mentioned a “secret society” to unseat a duly elected president; and implied that he and others at the bureau would never let Trump be president.
Many are still dumbfounded that Strzok was able to lead both the Clinton and Trump probes given his clear bias and shady background.