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A Lesson in Peter Strzok's Firing: Bias and Fairness Cannot Coexist


Peter Strzok Finally Fired

Bias and fairness cannot coexist.... There is a presumption that bias is bad and that is a presumption we should accept in nearly every single facet of life. - Trey Gowdy, June 20, 2018

Peter Strzok, the disgraced FBI Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence, was on Friday, August 10, 2018, fired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation by Deputy Director of the FBI David L. Bowdich. Peter Strzok, in these last few months, had his position in the FBI downgraded, was removed by Mueller from the Special Counsel investigation and was reassigned to serve in the Human Resources department of the FBI.

Accusations

On Monday, August 13, 2018, the firing of Peter Strzok was released to the press. Peter Strzok was fired for cause and dismissed by Deputy Director Bowdich due to his anti-Trump texts, which overruled the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). An internal Justice Department report issued in June of 2018 blamed Strzok and Lisa Page for creating an appearance of impropriety through their texts but found the outcome of the Hillary Clinton investigation was not marred by bias.

Along with the questionable text messages, Mr. Strzok was accused of sending a highly sensitive search warrant to his personal email account. In breaking with FBI agency tradition, the firing was executed after the FBI’s Internal Process via OPR had completed their investigation into Strzok’s texts, proclaiming that there was nothing found that indicated that the animus expressed in them lead to bias by Strzok into his work or his conclusions. OPR proposed that Strzok should be suspended 60 days and demoted.

One of the leading critics of the FBI, North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows said Strzok was fired “because of what his own written words plainly showed: He was willing to use his FBI position to try and stop Candidate Donald Trump from being elected. He tarnished the FBI’s sterling reputation and severely damaged public trust in an institution where trust is paramount.”

Regarding the Strzok-Page texts, Michael Horowitz, stating the texts indicate bias, commented that Strzok’s bias is “Completely antithetical to Core Values (of the FBI)."

Under current review, indications that Peter Strzok omitted or withheld information from FISC in order to process a FISA warrant to investigate into the Trump Campaign contributed to Friday’s firing of the once FBI Senior Counterintelligence Agent.

On Monday, Strzok’s attorney, Aitan Goelman, accused Bowdich of bowing to political pressure and stated the firing was not based “on a fair and independent examination of the facts.”

Strzok’s Defense

Now using Twitter, Strzok tweeted, “Deeply saddened by this decision. It has been an honor to serve my country and work with the fine men and women of the FBI. The FBI, true to their protocol, made no comment."

A crowdfunding site was opened after Peter Strzok was fired stating a goal of $150,000 to cover lost income and legal costs, though it is unclear who started the funding effort. In the first 21 hours that it was up, the site raised over $235,000 and increased its goal to $350,000. As of this writing, it has earned donations of over $403,700, and the ceiling has again been raised, this time to $500,000.

Lin Cava / Writer
I am a seasoned writer. I use creative writing poetry and art as a means of self-expression. As I observe the state of the world and particularly the state of the USA, I turn my effort and attention to reveal the issues we must, as a nation, redeem.
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  1. Please note there is a clerical error in the paragraph following the heading "Strzok's Defense". The close-quote mark should appear at the end of Mr. Strzok's tweet, the last three words of which are: "of the FBI". It appears, in error, at the end of the last line of that paragraph. -Lin Cava

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