In the run-up to the release of the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General’s report on misconduct by the FBI during the Clinton E-Mail Investigation, disgraced former FBI Deputy Head of Counter-Intelligence Peter Strzok hired Washington DC law firm Zuckerman Spaeder LLP. Another Zuckerman Spaeder Attorney, William W. Taylor, represents Trump-Russia Dossier creator Fusion GPS, after being originally retained to assist with subpoenas from the House Intelligence Committee.
Zuckerman Spaeder has donated more than more than $30,000 to Democratic candidates for the 2018 election cycle so far. The firm’s largest contribution was to anti-Trump Democrat Senator Jon Tester. During the 2016 election cycle, the firm’s largest contribution, $24,383, went to support none other than Hillary Clinton.
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The Zuckerman Spaeder attorney assigned to Peter Strzok’s case, Aitan Goelman, was formerly the Director for the Division of Enforcement of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), but left left the agency to work for Zuckerman Spaeder LLP in January 2017. Goelman has also been a contributor to the Huffington Post.
Aitan Goelman has mounted an aggressive defense to the apparent misconduct laid out in the OIG Report released on Thursday. In a statement to Law and Crime Goelman said “Special Agent Strzok did not ‘back burner’ inspection of the Weiner laptop in the fall of 2016.” He continued, saying “Second, while Special Agent Strzok openly admitted that he believed that the Russia investigation was far more important to American national security than the Clinton email investigation, this conclusion is evidence of Special Agent Strzok’s lucidity, not his bias.”
As of Friday, Peter Strzok is working in the human resources department of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. When describing Strzok’s move to HR, Asha Rangappa, a former FBI Special Agent and current CNN analyst, told Business Insider that “I have seen instances where if some issue comes up, the agent might be moved to another investigation or to the operations center, where you essentially field calls all day, but why he would be moved to HR is just bizarre.”
In response to the report from the Inspector General, FBI Director Chris Wray has vowed a renewed focus on objectivity, but declined to comment specifically on the fait of Peter Strzok and other unnamed FBI employees featured in the report.