JUDICIAL WATCH: New FBI Emails Reveal Peter Strzok Insisted on Retaining Declassification and Special Authorities For Mueller Assignment
Judicial Watch obtained 14 pages of FBI documents revealing Peter Strzok requested he retain his declassification and other authorities after he was reassigned to Special Counsel Mueller’s team to investigate Trump-Russia collusion.
This is further proof the migration of people from Hillary’s sham investigation to the ‘get Trump’ Mueller investigation was designed to give Mueller special authorities to target Trump.
Via Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch today released 14 pages of FBI documents concerning the assignment of former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s operation, showing that Strzok insisted on retaining his FBI security clearance before moving to the Mueller team and confirming that Strzok played a pivotal role in the flawed Hillary Clinton email investigation.
A series of emails reveal Strzok’s insistence that he retain all the authorities he held as a deputy assistant director (DAD) in the counterintelligence division (CD), including his security clearance, after his reassignment to the special counsel’s office. In a July 13, 2017 email to numerous FBI officials, some of whom are redacted, Strzok says:
Broadly, I need to be able to act at least in the capacity of my old CD DAD job – approve NSLs [national security letters], conduct [redacted] declassify information, [redacted] agent travel, requisitions, etc. Of those, the most problematic and one of the most essential is declassification authority.
In response, FBI assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division William Priestap assures Strzok he will remain free to act just as he did while a deputy assistant director of the counterintelligence division and, further, that he will remain on the FBI’s books as a “floating DAD:”
In answer to your initial question, while assigned to the Special Counsel’s office, you will retain your CD DAD authorities, to include declassification authority.
Since you will take your non-transferrable declassification authority with you, CD will work to obtain another declassification authority slot for the DAD who is chosen to replace you.
Assuming the 7th floor approves, you will remain on CD’s books as a fourth (floating) DAD. When you move on from your DAD position, your DAD slot will revert back to HRD.
President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton had this to say about the new Strzok emails:
“These new emails show anti-Trump FBI official Peter Strzok’s ‘assignment’ gave the Mueller Special Counsel operation special authorities to target President Trump. We know Strzok can’t be trusted and the Special Counsel should tell us if Strzok abused his special authorities to target President Trump.”
Peter Strzok was removed from the Mueller investigation in the summer of 2017 after Inspector General Michael Horowitz discovered a series of anti-Trump text messages he exchanged with his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
It was revealed Peter Strzok still has his top security clearance during his public testimony before joint House Oversight and House Judiciary Committees a couple weeks ago.