Over the weekend, information about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s top FBI investigator into ‘Russian meddling’, agent Peter Strzok, being removed from the probe due to the discovery of anti-Trump/pro-Clinton text messages exchanged with a colleague (a colleague whom he also happened to be having an extra-marital affair with) broke.
Now, new information has come to light that reveals that Strzok not only played a leading role in the Hillary Clinton email investigation but potentially saved her from prosecution by changing then FBI Director James Comey’s final statement to read that Clinton was “extremely careless” rather than the original language of “grossly negligent.”
According to a report by CNN:
A former top counterintelligence expert at the FBI, now at the center of a political uproar for exchanging private messages that appeared to mock President Donald Trump, changed a key phrase in former FBI Director James Comey’s description of how former secretary of state Hillary Clinton handled classified information, according to US officials familiar with the matter.
Electronic records show Peter Strzok, who led the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server as the No. 2 official in the counterintelligence division, changed Comey’s earlier draft language describing Clinton’s actions as “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless,” the source said.
The drafting process was a team effort, CNN is told, with a handful of people reviewing the language as edits were made, according to another US official familiar with the matter.
But the news of Strzok’s direct role in the statement that ultimately cleared the former Democratic presidential candidate of criminal wrongdoing, now combined with the fact that he was dismissed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team after exchanging private messages with an FBI lawyer that could be seen as favoring Clinton politically, may give ammunition to those seeking ways to discredit Mueller’s Russia investigation.