During a CNN town hall Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey said that Peter Strzok and Lisa Page “made us all look bad,” referring to the damage the pair’s actions did to the FBI’s image.
Remind me, who are Peter Strzok and Lisa Page?
Strzok is a former FBI agent who had worked on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails during the 2016 election. Special counsel Robert Mueller would later fire Strzok from his investigation into alleged Russian interference after learning about text messages that Strzok had sent to Page that were critical of President Donald Trump.
In one of these messages, Strzok assured Page that Trump would never become president because “we’ll stop it.”
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After being asked by a CNN town hall audience member what he thought the consequences should have been for Strzok, Page, and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Comey said that there “should have been and was severe discipline for their behavior.”
“Everyone has opinions about political issues, and religious issues, and sports issues — you can’t bring them to work and have to effect your work,” he said. “There have to be severe consequences. FBI employees must tell the truth always. And if they don’t, I don’t care what it’s about, it’s gonna be investigated, and there will be severe consequences.”
When CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who was hosting the town hall, asked Comey if he thought that Strzok and Page had “damaged the reputation of the FBI and perhaps tarnished the investigation,” Comey replied:
Definitely, yeah. Very painful. It was important that it be investigated, and important that there be discipline that follows it. But yeah, it made us all look bad. Peter Strzok is a very talented agent. It’s a personal tragedy for him. But as much as I care about individuals, I care about the institution more.
It hurt the institution.
Comey Tries To Explain Peter Strzok & Lisa Page’s Anti-Trump Texts But Only Makes Himself Look Worse