Greg Fallis

The Strzok Firing Is Indicative of Normal in Trump’s America

An FBI agent fired for having anti-Trump views is a standard day in modern America. It’s not that the path is unclear, I’m no longer sure where it winds.

 

If you read or listen to the news in the morning, it’s always distressing to wake up to the reality that Trump is still POTUS. But some days are more difficult than others. This was one of them.

Rage-tweet-vomiting again, Trump began with a three-tweet rant quoting Tom Fitton of the right-wing group, Judicial Watch:

The Strzok firing is as much about the Mueller operation as anything else. There would be no Mueller Special Councel to investigate so called collusion but for the machinations of Strzok & his colleagues at the top levels of the FBI. We know this … guy was corrupt and had anti-Trump animus. Strzok and others at the FBI should be criminally investigated for the way the conducted this investigation. Instead, Mueller is pretending nothing went wrong. He used Strzok, he used the Clinton DNC Dossier…the whole thing … should be shut down. The Strzok firing shows that the fundamental underpinnings of the investigation were corrupt. It should be shut down by the courts or by honest prosecutors.

It’s hard to even know where to start with this wall of bullshit. You need an abacus to keep track of all the errors and outright lies. Was Strzok instrumental in creating the Special Counsel investigation? Nope. Is there any indication that Strzok is corrupt? Nope. In fact, the Inspector General report clearly stated there’s no evidence that Strzok’s dislike of Trump influenced any investigative decisions.

In fact, the only accurate information in all of the above is this: Peter Strzok was fired from the FBI. And let’s face it, that was essentially a political act to punish a career law enforcement professional for the sin of thinking Comrade Trump is unfit to be the President of the United States.

But this is pretty much what you expect from Trump and Tom Fitton.

Who is this Fitton guy? He’s on the Board of Directors of Judicial Watch, which describes itself as a “watchdog” group. You’d think, as a frequent Fox News analyst on judicial behavior and as a member of Judicial Watch, Fitton must be a lawyer. Or at least has a background in law. Or maybe some significant professional experience in law enforcement. Or a graduate degree in some area of criminal justice. Or even an undergrad degree in a related field.

But, no. Tom Fitton has a BA in English. Oh, and he was a talk radio host on a conservative station.

 

There’s no evidence that Strzok’s dislike of Trump influenced any investigative decisions. … In fact, the only accurate information in all of the above is this: Peter Strzok was fired from the FBI.

 

Fitton is probably best known for his “work” on the Benghazi attack. He posited the theory that the attack was actually part of an Obama administration conspiracy. Obama, he claimed, wanted Libyan militants to kidnap Ambassador Stevens. That would allow Obama to do a prisoner swap – Stevens for terrorist Omar Abdel-Rahman (the blind cleric convicted for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing).

It’s not clear why Obama would go to such elaborate lengths to free Abdel-Rahman, but it probably had something to do with him being a wily secret Muslim. Unfortunately, Stevens was accidentally killed during the assault, so the plot failed. In an interview, Fitton admitted there was no actual evidence to substantiate his claim – but he asserted that lack of evidence was, in itself, evidence of the Obama cover-up.

This is the sort of person Trump looks to for expertise and support. Every day that Trump occupies the White House is an insult to the nation; every day that he remains in office further degrades the presidency; every day that he attacks the institutions of democracy is an offense against the men and women who work to protect it.

And every morning that I wake up and read what new outrage Comrade Trump has committed is a gut-churning reminder that we can’t for a moment stop resisting.

 

Greg Fallis

I’ve been around the block a couple of times. I’ve been a medic in the military, a counselor in the Psychiatric/Security unit of a prison for women, and a private investigator specializing in criminal defense. I’ve picked up a few degrees and taught various courses in criminology and sociology at The American University in Washington, D.C. and at Fordham University in New York City. Now, I’m primarily a writer and photographer. I’m the managing editor of Utata.org, an international collective of photographers engaged in a variety of ongoing projects. I teach advanced workshops in Mystery Writing for the Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Like I said, I’ve been around the block a couple of times. It’s a good block; I expect I’ll keep going around it for a while.

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