Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson commented on his show that the FBI is “out of control,” following revelations that FBI agent Peter Strzok was involved in two politicized cases: the Clinton email investigation, and the Russian collusion probe, while he also oversaw interviews with former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn. 

"There are many examples of this, but the point is clear, the FBI is out of control and not just in the Trump investigation but much more broadly. An agency charged with enforcing the law clearly considers itself above the law, and that is a threat to you and every American, no matter who you voted for," Carlson said on Monday night. 

“For months, Trump defenders have alleged that Robert Mueller's investigation is tainted with partisan politics. They've noted for example the strikingly high percentage of prosecutors on Mueller's team who are also major Democratic donors. The president himself has frequently echoed these charges, implying that the investigation is a partisan witch hunt concocted by his enemies to overturn last fall's election results.

“Basically a coup. We haven't joined the chorus. Prosecutors, like military officers and surgeons, are trained to rise above politics in their the service of duty. And most of them do that. In the absence of hard evidence to the contrary, it seemed wise to give his investigation the benefit of every doubt and wait for the outcome. We're Americans, we believe in the fair application of justice. We think that's what normally happens. Well, unfortunately, it's getting harder to maintain that faith.”

Carlson reported that Strzok was involved in wording of a statement by then-FBI Director James Comey's that cleared Hillary Clinton of criminality as a result of an investigation into her use of a private email server. Strzok reportedly called on Comey to use the words "extremely careless" instead of "grossly negligent." He has since been removed from Mueller's investigative team after it determined that he sent anti-Trump text messages with a female romantic interest. 

“And if that wasn't enough, it was also Peter Strzok who, according to news accounts this afternoon oversaw the FBI's interviews in January with general Mike Flynn at the White House. The ones that resulted in Flynn pleading guilty to felony charges on Friday. Apparently, Flynn had no idea he was being interviewed and that would explain why he didn't have a lawyer present. If true, that would qualify as trickery, it would be unethical.”

“So you can see why Strzok's politically charged texts to his mistress might matter at this point. What does Strzok say in those texts? We still don't know the answer of that because for reasons it will not even explain, the FBI won't tell Congress.

“So all the way back in August, the House Intelligence Committee sent a subpoena to the FBI asking for, among other things, information for why Peter Strzok was removed for Mueller's team. But instead of replying the FBI simply stonewalled and said nothing. Well, that's not just infuriating, it's unconstitutional because the FBI is not its own government. It's a single agency within the executive branch to our federal government and is accountable to, among others, the United States Congress and therefore accountable to voters.

“Keep in mind, nobody elected Peter Strzok to anything. You elect members of Congress to keep people like Peter Strzok in line. Now when people would Peter Strzok decide that Congress has no power over them, they are giving you the finger and they're threatening democracy. That should not be allowed. And yet, amazingly, it's common. It happens literally all the time in Washington.

“Last summer for example, Congress sought basic information about the infamous Trump dossier. Did the FBI pay for it or part of it? Did FBI agents believe the contents or use them to drive their Russia investigation? These are basic and central questions and at the FBI just ignore them, they didn't feel like answering. They rarely do.

“Back in 2015, two Islamic extremists attempted to shoot up a Mohammed cartoon contest in Garland, Texas. Remember that? Later it emerged that an undercover FBI agent knew the two shooters personally and even egged them on to "Tear up Texas." That agent even traveled with the terrorists to the scene at Garland was present right before the attack and try to flee as it began.

“It's hard to believe that actually happened in America, but it did happen. You would probably like to know why it happened, wouldn't you? Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin would like to know. He has repeatedly asked the FBI to explain white shield terrorists, how it could have failed to stop the shooting that happened later. And yet he still doesn't know. Senator Johnson's request to repeatedly have been stonewalled by the FBI.

“A year before that in 2014, senator from Tom Coburn of Oklahoma asked the Justice Department for information about the guns of the Tsarnaev brothers use to kill a police officer after the Boston bombing. He never received an answer to that question. We could go on.

“There are many examples of this. But the point is clear, the FBI is out of control and not just in the Trump investigation but much more broadly. An agency charged within enforcing law clearly considers itself above the law, and that's a threat to you and every American, no matter who you voted for.”
 



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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