Peter Strzok and NATO

Grind for December 9th
“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard

We Were Right

The Headline

New details emerge confirming FBI bias in favor of Hillary Clinton

The Grind

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok is suing the agency after he was sacked for unprofessional conduct.

Strzok was fired after exchanging politically charged text messages with colleague and mistress Lisa Page on FBI cell phones. In his lawsuit, Strzok insists he was fired “because of his protected political speech” and claims the dismissal represents a violation of his First Amendment rights.

In the words of Strzok’s lawyer, it is “indisputable that his termination was a result of President Trump’s unrelenting retaliatory campaign of false information attacks and direct appeals to top officials.”

The Details

Before he was dismissed, Strzok was leading the Clinton email investigation and the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of suspected collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Moscow (both of those investigations are now being examined for misconduct and bias).

In a filing submitted Monday, the DOJ outlined a series of offenses committed by Strzok – including dereliction of duty and security violations – and said his actions undermined the “FBI’s ability to function as a trusted, nonpartisan institution.”

Text messages revealed this week show Strzok agreeing to treat Hillary Clinton kindly during an interrogation because she was expected to win the election:

“One more thing, [Clinton] may be our next president,” said Page in a text to Strzok. “The last thing you need [is] going in there loaded for bear. You think she’s going to remember or care that it is more [Department of Justice] than FBI” conducting the interrogation?

“Agreed,” replied Strzok.

Strzok later claimed the messages didn’t mean “we should treat [Clinton] differently because she’s our next president.”

But that’s exactly what happened. Strzok and the FBI changed their behavior towards Hillary because they believed she would win the election.

Despite overwhelming evidence that Clinton put the nation at risk by mishandling top-secret information, then-FBI Director James Comey decided not to prosecute her.

Thanks, But No Thanks

The Headline

Canadian President Mocks Trump in Video

The Grind

President Trump decided to leave the NATO summit early after Canadian President Justin Trudeau mocked him a conversation that was caught on tape.

The video, published by the Canadian Broadcasting Company, shows Trudeau speaking with French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and others.

“He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top,” said Trudeau about an impromptu press conference held by Trump earlier that day.

“You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor,” he added, referring to Trump’s unexpected announcement about next year’s G7 summit being held at Camp David in Maryland.

The Details

When asked about Trudeau’s comments, Trump called the Canadian President “two-faced” and said, “I find him to be a very nice guy, but the truth is, I called him out on the fact that he’s not paying 2% and I guess he’s not very happy about it.”

Trump has long demanded all NATO members spend 2% of their GDP on defense.

“When today’s meetings are over, I will be heading back to Washington,” tweeted Trump on Wednesday. “We won’t be doing a press conference at the close of NATO because we did so many over the past two days.”

Despite Trudeau’s negative attitude, the 70th anniversary NATO meeting ended with the approval of a defense plan for the Baltics and Poland.

The defense plan is a “huge achievement not only for our country, but for the whole region,” said Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda. The plan was approved despite resistance from Turkey, which had asked other NATO members to designate Kurdish fighters in Syria as terrorists.

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom Macron accused of allying with ISIS to further his agenda in Syria, spoke with Trump on Wednesday but did not speak publicly during the summit. NATO members did not discuss the Kurdish YPG militia.

Overall, NATO members’ defense spending has increased by $130 billion since 2016. By the end of 2024, total defense spending is expected to reach $400 billion.

“This is unprecedented,” said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. “And it’s making NATO stronger.”

We can always expect some name-calling at these events, but the big picture here is that Trump has succeeded in forcing NATO members to start paying their fair share.

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