Former FBI agent Peter Strzok made explosive allegations against President Donald Trump and his ties to Russia during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday.
According to Strzok, the FBI had classified intelligence that could have completely destroyed Trump’s 2016 run for the White House, but he didn’t do so because it would have violated his oath to protect such information from public release:
“Absolutely there are things that are not known that would still be damaging. The decision to release that is up to the administration. You’ve seen them declassify material, which unsurprisingly tends to all be helpful to President Trump. There’s a lot of material that simply is classified and that I can’t talk about, but it’s there.”
Strzok also noted that the American people need to know the full truth about Trump and his Russia connections:
“If you look at the scope of his businesses relationship to Russia, going back decades. If you look at the statement by one of his sons about the disproportionate amount of Russian holdings that represented the Trump financial assets, all of these things speak to an ability of Russian interests, of illicit interests, to hold him under their sway and get him to do things that, frankly, we can’t explain.”
The larger threat that should concern all of us, Strzok concluded, is how the current president seems utterly beholden to the Kremlin no matter the issue, even when it involves the lives of American soldiers:
“Why isn’t he speaking out against Russia placing the bounties on the heads of American soldiers in Afghanistan? Why isn’t he pushing back against, as you mentioned, the attempted assassination of [Alexei] Navalny? Why is he talking about withdrawing from NATO, from withdrawing 11,000 troops from Germany? The list goes on and on and on. None of these things are in America’s interest, most, if not all, are in Russia’s. It begs the question, why is he doing this? My answer, what I believe is, because there is leverage Russia holds over him that is causing him to act in his rather than America’s national security interest.”
If Joe Biden is elected to be the next president, maybe we can finally get some of the answers to these questions, including the unredacted report from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller. That alone would help us better understand the full extent of Donald Trump’s fealty to Putin and Russia.
Here’s Strzok on “Morning Joe”:
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