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Rep. Jerrold Nadler Praises Fired FBI Agent Peter Strzok for Acting in ‘Highest Traditions’ of Govt. Service

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To most Americans who know the name, Peter Strzok is a disgraced FBI agent.

He’s a man who engaged in an adulterous affair with an anti-Trump FBI lawyer and let his political sympathies interfere with the duties entrusted to him by the American people.

And he’s a guy who got fired for it.

But to Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the New York Democrat in charge of the House Judiciary Committee, Strzok is something more than all of that.

To Nadler, Strzok represents the “highest tradition” of Americans in government service.

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Nadler made the comment Tuesday, according to The Daily Caller, after Judiciary Committee member Rep. Steve Chabot, an Ohio Republican, said, “People like Strzok and others, I think very much damaged – it’s unfair to the rest of the organization because the FBI is truly a great organization, one of the best in the nation.”

Nadler didn’t think so at all.

“Let me just say for the record that I think Peter Strzok acted in the highest tradition of government workers,” he said.

Seriously?

Nadler is talking about the same Peter Strzok whose text messages from the summer of 2016 with his FBI lover showed an undeniable hostility toward then-candidate Donald Trump – and utter contempt for Trump’s supporters.

In one particular text from August 2016, FBI lawyer, and Strzok’s lover, Lisa Page asked if Trump would become president and Strzok’s response was categorical (if completely erroneous).

“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok wrote.

As The Daily Caller noted, a Justice Department Inspector General’s report released in 2018 found that text “not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects.”

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“This is antithetical to the core values of the FBI and the Department of Justice,” the report said.

“Antithetical to the core values of the FBI” maybe – but to the man who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, Strzok was right as rain.

When the quote was published on Twitter by Rep. Doug Collins, Judiciary’s ranking Republican, there weren’t many who agreed Nadler.

That last one raises a question all Americans – but especially Democrats – need to ask themselves.

How is it that a man who heads the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives could make a statement like that and expect it to be accepted?

Do you think Democrats crave power more than they respect the law?

Even Democrats who don’t like Trump have to understand that what Strzok was doing – using his power as a government official to substituting his own judgment for the yet-to-be-rendered will of the American voters — is the essence of a police state.

Even a politician as ruthlessly ambitious as Nadler should understand that – and it’s all too likely that Nadler understands it perfectly.

The thuggish, unethical behavior Nadler was praising might not have been in the “highest traditions” of government service as the term is understood by Americans who admire and genuinely respect the constitutional republic established by the Founding Fathers.

But for a Democrat of the modern era, where pursuit of power trumps the niceties of democratic rule of law, Strzok’s secret police behavior fit in perfectly.

Use of law enforcement agencies to skew election outcomes is “antithetical” to American government now – but for the likes of Nadler and his party, it’s the future they’re trying to bring.

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