Disgraced former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, who was the poster boy for the bureau’s partisan corruption and increasingly overt political bias, sued the Justice Department for violation of his privacy and wrongful termination over his much-deserved 2018 firing.
In response to Strzok’s lawsuit, the DOJ released a draft copy of the 2018 termination letter the agent received from then-FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich that outlined the reasons why Strzok was being canned and proved that his firing was not political retribution, PJ Media reported.
In that letter, Bowdich sharply chastised Strzok for his “selfish” behavior and “repeated, sustained errors of judgment” in high-profile cases that served to tarnish the “credibility of the entire FBI.”
Strzok played critical roles in Clinton and Trump investigations
Strzok, of course, had been exposed for his deeply partisan bias against then-candidate-turned-President Donald Trump when he was fired from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation after his anti-Trump text messages — and apparent extramarital affair — with FBI attorney Lisa Page were uncovered and revealed by a DOJ inspector general investigation, according to the Daily Wire.
It was subsequently revealed that the overtly biased and partisan Strzok had played key leading roles in the FBI investigations of the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server scandal — in which she faced no legal consequences — as well as the now thoroughly debunked and baseless Russian collusion probe against Trump.
Yet, according to the letter from Bowdich, it was not Strzok’s clear political affiliation that got him fired, but rather his “sustained pattern of bad judgment” and mishandling of those and other cases that resulted in his termination from the FBI.
Sharply critical dismissal letter
“While there is no doubt your 21 years of service to the organization cannot and should not be erased,” Bowdich wrote in the letter, “it is difficult to fathom the repeated, sustained errors of judgment you made while serving as the lead agent in two of the most high profile investigations in the country.”
Strzok’s dismissal letter was published today:
“In my 23 years in the FBI, I have not seen a more impactful series of missteps that has called into question the entire organization and more thoroughly damaged the FBI’s reputation.”
— Hans Mahncke (@HansMahncke) September 30, 2022
Bowdich pointed out that the public’s trust in the FBI was based on the perception that the bureau was nonpartisan and objective, especially when dealing with cases involving political figures, and wrote, “Though the Office of the Inspector General found no evidence of bias impacted any of your or the FBI’s investigative actions or decisions, your sustained pattern of bad judgment in the use of an FBI device has called into question for many of the decisions made during both the Clinton e-mail investigation and the initial states of the Russian Collusion investigation.”
“In short, your repeated selfishness has called into question the credibility of the entire FBI,” he continued.
“In my 23 years in the FBI, I have not seen a more impactful series of missteps which called into question the entire organization and more thoroughly damaged the reputation of the organization,” Bowdich said to Strzok. “In our role as FBI employees we sometimes make unpopular decisions, but the public should be able to examine our work and not have to question motives.”
“As Deputy Assistant Director, you were expected to be a leader who was beyond reproach and set an example for not only our direct subordinates, but others throughout the organization who watched and observed your behaviors and actions,” he concluded. “You failed to do so repeatedly and put your own interests [above] the interests of the organization. Though it pains me to do so, it is for this reason that I am dismissing you from the rolls of the FBI.”