REVEALED: Mueller was NOT the one who fired Peter Strzok from special counsel team; Here’s who did and WHY

For the better part of the past two years we’ve all believed that it was Bob Mueller who fired Peter Strzok from the special counsel investigation into Trump and Russian collusion.

But it was not:

FOX NEWS – Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe claimed he “made the decision” to remove Peter Strzok from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team in the summer of 2017 after a series of anti-Trump text messages surfaced between the former FBI special agent and another official with whom he was romantically involved.

It was long thought that Mueller had Strzok removed after the texts between him and Lisa Page were uncovered. But McCabe’s apparent role was revealed in a newly released transcript from his House Judiciary Committee interview on Dec. 21, 2017.

Asked if he was directly involved in the firing of Strzok, McCabe replied: “Yes.”

McCabe told lawmakers that on July 27, 2017, he was contacted by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s office.

“They said they had a very important matter for me to review and they needed me to come across the street and talk to them that day, which was unusual,” McCabe explained. “I made the decision to remove him from the investigation that evening.”

McCabe explained that after meeting with Horowitz, he “met with a very small group” of his “fellow leaders.”

“We discussed Peter’s reassignment, and we discussed where we would place him,” McCabe said.



So why would someone like McCabe, who was clearly against the president, take Strzok off the special counsel’s team?

“What I knew at that point was that the inspector general was investigating Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page for potential political bias,” McCabe said. “And simply the existence of that investigation I felt was –could place in jeopardy the work of the special counsel’s team, and I did not—I could not possibly take that risk.”

You probably guessed it. Like any good Democrat, McCabe did it to PROTECT Mueller’s investigation into Trump. Of course!

He could not possibly risk it getting side-tracked with anti-Trump baggage because Mueller’s investigation into Trump was so important! He was the man that would take down Trump, or so they though at the time.

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90 thoughts on “REVEALED: Mueller was NOT the one who fired Peter Strzok from special counsel team; Here’s who did and WHY

  1. If this story is true (under what authority did he have power over hiring and firing decisions on the Mueller team?), McCabe didn’t make the decision until after the media started reporting on it, so let’s not pretend like he did the right thing proactively, no matter what his motives might have been.

    1. @jamesmadison He was still Strzok’s boss so I would think either one of Mueller or McAbe could have Strzok removed.

      Timing would matter though. According to him he made the decision the same day he was informed (by Horowitz) of the text exchanges.

  2. Maybe I am naive, but isn’t Horowitz the same one we are all waiting for his report? And why would he be tipping off the folks he is tasked to investigate? Swamp buddies???

    1. The IG gives anyone named in the report a chance to “amend” the findings on them… it’s a piece of trash in the end. The real reports will come from Huber, Durham, and Barr.

      1. Huber was assisting Horowitz. Horowitz is legally restricted from certain investigations, which Huber was not so restricted.

        1. Yes because Huber is on it as well… but the IG report can be “amended” by those named in it. We know how well that went last time around… especially now with the quisling Wray as FBI Director.

          1. It can’t be amended by those named, but they can suggest what they feel are appropriate corrections.

  3. Is there anyone involved in this cluster that is NOT corrupt? The list must be very very short.

  4. All this could be solved, if Obama comes out and talks about how much he knew, when he knew it and what he allowed to happen .. of course all under oath.

    1. Yeah, don’t hold your breath…..we are still waiting for Benghazi explanation. Never happen

    1. @danaellen Whew! Glad I’m not the only one with trouble comprehending this convoluted mess.

    2. So many layers. And different pieces come from different places. It’s a 5000 piece puzzle.

  5. When will Strzok, Page, McCabe, et al. be indicted? I believe that’s more important than who was fired…

  6. I seem to remember being told that Mueller “did the right thing” in firing Strzok to protect the integrity of his investigation. I don’t know if we can completely trust McCabe here, especially when it comes to how much of a role he had in the firing, but he does at least seem to be admitting that firing Strzok was not a pro-active option, but a response to an IG investigation once his anti-Trump texts and affair with Lisa Page were found by the OIG.

    Now remember this: after Strzok being forcibly removed from the Mueller investigation team, no one thought it necessary to preserve the phone or other equipment he had been using, but just wiped it and issued it to the next person.

    Does that seem above-board to anyone? Because it sounds to me like someone was worried about the possibility the IG investigation might be able to see some ugly evidence.

    Arthur Anderson was destroyed based on the theory that the shredding of any documents, even as part of their normal data retention policy, was an attempt to evade an investigation, even though no one had sent an order to preserve that information.

    How exactly is this different? It sounds like Andrew Weissman, who was involved in the Arthur Anderson destruction, was guilty of the same thing he prosecuted Arthur Anderson for.

  7. All this could be solved, if Obama comes out and talks about how much he knew, when he knew it and what he allowed to happen .. of course all under oath.

    1. Yeah, don’t hold your breath…..we are still waiting for Benghazi explanation. Never happen

  8. The Democrats are sewing more and more confusion… and distractions today… it is really bad.

    I hope that is a good thing… I hope it means they know the gig is up, but I’m afraid it means they are winning.

    1. @danaellen Whew! Glad I’m not the only one with trouble comprehending this convoluted mess.

    2. So many layers. And different pieces come from different places. It’s a 5000 piece puzzle.

  9. Is there anyone involved in this cluster that is NOT corrupt? The list must be very very short.

  10. This does not leave me with a lot of confidence in Horowitz’s report. Seems he was leaking back to Andrew McCabe in the mist of lots of chatter between the three Strzok, Paige and McCabe. Not liking what I am seeing with an IG coming back to the FBI,not for more questions,but to provide information.

    1. The problem with the IG report is that it goes back to the same people under investigation to “amend” anything they may deem “incorrect.” FBI Director Wray has already proven to be a swamp rat and is likely willing to cover for the failures of Comey and his acolytes.

      The investigations that will matter are Huber’s and Durham’s… they may subpoena and impanel a Grand Jury. I head FBI Counsel Baker has already testified in front of a Grand Jury and I hope we get to see some indictments over the summer and up until the 2020 election.

    2. Over two years, with nearly zero leaks. The few that have occurred have all been recently, as Horowitz is wrapping up.

      You’d do better to suspect those were disinfo leaks.

  11. Maybe I am naive, but isn’t Horowitz the same one we are all waiting for his report? And why would he be tipping off the folks he is tasked to investigate? Swamp buddies???

    1. The IG gives anyone named in the report a chance to “amend” the findings on them… it’s a piece of trash in the end. The real reports will come from Huber, Durham, and Barr.

      1. Huber was assisting Horowitz. Horowitz is legally restricted from certain investigations, which Huber was not so restricted.

      2. Weren’t you JUST saying how Horowitz’s report is going to be one of the big ones?

        1. Yes because Huber is on it as well… but the IG report can be “amended” by those named in it. We know how well that went last time around… especially now with the quisling Wray as FBI Director.

          1. It can’t be amended by those named, but they can suggest what they feel are appropriate corrections.

  12. The IG really didn’t leave McCabe a choice so then McCabe had to decide where to put Strzok? Okay, but Strzok worked directly for Bill Priestap in Counter Intel. Bill was his boss as far as I know so was Bill involved in the reassignment? This all looks like CYA to me by McCabe and his “small group of leaders”. Hmmmm

    1. @sjmom Barr must be getting under these guys’ skin. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch!

    2. @sjmom When the truth finally comes out, it won’t be pretty.

      But it WILL be epic!

      Before we get to that point, we’re going to have some very entertaining months as bits already investigated get revealed, and the “small group of scoundrels leaders” start spinning to either take credit for as much as they can or place blame where they reeeeeally don’t want any credit.

      My favorite parts of the spectacle may be the leaking to the media that tries to pre-spin the news they know is about to come out. Like the reluctant admission that Azra Turk was a spy sent by the FBI while they carefully avoid saying she worked for the FBI, and just call her instead a “government investigator.”

      Government leaks: the original “modified limited hang-outs.”

      1. @hubman The thing is I don’t know how many leaks there will be. Huber has been working out of Utah and Durham out of CT. I think that’s going to be the difficult part……..not knowing what is going on. We need to rely on Sara Carter, John Solomon et al because I don’t think Barr’s DOJ will give things up until there are indictments. Hopefully, there will be some after the IG report comes out.

  13. The Democrats are sewing more and more confusion… and distractions today… it is really bad.

    I hope that is a good thing… I hope it means they know the gig is up, but I’m afraid it means they are winning.

  14. When will Strzok, Page, McCabe, et al. be indicted? I believe that’s more important than who was fired…

  15. I seem to remember being told that Mueller “did the right thing” in firing Strzok to protect the integrity of his investigation. I don’t know if we can completely trust McCabe here, especially when it comes to how much of a role he had in the firing, but he does at least seem to be admitting that firing Strzok was not a pro-active option, but a response to an IG investigation once his anti-Trump texts and affair with Lisa Page were found by the OIG.

    Now remember this: after Strzok being forcibly removed from the Mueller investigation team, no one thought it necessary to preserve the phone or other equipment he had been using, but just wiped it and issued it to the next person.

    Does that seem above-board to anyone? Because it sounds to me like someone was worried about the possibility the IG investigation might be able to see some ugly evidence.

    Arthur Anderson was destroyed based on the theory that the shredding of any documents, even as part of their normal data retention policy, was an attempt to evade an investigation, even though no one had sent an order to preserve that information.

    How exactly is this different? It sounds like Andrew Weissman, who was involved in the Arthur Anderson destruction, was guilty of the same thing he prosecuted Arthur Anderson for.

  16. I don’t know if I agree with your assessment of why he fired Strzok. Whether he wanted to bring Trump down or not McAbe was pretty much put in a position where he didn’t have a lot of choice. I would think that no matter how he felt about Trump he had to protect the investigation. I think it would be careless if he didn’t. It doesn’t make sense to me that he would allow the FBI to cause an investigation to collapse (in any situation) because he didn’t take action to make sure it was a legitimate investigation.

    1. Well knowing all that we know about McCabe, I feel pretty good about my assessment.

      1. @The Right Scoop

        Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have a problem with your assessment. He could just be trying to cover his a** since it’s going to be investigated. All the others are dirty so McAbe would just be another drop in the bucket.

    2. When was McCabe receiving all this money for his wife’s election.I read something suggesting it might connect with the Collusion case

      1. @bigsir74 I don’t know about all that. Maybe if we’re lucky all of that will be uncovered while it’s being investigated.

  17. If this story is true (under what authority did he have power over hiring and firing decisions on the Mueller team?), McCabe didn’t make the decision until after the media started reporting on it, so let’s not pretend like he did the right thing proactively, no matter what his motives might have been.

    1. @jamesmadison He was still Strzok’s boss so I would think either one of Mueller or McAbe could have Strzok removed.

      Timing would matter though. According to him he made the decision the same day he was informed (by Horowitz) of the text exchanges.

  18. No surprise here, the overarching goal of the Democratic party is to get Tromp. It’s an obsession. Liberalism truly is a mental illness.

  19. Rest assured that Strzok could have expressed his hatred of Trump all day to Mueller, McCabe, and the rest of the Mueller team verbally. They probably would have joined in on the hatefest.

    It’s only the fact that Strzok left a trail in texts that surfaced that caused McCabe to care.

    1. @trytothink That is possibly true but with it being a high profile case I’m not sure he could take the risk when the exchanges between Strzok and Paige were revealed to the public. If he didn’t do something about it the FBI really would have been under scrutiny then and we definitely wouldn’t have accepted the results of the investigation.

  20. This does not leave me with a lot of confidence in Horowitz’s report. Seems he was leaking back to Andrew McCabe in the mist of lots of chatter between the three Strzok, Paige and McCabe. Not liking what I am seeing with an IG coming back to the FBI,not for more questions,but to provide information.

    1. The problem with the IG report is that it goes back to the same people under investigation to “amend” anything they may deem “incorrect.” FBI Director Wray has already proven to be a swamp rat and is likely willing to cover for the failures of Comey and his acolytes.

      The investigations that will matter are Huber’s and Durham’s… they may subpoena and impanel a Grand Jury. I head FBI Counsel Baker has already testified in front of a Grand Jury and I hope we get to see some indictments over the summer and up until the 2020 election.

    2. Over two years, with nearly zero leaks. The few that have occurred have all been recently, as Horowitz is wrapping up.

      You’d do better to suspect those were disinfo leaks.

  21. The IG really didn’t leave McCabe a choice so then McCabe had to decide where to put Strzok? Okay, but Strzok worked directly for Bill Priestap in Counter Intel. Bill was his boss as far as I know so was Bill involved in the reassignment? This all looks like CYA to me by McCabe and his “small group of leaders”. Hmmmm

    1. @sjmom When the truth finally comes out, it won’t be pretty.

      But it WILL be epic!

      Before we get to that point, we’re going to have some very entertaining months as bits already investigated get revealed, and the “small group of scoundrels leaders” start spinning to either take credit for as much as they can or place blame where they reeeeeally don’t want any credit.

      My favorite parts of the spectacle may be the leaking to the media that tries to pre-spin the news they know is about to come out. Like the reluctant admission that Azra Turk was a spy sent by the FBI while they carefully avoid saying she worked for the FBI, and just call her instead a “government investigator.”

      Government leaks: the original “modified limited hang-outs.”

      1. @hubman The thing is I don’t know how many leaks there will be. Huber has been working out of Utah and Durham out of CT. I think that’s going to be the difficult part……..not knowing what is going on. We need to rely on Sara Carter, John Solomon et al because I don’t think Barr’s DOJ will give things up until there are indictments. Hopefully, there will be some after the IG report comes out.

  22. I don’t know if I agree with your assessment of why he fired Strzok. Whether he wanted to bring Trump down or not McAbe was pretty much put in a position where he didn’t have a lot of choice. I would think that no matter how he felt about Trump he had to protect the investigation. I think it would be careless if he didn’t. It doesn’t make sense to me that he would allow the FBI to cause an investigation to collapse (in any situation) because he didn’t take action to make sure it was a legitimate investigation.

    1. When was McCabe receiving all this money for his wife’s election.I read something suggesting it might connect with the Collusion case

      1. @bigsir74 I don’t know about all that. Maybe if we’re lucky all of that will be uncovered while it’s being investigated.

  23. No surprise here, the overarching goal of the Democratic party is to get Tromp. It’s an obsession. Liberalism truly is a mental illness.

  24. Rest assured that Strzok could have expressed his hatred of Trump all day to Mueller, McCabe, and the rest of the Mueller team verbally. They probably would have joined in on the hatefest.

    It’s only the fact that Strzok left a trail in texts that surfaced that caused McCabe to care.

    1. @trytothink That is possibly true but with it being a high profile case I’m not sure he could take the risk when the exchanges between Strzok and Paige were revealed to the public. If he didn’t do something about it the FBI really would have been under scrutiny then and we definitely wouldn’t have accepted the results of the investigation.

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