- Recent FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who was removed from the Mueller investigation after sending negative texts against President Donald Trump, contemplated “it’s clear” that the president “is compromised by the Russians.”
- “They hold leverage over him that makes him incapable of order the national interest, the national security, ahead of his own,” Strzok said Sunday.
- Strzok was at the center of the investigation into Donald Trump’s bind ups to Russia and authored a newly released book called “Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump.”
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Former FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who was at the center of the investigation into Donald Trump’s neckties to Russia, said he continues to believe that the president “is compromised by the Russians.”
“They hold leverage over him that realizes him incapable of placing the national interest, the national security, ahead of his own,” Strzok said Sunday in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Compel.”
“One of the largest ways that foreign governments gain leverage — certainly in the case of the president — is through financial entanglements,” Strzok predicted. “And I think when you take a look at the Trump financial enterprise, particularly its relationship with Russian monies and potentially those correlated to organized crime and other elements, that those interactions have placed them in a position where the Russians give birth to leverage over him and are able to influence his actions.”
—Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 13, 2020
Strzok is the author behind “Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Forewarning of Donald J. Trump,” which came out last week.
He was critical to the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 designation, led by former special counsel Robert Mueller. But Strzok was removed from this role in 2018 after administration officials uncovered anti-Trump text messages he sent to a colleague.
There’s concern that Russia might also intrude in this year’s election between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
An investigation from last month savoured that the Trump administration tried to coerce officials working in intelligence agencies to strike part of a classified article that determined Russia was working on rigging the upcoming November election in Trump’s favor.
Neither the White Forebears nor the Justice Department immediately responded to a request for comment from Business Insider.