Ex-FBI agent says Russian 'kompromat' has Trump in a bind - 2020-09-08
Peter Strzok, the former FBI agent who started the 2016 probe into Russian election interference, says President Donald Trump remains a "clear and present danger" to U.S. national security after being compromised by personal and financial dealings with Russia.
In a new book, "Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump," Strzok says that senior FBI officials were reluctant to open an investigation into Trump. They ultimately determined in May 2017 that they had no choice due to Trump's actions, which included firing FBI Director James Comey and lying in ways that made him vulnerable to foreign coercion.
Trump and his supporters have portrayed Strzok as a "deep state" player in a plot to spy on him and his campaign. The president has derided Strzok in tweets as "the FBI lover" because of anti-Trump text messages Strzok exchanged with an agency lawyer with whom he was having an extramarital affair. The texts led to his firing.