“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within… He ( a traitor) rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.” – Cicero
If Ben and Jerry’s were to name an ice cream for disgraced FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strozk it would probably be something like “Raspberries Resistance” or “Strozk’s Strawberry Surprise.”
Throughout his 10 hours of slithering, squirming and preening earlier this month, Strozk looked like a mash-up of Jack Nicholson in The Shining and Anthony Perkins in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
Brimming with hubris and self-defiance, Strozk wrapped himself in the flag of patriotism and the FBI cloak of fidelity, bravery and integrity while deflecting a fusillade of Republican questions about his infamous texts and how he conducted the two investigations he headed.
Strozk’s smugness, superciliousness and snark were all on full display. And for those who missed it, it wasn’t pretty.
And adding salt to the wound of our festering outrage at the illicit activities of the sadly misnamed “intelligence” leaders was Strozk’s preposterous insistence that his damning texts about Trump exchanged with former FBI lawyer and paramour Lisa Page had no influence on how he carried out his investigative responsibilities as a senior member of the FBI.
If that isn’t far fetched enough, how about this? Strozk told Trey Gowdy he wasn’t removed from his position overseeing the Clinton email investigation and the Russian collusion investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller because of bias, but because of “the perception of bias.”
Then came Strozk’s coup de grace to all those Republicans who dare questioned his integrity and loyalty. After a fiery exchange with Gowdy, Strozk squirmed onto his high horse of indignation and self-righteousness for all the committee Dems to see and applaud.
“Like many people, I had and expressed personal political opinions during an extraordinary presidential election,” Strzok chided. “My opinions were expressed out of deep patriotism,” he added fervently.
I suspect Strozk imagined the Battle Hymn of the Republic was playing in the background while he defended his honor and the FBI’s.
Naturally committee Democrats were moved to crocodile tears at Strozk’s passionate outburst. Tennessee Democrat Representative Stephen Cohen told Strozk he deserved a Purple Heart for the slings and arrows aimed at him by Republicans.
Those same Republicans and thousands of skeptical viewers undoubtedly believed Strozk’s performance was more worthy of an Oscar.
A third group of fed up Americans growing larger each day believe Strozk and others involved in this scheme to overthrow a duly elected president deserve nothing more than orange jumpsuits and a judicially ordered expiration date.
I’m with the latter group.
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