The Termination of Peter Strzok

The Termination of Peter Strzok

The Termination of Peter Strzok

My phone pinged this morning with the news that FBI agent Peter Strzok has been canned over what the Washington Post headline claims to be “anti-Trump texts” (as if the poor victim got fired for merely having an opinion, rather than unprofessional behavior). The FBI Deputy Director apparently overruled the determination of an internal disciplinary review that recommended a demotion and 60-day suspension and decided to fire him instead.

To that I say, “Good riddance!”

To be sure, anti-Trump texts were never the issue in and of themselves, but rather Strzok’s unprofessional behavior that reflected poorly on the Bureau, the Justice Department, and our law enforcement and national security apparatus.

This guy was screwing his co-worker outside his marriage.

This guy was using a government issued phone to badmouth a political candidate who could have and did become his boss, and he continued to disparage the then-President Elect again using a phone paid for by the taxpayers – the very people who elected the guy they hated.

This guy was sending texts on an official phone at AT THE VERY LEAST made it appear like he was engaging in a conspiracy to sway a national election and leak sensitive information to the press.

The very appearance of impropriety, which in this case was substantial, should have gotten Strzok booted from the bureau. Not relegated to a lesser role, not suspended, but fired – especially since said impropriety involved not only a national election, but also dangerous Russian meddling in our political system.

I’m hardly a prude, so Strzok’s affair with Lisa Page is between the two of them, Strzok’s family, and whatever God he happens to worship.

But when everything is combined into one unsavory picture, Strzok made the FBI look dirty and politicized, especially given the fact that “somehow” five months’ worth of messages between Strzok and Page seem to have disappeared only to have been “recovered” later.

I once had a boss in the military who had so little sense, that he bragged about women he was allegedly boning outside his marriage on social media! I guess he thought he was untouchable and figured he’d give himself an ego boost by boasting about the quality of women he bagged. Luckily, a very intelligent public affairs officer bitch slapped the clueless dumbass, and the account went dark a day later.

Again, I don’t care who screws whom. I’m not here to sit in judgment of people’s personal lives, as long as it does not reflect poorly on my agency and my mission.

I do, however, care if high-level government officials have so little sense and exercise so little good judgment in their professional lives, that their activities sully their employers and the government writ large (as if the FedGov needed any help in that department)!

I expect those who are paid with my tax dollars to conduct themselves with professionalism. I expect them to exercise discretion in their activities, so that said activities do not reflect poorly on the agency that employs them. I do not expect them NOT to have political opinions – everyone does, and we certainly have the right to exercise them at the ballot box, on social media, etc. But I do expect government officials to be prudent in how they portray themselves publicly and not to use phones, computers, and other equipment paid for by me and my fellow taxpayers to denigrate their future bosses, spout their arrogant disdain at the very American voters who pay their salaries, and at least give off the appearance of serious improprieties.

So, yes – I’m glad Strzok is gone. I certainly do not want my tax dollars paying him to sit on his ass in a DOJ human resources department, where I’m sure he will be as useless as a knitted condom.

I’m sure he and his attorney will spend time and effort fighting the termination, but at least he won’t be sitting in a taxpayer-funded office, collecting a taxpayer-funded salary while they do.

Strzok wasn’t fired because of his dislike for Trump or his anti-Trump texts.

He was fired because he displayed an appalling lack of character, judiciousness, and respect for the position he held, for the Bureau that employed him, and for the American people who voted for Trump in 2016.

The texts were a symptom. Strzok was the disease.

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Marta Hernandez is an immigrant, writer, editor, science fiction fan (especially military sci-fi), and a lover of freedom, her children, her husband and her pets. She loves to shoot, and range time is sacred, as is her hiking obsession, especially if we’re talking the European Alps. She is an avid caffeine and TWD addict, and wants to own otters, sloths, wallabies, koalas, and wombats when she grows up.

5 Comments
  • Art J says:

    While I believe he should have been fired long ago, I don’t think sending text messages is an offense at the level of firing a 21 year federal employee. I was a senior level (GS-15) govt employee and do not accept the public statement about this action. I suspect that he is harder to take action against once no longer employed by the govt (a good thing for him) and now that he has crossed his retirement eligibility, he is much better off financially not being a govt employee. I also suspect that he wasn’t really fired, he retired and they wanted him gone at the same time so high level FBI & DOJ wanted to be able to publicly gain support by announcing is was gone.

    • Marta Hernandez says:

      Sending text messages is not a biggie. Sending text messages badmouthing the President and reflecting poorly on the bureau while implying in said text messages that you would make sure Trump didn’t get elected is a biggie, as is using a government phone to do so.

  • MikeyParks says:

    Will they yank his clearance or let him keep it like they did with the rest of the cabal of scumbags?

    • Marta Hernandez says:

      He’s not going to have access to anything, if he was fired. His SSBI is only good for as long as he has left before his five-year reinvestigation. No one is going to give him access to anything sensitive.

  • GWB says:

    (as if the FedGov needed any help in that department)
    What? No links in that phrase? You probably could make each letter a different link and still not cover all the major scandals going back to the Kennedy administration.

    I expect them to exercise discretion in their activities
    Oh, you are SO old-fashioned!

    He was fired because he displayed an appalling lack of character, judiciousness, and respect for the position he held, for the Bureau that employed him, and for the American people who voted for Trump in 2016.
    Well, there was also that appallingly smug arrogance he displayed when testifying. That alone should have gotten him canned.

    Art J says:
    now that he has crossed his retirement eligibility
    I am not sure you can draw on any pension if you’ve been fired. You certainly can’t draw on it early (based on what was mentioned surrounding McCabe). Perhaps self-funded retirement accounts (the Fed equivalent of 401ks) can be drawn on, but firing should at least delay a pension, if not outright eliminate it.

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