Peter Strzok Defends FBI Against FISA Abuse Allegations, Says Agents Were ‘Overworked’

by Chuck Ross


Former FBI official Peter Strzok defended the bureau’s surveillance of former Trump aide Carter Page in an interview aired Sunday, attributing failures found in a government watchdog report to agents being “overworked.”

“I don’t think at all that it’s anything improper. You get people who are overworked, who make mistakes — and don’t get me wrong, inexcusable mistakes,” Strzok said in an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning.”

Strzok, the former FBI deputy chief of counterintelligence, was asked about a Justice Department inspector general’s report that blasted the FBI for a series of errors and omissions in applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Carter Page.

The IG found 17 “significant” errors in the FISA applications, including omissions of exculpatory evidence and failure to investigating information in the infamous Steele dossier.

Strzok oversaw the Trump-Russia investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane, and drafted the paperwork that authorized opening the probe on July 31, 2016.

He also lobbied aggressively to obtain the initial FISA warrant against Page, which was granted on Oct. 21, 2016.

Strzok sent an email on Oct. 14, 2016 entitled “Crossfire FISA” suggesting that then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe needed to contact the Justice Department to help authorize the FISA.

“At a minimum, that keeps the hurry the F up pressure on him,” Strzok wrote in the email.

The IG faulted the FBI for relying heavily on the unverified Steele dossier in the FISA application.

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Chuck Ross is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.










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4 Thoughts to “Peter Strzok Defends FBI Against FISA Abuse Allegations, Says Agents Were ‘Overworked’”

  1. John

    I don’t know how they got a picture of it, but by golly gee whiz they did. I could have sworn I left this at the bottom of the toilet after finishing my morning coffee. I guess I forgot to flush. Someone then decided to snap a pic and use it as the cover photo for this article.

  2. Ron Welch

    That’s not what he texted as the reason to his FBI lover.

  3. 83ragtop50

    Overworked or oversexed?

    1. Deplorable Bay Stater

      Neither…”corrupt” is the only accurate description. There is simply no other way to account for someone deliberately lying on FISA warrant application.