Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) spoke out about the recent firing of FBI agent Peter Strzok. Himes stated President Trump was “engineering a fear campaign within the FBI” for anyone who stands up to him.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow claimed Strzok’s lawyer “is suggesting that the reason he was removed was not because of FBI procedure, but because of politics.”
Himes replied, “Yeah, no question about it, Rachel. I mean, look at the fact pattern here. The internal disciplinary unit at the FBI recommended that Peter Strzok be demoted and suspended for 60 days. That was set aside to fire the man. Remember back to the firing of Andrew McCabe, who, the night before he was to qualify for his first pension, is fired. Remember that the president admitted that he fired Jim Comey because of the Russia pressure, as he put it. It is very clear that this president is engineering a fear campaign within the FBI, saying, anybody who is going to stand up against me, anybody who might testify against me, their career will suffer. … I don’t know if this is Director Wray who is coordinating this or the attorney general, and it’s even possible to imagine that they’re trying to appease the president in order to keep him from firing Bob Mueller, or in order to keep him from firing the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. But whatever is happening, it is pretty clear that this is a performance that has an audience of one, and that one individual sits in the Oval Office.”