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Peter Strzok Says Mistakes In Fisa Applications Were Due To Agents Being ‘Overworked’

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The former FBI agent who played a major role in the Russia investigation has spoken out in defense of his former employer and said the shortcomings laid out in a government watchdog’s report were due to agents being “overworked.”

Peter Strzok, the former FBI deputy chief of counterintelligence, noted that while the mistakes and failures found in the Justice Department inspector general’s report were “inexcusable,” he added that they were not improper.

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

The Justice Department’s IG report found 17 “significant” errors in the application for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against former Trump aide Carter Page. Some of the errors included excluding exculpatory evidence and failure to investigate and verify information in the so-called Steele dossier.

The Steele dossier is a report written by a former British intelligence officer containing allegations of misconduct, conspiracy, and cooperation between Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government. It was initially commissioned by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and a court found that some of the information in it is “inaccurate or misleading.”

Strzok oversaw the early days of the Russian inv… (Read more)

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