The DOJ Inspector General already ruled last month that FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page did not try to rig the Trump-Russia investigation against Donald Trump. That hasn’t stopped Trump from posting increasingly delusional tweets about the two agents on a near-daily basis, in an attempt at muddying the waters when it comes to his own crimes against the United States. This morning, Trump’s Republican allies in the House brought in Strzok to testify in open hearings. Right about now they’re surely wishing they hadn’t.
Peter Strzok, who has been a mystery figure to the public up until now, used his testimony to confidently and forcefully push back against the false accusations that Trump and his allies have been spewing about him. He also used some of his answers to lay out just how ugly the Trump-Russia scandal is for Donald Trump.
Strzok put on such a commanding performance, Trump’s allies didn’t seem to know what to do with themselves. Trey Gowdy looked visibly defeated. Louie Gohmert had such an embarrassing meltdown that several members of the committee ended up intervening, with one suggesting that Gohmert needed medication. Devin Nunes, Trump’s closest ally in Congress, got up and left while Strzok was still testifying. But as bad as this day was for House Republicans, it was far worse for Trump.
Donald Trump has spent months publicly marrying himself to the notion that Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were some kind of bogey men who were scheming to undermine the sanctity of our democracy. Strzok blew that notion out of the water today for all to see. Trump clearly believed that the Strzok-Page narrative was his last Best line of defense. As of today, it’s all but gone.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report