By Tyler Bauer
Ever since his nomination – or even his announcement that he was running for president – the establishment has fought Donald Trump every step of the way. One example of the establishment (or deep state, if you prefer that term) fighting Trump comes in the form of the FBI and Peter Strzok. As a former member of the special counsel team investigating the Trump Campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia, Strzok played a vital role in the investigation.
Throughout the investigation, Strzok revealed his anti-Trump bias in text messages between him and Lisa Page, a fellow FBI agent with whom Strzok was having an affair. Although Strzok was removed from the investigation once his bias was discovered, he still exemplifies the negative way in which the establishment views President Trump. In his text messages, Strzok pledged to “stop” then-candidate Trump; however, Strzok said that claims of an anti-Trump bias in the establishment were “deeply destructive.”
Yesterday, more than a month after his testimony before Congress, Strzok was fired from the FBI. This was somewhat surprising to most people. Strzok’s lawyer, Aitan Goelman, said, “This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans. A lengthy investigation and multiple rounds of congressional testimony failed to produce a shred of evidence that Special Agent Strzok's personal views ever affected his work.”
While I understand Goelman’s responsibility to defend his client, I wholeheartedly disagree with his analysis of Strzok’s firing. I don’t think Strzok’s firing should be deeply troubling – let alone troubling – to anyone. Even if we assume or accept that Strzok’s personal views never affected his work, I don’t feel that someone who holds the power to stop President Trump and tells his mistress that he will stop President Trump should hold such a job. I’m all for allowing government employees to hold their own political views (they are humans, after all), but I don’t think someone who is so clearly against an individual should be allowed to decide that individual’s fate.