Is the FBI Punishing Employees’ Political Speech?


In his lawsuit against the Justice Department filed last week, former FBI agent Peter Strzok made an arresting claim:

During the Trump Administration … viewpoint discrimination has infected the FBI. … While Special Agent Strzok and others who expressed negative opinions of President Trump have been subject to administrative punishments of various degrees of severity, no actions have been taken against agents who expressed harsh criticism of Secretary Clinton during the 2016 campaign, or those in the New York Field Office who leaked negative information about Secretary Clinton to the Trump campaign in the weeks before the election.

Whatever one thinks of the text exchanges Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page engaged in, it is hard to believe that Strzok and Page are the only FBI employees who have have privately exchanged views regarding the nation’s political leadership. It’s hard to believe, as…



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