Former FBI agent Peter Strzok has joined the long list of ex-government insiders to write a book critical of President Donald Trump and his administration.
A major problem arose, however, when his new release was fact-checked and he was compelled to admit that he got at least one central claim wrong, as reported by Breitbart.
“Without the benefit of the notes”
Strzok wrote in Compromised that it was after a controversial statement by then-candidate Trump that a foreign official reported an alleged May 2016 conversation with George Papadopoulos, who was a Trump campaign aide at the time.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails,” Trump said during the campaign event in reference to rival Hillary Clinton’s missing correspondences.
In reality, Trump’s comment came on July 27 of that year — one day after the government was informed of the Papadopoulos conversation. Although Strzok acknowledged the error, he attempted to blame the “honest mistake” on an inability to reference notes and other relevant details while writing the book.
“So, I got that wrong,” he said. “So I was writing my book without the benefit of the notes — the FBI had those — and the [inspector general’s] report had not been issued.”
As noted by the Washington Examiner, which first shed light on the inaccuracy, Strzok’s admission came in response to a question by the moderator at a recent Georgetown University Center for Security Studies discussion.
He went on to downplay the significance of the revelation, accusing critics of “scrubbing timelines for little details and scoping headlines around them.”
Strzok has been a frequent target of criticism by Trump and allies who believe the ex-FBI agent helped carry out a “witch hunt” against the 2016 campaign.
As part of an Associated Press interview earlier this month, he discussed what he characterized as unfair criticism.
“Being subjected to outrageous attacks up to and including by the president himself, which are full of lies and mischaracterizations and just crude and cruel, is horrible,” he said. “There’s no way around it.”
Of course, those Americans still outraged over the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign are sure to see things much differently.