“I don’t think at all that it’s anything improper,” Peter Strzok, the former FBI deputy chief of counterintelligence, 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.”
“Nobody had any joy in doing this. Nobody was seeking to try and open that case,” continued Strzok.
What Russia is doing, what they did in 2016 to attack our election, to help Trump, what they are doing now to do the very same thing is something every American ought to be thinking about and consideringPeter Strzok, on “CBS Sunday Morning”
From July 21, 2016, before the election: “Trump is a disaster.”
“And then, one week later, you opened that Crossfire Hurricane investigation,” Martin said. “I mean, it just looks like you saw a way to stop Donald Trump from becoming President of the United States.”
“I can understand why some people might think that,” Strzok said. “But they had nothing to do with each other.”
One week after Strzok opened the investigation, Lisa Page texted him:
Page: “(Trump’s) not ever going to become President, right?
Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”
Martin asked, “So, why shouldn’t Trump supporters suspect you of using the investigation as a tool to take him down?”
“What I’d point them to are all the investigations that have been done that have conclusively proved that didn’t occur,” he replied.
Martin asked Strzok, “How does it feel to be in Donald Trump’s crosshairs?”
He replied, “It’s horrible. It angers you. It scares you.”
That hasn’t stopped Strzok from putting one of the president’s tweets (“Peter Strzok is a fraud”) on the cover of his book.
“You know, it’s going to put you back in the crosshairs,” said Martin.
“Is it gonna be worth it?”
“Yes,” Strtzok replied. “David, this is a threat that we have not faced in our modern history. What Russia is doing, what they did in 2016 to attack our election, to help Trump, what they are doing now to do the very same thing is something every American ought to be thinking about and considering.”
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The Tate Brothers and Associates Face Human Trafficking Charges in Romania
In a recent development, the Tate brothers, Andrew and Tristan, along with two associates, find themselves at the center of a high-profile case involving human trafficking allegations.
The charges leveled against them indicate the formation of an organized criminal group in 2021 with the intent to carry out human trafficking operations not only in Romania but also in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to the BBC.
The investigation, which led to their arrest in December last year, has culminated in an indictment filed with the Bucharest court. According to the indictment, the Tate brothers are accused of luring their victims with false promises of love and marriage. Seven individuals have been identified as alleged victims, who were later coerced and subjected to a harrowing ordeal.
Prosecutors contend that the victims were taken to locations in Ilfov county, Romania, where they faced constant surveillance, intimidation, and control. The defendants allegedly forced the victims into debt and coerced them into participating in pornographic activities, with the explicit material subsequently shared on social media platforms. Shockingly, one of the defendants is accused of raping a woman on two occasions in March 2022, further amplifying the gravity of the charges.
While the trial is not expected to commence immediately, as a Romanian judge is granted 60 days to inspect the case files, it is anticipated to be a protracted legal battle. The complexity of the case and the severity of the charges will undoubtedly result in a lengthy trial process, with several years potentially passing before a verdict is reached.
Representatives for the Tate brothers released a statement acknowledging the unsurprising nature of the news but maintaining their belief in their innocence.
As reported by the BBC, the Tate brothers media team stared, “While this news is undoubtedly predictable, we embrace the opportunity it presents to demonstrate their innocence and vindicate their reputation.”
They expressed their eagerness to present a comprehensive body of evidence meticulously collected over time, which they believe will substantiate their claims of innocence and restore their tarnished reputation.
However, it should be noted that additional charges, such as money laundering and trafficking of minors, are still under investigation. If evidence is uncovered to support these allegations, a separate indictment could be filed, further complicating the legal proceedings for the defendants.
Andrew Tate, who gained notoriety through his participation in the reality television show Big Brother, has a controversial past, having been removed from the show in 2016 following a video that appeared to depict him assaulting a woman.
Despite subsequent bans on social media platforms due to his contentious statements, he has managed to amass a following, particularly among young men, by promoting an ostentatious and hyper-masculine lifestyle.
As the case unfolds, public attention will undoubtedly be drawn to the trial, with many eagerly awaiting the outcome and hoping for justice to be served for the alleged victims. The complex web of charges and the high-profile nature of the defendants ensure that this trial will be closely monitored and scrutinized by the media and the public alike.
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