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Peter Strzok: Russia is trying to help Trump again, like in 2016

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“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 considering

Peter Strzok, on “CBS Sunday Morning”

Excerpt from “CBS Sunday Morning” transcript:

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.

“I do.”

“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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Daily Wire investigation: Italian company may have illegally sold rights to the Vatican’s priceless art

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The Daily Wire has been conducting a fascinating investigation into the Vatican Museum’s priceless artwork. “Rights to the Vatican Museums’ priceless trove of art treasures may have been illegally sold without the Holy See’s approval in what one attorney described as a “high-tech heist,” the investigation finds.

An Italian company is allegedly selling the rights to reproduce the Vatican artwork in six-figure deals, while claiming to be working in “collaboration with” the Vatican Museums.

“This scheme is nothing less than a pre-meditated, high-tech heist of world-class treasured art from the Vatican Museums under the disguise of bogus licenses, as if sanctioned by the Vatican,” Sarah Rose Speno, a New York attorney, told The Daily Wire.

The Daily Wire’s report notes that Speno said she stumbled upon the alleged scheme in March when she sought permission to use images of Vatican art for an exhibition by a client.

“We discovered that a large table book had been published with high-resolution images of the interiors of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel,” Speno said. “We very much wanted to pursue an opportunity to license these images, as soon as possible.”

Speno contacted Scripta Maneant — the Italian publisher that licensed the photos in the book. Scripta Maneant claimed authority to broker the publishing rights via its “collaboration” with Vatican Museums vice director, Monsignore Paolo Nicolini. Scripta Maneant wanted $550,000 for the rights — with a portion being paid to the Vatican through Nicolini, according to Speno. Although Scripta Maneant claimed the fee would be shared with the Vatican, Speno said she later became suspicious.

“The Scripta Maneant scheme became obvious when the Scripta principals demanded a cash wire in the amount of $82,500 no later than their return from summer holiday in late August,” Speno said. “They said that they would produce Vatican approval for our Italian Renaissance Immersive project ‘if and only if’ the fee were wired to the Scripta bank account they provided. It was at this point that grave suspicion entered my mind.”

Ultimately, Speno said, “we terminated the deal when Scripta could not provide us with documented consent by the Vatican.”

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