Stretch, grab a late afternoon cup of caffeine and get caught up on the most important news of the day with our Coffee Break newsletter. These are the stories that will fill you in on the world that's spinning outside of your office window - at the moment that you get a chance to take a breath.
Sign up now to save time and stay informed!

Peter Strzok, the FBI Agent Removed from Russia Probe Over Anti-Trump Bias, Interviewed Flynn

Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who was removed from the Russia collusion investigation back in July over anti-Trump text messages, was heavily involved with the Clinton email investigation. And now shockingly, it has been revealed that he also oversaw the bureau’s interviews of embattled former national security advisor Michael Flynn. According to Circa News' Sara Carter, "Strzok is one of two FBI agents who interviewed Flynn, which took place on Jan. 24, at the White House."

He interviewed Hillary Clinton on July 2, 2016, and found she did nothing wrong. Same guy interviewed Michael Flynn six months later and came away with a perjury charge. Flynn is now facing jail time for mis-remembering details of his phone calls with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, which the feds were listening in on. He was improperly unmasked and his name illegally leaked to the press even though nothing was found to be improper about his his discussions with the Russian ambassador.

Fox News reported in an exclusive Monday that the DOJ's Office of the Inspector General is reviewing the role Strzok played in the Clinton email investigation. It should probably also be investigating his role in Mueller's Russia probe.

As PJ Media's own Liz Sheld asked this morning, "If they already knew what Flynn and Kislyak discussed, why did the feds interview him to ask what was discussed? Did they do it to try and get Flynn in a 'lie'?"

According to Fox, House investigators "have long regarded Strzok as a key figure" in a chain of events in 2016 involving the infamous anti-Trump dossier. Strzok is believed to be behind the Obama administration's counterintelligence investigation into Russian meddling in the election that led to the FISA surveillance of a Trump campaign associate.

The "dirty dossier" was a salacious hodgepodge of unverified sexual allegations and political allegations about Trump and his campaign compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele for the opposition research firm Fusion GPS. According to the dossier's allegation's, Trump's team colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 election.  However, according to top Russia expert David Satter, the dossier "employed standard Russian techniques of disinformation and manipulation."

The project was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, bank records show.

Additionally, a political group tied to the former president -- Obama for America (OFA) -- paid nearly a million dollars to the same law firm used by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary for America to funnel money to Fusion GPS.

OFA has paid over $972,000 to Perkins Coie, an international law firm, since April of 2016, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show.

The Washington Post reported in October that FEC filings showed the Clinton campaign and the DNC paid Perkins Coie a combined $12.4 million in 2016. Marc Elias, general counsel to Hillary for America and a partner at Perkins Coie, retained Fusion GPS in April of 2016 to dig up dirt on President Trump.