Former FBI Asst. Dir. Jim Kallstrom: 'Strong Obstruction of Justice Case Against Strzok and Many Others'
Former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom says a strong case can be made for an obstruction of justice charge against demoted FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and many others at the FBI and Department of Justice. Strzok, the former assistant director argued, "belongs behind bars."
Kallstrom was on Fox Business Thursday to talk about the conflicts of interest in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s influence in the 2016 U.S. election.
He began by ridiculing Strzok's apparent self-image as a "Lone Ranger riding to the rescue of America."
"Nothing could be further from the truth," Kallstrom scoffed. "Obama went a long way toward destroying this nation in my view. The economy -- he doubled the debt, he screwed up the military, he had the FBI become extremely politically correct, and never mind the foreign policy disasters," Kallstrom argued.
"And here's that so-called Lone Ranger riding in to save the country. It's just outrageous!" he added.
"I've talked to some legal minds recently here and I think ... an investigation would bring a strong, strong obstruction of justice case against him and many others. I think this is a cabal, I think this is a conspiracy," he argued. "That whole thing -- that dossier -- is B.S. and if they took that to the FISA Court and they knew it was B.S., then they're in a lot of trouble. And if they didn't know it was B.S., then they're totally incompetent."
Kallstrom pointed out that the vast majority of people in the FBI are good, honorable people, but a small cabal in leadership positions are a "disgrace."
"That wife of that guy in the Justice Dept. [Bruce Ohr, the former associate deputy attorney general] on a shortwave radio talking to that guy over there in Great Britain [British spy Christopher Steele]. ... What a disgrace! This thing is an absolute fraud!" he exclaimed. "The attorney general of the United States should either resign or do something about it."
Kallstrom opined that based on what he could see from Strzok's damning text messages, Strzok "belongs in Leavenworth."
"He belongs behind bars," the former G-man argued. "These things cannot happen in a democracy, particularly in the FBI."
Kallstrom expressed profound disappointment in Robert Mueller, whom he worked with years ago, saying his treatment of Paul Manafort was particularly outrageous.
"I don't know if he's the subject of the Stockholm syndrome with President Obama or what -- but he is so far out of line here with the people he hired," he said. "They went into Paul Manafort's house at four o'clock in the morning and dragged the wife out of bed. What an outrage! What a disgrace!"
He argued that Mueller "should be charged with civil rights crimes" just for that alone. He pointed out that Mueller shouldn't have accepted the case to begin with.