Trump enlists fake Peter Strzok tweets in latest attempt to discredit the FBI



As he’s in the habit of doing, on Wednesday morning President Trump tweeted out a quote from a friendly conservative commentator — his goal this time being to justify the controversial firing of FBI agent Peter Strzok.

Trump shared a quote from former FBI official Chris Swecker, who wrote in a Fox News column that the Strzok firing “was a decision step in the right direction in correcting the wrongs committed by what has been described as Comey’s skinny inner circle.”

But there’s a big problem with Swecker’s column that Trump seemingly missed — to make his case, he cited tweets posted by fake Peter Strzok Twitter accounts.


“Strzok is now engaged in an unhinged Twitter rant of vitriol towards President Trump that matches the hatred he expressed for Trump in his texts with Page. He has even revealed new and possibly classified or confidential investigative detail – or simply told lies – on Twitter,” Swecker wrote, paraphrasing fake Strzok tweets.

As this is published, the real Strzok has only posted two tweets, and neither of them attack the president.

Trump promoted a column featuring fake Strzok quotes just minutes after he posted a tweet that employed circular reasoning to make a case that the FBI is infected with anti-Trump bias.

Trump’s flawed logic is that since so many FBI officials involved in investigating his campaign have been fired, they must have been up to no good. But as Trump has publicly admitted — including as recently as Tuesday on Twitter — the real reason those officials were fired is because they were investigating him.

As ThinkProgress detailed on Tuesday, tweets like the one in which Trump acknowledged Strzok’s firing “is as much about the Mueller operation as anything else” are evidence that Trump continues actively obstructing justice, even while special counsel Robert Mueller investigates him for obstruction of justce.

Trump, however, seems to conflate obstructing justice with “fighting back.”