The FBI might be under scrutiny after they raided former President Donald Trump’s residency in Florida, but the weaponization of the agency happened years before Joe Biden entered the White House. Many critics accuse the FBI of working with the Biden administration to tarnish Trump’s legacy. But it should be noted that back in 2018, FBI official Peter Strzok was fired after text messages revealed that he suggested the agency would do anything to make sure Trump would not get elected. Although a bombshell at the time, the headlines soon disappeared until recently, when Strzok decided to sue the Department of Justice for using him as a political pawn.

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Among the numerous texts sent by Peter Strzok about Donald Trump and his chances of beating Hillary Clinton was on August 15, 2016. It read, “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office that there’s no way he [Trump] gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40….”

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Not appearing all that worried, the Department of Justice released a letter from the former deputy director of the FBI, David Bowdich. Bowdich was the one to fire Strzok. It suggested, “While there is no doubt your 21 years of service to the organization cannot and should not be erased, it is difficult to fathom the repeated, sustained errors of judgment you made while serving as the lead agent in two of the most high profile investigations in the country. Though the Office of the Inspector General found no evidence of bias impacted any of your or the FBI’s investigative actions or decisions, your sustained pattern of bad judgment in the use of an FBI device has called into question for many of the decisions made during both the Clinton e-mail investigation and the initial states of the Russian Collusion investigation. In short, your repeated selfishness has called into question the credibility of the entire FBI.”

David Bowdich concluded in his writing, “In my 23 years in the FBI, I have not seen a more impactful series of missteps which called into question the entire organization and more thoroughly damaged the reputation of the organization. In our role as FBI employees, we sometimes make unpopular decisions, but the public should be able to examine our work and not have to question motives.”

Since the raid at Mar-a-Lago in August, Donald Trump, who has yet to announce what his future holds in Washington, D.C., has claimed his innocence and described the incident as nothing more than another attack on him. The raid happened as accusations of Trump working with Russia continue to spread thanks to the Democrats.