It’s been less than two weeks since news broke that the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election had bagged Gen. Michael Flynn on one count of lying to the FBI. But now it looks like the investigation itself is in deep trouble.

The first shoe to drop last week concerned the fact that Robert Mueller had demoted FBI lead investigator Peter Strzok last summer after learning that he had sent anti-Trump texts to Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer also working on the investigation with whom he was having an extra-marital affair. Mueller then proceeded to stonewall the Congressional Intelligence Committee, chaired by Devin Nunes, which was seeking information on why this demotion occurred. At the same time, Mr. Strzok was made unavailable to talk to Congress. This refusal to answer Congress’s questions on the matter lasted from mid-August until the first week in December.

Just a guess, but those must be some incendiary text messages.

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Peter Strzok, a former counterintelligence investigator and a chief lieutenant to ex-FBI director James Comey, had previously served as a high-ranking member on the FBI team investigating the Russia matter under Obama in 2016. He has since been demoted to work in the Human Resources Department, a fact remarked upon at the time as “bizarre.” This unprecedented move was one reason the Congressional Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating the alleged Russian collusion, sought more information as to what had caused Strzok’s demotion. Nevertheless, the Mueller team remained mum on this point for nearly four months.

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