Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, James Comey "used their personal email accounts to conduct FBI business", says Monday's Internal Affairs report
James Comey, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page "used their personal email accounts to conduct FBI business", said Michael Horowitz, head of Internal Affairs for the Justice Department on Monday at a Congressional Committee Meeting.
Horowitz's job is to investigate wrongdoing in the FBI. He is pictured above.
His comments to Congress made Monday are in a 25-page report linked here:
Jim Comey was former Director of the FBI.
James Comey, former Director of the FBI
Peter Strzok (Strock) is Deputy Chief of Counterespionage for the CIA. His position gives him a senior position within the FBI which includes access to their operations.
Peter Strzok (Strock), Deputy Chief of Counterespionage, CIA
Lisa Page quit the FBI May 4th. She was an adviser to Director Comey. She is an attorney who graduated from law school at the Ohio State University. She was a former prosecutor for the Justice Department.
Page was assigned to work with Strzok to coordinate the CIA's counterespionage activities with the FBI.
Lisa Page, the FBI's former liason with the CIA's Counterespionage Unit
Regarding Comey, Inspector General Horowitz said:
"We identified numerous instances in which Comey used a personal email account to conduct unclassified FBI business. We found that, given the absence of exigent circumstances and the frequency with which the use of personal email occurred, Comey’s use of a personal email account for unclassified FBI business to be inconsistent with Department policy".
Regarding Strzok (Strock), Horowitz said:
". . . Strzok used his personal email accounts for official government business on several occasions, including forwarding an email from his FBI account to his personal email account about the proposed search warrant the Midyear team was seeking on the Weiner laptop.
"This email included a draft of the search warrant affidavit, which contained information from the Weiner investigation that appears to have been under seal at the time in the Southern District of New York and information obtained pursuant to a grand jury subpoena issued in the Eastern District of Virginia in the Midyear investigation."
For more on the Anthony Weiner investigation, please link here:
Regarding Page, Horowitz said:
"Finally, when questioned, Page also told us she used personal email for work-related matters at times. She stated that she and Strzok sometimes used these forums for work-related discussions due to the technical limitations of FBI-issued phones. Page left the FBI on May 4, 2018".
Horowitz recommended the FBI consider a policy on mobile phone use. The warning should say that there is "no reasonable expectation of privacy" when using internet connected mobile devices.