For several months we’ve looked at several pages of inanimate text messages and still photos of their makers, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, both FBI upper-level officers.

We know about as much about Peter Strzok’s affair with Lisa Page as Frank Burn’s wife knew about his with Maj Margaret Houlihan, so let’s keep it simple.

Don’t ask me why I chose that couple, versus say, Bart Simpson, for Strzok certainly did adopt one of Bart’s “You can’t prove it” tones in a couple of instances, as many non-lawyers often do when they think they’ve outsmarted people in a roomful of lawyers in the end, when in fact they haven’t. There was something in his eyes that tells me he likes the self-satisfaction in saying something that was clever in his own eyes, thinking everyone else in the room missed it.

While Strzok may play well on late night TV, on the sincerity, honesty and humility scale, Strzok will never be able to convince any jury of things he said about himself during this hearing. Of course, Strzok would insist the government could never seat a “jury of his peers”, a motion his attorneys would never make.

The House is a turf war with the DOJ and FBI about which, on the purest reading of the law, the DOJ in fact can tell Congress “no” to their demands. The GOP House especially doesn’t want to admit this, partly due to theatre, but the arrows in Congress’ quiver to compel compliance are fewer than most Americans know. Our friend Larry Schweikart, of  Patriot’s History of the United States” confirmed this for the vast conservative Twitter audience in June:

“Grudgingly now, the conservative media beginning to realize that Congress has no power to compel DOJ to do anything, claiming “only Ryan or Trump” can free up the documents.”

….going on to conclude that only President Trump can compel the DOJ-FBI to comply[…]

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