Disgraced Former FBI Agent Claims ‘9/11 Is Nothing Compared To January 6’

On Monday, disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok appeared on MSNBC and said, “9/11 is nothing compared to January 6.”

Strzok began the interview by stating Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who investigated claims of Russian interference in the 2016 election, found no evidence of wrongdoing.

“The good news that came out of [the investigation] was the inspector general coming out and saying we found no evidence, none, documentary, testimonial or otherwise indicating there were any improper motivations by anything the FBI did,” Strzok said. “And that gives a measure of reassurance to the American public that the FBI behaved and acted in a professional, appropriate way.”

Strzok’s termination letter, authored by FBI deputy director David Bowdich in 2018, portrays his actions differently.

“As I considered all the known facts associated with the adjudication of your case it was difficult to imagine another incident like yours which brought so much discredit to the organization,” wrote Bowdich. “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 entire organization.”

Later in the MSNBC interview, Strzok said in terms of a threat to democracy, 9/11 pales in comparison to the attacks on the Capitol Building on Jan. 6.

“9/11 is nothing compared to January 6,” stated Strzok. “And the fact that the FBI and the rest of the government, if they are not on the same sort of war footing, that we were on in the weeks and months and years after 9/11, shame on everyone.”

The FBI terminated Strzok in August 2018 following revelations that he exchanged anti-Trump text messages with another FBI agent during the 2016 presidential election. At the time of the text messages, both Strzok and the agent he texted were investigating Russia’s election interference.

The text messages were openly critical of the former president. In one message, Strzok called Trump an “idiot.”

In 2019, Strzok sued the FBI and the Dept. of Justice, claiming that they violated his First and Fifth Amendment rights.