1. The street fight continues. Another high level resignation at the FBI. Now, Michael Kortan "quits" the bureau. We know of at least 10-people who have been fired, quit or been reassigned at the DOJ or FBI.
2. Michael Kortan was an FBI Asst. Director [aka text message "Mike"] and the long time Asst. Head of the FBI Public Affairs Office.

👉So what is significant about his departure?
3. First, Kortan was a close confidant of former director James Comey. It's not clear why he is leaving the FBI but it could be due to recent events. The fact remains this is another in the long line of Comey confidents leaving the bureau.
4. After Comey became director in September 2013, Kortan helped facilitate regular on-the-record briefings with beat reporters, something previous directors did not do.

👉Like a Hollywood agent, Kortan was tasked to help Comey, [the political animal] with his image‼️
5. Besides the rest of his duties, Kortans job was to sell the "ruse" of a real Hillary Clinton email investigation. Which we now know was conducted more like a "fake" vestigation."
6. Mike Kortan was previously exposed by FBI Agent Peter Strozok in text messages as having specific information that the investigation into Hillary Clinton was manipulated by the “small group”. “Mike’s” job was to sell the ruse as a valid investigation.
7. In another text in April 2016 Lisa Page says to Strzok; "Kortan majorly screwed up."
8. How did Kortan "screw up?" Did he make mistakes selling the Hillary Clinton investigation as he attempted to make it look like a real investigation?
9. Or, did Kortan inadvertantly let the cat out of the bag as to what Comey and the FBI was doing later to cover up how they had really conducted the HRC investigation?

Either way, Strzok & Page thinks Kortan really screwed up!
10. Finally, in trying to get to the truth about Mike Kortan leaving the FBI let's look at this text from September 2016.


Boy-o-boy this prior Peter Strzok text as read by Bob Goodlatte on January 25th, is really striking a nerve:
11. First let's identify the FBI officials in this text

"Jim”, is James Baker (FBI Chief Legal Counsel) who was removed in January.
“Mike” is Michael Kortan (FBI Asst. Director Public Affairs) who just quit FBI.

12. Dave” is David Laufman (DOJ – National Security Division, Deputy Asst. Attorney General in charge of counterintelligence) who just quit the DOJ.
“Trisha” is Trish Beth Anderson (Office of Legal Counsel, FBI)
13. At first, the context behind this September 10th, 2016, message was not known, however it is now clear.

On September 2nd, 2016, during the (pre-election) apex of the FBI providing the documents behind their investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of her personal email...
14. ...and the subsequent decision by FBI Director James Comey not to pursue criminal charges therein, the FBI released their investigative files:

[pictured] or use this link for vault of FBI Docs:

15. Keep in mind the FBI was under pressure to release their investigative documents. On Sept 2, 2016 the release included the FBI investigative notes (FD-302’s) from the questions & answers during Hillary Clinton’s interview. This investigative release was big news at the time.
16. The 302’s are the specific FBI forms used to document interviews/interrogations. They detail questions asked and answers given as well as who was present during the interview.

Inside the September 2nd, 2016, FBI release were two files:
17. One file was 47 pages and includes a full summary of the Clinton email investigation.

[Full PDF here]
18. The second file is 11 pages and is the actual FBI investigator notes during the Hillary Clinton interview.

[Full PDF here]
19. What FBI Agent Peter Strzok is admitting in the September 10, 2016 text message, is that there are details within the interview of Hillary Clinton that he (and others) intentionally withheld from the September 2nd, 2016, release.
20. Specifically, evidence withheld in the 302’s would be some of the FBI questions and some of the Hillary Clinton answers to those questions. In essence, the FBI held back actually releasing the full account of the interview.
21. According to the Strzok text message, the reason for withholding some of the details of the Hillary Clinton interview is because there are “very INFLAMMATORY things” within it; and once congress finds out what was withheld the details will “absolutely inflame” them.
22. Peter Strzok then goes on to say when/if the full FOIA is released, presumably post-election, Jim, Trisha, Dave and Mike are going to have to figure out how to deal with the discrepancy:
23. …”I’m sure Jim and Trisha and Dave and Mike are all considering how things like that will play out as they talk among themselves.”
24. So it would appear, James Baker and Trisha Anderson, the legal advisers at the top of the FBI leadership apparatus, were both aware the September 2nd, 2016, FOIA release was manipulated to conceal part of Hillary Clinton’s questions and answers.
25. Perhaps now we can better understand the importance of this specific text message as it was released by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte.

26. This message by Strzok shows a team of FBI officials intentionally conspiring to withhold “inflammatory” Clinton investigation evidence, from congress. And the decision-making goes directly to the very top leadership within the FBI.
27. In closing, the reason for Mike Kortan "quitting" the FBI Is not known for sure, but it most likely has to be the immense pressure of the on-going OIG investigation.
28. As you can see, the FBI withholding information about the Hillary Clinton interview from the 302's as well as the possibility of "changing" the 302's to protect her is most definitely a crime.
29. By Kortan leaving the FBI, he is acting to protect himself from the day-to-day OIG investigation that we should get the results of in March.
30. FBI Agent Strzok is admitting that a group of FBI officials including himself, James Baker, Trisha Anderson, Lisa Page, & likely McCabe & Comey conspired together to intentionally withhold information from this interview, from congress & the American people.

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