FBI’s Bill Priestap, boss of Peter Strzok, to retire at end of year

FBI’s Bill Priestap, boss of Peter Strzok, to retire at end of year
Bill Priestap (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Neither congressional investigators nor the DOJ IG have apparently developed interest in Bill Priestap’s role in the events of 2016.  That said, the fat lady hasn’t sung on any of it yet.  Here’s hoping there are no skeletons in Mr. Priestap’s closet and we can wave him farewell without drama.]

Bill Priestap, who currently serves as assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s counterintelligence division, will leave his post by the end of the year. Mr. Priestap, a 20-year veteran of the bureau, worked on organized crime and drug cases in Chicago before rising through the national security ranks of the agency after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Mr. Priestap’s retirement is unrelated to the controversies over the handling of the 2016 investigations, according to a person familiar with the matter. He “became eligible to retire and has chosen to do so after 20 years of service,” the FBI said in a statement. …

After Mr. Priestap’s departure, none of the high-ranking bureau officials involved in the two investigations will remain with the bureau. FBI director James Comey was fired by President Trump last year, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was later dismissed by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his contacts with the media, days before he was eligible to retire with benefits.

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