According to electronic records, Peter Strzok, a 47-year-old former FBI counterintelligence expert, reportedly changed specific keywords regarding the email investigation involving Hillary Clinton. But in doing so, a deeper look could show that legalities have been broken. With all eyes on Peter Strzok, many are wondering about his personal life and the people around him. We’ve uncovered a bit of information about Peter Strzok’s wife, so take a look at our Melissa Hodgman wiki to learn about her.
The changing of the words “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless” (in regards to the handling of the email debacle) may seem trivial, but it’s really not. The governing law that actually governs the handling of classified materials establishes criminal penalties for “Gross Negligence,” so making this minor change has landed Peter Strzok in a heap of controversy. Read on to know about the woman standing behind him, right here.
Who is Melissa Hodgman?
Melissa Hodgman’s age is 47. She’s an official at the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission and has worked there since 2008. Both Peter Strzok and Melissa Hodgman went to Georgetown University and were on the donor list for giving funds to the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
According to an SEC press release, “Before joining the SEC staff, Ms. Hodgman worked as an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in Washington. Ms. Hodgman earned her masters of law with distinction in securities and financial regulation in 2007 from Georgetown University Law Center, her law degree with high honors from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994, and her bachelor of science degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1990. Ms. Hodgman received the Ellen B. Ross Award as well as an SEC Chairman’s Award in 2010.”
Hodgman is also one of three children. Her mother, who lived in New York but was from Pennsylvania, died at 67 in November 2010.
Peter Strzok Changed Language in Comey’s Report
According to CNN, Strzok changed former FBI Director James Comey’s choice of words in Clinton’s file, relating to how former secretary of state dealt with classified information. Strzok changed the words “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless,” which may not mean much to the untrained eye but it changes the focus of the case, since gross negligence is needed for a criminal charge. Ultimately, Comey did call Clinton’s actions “extremely careless” but also said “no reasonable prosecutor” would push charges based on the evidence.
“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” Comey said back in July 2016.
Peter Strzok was Accused of Having an Affair
According to The Washington Post, Strzok was in a romantic relationship with FBI lawyer, Lisa Page during the Clinton investigation.
“Defenders of Strzok and Page inside the FBI said that because there was no direct supervisory role between Page and Strzok in the workplace, there wasn’t anything professionally wrong about having an affair, but they added that they understood why Mueller would not want anyone engaged in such conduct on his team. For one thing, if a foreign intelligence agency learned of such an affair, they could try to use it as a means of blackmail, although there’s no evidence anyone outside the FBI was aware of the relationship.”
Page no longer works for her boss FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Strzok was taken off Robert Mueller’s team for exchanging messages with Page. There were also no comments from Strzok or his wife on the affair, but the new information could potentially be used to discredit Mueller’s probe into Russia, which Strzok was involved with as an expert.