Here’s their out: From the article
“But Strzok, in his closed-door interview, denied that the DOJ exercised undue influence over the FBI, and insisted that lawyers at the DOJ were involved in an advisory capacity working with agents.”
“Advisory capacity” yeah, as in I advise you do this and, if you don’t, you’ll get what’s coming to you. Unsaid, but understood.
“But Strzok, in his closed-door interview, denied that the DOJ exercised undue influence over the FBI”
Total bullcrap. The FBI doesn’t do anything in a case without the permission of the local US Attorney. The average city cop has far more discretionary power as to whether or not to make an arrest and forward a case than any FBI agent.
It’s a source of levity among state and local agencies.