Overstock founder and chief executive Patrick Byrne, who resigned Thursday in the midst of a government probe related to the 2016 election, claimed he received "fishy" orders from former FBI official Peter Strzok.
Byrne said Thursday on "The Story" he had helped the federal government with investigations twice before, including "helping them take down people on Wall Street."
Several years after Byrne's last contact with the government, he said that FBI officials reached him in 2016.
"I was told about certain fish and I completed them in 2015-2016, considering that I was enforcing law enforcement," he said.
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He claimed that people he characterized as "the men in black" came to him and asked him " this third favor. "
Byrne made clear to host Martha MacCallum that the FBI was ranking and the file was "barely involved" in what he allegedly triggered. [1
"I didn't know who sent the orders, but I did them. Last summer, and watching TV and some congressional hearings, I found out where those orders came from. They came from a guy who named Peter Strzok. "Byrne also gave names to other individuals, with MacCallum reminding him of the officials or former officials who worked at the FBI.
Strzok was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation of anti-Trump text messages he dealt with his mistress, Lisa Page. He was dismissed from the FBI in August 2018.
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MacCallum asked Byrne what Strzok allegedly asked him to do. Byrne did not describe specific actions he was allegedly asked to take, but characterized them as "political espionage."
The former CEO added that he initiated a relationship with Maria Butina, a Russian citizen who now serves prison time in the United States for failing to register as a foreign agent.
Byrne said that all the alleged information he gleaned from his experience eventually landed in the hands of Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, who has been investigating the origins of the Russian probe at the request of Attorney General William Barr.
Byrne revealed last month that he was involved in an FBI probe into the Russia investigation and admitted to having a relationship with Butina. In a statement from August 12, he said it was the third time in his life that he "helped the men in black: the first was when my friend Brian Williams was murdered, and the second was when I helped MIB shake up Wall Street a decade ago. "
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Following Byrne's interview, MacCallum asked former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to respond to the former business manager's claims.  "He describes it as being used as a source and put into a feds situation, and there are protocols for handling sources," Whitaker said. "All of this can be confirmed. That's the key. The whole situation needs to be confirmed, and the great thing about John Durham is that he has the full picture of everything that led to this investigation."
When asked by MacCallum about Byrne's credibility, the former Iowa federal prosecutor said he was uncertain.
"It's hard for me to say that," he noted.
Fox Business & # 39; Jonathan Garber contributed to this report .