As a result of the IG report on the Clinton email probe, we really have not learned much that we didn’t already know. It just made a few things “officially known.”
“The swamp” is only going to reveal what it is forced to reveal, or what it deems advantageous to reveal.
That’s what brings us back to the need for a special prosecutor. If we didn’t have a “swampy mole” (Jeff Sessions) serving as the Attorney General right now, we would have already had a special counsel assigned to this whole mess.
As it stands, many of the people involved in this mess may never be held accountable for their actions. As we have learned, some people have to obey the law (you and I), while others really do not (“the swamp”).
As reported by Alex Pappas of Fox News, “Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, in a comprehensive and at-times scathing report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, exposed extraordinary text messages by a top FBI official vowing to ‘stop’ Donald Trump, while calling then FBI Director James Comey’s actions in the case ‘insubordinate.’”
“The long-awaited report was released Thursday afternoon, spanning nearly 600 pages and scrutinizing the actions of numerous figures who played a key role in the Justice Department and FBI’s investigation. It is the product of an 18-month review, incorporating dozens of witness interviews and hundreds of thousands of documents.”
“But one of the most stunning findings concerns texts between agent Peter Strzok and bureau colleague Lisa Page.”
“According to the report, Page texted Strzok in August 2016 and said: ‘[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?’!”
“’No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,’ Strzok responded.”
“Strzok was a lead investigator on the Clinton case and later worked the Russia investigation before being removed from that assignment.”
“Still, the report said investigators found ’no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations.’”
(No, of course not. Saying “they’ll stop Trump from becoming president,” shows no level of bias or improper behavior.)
“Comey responded to the report on Thursday by tweeting that he believes the ‘conclusions are reasonable, even though I disagree with some.’”
“’I respect the DOJ IG office, which is why I urged them to do this review. The conclusions are reasonable, even though I disagree with some. People of good faith can see an unprecedented situation differently. I pray no Director faces it again. Thanks to IG’s people for hard work. — James Comey (@Comey) June 14, 2018’”
“’People of good faith can see an unprecedented situation differently,’ Comey said.”
(We certainly do Mr. Comey. We certainly do.)
“The report also faults the FBI, and specifically Strzok, for not acting quickly enough after the discovery of Clinton emails on the laptop of ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner in the fall of 2016. The report says Strzok and others argued that the Russia investigation was a “higher priority” at the time than reviewing the laptop.”
“’We found this explanation unpersuasive and concerning,’ the report said, noting the FBI could have gotten a search warrant in late September, but waited more than a month to do so, ultimately revisiting the case days before the election. Clinton has long said that announcement contributed to her defeat. But the report also suggested that Strzok, ironically, may have acted out of bias for Clinton in slow-walking the laptop review.”
“In the report, Horowitz also criticized, then, Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s infamous meeting on an Arizona tarmac with former President Bill Clinton just days before the FBI decided it would not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton.”
“The report said investigators ‘found no evidence’ of an “inappropriate discussion. But it found that Lynch’s ‘failure to recognize the appearance problem created by former President Clinton’s visit and to take action to cut the visit short was an error in judgment.’”
(Of course not. A meeting with the Attorney General at the time and a former president, whose wife just happened to be running for president, but was also under investigation by the FBI at the time, should be considered completely normal. Really, how stupid do these people think we are? Pretty stupid, apparently.)
“House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said in a statement the report shows, ‘an alarming and destructive level of animus displayed by top officials at the FBI.’”
(To say the least.)
“Strzok had been assigned to Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe, but has since been reassigned. Page later resigned.”
(Ha! Well that’s a pretty good indicator of the type of people they were looking to fill spots in the Mueller Probe with.)
“An attorney for Strzok, Aitan Goelman, denied the agent’s personal political views influenced his work. ‘His dedication to unbiased service is a fact that would be universally echoed by the thousands of people who have worked with Pete during his 26 years of service in the FBI and U.S. Army,’ Goelman said.”
(Oh yes…, Peter Strzok should be considered an American hero! More importantly, he is considered a hero by “the swamp!”)
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that the report ‘reveals a number of significant errors by the senior leadership of the Department of Justice and the FBI during the previous administration.’”
(Don’t you just love it how “the swamp” refers to its crimes? They’re called “errors,” they’re referred to as “concerning behavior,” “insubordinate behavior,” improper behavior,” inappropriate behavior,” and my favorite, as, “a failure to recognize the appearance of a problem!”)
Thank you to Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, Judson Berger, Bill Mears, Jake Gibson and Brooke Singman who contributed to this report and information used in this article.
Mr. Michael E. Horowitz was sworn in as the Inspector General of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on April 16, 2012 (during Obama’s second term). He is also about as “swampy” as they come. As Inspector General, Mr. Horowitz oversees a nationwide workforce of more than 450 special agents, auditors, inspectors, attorneys, and support staff whose mission is to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in DOJ programs and personnel, and to promote economy and efficiency in Department operations.
His history with the DOJ goes all the way back to 1991.
In the famous words of Clark Griswold, “ “I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, d***less, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey sh** he is! Hallelujah!”