Well, it’s here. And unfortunately, it was much of what I feared. The IG seemed more preoccupied with the public relations aspects of the Hillary probe than the investigatory practices themselves. Nevertheless, there was some very damning information contained within the OIG report that could have big implications for the future.
Let’s list off everything we need to know and decipher what it all means going forward.
1. YES, THERE WAS BIAS IN THE REPORT
The big talking point for coochie-cap nation now and going forward will be that “no bias was found” in the report. This is just flatly untrue.
The words used by Horowitz are important, as they were purposely precise. He says that he found no “documentary” evidence that bias produced “specific investigatory decisions.”
In other words, no agent was stupid enough to write or text, “I can’t wait to tank this investigation in order to keep Trump out of the White House.” The type of smoking gun evidence Horowitz lacks isn’t likely to be found in any case, even though the Keystone counterintel agents involved in this particular case are certainly capable of such a feat.
Believe me when I tell you that we should be glad that it was these guys plotting to overthrow PDT. If some competent agents had been involved we may have had real trouble.
But while the smoking gun wasn’t present, a mountain of circumstantial evidence was. Ironically, in many ways this report mirrors the very Hillary probe it sought to dissect, mainly in that it outlines all the sordid details without reaching the obvious conclusion. Much like Leakin’ James and the gang just couldn’t seem to find intent in Hillary’s actions, Mikey H. just couldn’t prove that the bureau gave Hillary a pass in the hopes it would block PDT from the White House.
Anyone with a couple brain cells to rub together knows that’s exactly what happened, but Horowitz can’t prove it, therefore he can’t make an official finding of bias. That’s the bottom line. But there was bias a’plenty, and not all of it benign, and much of it described as such in the report.
Now that we have a more nuanced understanding of the IG’s final conclusion, let’s explore the aforementioned bias. This next piece will illustrate exactly what I mean.
2. MR. PUTINGATE HIMSELF LITERALLY SAID HE’D BRING TRUMP DOWN
I’m sure you’ve heard the name Peter Strzok quite a bit over the last 6 months or so. Get used to it, because you’re about to hear it a lot more over the next few months.
Strzok, who is honestly the stupidest counterintel (CI) agent I’ve ever come to learn about (and I’ve worked with a lot of CI agents), held a senior investigatory role not only in the Hillzdawg probe, but the PutinGate probe he couldn’t wait to drop the Hillary “matter” in order to commence. He was essentially the #3 guy in their CI division. This was not a rank and file Joe collecting fingerprints. He had real say in the direction of both those investigations. Hell, he personally interrogated both Hillary and Mike Flynn. THAT’S how involved with all of this he was.
And check out this little ditty from the report on his behavior:
[W]hen one senior FBI official, [Peter] Strzok, who was helping to lead the Russia investigation at the time, conveys in a text message to another senior FBI official, [Lisa] Page, that ‘we’ll stop’ candidate Trump from being elected—after other extensive text messages between the two disparaging candidate Trump—it is not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects. This is antithetical to the core values of the FBI and the Department of Justice.
YES, YOU’RE READING THAT CORRECTLY. HE’S SAYING THAT STRZOK NOT ONLY HATES TRUMP, BUT THAT HE’S MADE STATEMENTS ILLUSTRATING THAT HE AND GOD KNOWS WHO ELSE WOULD WORK IN AN OFFICIAL CAPACITY IN THE FBI TO BRING HIM DOWN.
But Strzok didn’t give a time, date, method and take a selfie during the act, so Horowitz doesn’t have “documentary evidence.” Trust me, folks, I’m as angry as you are. But that’s the reasoning they’re going with.
A good analogy for what’s happening here is the FBI is investigating someone for burglary in a particular home. They have the burglarized home, documented evidence of a person saying they wanted to break into the home and statements saying they would break into that particular home…..but there are no fingerprints. That’s essentially what’s happened here.
And wouldn’t you know it, this particular text about stopping boogey man Trump was hidden from Congress until now. The IG managed to get what Congress couldn’t. I guess he’s more persuasive. That, or they knew he had it anyway thanks to electronic forensics.
In any event, the DOJ has been engaged in a shameful CYA campaign over the last 2 years. If not for forensic auditing, God knows what they would have concealed from history.
3. THE STRZOK TEXT IS A BIG DEAL GOING FORWARD
In addition to the outright declaration that he would “stop Trump” from being president, the report goes on to describe how Strzok prioritized the Trump probe over the Hillary probe, which led the OIG “to conclude that we did not have confidence that Strzok’s decision was free from bias.”
That’s a big deal, people, and here’s why.
There is currently another IG probe happening regarding the initiation of the Trump probe. The same IG who is tasked with that investigation just submitted for the official record that he has reason to believe Strzok was biased regarding the opening of the Trump probe. That gets to the very heart of the investigation. The OIG report on PutinGate seeks to determine whether any improprieties occurred regarding surveillance of the Trump campaign.
Guess what kinds of investigations require FISA warrants….ding ding ding….you guessed it: counterintel, which is exactly what “Crossfire Hurricane” was. And who was the big CI dog on the block regarding Crossfire Hurricane? Correct again!…..Peter Strzok.
So in this report, we have the IG declaring the subject of his next probe to be probably guilty of the very thing the next probe is investigating him for. I’d say IG Report 2.0 is off to a pretty good start.
The question is, what else is being uncovered? It’s more than texts from some flakey NeverTrumper, #ThatICanTellYou.
And THAT’S why Monday is so important. That’s when Horowitz testifies before Congress regarding his findings in this report. People, this is a #BigFat softball right down the middle; all the GOP has to do is swing.
Please God, don’t screw this up. The IG has basically opened the door up for the GOP to discredit the Mueller probe completely. If Gowdy and co. have their act together, King Bob and the entire upper echelon of the FBI won’t be able to investigate a pinch on the butt with any credibility.
HOROWITZ EXPLICITLY TOLD YOU THAT STRZOK HAD IT IN FOR TRUMP WHEN HE JUMPED INTO PUTINGATE, GOP. IT’S ON PAPER. PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DO NOT SCREW THIS UP.
4. THE BIAS DIDN’T END THERE
Shockingly biased statements were uncovered from no fewer than five of the key employees handling the Hillary probe, as opposed to the grand total of zero pro-Trump agents assigned to the case.
Much of it is your run-of-the-mill coochie cap venom; insults and condescending remarks toward not only PDT but us, his supporters. We were called everything from all “poor” to “uneducated” to “lazy pieces of s***.” One FBI lawyer, who said they were “numb” by the Trump’ victory, proclaimed “Viva le Resistance” when asked it.
I’d say that’s some pretty damn thick bias.
It goes beyond mean statements, though. These five “employees” gave stunning glimpses into the true nature of the investigation through their discussions.
One agent, who was fully aware of how badly a witness had been lying, found the idea of bringing charges to be laughable:
FBI Employee: ‘boom…how did the [witness] go’
Agent 1: ‘Awesome. Lied his -ss off. Went from never inside the scif [sensitive compartmented information facility] at res, to looked in when it was being constructed, to removed the trash twice, to troubleshot the secure fax with HRC a couple times, to everytime there was a secure fax i did it with HRC. Ridic,’
FBI Employee: ‘would be funny if he was the only guy charged n this deal’
Agent 1: ‘I know. For 1001. Even if he said the truth and didnt have a clearance when handling the secure fax – aint noone gonna do sh-t’
Please recall that General Mike Flynn, who served his country honorably for decades, has had his life completely ruined after an indictment for lying to the FBI. Where was the bureau’s sense of humor that day? And what’s worse, MANY OF THE SAME DAMN PEOPLE WHO INDICTED FLYNN WERE THE ONES LAUGHING ABOUT BEING LIED TO IN THE CLINTON CASE.
It’s truly unbelievable.
And oh yeah, here is that same agent discussing political considerations within the Hillary probe. The IG gave a few examples:
January 15, 2016: Responding to a question of when the investigation would be finished, Agent 1 stated, ‘[M]y guess is March. Doesnt matter what we have, political winds will want to beat the Primarys.’
January 28, 2016: ‘…The case is the same is all of them. Alot of work and bullsh-t for a political exercise.’
February 1, 2016: ‘…Its primary season – so we’re being dictated to now….’
February 1, 2016: ‘This is the biggest political sh-t show of them all. No substance. Up at dawn – pride swallowing seige. No headset and hermetically sealed in SIOC.’
February 2, 2016: Responding to a question about how the investigation was going, ‘Going well…. Busy, and sometimes I feel for naught (political exercise), but I feel good….’
May 6, 2016, to Agent 5: ‘pretty bad news today…someone has breathed some political urgency into this…. Everyday DD brief and once a week D brief from now on.’
Oh yeah? Pray tell, who is this someone that “breathed political urgency” into the case? Who was requesting the constant briefs in this case? Obviously it’s a superior. And obviously they want to know every development with the case. And obviously it’s someone who affects the political world, if not a political figure him/herself.
THAT WOULD BE A REALLY GREAT QUESTION TO ASK, REPUBLICANS.
Furthermore, who the hell are these agents? I understand the undercover nature of their work, but when something like this comes up, guess what, the right of the American people to know who is doing what within their government trumps the right of those individual to work covert CI cases in the future. Sorry, Charlie. If you want to keep your career trajectory, conduct yourself like a professional.
And how many of these agents transferred from the Hillary probe over to the Trump probe? From the looks of things, there was a lot of overlap between the two teams. Mr. Strzok was sure happy as hell to hop on the team. I can only imagine who he took with him.
But I don’t want to imagine; I want to know. And I have the right to know. We all do.
DEMAND ANSWERS, GOP.
The five “employees” in question have been referred to the FBI’s Office of Personal Responsibility, which is a sort of internal affairs. They review the case and determine disciplinary action. They were the ones who recommended Deep State McCabe be fired and prosecuted.
Maybe they’ll keep it going and give McCabe some company.
But considering Peter friggin Strzok still has a job at the FBI, I’M LESS THAN ****ING HOPEFUL.
5. AND LET’S THROW OUT KING BOB’S OBSTRUCTION CHARGE WHILE WE’RE AT IT
Strzok wasn’t the only guy puttin’ a hurtin’ on King Bob. Leakin’ James had his time in the sun. And sunlight is indeed the best disinfectant.
As you all know, coochie-cappers have been wishing upon a star for King Bob to levy an obstruction of justice charge against PDT in relation to his firing of Comey. Leaving aside the legal issues with charging a sitting POTUS with obstruction, a big part of that case is the narrative of Comey the Saint vs Trump the Mob Boss. Yeah, that narrative died a horrible death yesterday. Whoodathunkit…….Comey is a sneaky little bastard who deserved to be fired.
The IG said Comey violated longstanding department practice to avoid “trashing people we’re not charging.” He also inadequately and incompletely explained how Justice prosecutors came to make decisions. “Many of the problems with the statement resulted from Comey’s failure to coordinate with Department officials,” the IG wrote. Had he talked with them, they would have warned him about the problems his statement posed. What’s more, the prosecutors had a very different understanding of why they were declining to charge Clinton than the one Comey claimed they had in his public press conference.
Yes, there were breaches of protocol committed, though I can’t bring myself to care about this section of the report all that much. Is that because they helped Trump? Maybe, but Trump wasn’t helped by that press conference as much as Hillary was helped by not getting charged with obvious crimes. So you’ll have to pardon me if I don’t dwell on all the evils perpetrated on poor little Hillary. I think she had it okay overall.
Back in Revolutionary times, she would have faced a firing squad.
So we’ll skirt the atrocities of unauthorized press conferences and inconveniently-timed letters to Congress and get straight to the slime that defines a swamp creature, which Comey most certainly is.
The report includes example after example of Leakin’ James being a two-faced lying little woman, a real shitweasel. He was such a wuss that he went to AG Loretta Lynch-Whitefolks’ office to ask her how to handle questions about the Hillary probe. Lynch-Whitefolks, being a Democrat operative, instructed him to parrot a Clinton campaign talking point by calling it a “matter.” That’s what he says, anyway. She’s yet to offer her side of things. In any event, he went right along with it. Was he complicit, or just a coward? You be the judge.
But check out what this monumental tower of turd did next. A year later, the Lynch conversation was leaked to the Failing New York Times in a fairy tale that portrayed Comey as a straight-shooter who’s fighting off both sides of the political spectrum. And what a coinky-dink…..the failing NYT’s source for that super convenient story was one Daniel Richman, the same man Comey used to leak his super convenient anti-Trump memos after he was fired.
This guy is the definition of a snake. And the media are all too happy to be the grass in which he slithers.
But Leakin’ James is good for much more than leakin.’ He’s pretty good at threatenin’ and misleadin’ too.
As noted by excellent researcher Mollie Hemingway:
Comey threatened to appoint a special counsel in the Hillary probe if Justice officials didn’t help him get what he wanted. He bizarrely claimed he was going to announce he’d make no recommendation on the Clinton email probe. He decided he was going to make a solo announcement trashing Clinton while announcing she was not being charged, but let the Justice Department think they would be making a statement together:
Here is the actual excerpt from the IG report:
Comey admitted that he concealed his intentions from the Department until the morning of his press conference on July 5, and instructed his staff to do the same, to make it impracticable for Department leadership to prevent him from delivering his statement. We found that it was extraordinary and insubordinate for Comey to do so, and we found none of his reasons to be a persuasive basis for deviating from well-established Department policies in a way intentionally designed to avoid supervision by Department leadership over his actions.
So while I can’t say I minded the press conference itself (except for the very end), his behavior leading up to it really illustrates the nature of the man, which is actually good news for Deep State Andy McCabe, who is accusing Comey of lying in his account of his own media leaks. If he can poke holes in Comey’s credibility — and there are gaping ones at this point — he could have at least one of those false statement charges thrown out.
Then there’s the matter of Huma Weiner.
Comey claimed that he didn’t grasp the significance of a boatload of Hillary emails being found on Spanky Weiner’s laptop because he didn’t know that Weiner was married to Huma Abedin. That’s an insult to everyone’s intelligence. In the off chance it’s actually true, it would be a massive insult to his own. In any event, it’s a stupid excuse for slow-walking the Spanky discovery, as it doesn’t actually clear him of anything. All it would mean is that hundreds of thousands of the Secretary of friggin State’s emails were found on some random man’s computer. That calls for an investigation too, Jim.
Then there is the shady isolationism. According to the report, Comey would accept guidance from DOJ officials but only through his assistants, so as to avoid any kind of undue pressure on his decision-making process. That’s a swell way to be if you’re actually following the law. When you’re not, it’s just, well, shady.
Also from Hemingway:
“We asked Comey why he asked for the Department’s feedback and then ignored the feedback that he received,” the IG wrote. Later, “Both Lynch and [Deputy Attorney General Sally] Yates explained that they were concerned that any direct discussion with Comey—particularly any discussion in which they told him not to send the letter—would be perceived as an attempt to prevent him from fulfilling his ‘personal ethical obligation’ to notify Congress. Both stated that they were concerned that the fact of any such direct discussions would leak and would be portrayed as Department leadership attempting to ‘prevent information damaging to a candidate from coming out’ (Lynch) or ‘strong-arming’ Comey (Yates).”
Oh well, at least his shadiness benefitted us in this case. Considering the state of our justice system, we’re allowed to be selfish in that way.
The larger point here is this report is going to make it very hard to make any obstruction charge stick, considering the overwhelming justification PDT had in firing Comey. The offenses laid out in Fraud Rosenstein’s letter officially recommending the Comey’s firing are spelled out in the IG report virtually letter for letter. That part is open and shut.
There is still the matter of PDT telling Lester Holt that he canned Comey for his unwillingness to publicly clear his name in the Russia investigation (which was a valid complaint, btw). Problem is, that had nothing to do with the investigation itself and no effort has been made to actually stop it.
The case was already weak, and now it’s dead. Happy birthday, Mr. President.
Now do you want the blood-boiling part?
Hillary lied on several occasions publicly regarding her server setup, including under oath. Aside from being perjury, lying illustrates intent to deceive, which in turns demonstrates knowledge of one’s actions, which in turn demonstrates intent to break the law.
She destroyed evidence that had been subpoenaed by Congress. Devices were destroyed.
Despite that, no grand jury was impaneled. Virtually her entire inner circle got immunity. A main subject of the investigation was allowed to sit in with Hillary during her interrogation; I use the term “interrogation” lightly considering there wasn’t so much as a transcription involved.
If we’re investigating the FBI’s actions regarding the Hillary probe, why the hell are those items not front and center? The entire investigation was a sham and here we are critiquing press conference protocol.
The case for political bias is a circumstantial one, but the treatment Hillary received throughout this so-called probe makes one hell of a circumstantial case. Newsflash, Mr, Horowitz, if you can’t be confident that Strzok wasn’t politically-motivated when he ignored the Spanky emails, guess what, you probably shouldn’t be confident of objectivity when they’re ignoring the outright destruction of critical evidence.
ARE YOU READING THIS, GOP? WILL YOU PLEASE ASK HIM THAT ON MONDAY?
Please do your damn jobs. Somebody, anybody in DC do your damn job.
6. ABOUT THOSE SPANKY EMAILS
If not for some squeaky wheels in NY, we would have never heard of the emails found on Spanky Weiner’s laptop, at least not before the election.
Back in September 2016, investigators in the Southern District of New York were combing Weiner’s laptop for kiddie porn when one stumbled upon hundreds of thousands of Clinton emails. The investigator immediately alerted his higher-ups that they’d stumbled upon a pretty big deal. They, in turn, alerted the FBI, who sat on the information for weeks and only acted after the SDNY office complained so frequently that it was clear they’d never go away.
The following IG report excerpt is from the case agent assigned to the Weiner case. He expressed concern that the FBI was sweeping the info under the rug:
The crickets I was hearing was really making me uncomfortable because something was going to come crashing down…. And my understanding, which is uninformed because…I didn’t work the Hillary Clinton matter. My understanding at the time was I am telling you people I have private Hillary Clinton emails, number one, and BlackBerry messages, number two. I’m telling you that we have potentially 10 times the volume that Director Comey said we had on the record. Why isn’t anybody here? Like, if I’m the supervisor of any CI squad in Seattle and I hear about this, I’m getting on with headquarters and saying, hey, some agent working child porn here may have [Hillary Clinton] emails. Get your -ss on the phone, call [the case agent], and get a copy of that drive, because that’s how you should be. And that nobody reached out to me within, like, that night, I still to this day I don’t understand what the hell went wrong.
And I told her, I’m a little scared here. I don’t know what to do because I’m not political. Like I don’t care who wins this election, but this is going to make us look really, really horrible. And it could ruin this case, too. And…I said the thing that also bothers me is that Comey’s testimony is inaccurate. And as a big admirer of the guy, and I think he’s a straight shooter, I wanted to, I felt like he needed to know, like, we got this. And I didn’t know if he did.
Good call on Comey, guy.
So, just to get our ducks in order here, the FBI had all the Spanky info on Sept. 29. But they came back to the reporting agent weeks later to ask questions he’d repeatedly answered. But the FBI agents claimed they’d never gathered the information that they clearly had.
The IG says: “By no later than September 29, the FBI had learned virtually every fact that was cited by the FBI in late October as justification for obtaining the search warrant for the Weiner laptop.”
The FBI’s excuses for ignoring the laptop were as follows:
1. The FBI Midyear team was waiting for additional information about the contents of the laptop from NYO, which was not provided until late October. 2. The FBI Midyear team could not review the emails without additional legal authority, such as consent or a new search warrant. 3. The FBI Midyear team and senior FBI officials did not believe that the information on the laptop was likely to be significant. 4. Key members of the FBI Midyear team had been reassigned to the investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. election, which was a higher priority.
The IG wasn’t buying any of it, saying that the first was “unpersuasive,” the second “illogical,” the third “inconsistent” and “insufficient,” and the fourth “unpersuasive and concerning.”
The conclusion reached by the OIG is that the FBI went out of its way to sweep the Weiner incident under the rug and only reopened the investigation because the SDNY was making their lives miserable and threatening to get worse.
ARE YOU LISTENING, GOP? THE MAN WHO WILL BE SPEAKING TO YOU UNDER OATH ON MONDAY SAID THE FBI TRIED TO IGNORE CRIMES, AND THAT HE’S CONCERNED THAT THE SAME PEOPLE WHO WERE IGNORING THOSE CRIMES MOVED OVER TO WORK ON THE TRUMP PROBE. THAT IS A REALLY GOOD THING TO TALK ABOUT.
If that Monday hearing isn’t a barn-burner, there is no hope.
7. SHOCKER! THE MEDIA AND THE DEEP STATE ARE IN BED TOGETHER.
It’s a very sick co-dependency.
“We have profound concerns about the volume and extent of unauthorized media contacts by FBI personnel that we have uncovered during our review.”
That’s what OIG investigators said after uncovering myriad connections between FBI personnel and the #FakeNewsCrew. They discovered not merely connections with people, but an overarching culture that makes leaks (and quid pro quo) for them just everyday, ordinary business.
The number of media/FBI connections revealed were so voluminous that the OIG did us the courtesy of creating a chart of who all was in on the act.
They didn’t stop at the chart, though. They even got the goods on what was being offered in exchange for almighty access:
FBI employees received tickets to sporting events from journalists, went on golfing outings with media representatives, were treated to drinks and meals after work by reporters, and were the guests of journalists at nonpublic social events.
And why have the number of classified leaks risen so dramatically? Because so many damn people have access to it. And then the culture of nonstop leaking makes them virtually impossible to track down:
Second, although FBI policy strictly limits the employees who are authorized to speak to the media, we found that this policy appeared to be widely ignored during the period we reviewed. We identified numerous FBI employees, at all levels of the organization and with no official reason to be in contact with the media, who were nevertheless in frequent contact with reporters. The large number of FBI employees who were in contact with journalists during this time period impacted our ability to identify the sources of leaks.
I bet you won’t hear the #FakeNewsCrew drone on about this very often.
But just remember, next time Fake News CNN gets an “exclusive scoop” regarding anything to do with the Justice Dept., ask yourself who they bribed and how. Cos chances are, that’s exactly what happened.
Just imagine what they do for politicians on congressional committees.
9. BARRY LIED THROUGH HIS TEETH ABOUT HILLARY’S SERVER
Another shocker, I know.
I’m sure you’ll all recall that former President Soetoro claimed never to have emailed Hillary on her private server. And I’m sure you all knew that he was lying the entire time. Well congratulations, you were correct!
The OIG found that Barry was “one of the 13 individuals with whom Clinton had direct contact using her clintonemail[.]com account.”
Not only did Barry and Hillary communicate via her illegal email, they used it for “an exchange while in the territory of a foreign adversary,” which caused people like me to scream at the top of my lungs for the whole election season that the FBI wasn’t telling the whole truth about the prospect of Hillary being hacked.
There was no “could have.” That would be like saying a guy who jumped in the ocean “could have” gotten wet. It was insulting for Comey and his co-horts to call hacking a “reasonable possible.” It was definite and they all knew it. In fact, thanks to the IG, we now know that they knew at least a full month before Comey held his little presser.
Comey didn’t just lie about the hacking, though. He also covered for Obama. A paragraph in a draft of his exoneration of Hillary changes the name Obama to “another senior government official. Yeah, that’s one way of describing the friggin POTUS.
Barry lied to reporters — and thus the American people — repeatedly about Hillary’s server. Comey went along with it, just as he went along with everything else.
From the way this piece has read, you’re probably expecting a profanity-laden shouting display about the overt corruption within our government and lack of accountability thereof. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty to shout about. Without the insulation of the swamp, these bums would have been held accountable long ago. Bureaucrats don’t operate by the same set of rules as everyone else, though. That much is clear.
However, Horowitz didn’t exactly lay a dud, either. For all the outrage about the final conclusion, he gave a stunning amount of information and insight regarding the nature of the bureau’s upper echelon, which has very big implications for what could be coming down the road.
While Comey certainly took his licks, the real losers in this report are Strzok’s merry band of thieves. Let’s really take a step back and take in the aerial view of what’s happening here — this report essentially outlines the bias of the very team — or at least what used to be a big part of it — that is now investigating “collusion” with the Russians, which has yielded zero evidence of collusion thus far yet is still chugging along a year later.
The best way to describe this report is “narrow conclusion, broad findings.” What I mean by that is the OIG used a very narrow criteria by which to ultimately decide that he couldn’t prove decisions were made for political reasons. He essentially needed someone to explicitly ‘fess up, which didn’t happen.
It should also be noted that the FISA probe, or IG Report 2.0, if you will, could encounter the same problem. There may be mountains of circumstantial evidence that paint a picture even Stevie Wonder can see, but without the proverbial smoking gun, we could be right back in the same position of observing corruption that we can do nothing about.
This go-round has some key differences, though.
First off, the OIG has already declared that they have no confidence in the objectivity of those who began the PutinGate probe.
THEY TRIED TO HIDE THE HILLARY EMAILS FOUND ON ANTHONY WEINER’S COMPUTER WHILE DIVING HEAD FIRST INTO A TRUMP INVESTIGATION THAT WAS BUILT ON SHAKY GROUND AT BEST.
There are reports that zero — I repeat, zero — intelligence was used to open the counterintelligence probe of the Trump campaign. Not even the fake pee-pee dossier. That means a CI probe of the president’s campaign was launched by people the OIG itself has called bias and with apparently little to no justification.
The painfully underreported story of this IG report is what it means for the Russia probe going forward. Horowitz has jumped down a rabbit hole that the Deep State wants him nowhere near.
Remember, it’s the Russia probe whose origins the DOJ are fighting tooth and nail to conceal. Fraud Rosenstein and co. use the “ongoing investigation” excuse in order to stonewall, but all the investigations they’re pursing have nothing to do with Russian collusion. Twelve-year old FARA violations by Paul Manafort and campaign finance violations of Michael Cohen should provide no obstacle to the Congress conducting its constitutionally mandated job of watching the watchmen in our justice system.
Could that be the reason for Trump’s giddiness today, despite the IG’s final conclusion that no bias could be proven in Comey’s decisions? I like to think I know Trump pretty well after studying him for the last 2 years, and he had a marked pep in his step today. It gave me the impression that he’s been waiting for something that is finally on the horizon.
Today, while speaking to reporters on the White House lawn, he acknowledged what I wrote about a couple days ago; that he has the ultimate power to reveal what the DOJ is hiding. When asked why he’s taken a standoffish approach, he told one reporter that he “likes to stay as underground as possible.”
He also said what I already knew (and have reported to you ad nauseam over this last year); that he would step in if the situation warranted. But, he says, everything is under control and he trusts Fraud Rosenstein to get the documents to Nunes and co.
What does he know? Why, after all this, is he still so confident in his DOJ?
Here is what I know. PDT knows something that we don’t. Here is another thing I know: IG Horowitz just gave him and Republicans a whole slew of ammo to fight King Bob’s witch hunt.
MY FINAL CONCLUSION:
This report isn’t the silver bullet we want and it was never intended to be. I believe very strongly, however, that it is the beginning of something much larger.
If the IG Report were a movie, and everyone knew that the sequel would be about the Russia probe, everyone would leave the theater knowing that the FBI investigators in that sequel were going to have a very bad time. That’s exactly how this report lines up for the future.
Remember this: PDT can declassify whatever he wants, whenever he wants. If he’s not using that power, there’s a reason.
Tune in to Horowitz’s testimony next Monday. It’s bound to give us a glimpse into the investigatory future for everyone involved in the birth of PutinGate.
Please, Republicans, I beg you before God and everyone, please do NOT blow this.
Keep your head up, Trumpers. This war has just begun.
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