A Look at the IG Repoort

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The Inspector Generals report just published didn't fine evidence of criminal activity during the Hillary Clinton investigation. Is justice really blind?

Submitted: June 18, 2018

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A Look at the IG Report

Author’s note: This essay is based upon reporting by Fox news and other sources

The main take-away from the report is the contempt that people at the highest levels of the Justice Department had for the working class Americans that voted for President Trump. The entire report is an insult to their intelligence. Consider this e-mail exchanges between special counsel Lisa Page and FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok , which the Inspector General called ”disappointing”.

 

Page asked Strzok “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” and Strzok replied “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it." It is more than disappointing when two high level members of the FBI collude to interfere in a presidential election, it is a crime. Strzol, the lead FBI investigator in both the Clinton e-mail probe and the Trump collusion probe, says he will stop Trump from being elected and the IG says that there is no evidence of criminal activity!

 

The federal judge who presided over former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s case last year,Judge Rudolph Contreras, had a personal relationship with Peter Strzok. Here are the e-mails Page and Stzrok exchanged about him.

 

Page: “Rudy is on the FISC! Did you know that?”

“I did," Strzok replied. "We talked about it before and after. I need to get together with him.”

 In the texts, Strzok mentioned "a graduation party" he and Contreras both recently attended. He also texted about the importants of "being circumspect in talking to him in terms of not placing him into a situation where he’d have to recuse himself.”

Page replied that she couldn’t “imagine either one of you could talk about anything in detail meaningful enough to warrant recusal. Standards for recusal are quite high. I just don’t think this poses an actual conflict. And he doesn’t know what you do?”

 Strzok replied: “Generally he does know what I do. Not the level or scope or area. But he is superthoughtful and rigorous about ethics and conflicts.”

 

These emails “damaged the integrity of the entire Clinton e-mail probe”, the report says, but it does not even give them a slap on the wrist for influencing a Judge in a trial that led to a respected army general being forced into bankruptcy and pleading guilty to “lying to the FBI”, even though the FBI agents that interviewed him didn’t believe he was lying!

 

Lisa Page sent messages to Strzok, Andrew McCabe, and another FBI employee suggesting that the agency limit the number of people attending the critical in-person interview with Hillary Clinton as the investigation wrapped up. Her chief consideration was that Clinton would be angry at the FBI upon becoming president, which the report calls an "inappropriate" consideration. "She might be our next president," Page wrote, in urging that the number of people at the interview be limited to four or six. "The last thing you need us going in there loaded for bear. You think she’s going to remember or care that it was more DOJ than FBI?” The report’s interpretation of all this was: “We recognize that these text and instant messages cast a cloud over the FBI’s handling of the Midyear investigation (‘Mid-year investigation” is code for the Clinton investigation) and the investigation’s credibility." Stacking the deck for Clinton is “inappropriate”? 

 

The report revealed instant messages between unnamed FBI agents, labeled “Agent 1” and “Agent 5,” discussing their jobs in August 2016. “I find anyone who enjoys [this job] an absolute f---ing idiot. If you don’t think so, ask them one more question. Who are you voting for? I guarantee you it will be Donald Drumpf,” Agent 1 sent in September.  Agent 1 and 5 conversed again, bashing Trump supporters as “retarded.” “I’m trying to think of a ‘would I rather’ instead of spending time with those people,” Agent 5 sent.  Agent 1 asked, “stick your tongue in a fan?” Agent 5 later wrote: “I would rather have brunch with Trump and a bunch of his supporters like the ones from Ohio that are retarded.”  These are objective investigators?

Disregarding these statements by FBI agents, the report did not find evidence connecting those  political opinions held by them to decisions made in the Clinton investigation. Separately, the IG asked investigators why they made no effort to obtain the personal devices that Clinton’s senior aides were using at the State Department, since those devices were "potential sources of Clinton's classified emails" or places where unauthorized classified emails were being stored. Their response was that "the culture of mishandling classified information at the State Department" was so pervasive that it "made the quantity of potential sources of evidence particularly vast" That is government speak nonsense. Investigators could simply have obtained personal devices for a handful of key Clinton aides. The report concluded that the issue was a "judgment call" and that there was no evidence that improper political considerations influenced investigators' decisions.  The facts are that Clinton acid washed her computer and physically destroyed her cell phones and no effort was made to obtain the personal devices of her closest aids. Then she had an interview that was stacked by FBI agents who’s director had written a vindication of her a few months earlier! Apparently there was nothing illegal about any of that according to the AG.

The report focused on two top investigative official’s connections to Clinton: ex-Deputy FBI Director Akadzik exercised "poor judgment" by failing to immediately recuse himself as the Clinton probe unfolded, even after he sought employment for his son at her campaign. Andrew McCabe, whose wife Jill had ties to then-Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and unsuccessfully sought a state Senate seat in Virginia in 2015 as a Democrat, was not obligated to recuse himself during the probe. Translation: having strong ties to the Democratic party does not disqualify you from investigating the leader of that party!

The report was very critical of Former FBI Director James Comey, stating that he had a habit of going around the chain of command and violating long-standing departmental policies.  In testimony before Congress and elsewhere, Comey claimed that he had been pressured by former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch to call the Clinton investigation a "matter" in 2015, rather than an investigation. But the report noted that others present who heard Lynch's instruction did not interpret her as trying to downplay the investigation, but instead to standardize language for personnel purposes. The report found that Comey seemed to have kept his concerns entirely to himself. The report’s most substantial criticisms of Comey centered around his decision to stage a dramatic news conference in the summer of 2016, in which he announced that "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton, even as he acknowledged she had been "extremely careless" in her handling of classified information.He changed the original word "reckless", which had criminal intonations, to "extreemly carless".

The report continued, "Comey’s unilateral announcement was inconsistent with Department policy, usurped the authority of the Attorney General, and did not accurately describe the legal position of the Department prosecutors."  The ex-FBI director made a similarly "serious error in judgment" by sending a letter to Congress announcing the reopening of the Clinton probe just days before the 2016 presidential election. "We found that it was extraordinary and insubordinate for Comey to conceal his intentions from his superiors, the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, for the admitted purpose of preventing them from telling him not to make the statement, and to instruct his subordinates in the FBI to do the same."  Apparently the Director of the FBI set the example for his subordinates for how to tamper with an election.

The report charged that Attorney General Loretta Lynch made multiple errors in judgment during the probe.  It was especially critical not just of Lynch's decision to hold court with former president Clinton on the Phoenix airport’s tarmac, but also her decision to retain involvement in the probe despite the appearance of bias. “Although we found no evidence that Lynch and former President Clinton discussed the Midyear investigation or engaged in other inappropriate discussion during their tarmac meeting on June 27, 2016, we also 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." Another slap on the wrist!

So, after more than a year of investigation and more than 500 pages of documentation, The IG did not find any crimes committed.  Apparently there are two kinds of justice in America now, one for politicians and high level government employees and the other for plain old tax payers that pay their salaries. The statue of lady justice should be modified. As it stands now, The blindfold represents objectivity, in that justice is or should be meted out objectively, without fear or favor, regardless of money, wealth, power, or identity; blind justice and impartiality. In her left hand, Lady Justice holds balance scales, which represent the weighing of evidence. The statue should be changed to show only one eye covered, so that she can look down on the privileged few weighting down one side of her scale and give them special dispensation.

 


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