The IG Report has come at long last! The question of the day is set to be answered!
It’s….neither. Or both. Depends on whether you’re a Fox News or CNN fan, I think. As so often happens with these Big Damn Reports, the political class comes out unscathed and it’s a few career bureaucrats who get the blame.
Democrats are largely seizing on the (enormous) portions that fault Comey for his conduct, particularly with regard to the FBI senior leadership sitting on the knowledge that there were Clinton emails on Weiner’s laptop and coming forward with it because they were afraid that some agents would leak it to the press if they didn’t.
Also, the IG didn’t question Comey’s judgment in choosing not to charge Clinton in the first place and agreed with Comey’s public statement that the FBI wouldn’t have ordinarily charged anyone for doing what Clinton did.
I would feel pretty happy about this if I were a Hillary supporter. But not too happy because if Comey were fired for cause, then there’s no case for obstruction over Trump firing him. And believe me, there’s plenty of cause.
Still, this report is going to bolster one of Team Clinton’s prime excuses for losing the election: it was Comey’s fault for announcing the reopening of the investigation in late October. That the IG report didn’t find any political bias on Comey’s part is irrelevant, I suppose.
One aspect of the report that surprised me was how little it spoke to the Russia investigation. One of the very few places where it did were related to Agent Strzok and his incredibly damning text messages to his girlfriend.
That’s the one bombshell I find in my reading of the report. Unfortunately, the IG report leaves off with this and so it and other suspected misconduct among the FBI and DOJ regarding Russia will have to wait for another report.
So if you were expecting something bigger from this report, as I was, you could call it a dud. The biggest revelation in it isn’t technically within the scope of the report and is only marginally related. It might have had something to do with the FBI dragging its feet on Weiner’s laptop as far as the Clinton email investigation goes.
From my point of view, the most important finding in the report addressed the “leak culture” within the FBI. Coming on the heels of the James Wolfe prosecution, this is insane.
Here’s one of the link charts:
Even this aspect requires further investigation by the OIG and this report doesn’t have any conclusions on it. Like I said, it appears to be a dud with the exception of the bit about Strzok that just further undermines the Mueller investigation rather than anything this report was intended to address.
I’ll be curious to see what action the OIG recommends for those FBI employees who leaked information and even accepted gifts for it. As I’ve said before, Deep State derives its power from the relationship between bureaucrats who have secrets and journalists who very much want to learn them.
Without the certainty that they will be caught and harshly punished, Deep State will persist. It will keep abusing its power and knowledge for whatever political advantage career bureaucrats wish whenever they want to manipulate or control public opinion and the electoral process. In this report, the OIG stopped short of saying that any FBI official did any of this with a political motive, but it is clear that they did do it and they do it a lot.
We’ll see how those investigations pan out later. Thanks for nothing, Horowitz.
For now, I encourage everyone to come together from all sides of the spectrum and join me in agreeing that James Comey is a complete jackass.