The inspector general’s report on the FBI. Wading through it is like being Luke Skywalker in the garbage chute. Garbage everywhere, and it’s about to get worse. So rather than hit you with ten different posts on how crappy the FBI is, I’m limiting to just five concise points. What can I say except you’re welcome?
In no particular order, but numbered to abide by the rules of listicles:
ONE: FBI agents cozied up to the press. And may have been bribed by the press. From The Daily Caller:
On page XII in the report, the IG says the department “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 contact between FBI agents and the media extended to receiving “improperly receiving benefits from reporters, including tickets to sporting events, golfing outings, drinks and meals, and admittance to nonpublic social events.”
Payoffs. The press paid off FBI agents with stuff, to get what exactly? Access? Tips? Maybe leaks, an inside scoop to run with? Gotta boost that morning byline. What better way to get great info than to send a kickback to Special Agent #IHateTrump.
TWO: Hillary Clinton emailed Barack Obama on her private email server. On page 89 of the report:
Can you say ILLEGAL?
THREE: FBI Agent Strzok and Attorney Page (who were lovers) had text message exchanges showing not only a clear bias against Trump, but a willingness to stop Trump’s election.
From page 399:
On page 402:
On page 403:
FOUR: Those same FBI agents above made clear in text messages they hoped Clinton would be president, and conducted interviews differently because of that hope:
See reference to page 402 above.
BONUS: different FBI Agents hoped Hillary would win, found on page 413.
Yes, FBI agents have political leanings.
FIVE: FBI called agents OFF of the Clinton email/Weiner laptop discovery to focus on the OMG, RUSSIA investigation. Which the Inspector General found rather pathetic:
As we describe in Chapter Nine of our report, the explanations we were given for the FBI’s failure to take immediate action on the Weiner laptop fell into four general categories:
The FBI Midyear team was waiting for additional information about the contents of the laptop from NYO, which was not provided until late October;
The FBI Midyear team could not review the emails without additional legal authority, such as consent or a new search warrant;
The FBI Midyear team and senior FBI officials did not believe that the information on the laptop was likely to be significant; and
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.
We found these explanations to be unpersuasive justifications for not acting sooner, given the FBI leadership’s conclusion about the importance of the information and that the FBI Midyear team had sufficient information to take action in early October and knew at that time that it would need a new search warrant to review any Clinton-Abedin emails. Moreover, given the FBI’s extensive resources, the fact that Strzok and several other FBI members of the Midyear team had been assigned to the Russia investigation, which was extremely active during this September and October time period, was not an excuse for failing to take any action during this time period on the Weiner laptop.
Look, this report is 500 pages long. It’s damning. It’s explosive. But what it shows us is even government agencies which should be non-bias and apolitical are extremely bias and political, and use their power to target their political enemies.
Be skeptical. Be vigilant. Don’t just trust the FBI because they’re the FBI.