IG Report (Articles and More)

  • FBI Agent’s Text Disclosed By Justice Watchdog: ‘We’ll Stop’ Trump From Becoming President (CNBC, by Tucker Higgins | June 13, 2018)
  • Seven Highlights From Bombshell IG Report On The DOJ, FBI Clinton Email Probe (FOX NEWS, by Gregg Re | June 13, 2018)
  • Devin Nunes: IG Report Shows DOJ/FBI Guilty of ‘Obstruction of a Congressional Investigation’; Text Message in Report Were Requested by Congress ‘Late Last Year’: ‘Why Did I Only Find Out Today?’ (FOX NEWS, by Ingraham Angle | June 13, 2018)
  • IG Report: DOJ Official Sought Clinton Campaign Job For Son, Then Shared Case Info With Podesta (FOX NEWS, by Adam Shaw | June 13, 2018)

  • IG Finds FBI Agents “Willingness” To Damage Trump Presidency (SARA CARTER | June 14, 2018)
  • ‘Viva Le Resistance’: Ig Report Reveals More Justice Department Bias As FBI Lawyer Working On Mueller’S Russia Probe Texted Colleague That He Was ‘Numb’ After Trump’s Election (DAILY MAIL, by  Geoff Earle | June 14, 2018)
  • Team Mueller Lawyer: “Viva Le Resistance” (POWERLINE, by Steven Hayward | June 14, 2018)
  • IG Revelations On Agent/Journo Gift-Giving Could Be Federal Crimes (DAILY CALLER, by Kevin Daley | June 14, 2018)
  • Meet the Other Amorous FBI Staffers Who Texted About the Clinton Email Investigation (THE WEEKLY STANDARD, by Eric Felten | June 14, 2018)
  • Five Anti-Trump FBI Officials Referred For Disciplinary Action Over Private Messages (DAILY CALLER, by Chuck Ross | June 14, 2018)
  • Clearly, There Is No Bias Problem At The FBI (HOT AIR, by John Sexton | June 14, 2018)
  • Leak-O-Rama: IG Says Lots Of FBI Employees Were Talking To Reporters — And Some Even Received Benefits (HOT AIR, by AllahPundit | June 14, 2018)
  • FBI Official: Clinton’s Answers To Us Were “Hard To Impossible To Believe” (DAILY CALLER, by Andrew Kerr | June 14, 2018)
  • IG Report: No ‘Confidence’ Peter Strzok’s Decisionmaking ‘Free from Bias’ (AMERICAN SPECTATOR, by Daniel Flynn | June 14, 2018)
  • FBI Employee to FBI Attorney for Russia Investigation: ‘YOU PROMISED’ Trump Would Never Get Elected (CNS NEWS, by Terence P. Jeffrey | June 14 2018)
  • IG Report Released (ACE OF SPADES | June 14 2018)
  • Standard Everday Cucks Vs. Super Mega Incel Cuck (ACE OF SPADES | June 14 2018)
  • OIG Report, Thread Two | Plus: Another Mueller Prosecutor Finally Removed Over Anti-Trump, “Viva La Resistance!” Texts (ACE OF SPADES | June 14 2018)
  • FBI Agent Assigned to Clinton Email Probe: I’m Getting Out My Guns If Clinton Doesn’t Win the Election (ACE OF SPADES | June 14 2018)
  • IG Report: FBI Agents Regularly Received ‘Improper’ Gifts From Reporters in Exchange For Leaks (GATEWAY PUNDIT, by Cristina Laila | June 14, 2018)
  • IG Report: Disciplinary Action Recommended For Five FBI Agents–Oh, And Bureau Employees Got Free Stuff From Reporters (TOWNHALL, by Matt Vespa | June 14, 2018)
  • Strzok, Page Texts: ‘We’ll Stop’ Trump From Being President (WESTERN JOURNAL, by Randy DeSoto  | June 14, 2018)
  • From 9/11 To Spygate: The National Security Deep State (FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE, by Daniel Greenfield | June 14, 2018)
  • Shell-Shocked FBI Employees On Trump’s 2016 Win: Trump Voters Are ‘Poor, Lazy Pieces of Shit’ (TOWNHALL, by Matt Vespa | June 14, 2018)
  • Marco Rubio Wants To Know Why This From The IG Report Isn’t Getting More Focus In The Media? (RIGHT SCOOP | June 14, 2018)
  • Bloomberg: Cancel Horowitzmas … For Now; Update: “We’ll Stop” Trump? (HOT AIR, by Ed Morrissey | June 14, 2018)
  • Hillary Responds To IG Report (POWERLINE, by Steven Hayward | June 14, 2018)

Insubordination and Bias at FBI:

The inspector general report is careful in its conclusions, but damning on the facts.

By Kimberley A. Strassel | June 14, 2018

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s 500-page report covers plenty, but it can be distilled to two words he uses to describe the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the 2016 election: insubordination and bias. Two terms that are chilling in connection with such a powerful agency.

That won’t be the message from Democrats and most of the press, who will focus on a few episodes they will claim cost Hillary Clinton an election. Watch for them to blame former FBI Director James Comey, whom the report faults for “a serious error of judgment,” for having “concealed information” from superiors, and for “violation of or disregard for” departmental and bureau policies.

True, the report is damning about the man who lectures Americans on “higher loyalty.” It describes how an “insubordinate” Mr. Comey was, as early as April 2016, considering how to cut his Justice Department bosses from a public statement exonerating Hillary Clinton. He hid this scheme for fear “they would instruct him not to do it”—and therefore was able to “avoid supervision.” He then “violated long-standing Department practice and protocol” by using his July 5 press conference for “criticizing Clinton’s uncharged conduct.” In October, he made public that the FBI had reopened the investigation, even though the Justice Department recommended he not do so. Mr. Comey went rogue, and President Trump had plenty of justification in firing him in May 2017.

Yet it is the report’s findings on the wider culture of the FBI and Justice Department that are most alarming. The report depicts agencies that operate outside the rules to which they hold everybody else, and that showed extraordinary bias while investigating two presidential candidates.

There’s Loretta Lynch, who felt it perfectly fine to have a long catch-up with her friend Bill Clinton on a Phoenix tarmac and whom the inspector general slams for an “error in judgment.” Mr. Comey’s entire staff was complicit in concealing the contents of the July press conference from Justice officials. We discover that significant FBI “resources” were dedicated in October to spinning FBI “talking points” about the Clinton investigation—rather than actually investigating the new Anthony Weiner laptop emails the bureau discovered in September. We even find that Mr. Comey used personal email and laptops to conduct government work.

There’s former Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik, who was tipping off the Clinton campaign even as he took part in the investigation, and who “failed to strictly adhere to [his] recusal” when he finally stepped away. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe also did not “fully comply with his recusal,” and he’d already been found to have lied to the bureau about a leak to the media. Speaking of leaks, Mr. Horowitz needed full attachments and charts to list the entire “volume of communication” between FBI employees and the press. Not only did these folks have “no official reason to be in contact with the media,” but they also “improperly received benefits from reporters, including tickets to sporting events, golfing outings, drinks and meals, and admittance to nonpublic social events.”

Be ready to hear the report absolves the FBI and DOJ of “bias.” Not true. It very carefully states that “our review did not find documentary or testimonial evidence directly connecting the political views these employees expressed in their text messages and instant messages to the specific investigative decisions we reviewed.” Put another way, he never caught anyone writing down: Let’s start this Trump investigation so we can help Hillary win.

But the bias is everywhere. It’s in the texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and those of three other employees who are routinely “hostile” to Candidate Trump. It’s in Ms. Page’s freak-out that Mr. Trump might win the presidency and Mr. Strzok’s reply: “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.” It’s in a message from an unnamed agent in November 2016 who writes that although the FBI found Clinton aide Huma Abedin had “lied,” it doesn’t matter since “no one at DOJ is going to prosecute.” To which a second agent replies. “Rog—noone is going to pros[ecute] even if we find unique classified.”

It’s in the Justice Department’s decision to cut deals with Mrs. Clinton and her staff and shelter them from a grand jury. And to agree to limitations in searching for and in devices. And in immunity agreements. The report is largely neutral on all this, giving officials the broad benefit of the doubt on “discretionary judgments made during the course of an investigation.” But it immediately follows that statement by noting that its job of evaluating the integrity of decisions was “made significantly more difficult” by the obvious bias among key players, which “cast a cloud” over the entire “investigation’s credibility.”

The current FBI and Justice Department leadership can no longer justify its refusal to come clean on its other actions. A neutral arbiter has found they made a hash of the Clinton investigation, and it is reasonable to assume that those same players made a hash of the Trump probe. The sooner they acknowledge it, the sooner Congress can move to reform these agencies so that no such thing ever happens again.

  • FBI Attorney Who Worked on Russia Investigation Pledged Loyalty to ‘Le Resistance’ Days After Trump Was Elected (TOWNHALL, by Katie Pavlich | June 15, 2018)
  • 11 Quick Things To Know About The Inspector General’s Report (THE FEDERALIST, by Mollie Hemingway | June 15, 2018)
  • Yes, Hillary Should Have Been Prosecuted (NATIONAL REVIEW, by David French | June 15, 2018)
  • Amazing (ACE OF SPADES | June 15 2018)
  • Amazing II (ACE OF SPADES | June 15 2018)
  • Shock: Obama Lied When He Claimed He Had Only Learned of Hillary’s Illegal Off-Books Email System From the News (ACE OF SPADES | June 15 2018)
  • Mollie Hemingway: 11 Takeaways from the IG Report (ACE OF SPADES | June 15 2018)
  • Press Ignores Obama’s Lie About Emails to Hillary’s Private Server (NEWSBUSTERS, by Tom Blumer | June 15, 2018)
  • “I’M SHOCKED!” – Lindsey Graham Says Before The IG Report He Didn’t Buy Into The Anti-Trump Deep State (RIGHT SCOOP, by SooperMexican | June 15, 2018)
  • No Obstruction If Boss Cans Insubordinate Subordinate (AMERICAN SPECTATOR, by Dov Fischer | June 15, 2018)
  • Viva Le Resistance: How Political Bias Infected FBI Trump, Clinton Probes (WASHINGTON EXAMINER, by Byron York | June 15, 2018)
  • The Strange Tale of How the FBI’s Anti-Trump Bias Helped Elect Trump (NATIONAL REVIEW, by David French | June 15, 2018)
  • The Anatomy of a Partisan Pile-Up (AMERICAN SPECTATOR, by George Neumayr | June 15, 2018)
  • The FBI Inspector General Report Directly Criticized President Obama (NATIONAL REVIEW, by Dan Mclaughlin | June 15, 2018)
  • ‘No. No, He’s Not. We’ll Stop It.” (AMERICAN SPECTATOR, by Scott Mckay | June 15, 2018)
  • President Trump Responds To IG Report (POWERLINE, by John Hinderaker | June 15, 2018)
  • Comey Responds To IG Report (POWERLINE, by Scott Johnson | June 15, 2018)
  • IG Report: FBI Agents Found Huma Abedin Deleting Classified/Hillary Emails From Yahoo Account But Failed to Subpoena Her Devices (GATEWAY PUNDIT, by Cristina Laila | June 15, 2018)
  • Horowitz Confirms He Did NOT Recover All ‘Missing’ Strzok-Page Text Messages (GATEWAY PUNDIT, by Cristina Laila | June 15, 2018)
  • Strzok’s “We’ll Stop It” Text Was Certainly Inappropriate, Says… Hillary’s Campaign Manager (HOT AIR, by Allahpundit | June 15, 2018)
  • DEEP STATE Scrubbed Obama’s Name from FBI Report on Hillary’s Emails (GATEWAY PUNDIT, by Jim Hoft | June 15, 2018)
  • FBI Agent Who Questioned Hillary for Email Probe Called Her ‘the President’—4 Months Before Election (CNS NEWS, by Terence P. Jeffrey | June 15, 2018)
  • Comey’s FBI Was Protecting The Legitimacy Of The Presumed Clinton Presidency (THE FEDERALIST, by David Marcus | June 15, 2018)
  • Giuliani Urges Suspension of Mueller’s Russia Probe in Wake of Watchdog Report (WESTERN JOURNAL, by Jack Davis | June 15, 2018)
  • FBI IG Report: A Slap On The Wrist (FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE, by Joseph Klein | June 15, 2018)
  • WSJ Columnist: Hey, The ‘No Bias’ Claim In DOJ IG Report Is Not What It Seems (TOWNHALL, by Matt Vespa | June 15, 2018)
  • House Judiciary Chair: Bring Me Peter Strzok (HOT AIR, by Allahpundit | June 15, 2018)
  • Trump: Aren’t You Glad I Fired Comey Now? (HOT AIR, by Ed Morrissey | June 15, 2018)

  • Problems at the Justice Department and FBI Are Serious (NATIONAL REVIEW, by Andrew McCarthy | June 16, 2018)
  • How the FBI’s Keystone Cops Hurt the Candidate They Sought to Help (AMERICAN SPECTATOR, by Daniel Flynn | June 16, 2018)
  • Are Federal and State Prosecutors Out of Control? (TOWNHALL, by Brian McNicoll | June 16, 2018)
  • HERE IT IS: The Top 10 Different Reasons The IG’s Report On the Clinton Email ‘Matter’ Is Flawed – Obama’s Deep State Runs Deep (GATEWAY PUNDIT, by Jim Hoft | June 16, 2018)