We’re not terribly surprised to see the mainstream media treat the DOJ Inspector General’s 500-page report on the Hillary Clinton investigation as a huge nothingburger; this report could have outlined 50 ways in which the FBI tried to put Clinton in the White House and the media would have found a way to make an excuse for them. Oh, that’s just them doing their job, don’t you know? Yeah, okay. In any event, there is plenty of red meat in this report to concern anyone who wants our law enforcement agencies to conduct themselves with integrity – no matter which political candidate you supported in the 2016 election. Here are the three most damning revelations.
Strzok and Page Vowed to “Stop” Trump’s Election
The biggest bombshell came in the form of a newly-revealed series of text messages between FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. At one point before November, Strzok told his lover that he would “stop it,” the “it” being Donald Trump’s election. This is not just idle talk between politically-active citizens. This is a declaration of war from someone who actually was in a position to use his authority to unfairly, unethically, and illegally sway a counterintelligence investigation into a presidential candidate. Not only is this text message deeply troubling in and of itself, it is also chilling to realize that this message was never revealed to Congress. That is an act of deliberate malfeasance on the part of the Justice Department’s current leadership that should not go unnoticed.
Comey Determined Hillary’s “Innocence” Long Before Her Interview
James Comey may have waited until July 2016 to usurp the Justice Department’s authority and announce Hillary Clinton’s “innocence” before God and the American people, but he actually came to that conclusion months before. The former FBI director determined that no charges would be filed in Spring 2016, long before Clinton was interviewed by his agents. The report also reveals that Comey’s announcement went through several drafts, each one softer than the last when describing the former secretary of State’s crimes. All of this has been previously reported, but this is the first time we have an official internal investigation confirming these troubling details.
Comey and Lynch Ignored the Law in Letting Hillary Off the Hook
According to the Inspector General, Clinton would have had to have shown a state of negligence “so gross as to almost suggest deliberate intention” for her to be held legally liable for her mishandling of classified information. That may be the standard to which AG Loretta Lynch and James Comey held her, but it has nothing to do with the law as written.
As an addendum, the report also confirmed that the FBI leaked like a sieve during the investigation, with Bureau employees accepting golf trips, meals, and drinks from reporters in exchange for the inside scoop. “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 IG wrote. This is an atmosphere of leaking that, of course, continues to be a huge problem to this day.