Kimberly Strassell says that anyone who says IG Michael Horowitz didn’t find any political bias is full of it. She correctly points out that Horowitz used specific language such as “he found no “documentary” evidence that bias produced “specific investigatory decisions.” What he is saying here is that he found no evidence he could use in court to convict these people because no one was stupid enough to sign a confession. In fact Horowitz exposed even more political bias than was known about before.
We found out there was another set of lovers who were even more Pro-Hillary and Anti-Trump than Strzok and Page. A second lawyer was fired from the investigation over anti-Trump remarks, such as “Viva le resistance.” And FBI agents who called Trump voters idiots. We also found out there was at least one communication between Strzok and page that was the most damning one yet.
Don’t believe anyone who claims Horowitz didn’t find bias. He very carefully says that he found no “documentary” evidence that bias produced “specific investigatory decisions.” That’s different. It means he didn’t catch anyone doing anything so dumb as writing down that they took a specific step to aid a candidate. You know, like: “Let’s give out this Combetta immunity deal so nothing comes out that will derail Hillary for President.”
But he in fact finds bias everywhere. The examples are shocking and concerning, and he devotes entire sections to them. And he very specifically says in the summary that they “cast a cloud” on the entire “investigation’s credibility.” That’s pretty damning.
Meanwhile this same cast of characters who the IG has now found to have made a hash of the Clinton investigation and who demonstrate such bias, seamlessly moved to the Trump investigation. And we’re supposed to think they got that one right?
Also don’t believe anyone who says this is just about Comey and his instances of insubordination. (Though they are bad enough.) This is an indictment broadly of an FBI culture that believes itself above the rules it imposes on others. People failing to adhere to their recusals (Kadzik/McCabe). Lynch hanging with Bill. Staff helping Comey conceal details of presser from DOJ bosses. Use of personal email and laptops. Leaks. Accepting gifts from media. Agent affairs/relationships.
It also contains stunning examples of incompetence. Comey explains that he wasn’t aware the Weiner laptop was big deal because he didn’t know Weiner was married to Abedin? Then they sit on it a month, either cuz it fell through cracks (wow) or were more obsessed w/Trump.
And I can still hear the echo of the howls from when Trump fired Comey. Still waiting to hear the apologies now that this report has backstopped the Rosenstein memo and the obvious grounds for dismissal.
Don’t hold your breath for any apologies, but beware of incoming.