Thursday, June 14, 2018
By Gary Bauer
The Cover-up Continues
The long-awaited report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz was finally released this afternoon. It is 500 pages and will take time to fully dissect.
To be clear, this report is about how then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, then-FBI Director James Comey and other top officials handled the investigation of Hillary Clinton's mishandling of national security secrets. It is not about the FBI's Trump/Russia investigation.
According to Bloomberg, which obtained excerpts of the report, Horowitz blasts Comey for "dramatically departing from department norms," but finds no evidence of political bias. That is difficult to accept given that Comey essentially admitted his bias.
Speaking of bias, there was at least one big bombshell in the Horowitz report: Newly revealed text messages between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page suggest that they somehow intended to "stop" Donald Trump from becoming president.
How much more evidence of political bias could you possibly need, especially given all their other biased messages?
Let me remind you again of several facts, none of which are in dispute:
- Hillary Clinton evaded State Department policy and violated federal records laws.
- Hillary Clinton and her aides regularly exposed national security secrets.
- They destroyed evidence, smashing cell phones with hammers.
- They erased hard drives with a special product called BleachBit.
- A laptop was "lost in the mail."
- The IT aide who set up Clinton's secret server refused to testify and was charged with contempt.
Yet what we ended up with from the "experts" at the Justice Department was Clinton's exoneration and an obstruction of justice investigation into Donald Trump. In what world does that make any sense?
And don't forget that Comey drafted his statement clearing Clinton before she was even interviewed. And Peter Strzok helped him write it! Bias, anyone?
That is why a significant percentage of Americans have lost confidence in our top law enforcement agency. This was not an investigation. It appears to have been a cover-up from start to finish.
Fox News reports that congressional investigators have discovered evidence that foreign powers did in fact access classified information from Hillary Clinton's emails. This information is verified in a May 2016 email written by . . . FBI agent Peter Strzok.
But that is not what James Comey said in his July exoneration statement. Instead, he hedged his remarks, saying, "it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton's personal e-mail account."
In addition, congressional investigators suggest that Comey "misinterpreted the Espionage Act" with his excessive focus on "intent," and appears to have "predetermined" the outcome of the investigation.