Monday, September 04, 2017

It's time to investigate the FBI

James "Little Jimmy" Comey
Not since the days of J. Edgar Hoover has the organization's leadership been so suspect, their opaque decision-making process so fraught with defensive self-preservation and political bias, Roger Simon writes. It is the reputation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation itself that is even more dangerously tarnished.

Let us count the ways. You won't learn any of this in the legacy media.

1. The fix was in. Transcripts reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee reveal that former FBI Director James Comey began drafting an exoneration statement in the Clinton email investigation before the FBI had interviewed key witnesses.
Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senator Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, said in a letter to the FBI: “Conclusion first, fact-gathering second—that’s no way to run an investigation. The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy.” 
2. It's running a coverup. Senate investigators have had problems getting the FBI to reveal information about the Trump dossier. They're not the only ones. Outside groups filing Freedom of Information Act requests are running up against a stone wall when it comes to the dossier.
Christopher Steele is a former British spy who dug for dirt in Russia on candidate Donald Trump in the months before the 2016 presidential election. Steele's effort was commissioned by the oppo research firm Fusion GPS, which at the time was being paid by still-unidentified Democrats who supported Hillary Clinton. Just weeks before the election, the FBI reportedly agreed to support Steele's oppo project — an extraordinary action in the midst of a campaign which Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said raised "questions about the FBI's independence from politics."
3. Follow the money. Former Acting Director Andrew McCabe's wife, Jill, ran a losing campaign for a Virginia state Senate seat. She reportedly received $700,000 from Clinton allies at the same time that McCabe was second-in-command at the FBI during the investigation into Clinton's use of a personal email server for State Department business and alleged mishandling of classified information.
According to the Wall Street Journal, it was McCabe who told lower-level FBI investigators to “stand down” in their inquiry into whether illegal influence-peddling or financial crimes were being committed at the Clinton Foundation. Meanwhile, McCabe did not recuse himself from the investigation into presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails, despite an apparent conflict of interest involving his wife.
And this agency pretends to investigate Donald Trump for impropriety.

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