FBI Political Machinations Uncovered by the DOJ and Congress
The alleged bias of key FBI officials in the Trump Russian collusion investigation, and the mishandling of emails by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, are ongoing controversies.
Honorable rank and file FBI agents are embarrassed by the alleged unprofessionalism and politicization of the Bureau, according to reporter Kerry Picket of the Daily Caller. Several agents have asked Congress to issue them subpoenas so they can testify against the partisan activities and be protected from professional retaliation.
Picket reported that the disgruntled agents want the FBI and U.S. Dept. of Justice to prosecute former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for alleged illegal and unprofessional activities that they contend have damaged the credibility of the Bureau that agents all over America work for and are proud of.
The Daily Caller reported the agents want to hold Obama attorney general Loretta Lynch and former CIA director John Brennan accountable for alleged use of their agencies as political intelligence tools to obstruct the election and success of Donald Trump.
The Caller stated former Federal prosecutor and counterintelligence consultant Joe DiGenova has maintained contact with the disgruntled FBI agents.
DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his nearly 600-page report on FBI investigations of candidate and President Trump, and the handling by the FBI of Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Alex Pappas (Fox News) reported that the IG report called James Comey “insubordinate,” and questioned Comey’s release of classified documents. The 18-month investigative report alleges that text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page reflected bias and animus against Trump, as did their communications about the need to “stop” him.
Strzok was escorted from his FBI office in mid-June and lost his national security clearance. Elana Schor of Politico reported in early June that McCabe may plead the 5th Amendment to avoid self-incrimination if not granted immunity from prosecution.
Equally alarming is the IG assertion that “foreign actors obtained access to some of Mrs. Clinton’s emails—including at least one email classified ‘Secret’…and accessed the private accounts of Clinton staffers.”
According to the New York Post, the IG Report claimed some reporters bribed FBI agents to get leaked information from the investigations. In heated June 28 Congressional testimony, Asst. Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein denied slow walking the transfer of requested documents to Congressional investigating committees, or being involved in the alleged redaction of politically sensitive documents.
There is much to be learned from the investigations and future testimony. So far, it appears that collusion applies more to Trump’s accusers than the Trump team itself.
Reforms are needed to prevent future FBI officials from appearing to serve as arms of the Democratic Party.