When the FBI leaks a self-serving story to the mainstream media, the question is not IF they are lying, but HOW MUCH?!
So the FBI leaks a story about the careful, legal, and important investigation into if Trump somehow cooperated with those Facebook ads (that ran before and after the election and included messages that were pro-Bernie Sanders and pro-Black Lives Matter), because buying less than $200K worth of Facebook ads in broken English is the worst thing since Pearl Harbor. This was entirely legit. The fact that the same small group that covered up Hillary Clinton’s crimes were also targeting the GOP political campaign was all above suspicion. As the story admits outright: “Crossfire Hurricane was built around the same core of agents and analysts who had investigated Mrs. Clinton.”
The New York Times reports, “Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation.”
This month, the Justice Department inspector general is expected to release the findings of its lengthy review of the F.B.I.’s conduct in the Clinton case. The results are certain to renew debate over decisions by the F.B.I. director at the time, James B. Comey, to publicly chastise Mrs. Clinton in a news conference, and then announce the reopening of the investigation days before Election Day. Mrs. Clinton has said those actions buried her presidential hopes.
They also kept her out of court and out of prison. Comey did this quite shamelessly but he has to say a few negative things to try to pose as fair. He only reopened the case to close it “before she became President” so that Republicans couldn’t reopen it later.
Those decisions stand in contrast to the F.B.I.’s handling of Crossfire Hurricane. Not only did agents in that case fall back to their typical policy of silence, but interviews with a dozen current and former government officials and a review of documents show that the F.B.I. was even more circumspect in that case than has been previously known. Many of the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.
These are all illegal FBI leaks, which makes the first three words of the next quotation especially ironic.
Fearful of leaks, they kept details from political appointees across the street at the Justice Department. Peter Strzok, a senior F.B.I. agent, explained in a text that Justice Department officials would find it too “tasty” to resist sharing. “I’m not worried about our side,” he wrote.
In other words, they knew using the resources of the FBI against a Presidential candidate was not going to sit well with many people. They worked as an embedded clandestine group of tax feeders.
The facts, had they surfaced, might have devastated the Trump campaign: Mr. Trump’s future national security adviser was under investigation, as was his campaign chairman. One adviser appeared to have Russian intelligence contacts. Another was suspected of being a Russian agent himself.
Uh, no. The story contradicts this many times. Over and over the FBI expressed concern that, if any hint of this got out, everything that Donald Trump was saying about a “rigged” system would be proven true. Here’s one example among many:
They said Ms. Page and others advocated a slower, circumspect pace, especially because polls predicted Mr. Trump’s defeat. They said that anything the F.B.I. did publicly would only give fodder to Mr. Trump’s claims on the campaign trail that the election was rigged.
So this brings us to one final truth that needs to be understood. The Trump Witch Hunt was NOT an “insurance policy.” Yes, Strzok, said it was, but that was an adaptation to the dawning awareness that Donald Trump had a chance of winning. No, the investigation started as a gift to Hillary Clinton. It would simultaneously justify a toughter anti-Russia stance in foreign affairs and jail time for Donald Trump and everyone who supported him. It was going to be a blueprint for progressive vengeance on the Deplorables.
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