Another pair of FBI lovebirds were fervently pro-Clinton while required to investigate her.
FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page have been in the news because of their extreme partiality for Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump. But they weren’t unique. Another romantic pair of FBI agents show the same extreme prejudice.
But we can go further. If anyone involved in the Clinton email investigation had texted or emailed something mildly favorable to Donald Trump, as Mark Steyn points out, the FBI would have made sure we got to read it.
The Weekly Standard reports, “Meet the Other Amorous FBI Staffers Who Texted About the Clinton Email Investigation.”
Criticism of James Comey is nothing new—it’s one of the few things that both Republicans and Democrats can agree on. Which made the headline takeaway of the Department of Justice Inspector General’s report—that Comey deviated from FBI norms—something less than a surprise. But the Comey story isn’t even close to being the most interesting or instructive finding by the IG.
Perhaps the most shocking information in the IG’s report is the revelation that Lisa Page and Peter Strzok were not the only amorous agents with a habit of texting. There were also “Agent 1” and “Agent 5,” who were involved in the Clinton investigation and, according to the IG’s report “were in a relationship at the time and are now married.” Their communications make for a searing indictment of the culture of the FBI and paint a portrait of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices as fiasco.
What follows is example after example of sophomoric tax feeders who express loyalty to Clinton and hostility to Trump.
Defenders of the FBI have long argued that Page and Strzok were radical outliers in the culture of the FBI headquarters. These revelations make that a more difficult case. Could someone rise to senior levels of the FBI if these views, and the language used to express, were far out of the mainstream? Their behavior presents a grotesque caricature of what we taxpayers should expect from federal law enforcement.
The “conduct of these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation and sowed doubt about the FBI’s work on, and its handling of, the Midyear investigation,” the inspector general concluded. “The damage caused by these employees’ actions extends far beyond the scope of the Midyear investigation and goes to the heart of the FBI’s reputation for neutral factfinding and political independence.”
The IG is right, of course. But disciplining those employees will not be nearly enough to fix what’s amiss with the FBI and the DoJ.