Here’s the deal. The FBI swings its reputation around like a dead cat. It is the vaunted last resort to combat corrupt and abusive cops, flying in on any pretense to “clean up” a department or scandal. Fine…whatever.
But for YEARS we, the local and state police, kept asking the question, “Who watches the watchers?” We did this because being inside the legal system we learned early on when to spot a cover-up. And we spotted a number of them coming from the federal government. In fact, during the Obama administration the cover-ups were so numerous it became almost SOP! From the Fast and Furious, to AG Holder being held in contempt, to the IRS to the EPA, to the secret emails used by public officials to the literal pay to play schemes of the Clintons, it was just one thing after another. During which all of us in police work kept asking “Where are the cops?”
It is painfully apparent that the Justice system at the federal level is broken and corrupted. It doesn’t serve the people, it serves the masters of the people. But when Trump was elected he unleashed a torrent of foolish activity that exposed the players in this game. He is like an elephant that stepped into ant pile. They are all running around biting him on the ankle, but in doing so, exposing them to daylight where we can see them all now. They screwed up because they thought Hillary was going to win and this huge hidden conspiracy would have remained just that- hidden.
The problem with Mueller is he is a dogged, seventy-one year old, “last generation” dude who doesn’t really see that the old rules do not apply in the new world. He is driving this investigation like a junker car, intent on reaching the finish line as quickly as possible. But all the while, the other guy’s crew is taking a lug nut wrench to the tires and pulling them off as he wobbles down the road! Mueller’s goal is to get as many chicken shit arrests on people the “deep state” hates- Manafort and Flynn for two- and cripple Trump with a scathing report. What he doesn’t get is HIS car is falling apart because he put it together with bad parts.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has discovered that edits made to former FBI Director James Comey’s statement exonerating Hillary Clinton for transmitting classified info over an unsecured, private email server went far beyond what was previously known, as detailed in a Thursday letter from committee chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
The letter reveals specific edits made by senior FBI agents when Deputy Director Andrew McCabe exchanged drafts of Comey’s statement with senior FBI officials, including Peter Strzok, Strzok’s direct supervisor, E.W. “Bill” Priestap, Jonathan Moffa, and an unnamed employee from the Office of General Counsel (identified by Newsweek as DOJ Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson) – in what was a coordinated conspiracy among top FBI brass to decriminalize Clinton’s conduct by changing legal terms and phrases, omitting key information, and minimizing the role of the Intelligence Community in the email investigation.Doing so virtually guaranteed one thing: That then-Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton would not be prosecuted for her criminal actions.
In addition to Strzok’s “gross negligence” –> “extremely careless” edit, McCabe’s damage control team removed a key justification for elevating Clinton’s actions to the standard of “gross negligence” – that being the “sheer volume” of classified material on Clinton’s server. In the original draft, the “sheer volume” of material “supports an inference that the participants were grossly negligent in their handling of that information.”
Also removed from Comey’s statement were all references to the Intelligence Community’s involvement in investigating Clinton’s private email server.
Director Comey’s original statement acknowledged the FBI had worked with its partners in the Intelligence Community to assess potential damage from Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server. The original statement read:
[W]e have done extensive work with the assistance of our colleagues elsewhere in the Intelligence Community to understand what indications there might be of compromise by hostile actors in connection with the private email operation.
The edited version removed the references to the intelligence community:
[W]e have done extensive work [removed] to understand what indications there might be of compromise by hostile actors in connection with the personal e-mail operation.
Furthermore, the FBI edited Comey’s statement to downgrade the probability that Clinton’s server was hacked by hostile actors, changing their language from “reasonably likely” to “possible” – an edit which eliminated yet another justification for the phrase “Gross negligence.” To put it another way, “reasonably likely” means the probability of a hack due to Clinton’s negligence is above 50 percent, whereas the hack simply being “possible” is any probability above zero.
It’s also possible that the FBI, which was not allowed to inspect the DNC servers, was uncomfortable standing behind the conclusion of Russian hacking reached by cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike.
The original draft read:
Given the combination of factors, we assess it is reasonably likely that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s private email account.”
The edited version from Director Comey’s July 5 statement read:
Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.
Johnson’s letter also questions an “insurance policy” referenced in a text message sent by demoted FBI investigator Peter Strzok to his mistress, FBI attorney Lisa Page, which read “I want to believe the path you threw out to consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk.” It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40….”
One wonders if the “insurance policy” Strzok sent to Page on August 15, 2016 was in reference to the original counterintelligence operation launched against Trump of which Strzok became the lead investigator in “late July” 2016? Of note, Strzok reported directly to Bill Priestap – the director of Counterintelligence, who told James Comey not to inform congress that the FBI had launched a counterintelligence operation against then-candidate Trump, per Comey’s March 20th testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. (h/t @TheLastRefuge2)
Transcript, James Comey Testimony to House Intel Committee, March 20, 2016
The letter from the Senate Committee concludes; “the edits to Director Comey’s public statement, made months prior to the conclusion of the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s conduct, had a significant impact on the FBI’s public evaluation of the implications of her actions. This effort, seen in the light of the personal animus toward then-candidate Trump by senior FBI agents leading the Clinton investigation and their apparent desire to create an “insurance policy” against Mr. Trump’s election, raise profound questions about the FBI’s role and possible interference in the 2016y presidential election and the role of the same agents in Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation of President Trump.”
Johnson then asks the FBI to answer six questions:
Please provide the names of the Department of Justice (DOJ) employees who comprised the “mid-year review team” during the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Please identify all FBI, DOJ, or other federal employees who edited or reviewed Director Comey’s July 5, 2016 statement. Please identify which individual made the marked changes in the documents produced to the Committee.
Please identify which FBI employee repeatedly changed the language in the final draft statement that described Secretary Clinton’s behavior as “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless.” What evidence supported these changes?
Please identify which FBI employee edited the draft statement to remove the reference to the Intelligence Community. On what basis was this change made?
Please identify which FBI employee edited the draft statement to downgrade the FBI’s assessment that it was “reasonably likely” that hostile actors had gained access to Secretary Clinton’s private email account to merely that than [sic] intrusion was “possible.” What evidence supported these changes?
Please provide unredacted copies of the drafts of Director Comey’s statement, including comment bubbles, and explain the basis for the redactions produced to date.
We are increasingly faced with the fact that the FBI’s top ranks have been filled with political ideologues who helped Hillary Clinton while pursuing the Russian influence narrative against Trump (perhaps as the “insurance” Strzok spoke of). Meanwhile, “hands off” recused Attorney General Jeff Sessions and assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein don’t seem very excited to explore the issues with a second Special Counsel. As such, we are now almost entirely reliant on the various Committees of congress to pursue justice in this matter. Perhaps when their investigations have concluded, President Trump will feel he has the political and legal ammunition to truly clean house at the nation’s swampiest agencies.
The players here are numerous and they were coordinated in the effort to cover-up HRC’s illegal efforts and create a Russian/Trump fake narrative. The “plan” they spoke of in Andrew McCabe’s office. From Strzok’s text to his lover.
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok texted on Aug. 15, 2016. “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
We have McCabe, who’s wife got 675k for “running for Senate” in Virginia from a Clinton buddy McCaullife. We have Strzok, who is the linchpin of the cover-up set in motion by the Obama DOJ over HRC’s illegal acts, and who signed the papers to start the Russian/Trump “collusion” fake investigation. We have Strzok’s boss, Bill Priestap who had to be involved because nothing gets started in the FBI without a boss signing off, and another FBI “expert” Bruce Ohr who was deeply involved and his freaking WIFE, Nellie, who has deep connections with the Russians and worked for Fusion GPS during the dossier creation. This doesn’t even touch the DOJ side of the cover-up, but you can bet there are many lawyers now wondering if someone is going to out them too.
A senior Justice Department official demoted last week for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump “dossier” had even closer ties to Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the incendiary document, than have been disclosed, Fox News has confirmed: The official’s wife worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election.
Contacted by Fox News, investigators for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) confirmed that Nellie H. Ohr, wife of the demoted official, Bruce G. Ohr, worked for the opposition research firm last year. The precise nature of Mrs. Ohr’s duties – including whether she worked on the dossier – remains unclear but a review of her published works available online reveals Mrs. Ohr has written extensively on Russia-related subjects. HPSCI staff confirmed to Fox News that she was paid by Fusion GPS through the summer and fall of 2016.
Seriously, like we said locally, “Where’s the cops?!!”