The long-awaited Department of Justice report on the foundations of probes into Trump’s 2016 campaign contacts with Russia just surprisingly surfaced text messages showing the exact opposite kind of bias that the President has long bleated about while railing against the imaginary “deep state.”
In fact, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz revealed that the FBI had a sound basis for opening an investigation into Trump’s Russian ties. He also revealed that prior Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ highly inappropriate partisan leaks aimed at discrediting former FBI agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok also hid something far more insidious inside the investigation into Trump code-named “Crossfire Hurricane.”
Pro-Trump FBI agents on the case held high ranks, and they openly celebrated his surprise electoral college victory. More ominously, the pro-Trump FBI agents foreshadowed one of the most disturbing and public uses of the presidential bully pulpit to target and harass individual public servants. BI reports:
“Trump!” the handling agent said.
“Hahaha. S— just got real,” the co-handling agent replied.
“Yes it did,” the handling agent said.
The co-handling agent responded, “I saw a lot of scared MFers on…[my way to work] this morning. Start looking for new jobs fellas. Haha.”
The other agent sent a final reply to the above communications: “Lol.”
Last year, President Trump very publicly fired former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe only hours before his pension benefits kicked in, turning his partisans’ words inside the bureau into a harsh reality.
Additionally, the pro-Trump FBI agent volunteered to work on a non-existent theoretical Special Counsel investigation into Bill Clinton’s now-closed charity the Clinton Foundation.
Ironically, the only person abusing charity laws in order to turn US veterans into political props is President Trump, who admitted wrongdoing with the Trump Foundation in a recent $2 million settlement.
Both of the cited agents are members of the FBI who handle human intelligence sources and worked on the investigation into Putin’s attack on our last presidential election to help Trump. The pro-Trump agents had one other discussion about Trump’s election:
In another exchange, he said, “Come January I’m going to just get a big bowl of popcorn and sit back and watch.”
The other handling agent replied, “That’s hilarious.”
When asked by the IG why he sent those messages, the pro-Trump agent hilariously replied that the meaning behind his texts was that he felt “energized” because “I didn’t want a criminal in the White House.”
Even during the election, the pro-Trump bias in the FBI was so evident that the New York field office was nicknamed “Trumplandia.”
Former FBI Director James Comey even told a congressional panel that he believed Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was personally behind FBI leaks during the election, hardly evidence of anti-Trump bias.
Yet, President Trump, Q-Anon and the right-wing conspiracy factories that keep his voters misinformed have been hyping the opposite expectation from the DOJ Inspector General’s report all year long, led by Sean Hannity and the usual suspects on Fox News.
But the reality is that the FBI is staffed by people, who did their jobs according to the rules and laws that Congress set down to authorize the federal government’s most powerful domestic law enforcement agency.
Only recently did former FBI lawyer Lisa Page finally speak out to dispel some of the lies and public presidential attacks on her professional integrity, which today’s IG report upholds.
Today’s report puts to bed most of the worst Trump-driven, Republican conspiracy theories about the “deep state” which turns out to be filled with FBI agents doing their jobs because Donald Trump sold out his country when Russia attacked our last election to help his campaign.
Here’s a key section of the DOJ’s IG report about Pro-Trump bias:
This is remarkable. It's basically the inverse of Page and Strzok. pic.twitter.com/hQ2ZW2BuTH
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) December 9, 2019
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