Released this week to great fanfare, the much-anticipated and long-awaited Inspector General’s report detailing the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal was released this week with both sides claiming vindication from their parsing of its contents, but lost in the shuffle was the tremendous damage the politicized FBI and DOJ has done to both their reputations as America’s premier law enforcement agencies and the idea of impartiality as embodied in the premise of the rule of law upon which America was founded.
In 1995, former NFL running back O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman following a trial sensationalized by the media and breathlessly watched by the public as if it were a popular serial. The not guilty verdict shocked Americans certain that the evidence presented had proved Simpson’s guilt beyond a shadow of a doubt. Despite his acquittal in court, Simpson found that he had been convicted in the court of public opinion as he was shunned afterwards for his actions. Like many before him who have been acquitted at trial for a lack of conclusive evidence recognized by a court but judged guilty by the public whose evidentiary bar is much lower, Simpson found post-acquittal life to be very different as the public removed its premise of a benefit of the doubt.
Along with property rights and sound currency, the rule of law is one of the foundational principles underlying the success of America. Successful enforcement of the rule of law depends on citizens accepting the fact that the laws are equitable and fairly applied to all regardless of their station in society. Citizens accepting of equitable laws equally applied to all will police themselves to a great extent. This is necessary since the police can’t be everywhere at all times, and their presence can be more suitably applied to those areas with higher crime and directed against those who have demonstrated a previous proclivity to crime.
When the citizens of a country determine that their laws are no longer equitable or equally applied, they begin to ignore the law to do as they please seeing others do the same with little or no consequence. California is seeing an increase in property crimes as a result of their decision to release thousands of criminals early as voters were swayed by nonsensical social justice warrior arguments of compassion for the plight of incarcerated criminals. The criminals took this early release law as a sign that Californians were going soft on crime and would be less likely to punish their future criminal activity, which they eagerly began practicing upon release.
High profile cases such as the murder trial of O.J. Simpson are watched by the public both for their drama and for signs that the rich and powerfully connected are treated differently by the criminal justice system. It is for this reason that the criminal behavior of Hillary Clinton storing classified information on a private email server and selling access to her office as Secretary of State without prosecution is so galling to Americans aware that simple mistakes on their part would see them prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Those who work with classified information are constantly trained in the proper procedures for its handling and are all too aware of the consequences of mishandling classified information. They are also aware that no plausible excuse exists that would exonerate Hillary Clinton’s obvious intentional mishandling of classified information. Hillary didn’t simply make a mistake of leaving a classified document lying on a table; she intentionally had a server set up in her home with her email traffic directed to that server to avoid official State Department information systems and public records requirements for the proper retention of official communications.
Americans have watched as both Democrat and Republican administrations have wasted the prestige President Reagan managed to build up for America as he set about to end the Cold War and restore the American economy. President Reagan inherited a mess from the inept Carter administration responsible for double-digit inflation and stagnant wages domestically, and the destruction of American prestige as a group of Iranian students held hostages from the American embassy while Carter helplessly twiddled his thumbs. Reagan came into office demanding tax cuts and deregulation to stimulate the economy while launching a military buildup which eventually bankrupted the Soviet Union and led to its demise.
Following the example set by the Reagan administration, George H.W. Bush came into office showing great promise for his ability to assemble a coalition of nations to successfully oust Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein from Kuwait, but who ended up fumbling through the purchase of a pair of socks unable to comprehend the technology of a sales scanner which the rest of us took for granted in his lame attempt to address a recession later in his administration. This recession set the stage for serial womanizer Bill Clinton to become president with the tagline “It’s the economy, stupid!” highlighting Bush’s inability to demonstrate an understanding of economics. Clinton set about satisfying his personal pleasure while coasting on the success of the Reagan administration in ending the Cold War and freeing up a significant portion of the defense budget which he redirected to domestic programs.
In 2000, George W. Bush assumed the presidency promising some effete compassionate conservatism sounding exactly like the liberal sop it was. Bush was quickly sidetracked by the Islamic terrorist threat, which the Clinton administration had pointedly ignored, with the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Bush launched the War on Terror, and in a fit of overreaction, created the bureaucratic boondoggle known as the Department of Homeland Security while granting the federal bureaucracy the ability to unconstitutionally spy upon Americans with the Patriot Act. Not many remember that it was Bush who pushed creation of the Medicare Drug entitlement at a time when creation of a new entitlement program wasn’t even on the Democrats’ radar. Bush managed to waste trillions on overseas wars without a coherent strategy to defeat the Islamic terrorist threat all while taking excruciating pains to push political correctness when it came to the Muslim ideology. Bush fought Islamic terrorism on one hand while refusing to condemn the warmongering Muslim ideology on the other in a charade which only served to confuse Americans contemptuous of his nuance.
It took the Obama administration to weaponize the spying powers granted to the intelligence agencies by the Patriot Act and direct them against his political opponents. The Founders warned Americans to never grant the federal government additional powers not explicitly granted by the Constitution. No less than James Madison, author of the Constitution, warned that any power granted to the government would eventually be used against the people and would never be voluntarily returned to the people once granted. Obama spread his progressive acolytes throughout the federal bureaucracy and they wasted no time using the powers at their disposal to harass, intimidate, and silence critics of his administration. Obama acolyte Lois Lerner slow walked TEA Party 501c applications through the IRS to deny them tax-exempt status and render them ineffective during the 2012 and 2014 election cycles. Attorney General Eric Holder refused to prosecute obvious election tampering against Philadelphia thugs who threatened voters outside the polls in 2008, approved the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal which saw Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry murdered with one of the guns the ATF failed to track, and generally overlooked myriad Obama administration scandals while also launching a spying operation upon members of the White House press corps.
FBI Director James Comey directed a cabal of politically biased agents to overlook and excuse criminal activity committed by Hillary Clinton to facilitate her candidacy for president to provide cover for Attorney General Loretta Lynch in her refusal to bring charges against Clinton. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan spied upon the Trump campaign in 2016 to gather opposition research for the Clinton campaign by creating a fake dossier of scandalous innuendo and unproven allegations which they then used to justify FISA Court warrants for wiretaps. Obama administration minions Susan Rice and Samantha Powers set about unmasking Americans caught on tape from these wiretaps and spreading their names throughout the administration to ensure their leakage to the corrupt and biased media.
If not for the election of Donald Trump over scandal-plagued and untrustworthy Hillary Clinton, this Deep State plot to rig the election in Hillary’s favor which morphed into a plot to undermine and destroy the Trump administration would never have come to light. It is for precisely the reason of Hillary’s history of flimsy and unbelievable excuses that Americans shunned her in favor of Trump. Americans are sick to death of the hypocrisy surrounding Hillary and the Obama administration with its progressive minions scattered throughout the federal bureaucracy wreaking havoc at every turn. Americans long ago made up their minds that Comey, McCabe, Strozk, Page, Lynch, Rosenstein, Mueller, Brennan, Clapper, and many others are part of a Deep State conspiracy to undermine the Trump administration and bring down Trump as president regardless of any evidence recognized by a court. Americans have seen enough to know this is a crooked scheme perpetrated by progressive Deep State snowflakes unwilling to admit that Americans seek the destruction of any legacy the Obama administration thought it had cemented into place.
Americans expected the partisan witch hunt led by incompetent Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller who was appointed by Deep State partisan Rod Rosenstein to ignore any evidence pointing to criminal behavior on Hillary’s part while exhaustively seeking to force associates of the Trump campaign into untenable legal positions in the hopes of turning them against Trump. After a year of investigation and the expenditure of millions of dollars, Mueller’s partisan witch hunt has uncovered not the first shred of evidence linking the Trump campaign to any Russian campaign collusion while reams of evidence have emerged demonstrating clear links between the Clinton campaign and the Russians.
Painfully aware that the partisan Mueller team would not expose the truth, Americans have awaited the conclusion of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation and report detailing his findings as a possible avenue for uncovering the truth and holding accountable those associated with the Deep State. During the course of his investigation, Horowitz has referred several DOJ bureaucrats to the U.S. Attorney for prosecution, leading many to conclude that he would exhibit impartiality in a dogged search for the truth. Thursday’s release of his long-awaited report detailing FBI and DOJ abuses in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server stopped short of attributing blame to several key players or properly condemn their actions. Former FBI Director James Comey was called out for his failure to follow proper FBI procedure and reprimanded for “insubordination” against DOJ officials while also determining no political bias in his actions. The finding of a lack of political bias undercuts the Trump administration claim that Comey’s actions were designed to let Hillary Clinton off the hook for her illegal use of a personal email server to conduct official business in violation of secrecy and preservation of official communications laws.
The IG report found several DOJ officials culpable for violating FBI procedures and displaying obvious political bias while handling cases before them. These include Strozk, Page, and McCabe who all exchanged myriad emails detailing their opposition to Trump and desire to obstruct his administration to bring his presidency down. Overall, the IG report cast the FBI and the DOJ in a negative light which has seriously tarnished their reputations as America’s premier law enforcement agencies while also undermining public trust in the rule of law.
Despite its scathing criticism of FBI and DOJ officials in their mishandling of the Clinton email investigation, the IG report effectively exonerates Hillary from further prosecution in its denial of political bias which allows Comey to continue claiming there was no prosecutable case against Clinton. So, we are asked to accept the unbelievable premise that Hillary acted in good faith while merely making a mistake in using a private email server to conduct official business and store classified information, and that her appearance of guilt was created by the serious mistakes committed by a few biased FBI agents failing to follow proper procedure. Once again, Hillary slips through the noose and continues on her merry way having egregiously broken multiple laws while avoiding prosecution due to her political connections and leaving the rest of us incredulous at her ability to flout the laws which we now have to obey instead of choosing to obey. The Clintons remain above the law while others take the fall for their criminal behavior.
Those others will probably include the FBI and DOJ officials singled out in the IG report as having demonstrated political bias which endangered ongoing investigations such as Strozk. Lisa Page resigned some time ago while Comey was infamously fired by President Trump and McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions just prior to his pension eligibility. Beyond losing their jobs in disgrace, they’ll likely never face prosecution for their criminal actions and the whole thing will quietly fade from memory, but will continue leaving a nasty impression on Americans that there exist two sets of laws in this country – one for the wealthy and politically connected, and one for the rest of us. The wealthy and connected use the laws against the rest of us to increase their wealth and power while we suffer under judicial malfeasance in a continued fraying of the social fabric eventually leading to an increased indifference to the laws which are crucial to America’s success.
President Trump has had to fight against the crooked Republican Party, the crooked Democrat Party, the crooked Deep State, and the crooked Mueller witch hunt, and he is absolutely correct in his assessment that “it never ends.” It is a testament to his endurance and ability to fight the good fight that he has managed to make it this far, and we should be encouraging him to continue the fight if we ever hope to rescue this country from the Deep State progressives seeking to create a totalitarian communist dictatorship in service to their dream of a world government.
There are more IG reports to come detailing his investigation into improper mishandling of the Deep State Russian collusion investigation and other DOJ irregularities. Given the tone of this latest IG report, it is unlikely that these future reports will contain any smoking gun bombshells which conclusively identify prosecutable criminal behavior on the part of DOJ and FBI officials. However, this latest report, and those to come, provide enough justification for President Trump to begin cleaning house at the DOJ and FBI to fire Deep State Obama administration minions bent on obstructing his administration in an effort to restore the credibility of our law enforcement agencies and the rule of law itself. A full accountability requires that they also be prosecuted for their criminal behavior to conclusively demonstrate that overt political bias in violation of the Hatch Act by federal bureaucrats will not be tolerated as it inevitably leads to the use of government power against Americans in violation of the Constitution and all that we hold dear as a nation.