There’s a scene in Steve Martin’s 1983 film, THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS, in which Steve’s character speaks to the imposing portrait of his dead wife hanging over the mantel, asking her to give him some kind of sign if she objects to his pursuit of another woman. ‘Give me a sign, just some kind of sign,” he implores.
Suddenly, lights flash, thunder roars, hurricane-force winds blow, the portrait spins madly, unearthly sounds are heard, cracks appear in the walls...the message from beyond is unmistakable.
Finally, the winds die down and the portrait comes to rest upright, but Steve continues staring straight ahead, his expression unchanged. “Just any kind of sign,” he says.
During the special counsel’s ongoing pursuit of Donald Trump, we’ve seen evidence highly suggestive of bias on the part of numerous investigators, such as large campaign donations to Obama and Hillary. Some of these investigators also played a key role in the investigation of Hillary’s mishandling of classified material; Peter Strzok, for example, who recommended changing the language describing Hillary’s misconduct from “grossly negligent” to the more palatable “extremely careless.” But we learned today from Rod Rosenstein’s testimony Wednesday to the House Judiciary Committee that political bias is permissible for investigators as long as there’s no sign it affects their work.
We got the sign yesterday --- like a voice from beyond --- that it did, with the release of text messages between Peter Strzok and FBI colleague/paramour Lisa Page. I'm not talking about the rabidly-partisan and nasty ones, but to these:
“Maybe you’re meant to stay where you are (the FBI),” writes Page to Strzok, days before Strzok instigated the FBI’s investigation into Trump/Russia ties, “because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace.”
If that message isn’t clear enough, later the same month came THE unmistakable sign, from Strzok to Page: “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. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40...”
WUAAAAH-HAHAHAHAA!!!! Feel the winds?
Coming from people who obviously detest Donald Trump and were in a position to hurt his electoral chances and/or Presidency, what is the “insurance policy” they were talking about? And what were they doing in Andy’s (Andrew McCabe’s) office, of all places, talking about avoiding the risk of Trump getting elected? If that’s what happened, there is absolutely no innocent explanation or excuse for it.
But Rod Rosenstein’s demeanor at Wednesday’s hearing was as impassive as Steve Martin’s in the THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS. (He even said he believed he knew whether the FBI had paid for the Christopher Steele dossier, but he wouldn’t provide the information.) Despite repeated questioning on the evidence described above, he benignly reassured the committee that he has total confidence in Mueller’s investigation. He’s apparently still waiting for that sign.