We’ve been waiting interminably for the Inspector General’s report on procedural problems and political bias relating to the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified materials. Just when we think it might be forthcoming, we hear it’s going to take a while longer. According to some reports, it may be out “any day.” Others say it’ll be about a month.
Considering what we already know about the Clintons and their associates, I can’t help thinking that this is taking longer and longer because IG Michael Horowitz just keeps finding more and more. What may have seemed at first like a straightforward look at a self-contained internal problem at the FBI is turning out to have connections possibly leading...everywhere. Horowitz could probably go on pulling threads for years. If at this point it seems to him to be never-ending, he should think about releasing it as a series, like the Harry Potter books. I’d like my first installment tomorrow, please.
There’s news about the investigation that might help explain why it’s still a work in progress: The IG has announced an expansion to specifically include the alleged abuses of the FISA court “relating to a certain U.S. person” (an apparent reference to Trump campaign associate and surveillance target Carter Page). “As part of this examination,” his statement continues, “the OIG also will review information that was known to the DOJ and the FBI at the time the applications were filed from or about an alleged FBI confidential source” (highly imaginative anti-Trump British ex-spy Christopher Steele). “Additionally,” it says, “the OIG will review the FBI’s and DOJ’s relationship and communications with the alleged source as they relate to the FISC applications.”
The statement concludes, “If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.”
About doggone time. Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions has been calling for this, and Congress has as well, though President Trump thought it would take too long and expressed doubt that an Inspector General would do anything with the evidence but bury it. I think he would do well to have more confidence in this IG, despite the fact that he’s more limited than a prosecutor would be in whom he can question and what he can do with the information he gets. And he’s tasked with looking into problems at the FBI, not “re-litigating” the Hillary email case.
On the bright side, if (when!) a special counsel is appointed to investigate the same issues, the IG will have already obtained mass quantities of evidence –- which takes a ridiculous amount of time, especially with this suspiciously self-protective FBI –- and organized its own conclusions. With prosecutorial and subpoena power, and the ability to talk with people outside of government, a special counsel will then be able to take the investigation the rest of the way, which includes Comey, McCabe and that crew...and also Hillary and the lawbreaking related to her email server. The allegations are serious enough that, if proven, they could call for some long prison sentences --- and would, if you or I had done the same.
I know many of my readers think we’ll never live to see that day (believe me, I read those comments!), but at least we’re headed in the right direction. If Hillary had been elected, we’d never even know about any of this.
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