Reader comments are driving my newsletter today.  It seems appropriate to use this perfectly-timed letter from reader Lawrence to introduce today’s unsettling FBI news….

Governor Mike,

Re the FBI spying. It's de rigeur for politicians to praise the FBI, and say "only a few" agents have gone off the rails. How quickly we forget! The FBI has a long history of political activity and abuse of citizens. The FBI HQ building in Washington is named for one of the most shameful characters to ever be in government, J. Edgar Hoover.

And, having worked with the FBI numerous times over the course of an almost 54-year career in the Defense Department, I can tell you they are not always the sharpest knife in the drawer. I've seen more than one DOD operation or investigation torpedoed by the FBI because they had congressional testimony coming up and wanted what we called a B4 (Bureau budget boosting bust) to brag about before Congress. I think we need to abolish the FBI, start over with a new law enforcement agency that has rigorous congressional controls. The agents that work for the FBI now could apply for jobs and be given hiring priority at the new agency, provided they are cleared of any political actions while working for the FBI.

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Dear Lawrence:

That idea is sounding better and better all the time. You (and all our readers) might appreciate the following story about the FBI’s “investigation” of Hillary’s email that, if confirmed, illustrates your point very well…

A report from May 8 in The Epoch Times alleges that according to a former intelligence official, the FBI conveniently “LOST” notes that documented some particularly explosive information about Hillary’s emails, as discussed during a meeting or meetings between their staff and the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG). According to the source, this meeting was held less than a month after the ICIG had made a referral to the FBI that classified material “may have been disclosed in an unauthorized manner to a foreign power” because Hillary Clinton conducted State Department business over an insufficiently secure private email server. But in this new meeting, the ICIG went further, passing along a specific lead that “anomalies in the metadata” of the emails examined indicated that a copy of nearly every email was indeed sent to an agent of a foreign power.

The Epoch Times’ source told them that the ICIG had found in “the actual metadata --- the data which is at the header and footer of all the emails --- that a copy, a ‘courtesy copy,’ was being sent to a third party and that third party was a known Chinese public company that was involved in collecting intelligence for China.” The source said this anomaly was found “pretty early in 2015,” and sources for The Daily Caller also said that the FBI was briefed on the matter three separate occasions. So, where are the records of such a blockbuster disclosure?

In the past, the FBI has acknowledged that Hillary’s emails “could have been breached by foreign actors who covered their tracks, but denied that any evidence of foreign infiltration was found,” the story reads. “Several current and former senior FBI officials involved in the Clinton case denied in congressional testimonies any recollection of receiving the metadata lead.”

GOSH, It would be REALLY NICE to have the notes from that meeting, but they appear to be “lost.” We know this because of references to this boo-boo that appeared in some emails released by the FBI (with all names redacted) around May 6. Emails dated February 4 reflect that special agents from the Washington field office were going through some documents from the Clinton email investigation –-- sorry, “investigation” –- so they could be released in response to a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request. When they searched for the meeting notes, which according to their electronic case file management system should have been in Hillary’s case file, those notes were gone baby gone.

And they stayed gone. To quote the story: “A February 12 document shows that the Washington Field Office considered the meeting notes missing, as the special agent who was to receive the notes from the staffer said he ‘documented all relevant case materials before leaving the case and DID NOT RETAIN ANY NOTES OR OTHER CASE MATERIALS.’” (Emphasis mine.)

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Read the full story at the link. (i’ve also added the link to a story Laura Ainsworth contributed a while back, dealing with “the long, proud history of FBI spying.” Sad to say, it’s more timely than ever.) Lawrence, I imagine you consider this new story to be par for the course when it comes to the FBI. The new AG, Bill Barr, gives reason for hope, however, because if anyone’s a straight-shooter, he is, and he seems to know just what he’s dealing with. Also, we should never forget that the reason we’re finding out about these misdeeds now is that there are dedicated agents and former agents who are sickened by what they have seen in the intelligence community. That said, it sure look as though Hillary wasn’t the only one destroying evidence in the Hillary email case.



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  • Barbara J Thorson

    05/13/2019 03:51 PM

    It seems to me that the FBI ought to be charged with breaking the law. Why do we turn anything pertaining to a lawful or unlawful situation
    over to them if they are not to be trusted? Can the department be closed down? If they are not doing their job then they are not good for anything.
    How is the truth ever going to be disclosed, about Hillary, if no department is being honest?

  • Nathan Paris

    05/13/2019 03:49 PM

    How convenient. I wonder what else was in that envelope that Bill gave Loretta besides pictures of grand-children and golf scores at the tarmac in Arizona?

  • Irene Kane

    05/13/2019 03:48 PM

    Gov. I don't think the FBI lost the notes from Hillary interview. I think they never took any notes and never asked questions. It was all a show.

  • Paulette W. Taylor

    05/13/2019 03:44 PM

    Governor Huckabee:
    I think most of DC needs a good house cleaning. The Executive Branch has term limits and we see evidence every day of the need for term limits for the Legislative Branch. Might as well throw term limits in the jurists who sit on the Supreme Court. Start cleaning at the top and work down the ladder. I do feel for the honest, hard-working governmental employees caught up in this mess. And now that I have mentioned the Legislative Branch, if Ms. Pelosi, et al, can claim the border crisis is manufactured, can we respond that the Constitutional Crisis which they claim exists is also manuactured? Thank you for keeping is so well informed.

  • james randolph

    05/13/2019 02:44 PM

    Regarding Lawrence's suggestion, it would be unconstitutional, I think.
    "... I think we need to abolish the FBI, start over with a new law enforcement agency that has rigorous congressional controls. .."
    Law enforcement is an executive branch duty, no legislative...
    I prefer Sharyl Atkisson's 60 day whistleblower amnesty suggestion ..


  • Lisa Ford

    05/13/2019 02:34 PM

    I agree. Fire them. If us working folks lost important documents on the job, we wouldn't have a job. Why are we wasting out hard earned taxed dollars on the crooked FBI. And since, what they did was so awful, our tax dollars would be better spent on some jail time here. For too long, they have not been held to high accountability. Time to change all of this.

  • Barney Flint

    05/13/2019 02:32 PM

    SOOOOOOOOOOO, the "fix" is still in for Hillary. Hopefully some of the other folks will see justice but somehow we should have known Hillary was well covered. Her "reward" will hopefully be a really warm one. lol

  • Arthur Garverick

    05/13/2019 02:24 PM

    I am sure you have heard the saying , "Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater" -- well that can apply to the FBI, DOJ and many others. The problem is that instead of laws and oversight by Congress -- Congress is more concern with being political in nature instead of doing the work of the American People. I don't think Congress needs to control the FBI or any of the other agencies (that likely would make them worse) - However, they need to do their job and move on -- need to do away with the seniority system and limit Congressional terms by law (Constitutional Amendment) since the corrupt system makes re-election a must for seniority & power. No more than 5 terms for House members and 3 terms for Senators. Maybe they would be more concerned about the safety of the nation and less about lining their own pockets.

  • Floyd Hale

    05/13/2019 02:13 PM

    Your idea for a new FBI, sounds good !!!!!

  • rodney burke

    05/13/2019 02:12 PM

    Let's stop with the PC, if the FBI "Lost" anything it was on purpose. The problem is the wrong people had control over the incriminating evidence. I am sure they can be found if other things can be "found" that were lost...eventually. it's time to removed the entire 7th floor of the RBI an replace them. I am sure we can find those with integrity somewhere.

  • Virginia Trent

    05/13/2019 02:07 PM

    Dear Gov.
    When is the Clinton and Obama going to pay for what they done to our country? They both in my opinion committed treason and they're both murderers. I will never forget Benghazi. Or all the emails and other things that was destroyed. If it was me I would already be thrown under the federal prison to never see day light again. It seems to me there's two sets of laws. One set for the people and one for the political people. Thank God not all politicians is like them. But you know as I do there is a judgment day coming and when they step before God all the peoples blood and the ones they hurt will be avenged. But all in all I wouldn't want my worst enemy to to the flames of Hell. All we can do is pray for America and her people.
    Virginia Trent

  • Luke Whitis

    05/13/2019 01:54 PM

    To be consistent with FBI tradition, shouldn’t FBI HQ in Washington DC be renamed (and re-dedicated) to the Peter Paul Strzok II Building.

  • CW Mitchell

    05/13/2019 01:45 PM

    It seems the Clinton camp has a very hard time keeping up with paperwork. I remember when Bill was president how paperwork would be lost for months at a time. :)