June 1, 2020

This is a developing story that could have major implications; we’ll have more soon. On Friday, FBI general counsel Dana Boente, a career FBI/DOJ official who as acting deputy attorney general signed at least one of the FISA warrant renewals on former Trump campaign associate Carter Page, turned in his resignation letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

This occurs just as Lindsey Graham is getting ready to start Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the “Trump/Russia” investigation. (Opening salvo: Wednesday, with Rod Rosenstein.) And in May, FBI Director Christopher Wray announced that there would be an internal “after-action” review of the FBI’s handling of the Michael Flynn case to determine whether current FBI employees “engaged in misconduct.”

Boente remains on the job for now; June 30 is the date being given for his departure. That seems odd; if he sees the last-minute need to delete/shred/eat any evidence of wrongdoing before heading out the door, it would seem this is his chance. So, until he leaves, will he still be considered a current employee and therefore subject to Wray’s internal review? Not that we'd have confidence in Wray to DO a thorough internal review...

Before his stint as FBI general counsel, Boente served as acting attorney general, acting deputy attorney general, acting assistant attorney general of the National Security Division at the Justice Department (try fitting that on a business card), and the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Director Wray offered a heartfelt if not downright flowery going-away statement.

Mainstream news outlets are spinning this with phrases such as “FOX NEWS criticism” and “pressure from Trump.” But has a different take in their extremely comprehensive report, saying, “Finally, the DOJ has moved to remove one of the biggest background corrupt officials within the FBI...finally sunlight has removed a very corrupt player.”

We have yet to wade through the whole thing, but Boente, according to this report, was “at the epicenter of corrupt intent and malign activity toward the Trump administration.” The piece offers several instances of Boente’s questionable actions, including his coordination with Wray to block release of documents on the Flynn case until Attorney General Bill Barr intervened. This implies nothing but the worst about Wray as well. AG Barr, not Wray, reportedly was the one who wanted Boente “retired.”

As infrequently as we’ve heard his name, Boente reportedly was the official to whom all the corrupt players on Robert Mueller’s team reported. And according to this report, “Boente’s role as a manipulative fixer to protect the ongoing corrupt action of the Mueller probe was exactly why FBI Director Chris Wray hired him.”

Boente is apparently the one who kept State Department official Kathleen Kavelec’s notes expressing concerns about Christopher Steele and the “dossier” hidden from both the FISA court and Congress. His job seems to have been to bury information and protect the team while they went about their nefarious business. As another example of protection, recall all those redactions that turned out to have nothing to do with national security, simply to cover up what would otherwise reveal what certain FBI officials were up to.

What we learn here about Boente’s apparent behind-the-scenes role as an “embed” covering for his colleagues might answer a lot of nagging questions, such as how certain anti-Trump people got their jobs in the first place. This piece even offers, perhaps unwittingly, what is to me, the perfect formal definition of “the D.C. swamp” in recent years: “a matrix of broad interests positioned only to benefit and sustain the status quo of the administrative state and protect the larger D.C. community from the Trump disruption.”

There’s also a story here about Wikileaks, Julian Assange, and the so-called "Russian hack” of the DNC servers. Much more to come. It looks as though Durham is getting close on a lot of this.

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  • Kathy Wingate

    08/05/2020 12:00 AM

    Sounds like Chris Wray IS the swamp! Out with him! and I agree that Boente should be fired, escorted to the door, and out without his benefits...he doesn't deserve them, and I can't afford them on Social Security.

  • Kathy Stieve

    06/08/2020 08:13 AM

    Hi Mike, Your writings are so refreshing to read. You make a lot sense and even makes me laugh for the way you state the words. If only we had more people that know honesty and apply it to others.

  • James Hammontree

    06/07/2020 11:17 AM

    President Trump fired Comey. He can fire this liberal as well. Also, send Wray packing as well.

  • Velta Baxley

    06/07/2020 11:15 AM

    Don’t let him stay until June 30
    Don’t take the chance he destroy evidence

  • Dorothy

    06/06/2020 02:46 AM

    You reap what you sow and the reaper has come calling!

  • William Patterson

    06/05/2020 08:54 PM

    Al Sharpton needs to have all his funds ceased until he pays his tax bill, Mike if you or I owed a even $50 they would be after us and garnish our funds till paid, why don’t the garnish his funds

  • Olan P Tratchel

    06/05/2020 07:58 PM

    Thank YOU MIKE for your continued even-handed observations.

  • Robin Miller

    06/02/2020 11:22 PM

    Why can't we get this guy on the stand before he leaves? You need to force this issue! We need his testimony!!!!!!

  • Rebecca Letson

    06/01/2020 07:23 PM

    Does this “resignation” of Dana Boente afford him retirement. He should be fired w/o benefits or retirement. My tax dollars paid his salary while he threw America under the bridge. I retired from the corporate world and this kind of traitor was escorted out the door immediately by security. Looks like Wray is still selling us down the country.

  • Jerry Korba

    06/01/2020 04:52 PM

    Its good Chris Wray is out of his coma tell him our country is under attack in about 25 major cities Chris could you look to see if any of these terrorist may have crossed a state line something to do in-between your 6 months naps have any of your clerks found any letters from the Mueller Investigation a couple of years ago oh are you experiencing a thought overload. Maybe you can process that after the election. Thats in Nov the early part maybe you will work up an interest for thanksgiving. Heads up Chris the fourth of July is coming at the rate you move thats pretty soon.

  • Donald E. cGillem

    06/01/2020 04:47 PM

    I think it's time also for the AG to insist on Wray resigning.

  • Robert Mascari

    06/01/2020 02:11 PM

    "according to this report, was “at the epicenter of corrupt intent and malign activity toward the Trump administration.”

    If true, wonder what his punishment will be? Three plus years into Trump presidency and we're now just getting this info? Wray needs to be terminated immediately, IMO.

  • Phillip Brock

    06/01/2020 02:07 PM

    Hearing Sen. Graham state he is conducting an investigation doesn't give me great optimism that anything will come of it. Possibly a stern talking to may happen, but I doubt anyone will ultimately be held accountable. As a South Carolinian, I have witnessed his career and how he gets a dose of conservatism every 6 years. Maybe this time will be different, but I will not be holding my breath. As long as these type shenanigans go unpunished, the bad actors will continue their corrupt ways.

  • Traci Enfield

    06/01/2020 01:48 PM

    I just hope people start going to jail!

  • Floyd A Unger

    06/01/2020 01:44 PM

    Well it looks like the flakes are starting to peel off.....finally.

  • Ruth Heinz

    06/01/2020 01:43 PM

    Boente needs to be escorted out the door and his office sealed until investigators can access his info. Or it will be shredded, if it is not already. This swamp gang makes Haldemann and Erlichman look like choirboys!

  • Rhonda Fulghum

    06/01/2020 01:39 PM

    Is it possible for anyone other than Bill Wray to unexpectedly escort Boente from his office to restrict his ability to hide or destroy evidence, but continue his salary until June 30? Another option would be to schedule his testimony immediately.


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  • Judy Reeves

    06/01/2020 12:36 PM

    Joe Biden spoke at a black church Monday morning. I think I heard he was quoting something he said an individual had said. The problem is I believe it was a "PSALM" paraphrase. His research was poor or plagarised again.

  • Amanda moore

    06/01/2020 12:33 PM

    Chris R why is he investigating anyone, he needs a investigated hisself.??

  • Ronda Shallow

    06/01/2020 12:22 PM

    Why in the hell is Wray still there??????????

  • Ronda Shallow

    06/01/2020 12:20 PM

    Why in the Hell is Wray still there????????????

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