Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) couldn’t have planned it better. They kept Tuesday’s news cycle focused hysterically on child immigration –- you’d never know that kids were separated at the border from their illegal immigrant parents while Obama was President –- while the real news was being made in the House committee hearings with Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
I know I’ve called Trey Gowdy a “pod person” in recent days. Seriously, it was the most descriptive term I could come up with. But the release of the IG report, which paints in its 568 pages a disturbing picture of anti-Trump bias coloring the FBI’s investigation of Hillary’s email case, has jolted him back to real life. His questioning of Horowitz was magnificent.
Here's just one example from Gowdy: "They pre-judged the outcome of the Hillary Clinton investigation before the investigation ended, and these exact same FBI agents and attorneys pre-judged the outcome of the Russia investigation before it even began. If (that) is not evidence of outcome-determinative bias, for the life of me I don't know what would be."
In contrast, Democrats in these hearings keep trying to push the narrative that Comey’s October letter to Congress kept Hillary out of the White House. Never mind that Comey hated Trump and certainly didn’t want to hurt his opponent in any way. This appears to have been a hail-Mary attempt by Comey to help Hillary when the Weiner laptop story couldn’t be contained any longer. Most importantly, if she had been prosecuted in July for mishandling classified material and obstructing justice as she should have been, the point of the October letter would be moot, because she would no longer have been a candidate for the White House –- only the Big House. Hillary lost the election because she is Hillary, so it would be really nice if Democrats would just put a sock in it.
Committee Republicans have obviously had enough of this blather and were in top form on Tuesday. Most of us didn’t see it, though –- every channel was showing crying children. So let’s play some catch-up on the FBI story.
After the release of the report, Peter Strzok was reportedly escorted out of the FBI building in Washington DC on Friday. According to his lawyer, Aitan Goelman, he’s still employed and is just going away while the FBI conducts its “ongoing internal proceedings.” Seems to me they’ve had plenty of time for all the internal proceedings they should ever need, pre-firing, but that’s the line.
And now, just for fun, I’m going to give you the text of Goelman’s unintentionally hilarious statement, picked apart line-by-line by me. (The part in total caps is me.)
“Pete has steadfastly played by the rules and respected the process, and yet he continues to be the target of unfounded personal attacks, political games and inappropriate information leaks.” (JUDGING BY HIS TEXTS, PETE WAS READY TO USE THE RULES AND THE PROCESS TO “STOP” TRUMP, YET HE STILL COLLECTS A PAYCHECK FROM THE FBI. AND THE BIGGEST TARGET OF PERSONAL ATTACKS, POLITICAL GAMES AND INFORMATION LEAKS HAS BEEN TRUMP HIMSELF.)
“All of this seriously calls into question the impartiality of the disciplinary process, which now appears to be tainted by political influence.” (SERIOUSLY?? WELL, WE CALL INTO QUESTION STRZOK’S IMPARTIALITY, WHICH APPEARS TO BE TAINTED BY POLITICAL INFLUENCE.)
“Instead of publicly calling for a long-serving FBI agent to be summarily fired, politicians should allow the disciplinary process to play out free from political pressure.” (IN STRZOK’S CASE, IT’S ONLY POLITICAL PRESSURE THAT HAS LED TO ANY DISCIPLINARY PROCESS AT ALL.)
“Our leaders and the public should be very concerned with how readily such influence has been allowed to undermine due process and the legal protections owed to someone who has served his country for so long.” (STRZOK HAS BEEN EMPLOYED AT THE FBI DURING THE YEAR-AND-A-HALF IT TOOK TO GET THE IG’S REPORT. AND HE’S STILL EMPLOYED. THE PUBLIC SHOULD BE CONCERNED WITH HOW HARD IT IS TO FIRE SOMEONE WHO REALLY DESERVES FIRING.)
OTHERS ARE READING: My questions for IG Horowitz and Robert Mueller
“Pete Strzok and the American people deserve better.” (YOU'RE HALF RIGHT: THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER THAN PETER STRZOK..)
So much for Goelman’s statement. As for Tuesday’s questioning of Horowitz that most people didn’t see, at least the questions and answers are now on the record. The charge that Peter Strzok was leading a sham investigation into Hillary and an “insurance-policy” investigation into Trump was made quite dramatically. Horowitz was in no position to refute it; all he could really say was that the matter was “still under review.”