Lisa Page:  [Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right?  Right?!

Peter Strzok:  No.  No he won’t.  We’ll stop it.

 

Set aside --- for the moment --- the Inspector General’s perplexing minimization of the role played by political bias in the FBI’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s email case.  (And perhaps you’ll want to take the opportunity to swallow some Pepto-Bismol to fight the waves of nausea.)  This exchange of text messages in August of 2016, which for some reason wasn’t even discovered until last month, may speak more eloquently than the entire 568-page report about the political climate at the FBI.

 

Strzok and Page weren’t rank-and-file staffers at the FBI.  Strzok was a top-level player, central to both the Hillary and Trump/Russia probes (he was even on the Mueller team till some of his anti-Trump text messages emerged), and, unbelievably, he's remained employed at the FBI with his security clearance intact.  Lisa Page was the legal assistant to deputy Director Andrew McCabe –- surely the “Andy” referred to in another anti-Trump exchange with Strzok about the “insurance policy.”  And these two weren’t the only ones; the IG report includes other anti-Trump texters.  (No anti-Hillary or pro-Trump texts were to be found.)  The report shows an FBI clearly infected with anti-Trump bias.

 

This report is so long that it’s going to take a while to work through it –- keeping in mind that it’s undergone weeks of DOJ “review” –- but we quickly see it does acknowledge that the FBI under James Comey went far afield of protocol in its investigation of Hillary, as we already knew it had done. Horowitz is firm in his condemnation of that, particularly in the damage it caused to the credibility of the FBI.  The report is similarly stark in its comparison of the kid-glove treatment given Hillary and her witnesses to the unsparing approach taken with the Trump campaign, but we already knew about that, too.

 

We learn that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch showed “an error in judgment” in meeting with Bill Clinton in June of 2016  (gosh, really?) and “clearly did not understand the implications,” particularly in terms of bad optics.  Sorry to disagree, but I think Loretta Lynch understands perfectly well the implications of everything she says and does, and that includes knowing when she’s going to get away with something.


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Significantly, the report confirms that Hillary’s classified-but-nonsecure emails were indeed “compromised by unauthorized individuals to include foreign governments and intelligence services via cyberintrusion and other means.”  One such document was even classified SECRET.  Yet Horowitz bizarrely concludes that there's no proof of bias having any effect on outcomes in the Hillary case and offers no opinion on the question of whether, under the circumstances, her case should be reopened.  She skates again.

 

Incidentally, Horowitz notes that “President Barack Obama was one of the 13 individuals with whom Clinton had direct contact using her clintonemail.com account.”  Obama lied about not knowing about her private email acount.  Think anything will come of that?

 

Horowitz actually admits that there was “a willingness to take official action to impact Trump’s electoral prospects.”  Given that, and the way the Hillary investigation was handled, his conclusion that there’s no proof of bias driving the decisions regarding her case makes me feel as though we’re all being “gaslighted,” a reference to the classic film GASLIGHT with Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman.  She clearly sees the lights in the house going down; he tells her they’re not.  She clearly hears footsteps in the attic; he tells her she’s imagining things.  After months of this, she doubts her own mind and even her sanity and becomes resigned to whatever fate her husband chooses for her.  It finally takes someone else to come in and prove that she was right about those things and was being deceived.

 

Some of my readers feel that same resignation, thinking the swamp will never be drained and that we’re at the mercy of our once-cherished institutions from here on in.  And they’re right to believe that without major intervention, this is a preview of America's future.  The question is, who will provide that intervention and what form will it take?  It has to happen now.

 

From Kim Strassel at the Wall Street Journal, here is much more detail on the bias found by Horowitz:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/insubordination-and-bias-at-fbi-1529018176

 

 

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FBI Director Christopher Wray appeared at a press conference Thursday to address the problems outlined in the report.  He said the FBI had not made “the best choices” (a masterpiece of understatement) but that they would hold employees accountable for any misconduct through the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.  Oh, and all senior executives from around the world will “convene for in-depth training, specifically focused on learning the lessons that we should learn from this report.”  That should do it!  (If senior executives still need “training” on something as basic as this, what does that tell you?)  They plan to stress “the importance of objectivity, of avoiding even the appearance of personal conflicts or political bias in our work,” including with recusals.

 

Hey, does this mean deputy AG Rosenstein is finally going to recuse himself?  No?

 

I’ll have a lot more later, but right now I have to go take a little more Pepto, to settle my stomach.  In the meantime, in case you’ve already taken yours, here’s the entire report...

 

https://www.justice.gov/file/1071991/download

 

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  • Bernadette Dillon

    06/17/2018 04:29 PM

    Happy Father's Day Governor Huckabee. Thank you for being a great Dad for this great Nation to look up to. God Bless you and your family.
    Especially your courage to tell the truth!!!! We love you for that

  • Waylon Bush

    06/16/2018 09:36 AM

    It is not a swamp, it is a slime pit. If it it not bias, what is it, love? Point is, the Mueller Investigation continues on it merry way. Why? Because they have admitted that it is really Trump they are after. I will be willing to bet we don't know more than 10% of this chicanery. And what we do know, we already knew 98% of that. All of this investigative dung is "full of sound and fury signifying nothing", "much ado about nothing". CORRUPT, is what it is. And you are right Governor, the country is being lost and if it is to be changed, it has to be now. Guess what?

  • Everett Coates

    06/16/2018 08:10 AM

    This confirms my suspicions in my earlier comment about why the AG was taking so long to release his report. The deep staters got to him (assuming he wasn't already one of them) with money and/or a threat.

    I agree that Someone will have to come in and deliver us from these people or the Republic is finished. That One will be, I believe, Jesus at His return.

  • Kay Abernethy

    06/16/2018 07:59 AM

    I and nearly everyone I know say if what was in the FBI's text messages isn't political bias, we don't know what is then. Incredible our government officials in FBI and DOJ are either so stupid or corrupt. Which is it? Once again true law breakers like Hillary do get off again. Private citizens like myself are tired of being told the emperor has on beautiful clothes that only those that are worthy can see. We know a naked man when we see one. We know if any of us had done what Hillary did by putting us all at risk or lying like Obama, we would be jailed for life. I hate what our government has become and it seems there is nothing we can do to get rid of these Obama enemies of state.

  • Mike Smith

    06/16/2018 04:47 AM

    There is obviously something very wrong with the FBI if their choice for an IG makes the conclusions that appear in this report. By stating that FBI senior executives will receive better training so that their bias and conflict doesn't appear to anyone is totally wrong-sided. The idea is NOT to hide bias and conflict, it is that there NOT BE ANY BIAS OR CONFLICT.
    The fact the no one at the FBI is able to see this means that it is likely the ENTIRETY of the upper branches of the bureau is a failure.

  • Ann Ault

    06/15/2018 07:12 PM

    I seriously DO get more and more angry as I view the Far-out LEFT who have LEFT their senses long ago. It's a dismal case of "The Pied Piper" in the sense that the Opposition Media and Obstructionist Politicians have been utterly mesmerized by their in-step anti-Trump rhetoric and hatred. They just can't seem to help themselves as they follow the Piper right over the cliff ... following the father of lies ... the author of confusion. It's sick and sad to watch! Thank God for you and others ... the RIGHT who are RIGHT ... thank you for giving out the clarion call for the truth! God has given you and other stalwarts a platform for such a time as this, and I'm praying for all of you! BLESSINGS! Your fan, Ann

  • Bob Henderson

    06/15/2018 06:19 PM

    There is little new here. What I want to know is WHEN WILL SOMETHING BE DONE ABOUT IT?
    If this was me that pulled ANY of this stuff I'd be locked up and the key thrown away.

  • Gene Hardy

    06/15/2018 06:08 PM

    Thank you for talking about the need to reopen the Clinton email investigation in your article about the IG report gaslighting us when I don't see anyone else even suggesting that. If the first investigation was mishandled and corrupt why can't there be another one done the right way? I think Trump talked about that possibility in the debates. How can we get people to talk about it and then demand our government do the right thing and re-investigate the Clinton emails and impanel a grand jury?

  • McRae F Williams

    06/15/2018 05:02 PM

    Governor Huckabee, Aren't the prisons and jails in America 100% full of people who had a “an error in judgment” at one time or another????
    What's The Difference with these people?

    Fraternally
    Mac Williams

  • Jerry Nye

    06/15/2018 04:45 PM

    I’m afraid that Christifer, Rod, Jeff all are part of this swamp! Why doesn’t President Trump go around and pink slip all the hold overs from the Obama swamp? I do not understand this lack of true effort to truly drain the swamp!

  • Janis Tobin

    06/15/2018 04:42 PM

    The definition of BIAS: "Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair." There wasn't one FBI email that was "Pro-Trump" or "Anti-Hillary". The 'FAKE' dossier was knowingly used to open the Trump campaign Russia collusion. Hillary's FBI "interrogation" wasn't recorded or video taped and her own 'fake' attorneys were allowed in this so-called interview? Hillary's 33,000 emails were allowed to be destroyed along with her laptops and phones? There are probably 1,000 'BIASED' events allowed to happened.... not to protected Hillary, but more to cover up for Obama. This is the scandal of the highest order.

  • Stephen Russell

    06/15/2018 04:14 PM

    IG Report peeves:
    Agents taking bribes
    Agents anti Trump.
    Political bias.
    Inaction by DOJ to prosecute.
    Cabal from DOJ & FBI sought to take Trump down, how far does this go?
    CIA NSA NSC State, Treasury, ????

    Enough to file charges on alone from IG as Is & then add More.
    Need Judge J as AG.

  • William T. Bevington

    06/15/2018 04:13 PM

    Pass the Pepto...this whole IG report smells rally bad. Seems to me the swamp's getting deeper. Poor President Trump is going to need a bigger pump. Great commentary on your part by the way.

  • Myrtis Wilmoth

    06/15/2018 03:54 PM

    The FBI only thinks it's gaslighting us...we know what's going on. They may be "attempting" to gaslight, but they just look foolish.

  • Janet Semones

    06/15/2018 03:15 PM

    It's very clear that we have an overwhelming number of people in government positions who hold contempt for our laws, our Constitution, and our President. This is very frustrating for we Americans who care about law and justice. My question is, will any of these people who've committed high crimes, crimes of treason, and spying ever be held accountable? What about the blatant bias we see coming from the FBI, the media, and even members of Congress? What about evidence of the Deep State from the former Obama administration, as well as Obama himself? I've never in my lifetime seen such a lack of integrity/honesty with government officials and a disregard for our laws; the cover-ups are unbelievable! I continue to pray for our nation and I know God is in control, but I do believe it is time to flush out the corruptness.

  • Michael Egbert

    06/15/2018 02:25 PM

    You know, I sat down at my computer all fired up to voice my opinion about this report when it suddenly hit me like a slap in the face, "why?" I'm just an old, retired, white guy (>65+) on a fixed income, living in rural Iowa in a town nobody has ever heard of...nobody cares what I think. My opinion means no more than that pesky mosquito buzzing by your ear. Even I sometimes wonder about my comments I post. Do they matter at all? Are they significant enough to make anyone pause and think?...I'm inclined to say, "no, not at all"...I'll step aside and let other's voices be heard and call it a day...

  • Ruby Pierce

    06/15/2018 02:02 PM

    I thank God for you, your daughter as well as others. Each day I can't wait for Hannity's show to get the absolute truth. I hope he has good security. We know what can happen with the Clinton machine. God bless you!

  • Ruth Sears

    06/15/2018 01:31 PM

    How stupid do they think we deplorables are? Clearly the FBI and Judicial Department were and continue to be biased against Trump (and us). Why else would they give Comey time to do his book tour (to take care of the fellow FBI official) by holding up this investigation; sue the Trump Family for their foundation on same day; send Manafort to jail the day after this all hits, and keep incriminating evidence (requested info) from the Oversite Committee? It’s an FBI plot to detract from the facts, that I’m sure they softened up for the 2 plus weeks they had original. The only way Wrey could fix my respect for the FBI would be to fire yesterday the 5 texting agents, make Comey pay for his “insubordination” and penalize any FBI involved who took bribes (games, meals, etc) to leak to the press, reopen the Hillary case and punish all involved. If the FBI wants respect, step up and act the way we expect you to instead of caving to the Dems.

  • Patricia Reynolds

    06/15/2018 01:30 PM

    Another indicator of bias is the interview with Nancy Pelosi where she stated that Trump would never be president and she could guarantee that he would never be elected. What did she know when she said that? She's an inner circle member so she knew there was sabotage afoot.

  • April Allison-Garlow

    06/15/2018 01:29 PM

    Disgusting that the IG thinks the American people are so stupid that they will accept his flawed, (or whatever), judgement call that there was no political bias, instead of using their brains to interpret the information.It only makes him look biased in favor of his friends in the agency. Wray was even worse--he basically said his agents were too stupid to know their jobs, too stupid to make ethical choices without him holding their hands and walking them through it step by step, retraining what a joke! If this report was supposed to restore our faith in the FBI --it did just the opposite.Pleading stupidity on every front--I thought ignorance of the law was no excuse. It is only a reasonable assumption that agents, after decades in the FBI , know what conduct is wrong--or should we believe in their lack of comprehension--which means they should be fired. So much incompetence and corruption --the agency should be dissolved.

  • Joseph Trokey

    06/15/2018 01:00 PM

    I did notice what appeared to be an awful lot of nervousness when the Democrats had their press conference yesterday. I don't believe they had time to read the whole thing but they were surely trying to put enough spin on it to curve this their way. It was a very flat curve and could very easily be batted away. Just once, when someone has done wrong, would I like to see them admit to it. I could find my way to at least forgive and maybe actually believe them the next time they say something. But, alas, a liar can't tell the truth even when the truth would fit better. I really do pray for them. They certainly need it.

  • Diane Nagorr

    06/15/2018 12:54 PM

    This is exactly what I was expecting. No surprises here.

  • Lynn Hopkins

    06/15/2018 12:32 PM

    Seriously, when will Sessions or the president do something?

  • David Stinson

    06/15/2018 12:26 PM

    Re: The scrubbed, white-washed bad joke of an "IG Report."
    Sometimes, I hate being right. I told ya so...
    Sessions is a disgrace. And all the Washington septic-tank-floaters
    who are going to let this abomination "fly" are even worse.

  • Karen A Armstrong

    06/15/2018 12:25 PM

    I don't know where to start so I will say this, Hillary has been heard to say she will 'if I go to jail, I will take everyone with me', and yes, I believe she would. So do they (so they continue to cover her backside). I have heard Pres Trump say there still are Good, loyal, respectable members of the FBI, so why not ask them. Send them a memo from the POTUS asking if any of them know anything about all this come forward, that they need statements. I have heard some members of the FBI are waiting for the right questions to be asked of them, so somebody ask them. The whole institution obviously thinks it s bigger than the POTUS so its time for a changing of the guard. The top level are all untrustworthy, they have been infested, so hire a group to ask the right questions. The answers are there. But even with the answers, with the 500 page report, they give them all a slap on the wrist. Why? Because they are also being paid off, they are also covering for the left? So what good is reading it, we have Mueller who was even a key player in it, and is now investigating the President???? How does that make sense to anyone? This man is not capable of working at Ihop without spitting in someone's pancakes. How is he the lead investigator? I feel today as if I am stuck in some alternate universe US where everything is upside down. It makes me so sad for my grandchildren. Regards, Karen

  • Suzanne A Gibbs

    06/15/2018 12:24 PM

    I am beyond taking Pepto Bismol. I feel as though I'm going to have a stroke. I told my husband last week that the IG's report would be nothing but the same old,same old..........There are too many high echelon people who would never allow justice in this case. Too many people know too m uch.
    I am so disheartened. Paul Manafort was just arrested and thrown in jail (bail revoked) for "witness tampering". With ALL that we KNOW Hillary has done, all I can think is YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! I am glad I am at the end of my journey here on earth. I would hate to be just beginning in this atmosphere...
    Suzanne

  • Kathleen Halley

    06/15/2018 12:24 PM

    So, is this outcome more deep state stuff? Why on earth would Director Wray sweep this under the rug?? Really?? Does the people in charge really think we the people will swallow this nonsense????

  • Stephen Russell

    06/15/2018 12:07 PM

    Prosecute them ALL, coverups, bribes, Let the rank & file agents probe issues, get new AG.
    End this Game.
    Name names, Divide the DC Estd Culture.
    Include PACs etc.