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Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Justice Department's internal watchdog just served up a hefty dose of reality to President Donald Trump and his allies. On Thursday afternoon, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report 17 months in the making on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation during the 2016 election. One takeaway from the document stands out: Despite Republican suggestions that anti-Trump forces within the FBI worked against Trump, the bureau's public actions during the campaign hurt Clinton and helped Trump. Examples of FBI decisions that helped Trump pervade the report. The inspector general criticized then-FBI Director James Comey for his unusual July 2016 news conference in which he faulted Clinton's "extremely careless" handling of classified information but said no reasonable prosecutor would pursue charges.

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The report questioned Comey's decision to send two letters to Congress in the final days of the 2016 campaign, setting the media aflame with speculation that Clinton could be indicted. It called him insubordinate. And it revealed that Comey, the man who oversaw the probes into Clinton's use of private email for government business, used private email for government business. The inspector general found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision to clear Clinton of wrongdoing.

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Bears repeating:

The inspector general found no evidence of political bias in the FBI's decision to clear Clinton of wrongdoing.

Now why then has the President continued to insist that Hillary is somehow guilty of a prosecutable crime over and over again ad nauseum? And for those already angling that Comey's errors somehow justify his firing by Trump, it would have if Trump had stuck to the actual facts which were known right after the election: Comey's actions (and by extension the publicity surrounding the FBI's investigation of her) hurt Hillary Clinton's chances of being elected and never should have happened as they did.

The IG saw no bias in clearing Hillary. Perhaps someone needs to remind the President that if the goal was to harm him, he probably wouldn't have won in the first place.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-06-14 03:21 PM | Reply

Now, this is another one of those threads where usually intelligent folks are going to hope and wish that facts and reality matter to Trump and his supporters. They don't. You can't fight fantasy.

#2 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-06-14 03:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

This is the thread where the previous statements of "I'll reserve judgement until the release of the IG report" disappears from certain people's memory

HARDYHAR
The passage of time is no friend to todays fake "conservative"

#3 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-06-14 03:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Welp I can say that personally I'm shocked at this report. Hannity and friends have been so accurate in their reporting these past 18 months in exposing the horrible treatment Trump has been subjected to. This is the first time they've gotten it wrong IIRC.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2018-06-14 03:39 PM | Reply

FBI Hurt Hillary, Not Donald Trump

Considering everything the FBI released on Trump occurred after the election had ended. I'm not sure how anyone would think otherwise.

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-06-14 03:40 PM | Reply

The Justice Department's internal watchdog just served up a hefty dose of reality to President Donald Trump and his allies.

Unfortunately Trump and his allies filled up on alternative facts, and have no appetite for reality.

#6 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-06-14 03:43 PM | Reply

Considering everything the FBI released on Trump occurred after the election had ended. I'm not sure how anyone would think otherwise.
#5 | Posted by ClownShack

Well, then, you fail to consider the willful ignorance of certain people.

#7 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-06-14 04:39 PM | Reply

There's a lot of fancy explanations and discussions. But by the end, it all comes down to just ignoring longstanding DOJ guidelines and precedent that you make every effort to avoid election-influencing actions on the heels of an election. You're not supposed to do that. They came out with various arguments about how this case was an exception and they should do it. And they did it. Or rather, James Comey did it. It ends up really being that simple. It was a huge mistake. And the IG says as much.

It's brutal reading since you know the consequences. But there was every reason to believe it was the wrong decision at the time. One of the things that comes through in the discussion is that rules like this aren't just general guidelines. They are so important precisely because they are designed for high stress, high consequence situations in which you as the decision-maker are always going to think it's that special case requiring a unique approach. It's summed up in an at-length quote from a career DOJ Prosecutor, George Toscas, who earlier reporting had suggested was what we might call, for lack of a better word, a Hillary investigation ‘hawk'.

"One of the things that I tell people all the time, after having been in the Department for almost 24 years now, is I stress to people and people who work at all levels, the institution has principles and there's always an urge when something important or different pops up to say, we should do it differently or those principles or those protocols you know we should -- we might want to deviate because this is so different. But the comfort that we get as people, as lawyers, as representatives, as employees and as an institution, the comfort we get from those institutional policies, protocols, has, is an unbelievable thing through whatever storm, you know whatever storm hits us, when you are within the norm of the way the institution behaves, you can weather any of it because you stand on the principle.

"And once you deviate, even in a minor way, and you're always going to want to deviate. It's always going to be something important and some big deal that makes you think, oh let's do this a little differently. But once you do that, you have removed yourself from the comfort of saying this institution has a way of doing things and then every decision is another ad hoc decision that may be informed by our policy and our protocol and principles, but it's never going to be squarely within them."

James Comey said that the fear of leaks did not play a role in his decision-making. Most of his top advisors who were involved in the decision-making say that the fear of leaks did play a role. Josh Marshall

#8 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-06-14 06:08 PM | Reply

There is a consistent pattern among Government officials of both parties to attempt to circumvent the freedom of information act (FOIA} by using private communication devices, because Government communication is subject to disclosure except in nine circumstances. That has motivated Trump to tear up papers, which other agencies frantically attempt to reconstruct, and there is every reason to think Jared. Ivanka, Don Jr, Eric, Pompeo and Bolton engage in the same practices because Chief of Staff Kelly has advised White House staff that EVERYTHING they write is subject to disclosure, at some point.

This behavior is not unique to Hillary, who was doing the same thing that Secretary Powell did. The FOIA has been in place since 1967, standing against a communication privacy Act in 1986, which has since been revised by the Patriot Act and other Acts.

So we have a 17 month investigation of an obvious conclusion. Trump even justified firing Comey because of his very public action against Hillary. I have made this point repeatedly, while loyal Democrats whine continuously about Russia, a player with a lesser impact.

What really distinguishes Democrats from Republicans is how viciously they play the blame game through the mass media. Republicans will take an issue such as Benghazi or Hillary's private server and decide on the most damaging language to use based on a Frank Luntz group study. Republicans meet and agree on the language to use and launch a well funded nationwide campaign through FOX repeating the exact same words through every elected representative and right wing media pundit in an all out Goebbel style propaganda campaign.

Loyal Republicans absorb it all. It becomes their fake truth. Democrats whine and speak with many disjointed varying voices.

#9 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-06-15 06:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Great. Now we will get calls to investigate the IG, since he clearly didn't get the investigation right because he didn't reach the conclusion The Dotard's minions demanded...

#10 | Posted by catdog at 2018-06-15 08:27 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

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The IG's report aside, the timing of Comey's public announcement of reopening the investigation is still suspicious to me. Comey is a Republican, he joined the Trump administration for a time. I don't believe in coincidences.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2018-06-15 09:05 AM | Reply

#9

We've had this discussion before and the fault lies with the Republican's total obsession in forcing the federal government to operate with both hands tied behind its back. Outside of defense, where the GOP gets so much of its lucre from the corporate donations of suppliers and manufacturers within the industry (and sympathetic Democrats too), the GOP has intentionally refused to fund necessary modernizations and proper staffing levels since the days of Reagan when they have control of at least one house of Congress or Appropriations committees.

Each Cabinet Secretary and agency employee quoted through recent years from either party always states the reason they use non-government devices and/or practices is that their government-issued versions are obsolete or incredibly less efficient than the currently available-to-the-public devices. In a more forward thinking world, the federal government should have the cutting edge technology, not the last generation's left behinds.

So from my view, I see mainly government employees who don't care to be saddled with obsolete technology more than people trying to keep their actions from public oversight. Sure there are some who want to operate in the shadows, but the issue to me is more about thee dysfunction caused by the crew still trying to drown government in a bathtub.

#12 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-06-15 09:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

...decide on the most damaging language to use based on a Frank Luntz group study. Republicans meet and agree on the language to use and launch a well funded nationwide campaign through FOX repeating the exact same words through every elected representative and right wing media pundit in an all out Goebbel style propaganda campaign.

Loyal Republicans absorb it all. It becomes their fake truth. Democrats whine and speak with many disjointed varying voices.

#9 | POSTED BY BAYVIKING

Which, I think, is because many liberals/progressives have a hard time being that cynical. They want to win with facts, being reality-based and all, but as we can see, it doesn't work anymore.

#13 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-06-15 09:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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But my emails.

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#14 | Posted by qcp at 2018-06-15 09:53 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#12, Certainly the VA's "lost" manila folder system is a terrible example of what you are bringing up. Thank you for filling a hole in my argument. On the other hand, the Pentagon is overloaded with hi-tech gadgets which lack the determination of peasants living on rice underground. Both situations can be an inexcusable problem.

#15 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-06-15 09:56 AM | Reply

Which, I think, is because many liberals/progressives have a hard time being that cynical.

Instead of immediately saying, "That's bat**** insane(!)" liberals have to intellectually consider whatever inanity the right comes up with because they're supposed to be open minded.

The latest example? Rudy claiming that the personal text messages between FBI agents (who were equally critical of both Hillary and Bernie too) lamenting Trump's possible election somehow means that Mueller never should have been hired for the investigation due to institutional bias. That turd didn't float almost a year ago when their existence first became public. It's tragicomedy within the context of the 500 page report basically saying there was no bias in the Clinton investigation and that most of what Comey did violated protocols and tacitly helped Trump get elected in the first place.

#16 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-06-15 10:06 AM | Reply

Wow, only 16 comments so far on what was supposed to be a bomb shell of a report.

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2018-06-15 12:14 PM | Reply

Such willing ignorance is astounding, and is NO excuse in The Court of God's Judgement. No do-overs allowed-same as Noah's day...

#18 | Posted by thetwilightzone at 2018-06-15 12:51 PM | Reply

#17 | POSTED BY JPW

This report is a pretty big indictment of the FBI in general, Strzok, McCabe and Comey in particular.

#19 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-06-15 02:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#19 because they worked to sink Hillary?

#20 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-06-15 02:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

I guess you just read the ex summary.

#21 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-06-15 02:52 PM | Reply

I guess you just read the ex summary.

#21 | POSTED BY Comrade SNIPPY

I guess you read the Fox News, Infowars, Breitbart, Russian state owned media summary.

#22 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-06-15 04:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

What bat•••• crazy Trump sez is THE ONLY REALITY in MAGAland. Y'all better get used to it. Or one of his minions will GETCHA!! Everyone WILL take The Oath. Eventually.

#23 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2018-06-16 11:33 AM | Reply

Now why then has the President continued to insist that Hillary is somehow guilty of a prosecutable crime

#1 | Posted by tonyroma

The IG report was on the FBI and DOJ, not hiltabeast.

#24 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-06-16 02:11 PM | Reply

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