The number of cases where the FBI has merely operated as the “fixer” for the system is overwhelming. In fact, it seems to be the rule rather than the exception.
So I am at a loss for how many on the left have come around to viewing the FBI as a paragon of virtue, and how Comey got away with his Boy Scout act on his book tour without anyone challenging him on the squeeky clean image he was selling.
- Lon Horiuchi?
- The TWA flight 800 “clean up and scrubbing” operation the FBI pulled?
- The Vince Foster failure to investigate?
- Infiltrating Occupy Wall Street and the Quakers and anybody else even mildly associated with seeking to question the existing power structure?
This is the real FBI. This is who they actually are and have been for a very long time. When an organization goes rogue and commits massive crimes, I’m of a mind to remember that. That’s their DNA.
Here’s the latest. It’s ugly:
Congressional investigators have confirmed that a top FBI official met with Democratic Party lawyers to talk about allegations of Donald Trump-Russia collusion weeks before the 2016 election, and before the bureau secured a search warrant targeting Trump’s campaign.
Former FBI general counsel James Baker met during the 2016 season with at least one attorney from Perkins Coie, the Democratic National Committee’s private law firm.
That’s the firm used by the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign to secretly pay research firm Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence operative, to compile a dossier of uncorroborated raw intelligence alleging Trump and Moscow were colluding to hijack the presidential election.
The dossier, though mostly unverified, was then used by the FBI as the main evidence seeking a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant targeting the Trump campaign in the final days of the campaign.
The revelation was confirmed both in contemporaneous evidence and testimony secured by a joint investigation by Republicans on the House Judiciary and Government Oversight committees, my source tells me.
It means the FBI had good reason to suspect the dossier was connected to the DNC’s main law firm and was the product of a Democratic opposition-research effort to defeat Trump — yet failed to disclose that information to the FISA court in October 2016, when the bureau applied for a FISA warrant to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
“This is a bombshell that unequivocally shows the real collusion was between the FBI and Donald Trump’s opposition — the DNC, Hillary and a Trump-hating British intel officer — to hijack the election, rather than some conspiracy between Putin and Trump,” a knowledgeable source told me.
Baker was interviewed by lawmakers behind closed doors on Wednesday. Sources declined to divulge his testimony, other than to say it confirmed other evidence about the contact between the Perkins Coie law firm and the FBI.
The sources also said Baker’s interview broke new ground both about the FBI’s use of news media in 2016 and 2017 to further the Trump case and about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s conversations in spring 2017 regarding possible use of a body wire to record Trump.
“The interview was one of the most productive we had and it opened up many new investigative leads,” one source said.
Another said Baker could not answer some questions about FBI media contacts, citing an ongoing investigation by the Justice Department inspector general into alleged illegal leaks, during and after the election, about the Trump collusion probe and other matters.
These revelations illustrate anew how much the FBI and Justice Department have withheld from the public about their collaboration and collusion with clearly partisan elements of the Clinton campaign and the DNC, Fusion and Steele, that were trying to defeat Trump.
The growing body of evidence that the FBI used mostly politically-motivated, unverified intelligence from an opponent to justify spying on the GOP nominee’s campaign — just weeks before Election Day — has prompted a growing number of Republicans to ask President Trump to declassify the rest of the FBI’s main documents in the Russia collusion case.
So…the FBI lied to the FISA court (a lie of omission, which is quite serious in their business…try “leaving out something important” when the FBI talks to you and – bang! – that’s a felony), and has been hiding, obstructing and otherwise impeding any investigation into its own activities in attempting to derail a US presidential election in favor of one candidate over another.
Many people on the left shrug or even applaud these efforts because they were arranged against Trump. The ends justify the means. But this ignores the slippery slope and just how destructive to the idea if not the ideal of democracy this is.
The FBI is a rogue organization.
Perhaps not any worse or further off the reservation than the CIA or the NSA, but it still needs to be cleaned up. The only way I know for sure to do that is for accountability to land back within its walls. People need to go to jail. They need to have to defend themselves in court using their own money. The remaining agents need to see that up close and personal.
I view the FBI as probably consisting of 95% dedicated agents of high integrity. But that other 5%? Well, if the FBI cannot find a way to internally police itself, then someday they may well find themselves policed from the outside. Right now I would heavily support Trump opening up that can of worms because, well, it’s way overdue and there’s no sign that the FBI has the capability to do this to or for itself.
But a solid house cleaning would be the very best thing for the organization in the long term. I guess it’s kind of like an alcoholic…sometimes they have to hit a wall before they can get better.
So I remain at a loss to understand why so many people are suddenly willing to forget the FBI’s long history of skullduggery and malfeasance as if none of that happened and the FBI suddenly morphed into a paragon of virtue.