What’s the take-away from the Inspector-General’s Report about Comey and the FBI? The left is going to spin it as a vindication of their narrative. The New York Times even let Comey write an op-ed claiming the report backs him. That’s hogwash, and it looks as though he wrote the op-ed before he read the report, which called him insubordinate and guilty of serious errors of judgment. What’s clear is that his reputation is in tatters, that he deserved to be fired. In the future, no one will be able to treat him as a responsible authority, not without revealing their own, crippling biases.
As for the FBI, it too has taken a major hit. Senior agents, such as the infamous Peter Strzok, were found to be severely biased against Trump, and the Inspector General’s report found that their biases implied “a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects.” For example, the report noted that Strzok may have improperly prioritized the Russia investigation over the Clinton investigation during the final weeks of the campaign.
And here’s the big, unanswered question. Fine, some FBI agents like Strzok were extremely anti-Trump. What we want to know, however, is how did it happen that these were the very individuals who ran the Bureau’s investigation of Trump? Strzok served as a lead investigator on both the Trump-Russia and Clinton-email investigations, and vowed he would “stop” Trump from becoming president in an August 2016 text message to his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page. And no one at the FBI had a clue about what they and the other biased agents were up to? If then-FBI Director Comey didn’t know, that was another reason to fire him.
Worse still, Strzok was seconded to Special Counsel Robert Mueller to advise him on his investigation of Trump. When Strzok’s emails came to light, Mueller fired him. Very proper, to be sure, but now it seems that another FBI attorney who worked on Mueller’s investigation sent anti-Trump text messages to a colleague, including one exclaiming: “Viva le Resistance.”
So do you mean to tell me that this doesn’t taint the Mueller investigation? A lot of people, including me, have been willing to cut Mueller a lot of slack. He’s a person of the highest integrity, everyone tells me. Fine, but do you know what a person of the highest integrity would do, after discovering he was fed information by a highly partisan FBI, and after spending a year to come up with nothing better than process crimes by subordinates? He’d wind up his investigation pretty damn quickly.