This bombshell tells the entire story of the Trump/Russia Investigation from the perspective of the FBI. It turns out that the Russia Investigation was started days after the conclusion of the Clinton Email Investigations, in August of 2016 (4 months before the election) and the FBI took careful steps in the Trump investigation that gave then presidential candidate Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt at almost every step of the investigatory process.
Knowing that they could not conclude this Russia Investigation before the election, the FBI under James Comey treaded lightly and silently (something Mr. Comey did not do for Mrs. Clinton. During the 2016 Presidential Election, Comey twice made potentially damaging public announcements about the email investigation into candidate Clinton, evidently for Comey’s part, in the interest of “transparency.” He believed, like many at the time, Hillary Clinton would win the election.
This article is basically saying that instead of being fast and loose with the laws on the Russia Investigation, as President Trump believes, or has said as much on Twitter, the FBI, led by lifetime Republican (until recently) James Comey, did not start or continue his Crossfire Hurricane (Trump’s investigation codename, a Rolling Stones reference) until the evidence was so substantial that it could not be ignored.
They favored Trump, but had to start the single biggest investigation into a presidential candidate since, well…to be honest, a few weeks before. They had to out of sheer intelligence that there was a big, fat there there. And found so much that they did what they did in complete public silence. If Hillary Clinton was guilty, she wasn’t, but the implications of her guilt in the scope of the case were infinitesimal compared to the threat posed by the Trump/Russia implications, so much so, that the FBI and Robert Mueller has not spoken publicly on what evidence they have, exactly.
Sean Hannity wants to see it. Devin Nunes. Wants to see it. I say we let Hannity and Nunes both go to the DOJ and be briefed on everything the FBI and Mueller has on Trump. Both Nunes and Hannity would walk out of the Department of Justice, approach a microphone surrounded by reporters, then make a joint statement: “Oops.”
The FBI didn’t even tell the DOJ (save 5 top brass) that they had begun investigating Trump, so worried that an early leak would compromise the 2016 elections. This is a breach of typical communications between FBI and DOJ, usually around 12 DOJ officials are in on FBI investigations.
This is a very important article, if the reporting is on, because it means that someone has leaked in advance the as of today, publicly unavailable, report by FBI Internal Inspector Horowitz. His findings are currently in the hands of intelligence agencies and the US Congress (I believe, don’t quote me on that) and should be released soon, pending consultation from the FBI and DOJ. Upon review of Mr. Horowitz’s report, either entity can make a case to remove someone’s identity from a document, or redact sections that are clear cases of classified information. After that, it becomes public.
Remember, the FBI was investigating its own breach of government, as the US President also has control of not only the FBI, but law enforcement in general.
The announcement by the big three intelligence agencies that Russia ran a sophisticated influence campaign in the 2016 US Presidential Elections, and they favored Donald Trump and disparaged Hillary was confirmed yesterday (or Thursday, depending on when it was released) by the Senate Intelligence Committee , a bipartisan group headed by a Republican.
BTW for Hannity and Nunes, the Russia Investigation did start with George Popudopolos and his late night conversation with an Australian diplomat in a London bar, when Popodopolous (sorry for misspelling) informed the Aussie representatvive that he knew in advance that Russia would hack the Democratic Party’s emails, before it happened.
So let not your heart be troubled. When Inspector Horowitz’s report on the FBI’s behavior during both the Clinton and Trump investigations, we will learn that the FBI and DOJ have been trustworthy all along, going to extensive lengths to make sure their intel was good before they made any move into the Trump campaign, both literally and figuratively.
Clinton was treated harsher by the FBI than Donald Trump, and the investigation into her emails was publicly confirmed by Director Coney before the 2016 election, possibly damaging Ms. Clinton’s chances of winning. Trump’s scandal was active during the election, but the FBI didn’t disclose the case at all because they did not want to scare away potential sources of information.
This is almost exactly the opposite of what Sean Hannity has been postulating on his show. He says the FBI treated Clinton with ‘kid gloves,’ while railing against Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller (both Republicans) for their ‘deep state’ bias.
And so New York Times, thank you (and WAPO, you two break everything). To quote Donald Trump Jr from a famous email,
“If it’s what you say it is, I love it!”