The Swamp Deepens
Harlotte Spins Breakfast
Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Saturday, June 16, 2018. Harlotte is at the stove preparing Ham and Potato Frittatas for our enjoyment. She is very disappointed in the conclusions of the long awaited IG report. She was hoping for the truth, but instead she believes that the IG is a part of the Swamp. "They" got to him plain and simple. Please join Harlotte at the breakfast table for a chat and a really fine breakfast. Come as quickly as you can, and bring the entire family.
Caught in the Web of Deceit
Thanks so much for joining me at the breakfast table. If I tell you that I am very disappointed in the IG report, it would be a gross understatement. The report revealed a great deal of wrong -doing at the highest levels of the Justice Department and the FBI. Most of it was known to us, but what we didn't realize was that this report was reminiscent of the childish taunt, "sticks and stones can break my bones, but names will never harm me." There were a great many names tossed around to describe very bad behavior, but in the end, the IG turned into a twin of Comey when he unbelievably concluded that there was no bias involved in any of this behavior. That conclusion is so inane and insane that it takes my breath away. For example, James Comey was essentially guilty of the exact same thing as Hillary Clinton, namely that they both used private email accounts to conduct official government business. In fact, he was using this email account at the same time that he was investigating Clinton for violating government protocol. This might be funny, if it wasn't true. The IG report revealed that FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page also used personal email accounts to conduct bureau business. Clearly, everyone involved felt that he or she was above the law. The bad guys were in charge of investigating the bad guys. Under the circumstances, should we be surprised at the results?
Weaving a Tale
Michael Horowitz, the Inspector General, made an incredible statement to the nation, "we did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigations we reviewed." Oh my, oh my, only an idiot would find his statement to be credible. He went on to say, that "while we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias on Comey's part, we nevertheless concluded that by departing so clearly and dramatically from FBI and department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI as fair administrators of justice. Comey has to be delighted, the IG should be embarrassed and the American people should be outraged. Those are my conclusions, and I am sticking to them. The FBI has fallen from grace under the auspices of James Comey. It is going to take a miracle to restore the faith that Americans once had in the FBI and the DOJ.
Hold Your Nose
The IG report uses words like "careless" and "insubordinate". It bends over backwards in its conclusions to protect the creatures in the swamp. James Comey protected Clinton, the IG protected Comey and Clinton, and life in the swamp goes on while the American people are still waiting for justice to be served. The IG called Comey's actions insubordinate. Comey departed from department norms, but got a pass from the IG. The American people, once again, got kicked where it hurts, because the perception of justice is just that, a perception in the eyes of the beholder. The IG thought it out of the norm for Comey to consult with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Comey got a pass on that, too.
Peter Strzok and his lover, Lisa Page, exchanged texts that expressed pro-Clinton and anti-Trump sentiments. The IG didn't find bias in the texts. Strzok vowed to stop Trump from winning the election. Again, the conclusion was that no bias existed. By the way, agent Strzok is still employed. If an ordinary "Joe" had done the same thing, he would be serving a term or two in federal prison.
The meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch was characterized as an "inappropriate discussion." What it really was, in my unbiased view, was a set-up to make sure Clinton's, in name only wife, wasn't prosecuted. The swamp isn't even fit for alligators or snakes.
Oh, what a tangled web they weave
When first they practice to deceive
Sir Walter Scott