WSJ Exposes The Real Election Meddling... At The FBI

Via The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board,

More troubling evidence of election meddling at the bureau...

Democrats and the media are accusing anyone who criticizes special counsel Robert Mueller as Trumpian conspirators trying to undermine his probe. But who needs critics when Mr. Mueller’s team is doing so much to undermine its own credibility?

Wednesday’s revelations—they’re coming almost daily—include the Justice Department’s release of 2016 text messages to and from Peter Strzok, the FBI counterintelligence agent whom Mr. Mueller demoted this summer. The texts, which he exchanged with senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page, contain expletive-laced tirades against Mr. Trump. Such Trump hatred is no surprise and not by itself disqualifying. More troubling are texts that suggest that some FBI officials may have gone beyond antipathy to anti-Trump plotting.

“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office—that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected—but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Mr. Strzok wrote Ms. Page in an Aug. 15, 2016 text. He added: “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

What “policy” would that be? The “Andy” in question is Andrew McCabe, the deputy FBI director. FBI officials are allowed to have political opinions, but what kind of action were they discussing that would amount to anti-Trump “insurance”?

In another exchange that month, Ms. Page forwarded a Trump-related article and wrote:

“Maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace.”

 

He thanked her and assured: “Of course I’ll try and approach it that way.”

Mr. Strzok, recall, is the man who changed the words “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless” in James Comey’s July 2016 public exoneration of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

The McCabe meeting came on the heels of the FBI’s launch of its counterintelligence probe into Trump-Russia ties. July is also when former British spook Christopher Steele briefed the FBI on his Clinton-financed dossier of salacious allegations against Mr. Trump. The texts explain why Mr. Mueller would remove Mr. Strzok, though a straight shooter wouldn’t typically resist turning those messages over to Congress for as long as Mr. Mueller did.

Meanwhile, we’re learning more about the political motives of Mr. Mueller’s lieutenant, Andrew Weissmann.

Judicial Watch last week released an email in which Mr. Weissmann expressed his “awe” and praise for Sally Yates, after the then acting AG and Obama holdover refused to implement Mr. Trump’s travel ban.

This should trouble anyone who cares about the integrity of the Justice Department. Ms. Yates had every right to resign at the time if she felt she couldn’t implement Mr. Trump’s order. But she had no authority as an executive branch official to defy a legitimate presidential order. Mr. Weissmann’s support for her insubordination was a declaration that he is part of the “resistance.” This should be unacceptable in a ranking FBI official, much less someone charged with conducting a fair-minded investigation.

Public confidence isn’t helped by the continuing Justice and FBI refusal to cooperate with Congress. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who supervises Mr. Mueller, toed the Mueller-FBI line on Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee. He repeated FBI Director Christopher Wray’s preposterous excuse that he can’t answer questions because of an Inspector General probe. And he wouldn’t elaborate on the news that Nellie Ohr, the wife of senior Justice official Bruce Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, which hired Mr. Steele to gin up his dossier.

The man who should be most disturbed by all this is Mr. Mueller, who wants his evidence and conclusions to be credible with the public. Evidence is building instead that some officials at the FBI—who have worked for him—may have interfered in an American presidential election. Congress needs to insist on its rights as a co-equal branch of government to discover the truth.

Comments

gcjohns1971 Dec 15, 2017 7:29 AM Permalink

What, precisely, is insurance against the Voters' selection of a particular candidate?In light of the "protect the country in many ways" statement, is there any way to view that"insurance" as other than a conspiracy to overthrow Democracy?Why should we believe this conspiracy is confined to the senior bureaucracy?Firings are not needed.Trials are.

Cockoo Dec 15, 2017 3:35 AM Permalink

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Strzok used KGB tactics against General Flynn and then changed language on H. Clintons matter over Server-Gate this man has committed treason against the republic at the same time Mueller has a big nothing burger on Trump. Meanwhile Strzok-007 License to lie/fabricate evidence busted for not being neutral. Rep. Jim Jordan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7S9t4o9HC0

Harry Lightning Dec 15, 2017 1:43 AM Permalink

McCabe, Stzrok, Page and Weissman all should be gone before year-end.If not, then al the Congressmen who have been at the forefront of this investigation - Gowdy, Jordan, Nunes - who see the publicity as a way into the Speaker's chair if Ryan actually retires after this term will come back from Christmas recess with all guns blazing and the heat on Sessions and Rosenstein and Wray will be unbearable.How many Federal jurors are going to be unwilling to convict any defendant in a Federal trial as long as they believe that criminals are working at high levels in the FBI ? I think its quite a large number, and it imperils a huge number of cases the Department of Justice has on the docket for 2018. If the House is willing to suspend funding for DOJ and FBI, that makes the entire operation come to a suden halt, and destroys any possible credibility the FBI may still have in anyone's mind.There is no choice at this point, the membership of the FBI who have been found to been tainted in their work by their politics have to go for the survival of the Bureau.

Justapleb Dec 15, 2017 1:29 AM Permalink

Don't worry.   Trump is playing 4D chess, and very soon now Sessions will take direct and dramatic action.He will recuse himself and Hillary Clinton will be appointed to lead an investigation into election fraud by Trump.  

FreeEarCandy Dec 15, 2017 1:35 AM Permalink

So I'm confused. Many here who complain about a utterly corrupt government are also complaining about NFL protests during the "pledge of allegiance". Trump for example. He complains about a corrupt government and then complains when people won't salute the flag. Logically, and under any other circumstance, if I pledge my allegiance to a gang of criminals I am accounted a criminal.  Is this the kinda of government we should be pledging allegiance to? I seem to be missing something here. Someone explain this to me. I really don't watch much football, so I really don't care about the game or players. Some are saying the players are playing politics instead of the game they are paid millions to play. So why ask them to pledge allegiance at all if one expects just a game of football and no politics? There are so many contradiction in this that I just have to ask what the hell does this all mean. How should I explain it?Personally, as things are, I don't want to pledge allegiance to a corrupt government. Nah, I don't feel any bond to this non sense. I don't think people realize how freaking embarrassing this is. Certainly I'm embarrassed by the all  corrupt people running the government, but I am also embarrassed by the likelihood this is never going to get fixed by virtue of the fact the people who lawfully fix things in this country are the criminals. That leaves only you and me to fix it. So I'm personally embarrassed as well.Interested in knowing. If you think this will get fixed vote up. If you think it won't get fixed vote down.

Unwashed FreeEarCandy Dec 15, 2017 4:01 AM Permalink

The NFL protests were framed wrong. From the beginning the protestors could have said the kneel down was a plea for the federal government to enforce the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause. The federal government shirked it’s oversight duties in ensuring local police did not violate explicit constitutional rights.

Police, specifically and government policy in general, were denying large segments of the population the freedoms so many in the military fought for.

A plea for good governance may have been a better message.

Loyalty or allegiance is not a virtue. Loyalty to an un-virtuous entity is an abdication of moral autonomy.

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Sandmann Dec 15, 2017 1:14 AM Permalink

FBI should be broken up with a proper Counter-Intelligence operation wholly separate from Bureau of Police Work. UK MI5 has NO powers of arrest and operates through Special Branch within the Metropolitan Police Force.FBI has too much power and has become a rival CIA

Mzhen Dec 15, 2017 1:10 AM Permalink

Some think McCabe abruptly cancelled his House Intelligence Committee testimony because it was reported he has an "Ohr problem."Nellie Ohr was granted a suspicious ham radio license on May 23, 2016.  I will point out that Bruce Ohr has a degree in physics and may have taken an interest in his wife's new hobby.

Dratpmurt Dec 15, 2017 12:00 AM Permalink

Trumptard Burgers. Retards getting nervous now the Mueller has the goods on Trump. Don't worry shit for brains. Trumps going to be impeached directly after the mid term blood bath. Mueller or no Mueller

thebigunit Dratpmurt Dec 15, 2017 6:08 PM Permalink

Dear Drat:It sounds like you have thought about this a lot.  But your conclusions sound a bit flaky.When you were thinking about this, how big a brain did you use?Did use all the brain cells at the same time, or were some of them doing other things?Were all the brain cells current, up to spec and calibrated?We need to see the logs.

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thebigunit Dec 14, 2017 11:58 PM Permalink

Maybe Mueller will eventually figure out it's time to hit the eject button rather than go down in history as the trainwreck of special prosecutors.Reposted from another thread:---------------------------------------------------"Nevermind".Could a change be in the wind?I was thinking about a comment made by Rush ( I think) about people like Robert Mueller who place a very high value on being known as a "respected" and "uncorruptable" Brahmin.The "Mueller investigation" has taken an ugly turn in recent days and sleaze and corruption are gushing out of the wood work.Things only promise to get worse, and if Mueller truly values his reputation, he ought to want to get away from this trainwreck as fast and as far as possible.Also, it is evident that the "deep state coup" was put together hurriedly after Trump won, and the conspirators counted on it working and on never being found out. What kind of conspiratorial genius sends ten thousand text messages documenting the conspiracy.The text messages are likely a road map implicating a lot of other people in the deep state.  Oooops!What to do?!!!Answer: make the whole shitbag go away.  FAST!MUELLER PRESS CONFERENCE:"Hi. Looked for collusion with the Russians.  Didn't find anything.  Case closed. Bye""Oh.  We suspect there might have been a lot of sexual harassment by Republicans running for office.  Someone should look at that. Bye."

Lord Raglan Dec 14, 2017 11:33 PM Permalink

Sessions needs to un-recuse himself because there is nothing there, fire Rosenstein, take over the supervision of Mueller's investigation and shut it down.  

khakuda Dec 14, 2017 11:00 PM Permalink

This is the founding fathers, and now our, nightmare.  They wanted limited government because they knew that absolute power corrupts absolutely as the saying goes.  Here we are with government more expensive than we can afford and incredibly corrupt at all levels.  Warrantless seizures, corrupt IRS, corrupt FBI, a completely out of control central bank that has moved beyond their charter to take over the economy and markets completely.  Plus a completely complicit media that makes Pravda look honest and independent.  And completely bought off by special interests.  The carried interest tax loophole will continue under the new tax plan.  Outrageous.

Scuba Steve Dec 14, 2017 10:59 PM Permalink

You just knew Mueller and Co were assembling for nothing more than covering up item after item that the administrations for the last 20-25 years have been scamming ... 

Dilluminati Dec 14, 2017 10:56 PM Permalink

I caught Schiff on CNN and he never frankly owned up to some really disturbing shit that has gone down.  How CNN could conduct the interview in the absence of these facts, and as the article states: Public confidence isn’t helped by the continuing Justice and FBI refusal to cooperate with Congress. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who supervises Mr. Mueller, toed the Mueller-FBI line on Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee. He repeated FBI Director Christopher Wray’s preposterous excuse that he can’t answer questions because of an Inspector General probe. And he wouldn’t elaborate on the news that Nellie Ohr, the wife of senior Justice official Bruce Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, which hired Mr. Steele to gin up his dossier.http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/14/politics/adam-schiff-cnn-tv/index.htmlNow I don't take sides on these sorts of things and call em like I see em.. but this one is fucking sticking and continuing to stink.Again let me simplify this down to one multi-part question: Before somebody went and got a FISA court judge to approve wiretaps did Mr. Steele inform the FBI that the work was paid for by the Democrats and that it was unverifiable?  When the FBI offered additional payments and Fusion GPS did not meet the requirements to earn those payments, or informed the fBI it would be improper to take a payment, why did the FBI proceed?The accusations of fake news, we can all have our own opinions, and if people at the DOJ/FBI think Trumps a cocksucker, well that is their right as an American to say so, to donate to whom they want freely, but if these same people took discredited and paid for information from the DNC which Steele wouldn't sign off as vetted, wouldn't take cash for the purposes of that information being used as court testimony, if it was nothing but hersey evidence bought from sources that had an econimic incentive to produce it, produce more if paid, whereas a judge who issued the FISA order subsequently stepped down.. well that is a sad fucking day and what was on CNN tonight fake news.That is the definition of fabricating facts, we can all have our opinions but not our own facts.

Joebloinvestor Dec 14, 2017 10:39 PM Permalink

Sounds like a turning point to me.If the FBI wants to retain any sembelance of impartiality some people need to be arrested for treason.President Trump need to pul plug on this horseshit and remove the restrictions on the FISA warrant application. Warts and all. 

. . . _ _ _ . . . dietrolldietroll Dec 14, 2017 10:48 PM Permalink

"Power doesn't come from a badge or a gun. Power comes outta lying big and getting the whole damn world to play along with you. Once you got everybody agreeing with what they know in their hearts ain't true, you got 'em trapped. You're the boss. You can turn reality on its head and they'll cheer you on."-Frank Miller - Sin City - Yellow Bastard

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chunga Hulk Dec 14, 2017 10:48 PM Permalink

I'm so tired of criticizing that guy but the fact is, he is attorney general appointed by trump and under his watch this has become an embarrassing spectacle. The same can be said about congress and all the fake hearings. Utterly pathetic and absurd, all of them. I'm ashamed by the complete lack of integrity.

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HRClinton Dec 14, 2017 10:31 PM Permalink

I don't think that Hollyweird or Jerry Springer could match this.Only in 'Merica. You've become the soap opera for the world, with daily episodes of "As the Stomach Turns". 

MuffDiver69 Dec 14, 2017 10:24 PM Permalink

Yo...it’s a Hatch Act violation to discuss politics like the meeting with “Andy” and the two adulterous sluts...That right there is enough to throw out every goddamn thing any of those three did from that point ...at minimum