The IG’s Report

I have not personally read the Inspector General (IG) of the Dept. of Justice’s Report on the conduct of the FBI and the DOJ’s actions during the previous election campaign.  After all, it runs to 600 pages and is quite comprehensive.  But, the general conclusions based on its findings are widely known.

  1. There was undoubtedly a politically motivated campaign in the FBI against Republican candidate Trump led by FBI officials, who openly declared their hatred for Trump in numerous e-mails and stated that they would do whatever they could to deny him the Presidency.  This included Peter Strzok, who was appointed by FBI Director James Comey to investigate the supposed collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian Government.
  2. After 9 months of this investigation Peter Strzok was fired by Comey because the e-mails declaring his bias against Trump were leaked.  But, at this time Strzok admitted that he had found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
  3. The  FBI knew about the cache of e-mails from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton held illegally on a lap-top by Congressman Anthony Weiner, who was married to Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin, but did nothing about it.  Director Comey and other FBI officials acted on the assumption that Clinton would win the election and so failed to investigate her wrong-doings.
  4. Director Comey acted improperly when he went public with his supposed finding that there was no case to be answered by Clinton regarding her private e-mail server when she was Secty. of State.  It was not his role to make this decision, it was for the DOJ to do so, but by making this public decision he preempted further investigation.
  5. When he later reversed himself, it was presumably because he realized Trump might win and he would be found guilty of improper conduct.  In fact his actions were based more on political considerations than on strict investigative  conclusions.
  6. The decisions by the FBI to pursue the investigation against the Trump campaign for collusion with the Russians based on a questionable report from a British agent paid for by the DNC and to exonerate Clinton for her e-mail crimes were clearly politically motivated.
  7. The meeting between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch was highly inappropriate under the circumstances.

Conclusions: How the IG could conclude on the basis of the evidence that there was no evidence of FBI bias is beyond my understanding.  These findings, as Pres. Trump has claimed, “exonerate” him in this whole messy affair.  Comey, Strozk and other FBI officials should be tried for improper conduct and Clinton should be tried with crimes against US law in improperly using a private server while Secty. of State and sharing private and secret e-mails with others.  The Mueller Investigation into the Trump collusion with the Russians should be terminated.