Almost two years after President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated, one of the main roadblocks to investigating and prosecuting the crimes of the previous administration has finally been cleared. The last of the leadership in the scandal-ridden Federal Bureau of Investigation, Assistant Director Bill Priestap, is retiring.
“Assistant Director Bill Priestap became eligible to retire and has chosen to do so after 20 years of service,” an FBI spokesperson told Fox News on Wednesday.
Priestap, who participated in the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and the FBI’s initial probe into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election, has testified before Congress on multiple occasions regarding the bureau’s handling of both investigations.
His departure, which reportedly was unrelated to the controversies surrounding those investigations, is significant, as it marks the de facto end of the Obama-era leadership team — which has been steadily disbanding since the early months of the Trump administration amid a combination of firings and retirements.
Bill Priestap follows former Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, John Carlin, lawyer James Baker, Chief of Staff James Rybicki, Assistant Director of Public Affairs Michael Kortan, among others, who have become household names as the investigations into collusion in the 2016 presidential election have progressed.
What this means is that the last of the “firewalls” left behind to keep a lid on investigations is now gone. The FBI is cleaned up and will most likely begin to function as a law-abiding agency.
This, of course, should scare the bejeezus out of the swamp in Washington, the people who were protected by the firewalls being in position. The Trump Department of Justice is steadily taking shape, and if the denouncing of the new staff is any indication, the creatures left behind know the next little while is not going to be pretty for them.