The long-awaited Office of Inspector General report regarding the whole 2016 election fiasco has come out, and all the hype doesn’t quite seem to match what pundits have had time to read. (The thing is more than five hundred pages long.)
Included is a whole text message exchange discovered in May between lovebirds Lisa Page and Peter Strzok about Trump never being president that was declared politically biased, but did not, according to the report, affect any job-related decision making. (Sure….)
According to the report, Strzok texted Page in August 2016 that “we’ll stop” Donald Trump from becoming president.
“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Page texted Strzok.
“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok responded.
There was also criticism regarding the tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch, handling of the Anthony Weiner laptop, among other topics. However, the majority of coverage on the first pass is all related to then FBI Director being insubordinate on July 5, 2016, when he made a statement to the nation outlining all of Hillary Clinton’s misdeeds and then went on to say that no reasonable prosecutor would charge her with the crimes:
[Michael] Horowitz’s investigation looked at a variety of allegations, including whether it was improper for Comey to make a public announcement about not recommending prosecution over the Clinton email arrangement.
“We found that it was extraordinary and insubordinate for Comey to conceal his intentions from his superiors, the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, for the admitted purpose of preventing them from telling him not to make the statement, and to instruct his subordinates in the FBI to do the same,” Horowitz’s report says.
So, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and her Deputy Sally Yates either knew nothing about the statement or told him not to do it, but Comey went ahead and told the world anyway.
That question isn’t answered as yet either. Not from the early reporting on the OIG report or via Comey’s twitter account.
I respect the DOJ IG office, which is why I urged them to do this review. The conclusions are reasonable, even though I disagree with some. People of good faith can see an unprecedented situation differently. I pray no Director faces it again. Thanks to IG’s people for hard work.
— James Comey (@Comey) June 14, 2018
A big deal is being made about Comey being insubordinate, but not much is being said of HIS motivations.
What were they?
Unfortunately for information seekers, the man is out of the country at the moment.
Somehow, this does not feel like the end of this fiasco.