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A Partisan Witch Hunt Above the Law

The more we learn about FBI Section Leader Peter Strzok, the married agent dismissed in August 2017 from the Russia investigation by Robert Mueller after the discovery of anti-Trump emails, by a DOJ internal investigation of the Clinton e-mails investigation, Strzok exchanged with his alleged mistress Lisa Page, a top FBI lawyer on the staff of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, and his central role in the Clinton e-mail investigations and the Michael Flynn-Russia investigation, the more the current Mueller investigation looks like a partisan witch hunt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Mueller and the FBI both dragged their feet on sharing key info about all this with Congress.

Including the news that Strzok was the one who changed then-FBI chief Jim Comey’s draft language on Clinton’s use of that private server from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless” in the final version.

That’s huge, because the statute specifies that gross negligence in the handling of classified info is itself a crime, whatever the intent — though Comey declared that Clinton shouldn’t face prosecution precisely because she had no “intent” to break the law.

Strzok also conducted the FBI interviews of Clinton and her top aides, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, in the e-mail probe.

More, he was reportedly one of the major FBI figures urging investigations on the basis of the “Steele dossier” of Russian-sourced scurrilous anti-Trump allegations, which we now know was commissioned by the Clinton campaign.

More, he signed the documents that opened the ensuing “collusion” probe. And he led the FBI interview of Gen. Mike Flynn, in which Flynn told the lies that eventually forced him out as Trump’s national security adviser, and for which he’s now pleaded guilty in a deal with Mueller.

Meanwhile, Mills and Abedin’s testimony in their interviews has been shown false in one major regard: Contrary to their denials, each had been well aware of Clinton’s private server — they had to deal with the office fallout whenever it went down. Unlike Flynn, though, they never faced charges for lying to federal investigators.

Go here to read the rest.  It should be noted that it was not revealed by Mueller as to why Strzok was dismissed from the investigation until the day after Michael Flynn on Friday of last week entered a plea of guilty to lying in the non-taped interview conducted by Strzok and another FBI agent.  This all stinks to high Heaven, and it appears that the fix was in regarding all the highly political investigations in which Mr. Strzok, the Zelig of the FBI, was involved.  That whirring sound you hear is J. Edgar Hoover, who, whatever you could say against him, strove to keep the FBI free from being a political tool of Presidents, in his grave.  The Deep State is not a right wing fantasy but is rather a reality that poses a real threat to American democracy and our first civil right:  the right to rule ourselves.

 

Strangers of his counsel, hirelings of his pay,
These shall deal our Justice: sell—deny—delay.

Rudyard Kipling

 

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

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  1. If the FBI has a damaged institutional culture, who might be more responsible for that than the man who ran the agency for 12 years, and that’s…Robert Mueller.
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    The conduct of Mueller and Comey to date has included assiduous leaking to the press, midnight no-knock raids on the premises of co-operating targets with reputable legal counsel, face-saving indictments on process crimes, threats against a first-degree relative of one target, indictments on matters irrelevant to the foundational purpose of the investigation, and now demanding records from Deutschebank regarding the Trump Organization’s business accounts.
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    I’ve done some spelunking around in the FEC database looking for friends and relations, emphasizing people I’m sure follow public affairs and have discretionary income. Several are public employees or attorneys. I found four people. One gave $250 to her local Congresshrew about 15 years ago. One is a retired schoolteacher who gave $3,500 over a period of 11 years; she was, for over 20 years, a pillar of her local Democratic committee and attended the Virginia state convention more than once; she actually attended BO’s inauguration. Another is a retired college professor from a moneyed family, was chairman of his local Democratic committee, has served a term as mayor, and was a petition carrier until he was nearly 80. He’s given about $17,000 over an 18 year period. Another is a lawyer cousin of mine who has served on his village board and once ran for state assembly. He’s given about $800 over 16 years. The FEC database covers the period from 1999 to the present. The foregoing individuals were between the ages of 56 and 69 in 1999 and none had dependent children by that point in their life; only one of them was still working. I know an attorney (37 years old in 1999) who has a handsome income and was once chairman of a suburban Democratic committee around Rochester. He’s not in the database. Paul Zummo is not in the database. Donald McClarey is not in the database. Sending cash to politicians and party committees is not something working adults with dependents do very often. Mueller hires 14 lawyers and nine of them are in that database. Eight of them have donated exclusively to Democrats. One, a trial-lawyer in Bethesda, Md. made one contribution to Gov. George Allen (I assume because his firm has business with the Commonwealth of Virginia) and one to Jason Chaffetz of all people. He made dozens to Democrats (does his firm want something from all these people?). Now we discover one of these characters was sending mash notes to the egregious Sally Yates last January. What would an actuary make of Mueller’s hiring patterns?

  2. It’s not just the ‘Deep State’, it’s the legal establishment. Comey, Mueller, Rosenstein, and McCabe are all lawyers. Comey, Mueller, and Rosenstein all had long periods in the Justice Department followed by handsome private sector positions. Mueller’s team was recruited from lawyers in the FBI, from divisions within the Justice Department, and from Big Law firms in New York and Washington. Add to that Sally Yates, miscellaneous Federal District Judges, and the public interest lawyers appearing before them.

  3. This just in from Glenn Reynolds:
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    MAYBE IT WOULD BE SHORTER TO MAKE A LIST OF MUELLER FOLKS WHO AREN’T HOPELESSLY COMPROMISED: Another One! Mueller Deputy Was Personal Attorney of Ben Rhodes, Represented Clinton Foundation. “Jeannie Rhee, who was hired by Mueller last summer to work on the probe, was the personal attorney of Ben Rhodes and also represented the Clinton Foundation. . . . Rhee is the third member of the Mueller team this week who has been shown to be brazenly partisan. Two other members of the team have been revealed as highly questionable hires in recent days as well — Peter Strzok, an anti-Trumper who helped exonerate Hillary Clinton, and Andrew Weissmann, an unscrupulous prosecutor who told outgoing acting Attorney General Sally Yates in an email that he was ‘proud’ of her for defying President Trump’s travel ban. As bad as Strzok and Weissman are, Jeannie Rhee takes the cake.””

  4. Thank you Phillip, Art and Donald.

    Your references and insight are helping me to try to understand what is going on with this pissing match..FBI v. Trump.

    “People are finally tumbling to the realization that this [FBI] has become a proto-KGB,” said a former senior intelligence official with extensive experience in counterintelligence. “We’re in a constitutional crisis. These guys are playing out a silent coup against an elected official.”
    – from Phillip’s link; ( Washington Free Beacon article.)

    May the Deep State die in it’s filthy latrine.

  5. Yes Mary. Good riddance! Planned Parenthood can keep him. A role model for womanizers everywhere… playing the abortion supporter and claiming to be a champion for woman…in the final analysis he’s just a sadistic clown who won favor in the clown party.
    Good riddance Frankenstein.

  6. Art Deco, President Trump’s appointments are clearly a compromise with an intransigent Senate. He didn’t want both a drawn out, teeth-pulling process within that body to go along with endless “everybody is a Russian” prattle outside of it.

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