Two big questions hang over our politics:
• Exactly how did the Russians interfere in the 2016 presidential election?
• Did the Justice Department and the FBI give Hillary Clinton a pass on the unguarded private email server investigation while they politicized counterintelligence operations to undermine team Trump?
As to the first, an investigation by Robert Mueller is underway.
As to the second, although it has been under-reported, six FBI or Department of Justice officials have left their posts or been re-assigned in the midst of this scandal:
Deputy Director Andrew McCabe 49 made important decisions related to these investigations and, yet, his wife got more than $500,000 in contributions for a state senate race from Terry McAuliffe, a close Clinton ally. Mr. McCabe has used his accrued paid time off, stopped working and announced his retirement. FBI officials Peter Strzok 47 and Lisa Page 38 who were romantically and adulterously involved exchanged about fifty thousand texts showing bias for and against the subjects of investigations. (In these texts, they called Trump an “idiot” whose election was “f***ing terrifying”) They also openly talked about an “insurance policy” should Donald J. Trump get elected. They were removed from the investigation by Robert Mueller although that fact was suppressed for months and they are under investigation by the inspector general of the Justice Department.
although it has been under-reported, six FBI or Department of Justice officials have left their posts or been re-assigned in the midst of this scandal”
James Baker, who may have leaked the dossier written by former British spy Christopher Steele and discretely paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign to “Mother Jones” magazine during the campaign was general counsel of the FBI. He has been reassigned. James Rybicki, who was Jim Comey’s chief of staff, who was also under criticism, left the government. Associate Attorney General Bruce Ohr may have had undisclosed contacts with the company that engaged with Mr. Steel to write the dossier and, it turns out, his wife was working for that company. Mr. Ohr has left the government.
Director Comey, as he has acknowledged, leaked his own emails to a journalist.
Calling attention to these matters is not a smear of law enforcement. Quite the opposite. It is a reminder that leaders in that field are accountable to the public.
We all should want to get to the bottom of both stories.