It appears as if Inspector General Michael Horowitz considers the American people mindless fools.
In his report on the Justice Department’s handling of the Clinton email investigation, he writes that FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page’s anti-Trump text messages are “deeply troubling” and created the appearance “that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations.”
But on the other hand, he writes:
“We found no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations; rather, we determined that they were based on the prosecutors’ assessment of the facts, the law and past department practice.”
That’s not the impression we’re getting based on some of these texts. And that’s not the impression we’re getting based on Strzok being escorted out of the FBI office last week.
Some of the text messages he and his lover Page sent include the following:
- Page warning Strzok via text about the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state, saying in February 2016 that she “might be our next president.”
- “The last thing you need [is] going in there loaded for bear,” Page said. “You think she’s going to remember or care that it was more [DOJ] than [FBI]?”
- “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok texted on Aug. 15, 2016. “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
Both Strzok and Page acknowledged that some of their texts could be read as showing bias against Trump, but both insisted bias played no part in their work. Of course not…
Instead of playing these games and not holding the two FBI officials responsible for the immense power and authority they have in their positions, why not report the truth? If these text messages are not the equivalent of bias, then I’m not sure what is.
This is like having a referee oversee a match with his own country in the World Cup finals.