WASHINGTON, January 24, 2018.: Earlier this week, the Justice Department sent a letter to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee concerning the possible fixing of the FBI investigations into Hillary Clinton’s illegal handling of secret government emails and the Trump/Russia collusion business.
In Clinton’s case, the FBI fix ended in her exoneration. In the case of Trump/Russia collusion, based on the dubious Steele dossier, the FBI fix came in the appointment of a special counsel that fueled a year-long media narrative alleging the theft of the U.S. presidency, with calls for President Trump’s impeachment.
The Democratic Party’s FBI fixers
Five months of text message exchanges between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, that could have shed light on the moves made against Trump and his campaign team (“insurance policy”), miraculously disappeared.
According to the Justice Department letter:
“The Department wants to bring to your attention that the FBI’s technical system for retaining text messages sent and received on FBI mobile devices failed to preserve text messages for Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page. The result was that data that should have been automatically collected and retained for long-term storage and retrieval was not collected.”
If you are shocked, you shouldn’t be.
Back in 2014, and eight months after congressional Republicans issued subpoenas, the IRS failed to surrender emails pertaining to the agency’s targeting of conservative and tea party groups.
Death and taxes and IRS targeting
The Inspector General’s office reported that 24,000 emails belonging to Lois Lerner, the disgraced former head of the IRS tax exempt unit, and 422 backup tapes containing copies of these emails, had been destroyed.
They were erased by the IRS’s Media Management Midnight Unit.
This federal agency within a federal agency sounds a lot like an organization expressly designed to expunge incriminating evidence of government wrongdoing – long after the close of business hours, say, around “Midnight.”
So it came as no surprise that the 302-page FBI investigative report on the Lois Lerner matter did not call for the convening of a grand jury.
“We found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution,” read a portion of the report.
The IRS “Midnight” unit did a very thorough job of “cleaning up” after Lerner.
But in the civil trial that followed, Lerner admitted to enough wrongdoing in her sworn deposition, she asked a federal judge in 2017 to seal her testimony “in perpetuity.”
Judge Michael Barrett, a federal employee, has, for now, obliged.
Cleaning up the FBI
Lois Lerner and Hillary Clinton were given a pass by the Department of Justice and its corrupt gumshoes at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
For its part, the House of Representatives has been content to slap corrupt Obama administration officials, like Lois Lerner, with empty contempt citations.
Congressional Republicans need to man up and halt all FBI funding until its crimes are investigated, the agents responsible are indicted, and reforms are instituted.
Congressional “oversight” needs to have sharp fangs if it’s ever to be effective.