REARDON: Stunning Details From The IG Report On Clinton That The Media Isn't Covering

Mark Reardon
June 15, 2018 - 3:44 pm
Nov 3, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

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For my entire 26-year career in talk radio, I’ve spoken a lot about media bias. It’s silly to not acknowledge how much more prevalent it is in the Trump era, in particular. But I suppose I’ve been naïve about the bias that might exist among government officials, and the IG report on the Hillary Clinton email probe is stunning.
 
We learned about more anti-Trump text messages between special counsel Lisa Page and FBI Deputy Director Peter Strzok which call into question the entire Clinton
Investigation.
 
How about this doozy:
 
On Aug. 8, 2016, the IG found, Page asked Strzok “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” and Strzok replied “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it."
 
The report admits that the messages cast a cloud over the FBI’s “Midyear exam” probe…that was the code used by the FBI to refer to the question into Clinton’s private
email server.
 
The report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz published additional texts between the lovers that he called "notable," including one in which Page admits the two used their FBI phones to conceal their extramarital affair from their spouses.  But beyond that the report indicates that there are five unnamed FBI employees one of whom also later worked on the Mueller probe who are still under scrutiny for anti-Trump bias.
 
Some other nuggets from the report:
 
-- The IG notes in a footnote that "FBI analysts and Prosecutor 2 told us that former President Barack Obama was one of the 13 individuals with whom Clinton had direct contact using her clintonemail.com account."That could indicate that President Obama may have known about Clinton's private server, despite his claim in 2015 that he learned about it "the same time everybody else learned it, through news reports."
 
-- Two people with close ties to the Clintons—former Assistant AG Peter Kadzik and former Deputy Andrew McCabe didn’t fully recuse themselves.
 
-- We also learned that even then FBI Director James Comey was using a private email account to conduct official business.
 
-- The report was also critical of former Obama AG Loretta Lynch. The DOJ watchdog was critical not just of Lynch's decision to hold court with the president on the Phoenix tarmac, but also her decision to retain involvement in the probe despite the appearance of bias.
 
Kimberly Strassel at the Wall Street Journal has an excellent breakdown of the alarming details in the report.

Here are a couple of examples:
 
It very carefully states that “our review did not find documentary or testimonial evidence directly connecting the political views these employees expressed in their text messages and instant messages to the specific investigative decisions we reviewed.” Put another way, he never caught anyone writing down: Let’s start this Trump investigation so we can help Hillary win.
 
It’s in a message from an unnamed agent in November 2016 who writes that although the FBI found Clinton aide Huma Abedin had “lied,” it doesn’t matter since “no one at DOJ is going to prosecute.” To which a second agent replies. “Rog—noone is going to pros[ecute] even if we find unique classified.”
 
You can read Strassel’s column here.
 
How do you root out the bias? Is it even possible? And what does this tell us about the entire effort to prove collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians?
 
Congress needs to find out, get the bottom of all this, and make sure it’s fixed so this can’t happen in the future.