The left-wing media is crowing about the supposed exoneration of the FBI found in DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s long-awaited report. This report, they say, exposes President Trump and his supporters as liars and conspiracy theorists who have been slandering the heroic men and women who work for the FBI with unsupported, disproven claims. They are even going so far as to call the president’s supporters delusional and desperate, looking for crumbs to hold onto their pathetic “deep state” theories about the Obama-led Justice Department.
Well. Okay. We didn’t expect anything better.
To be sure, Horowitz did conclude that the FBI acted without political bias in their investigation of the Trump campaign. We’re not sure that conclusion fits with the available evidence, but we’ll proceed as if it does…for now. Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham have yet to publish their own findings, and we have a feeling that much more will come to light when they do.
But even assuming that this report is as far as it goes, there is plenty for concerned Americans to chew on. And you can bet your bottom dollar that if the target of the investigation had been a Democratic Party candidate, the coverage of this report would be much, much different.
Because the report rejects President Trump’s assertion that the FBI had it out for him politically, the media is pretending that it’s some major cause for national celebration. Even former FBI Director James Comey penned a sanctimonious op-ed patting himself and his men on the back for being heroes. But that’s taking things a bit far, to understate the matter significantly. This report is actually a scathing condemnation of the Bureau’s practices, and there really is no other legitimate way to read it. And if Horowitz didn’t see the threads of political bias running through this investigation…well, let’s just say he must have a pretty low opinion of the FBI’s competency.
To believe that there was no political bias, you have to completely disregard the damning text messages sent between lead FBI investigator Peter Strzok and his girlfriend, Lisa Page.
You have to believe that the FBI accidentally forgot to tell the FISA court that the Steele dossier was full of unconfirmed rumors and theories – many of which originated from Russia.
You have to believe that the FBI was merely incompetent in their failure to explain to the FISA court that the dossier was a piece of Clinton-purchased opposition research.
You have to believe that the FBI simply forgot to tell the FISA court that Christopher Steele was “desperate that Trump not be elected.”
Perhaps all of this can be chalked up to carelessness, recklessness, and incompetency.
But if that’s the case, then we might have a bigger problem than our hands than any conspiracy theory could muster. After all, if this is how the FBI behaves when the target is as high-profile as Donald Trump, how are they behaving when the target is some low-level nobody?