By now I’m sure you know that the Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe was forced to resign. As soon as the news broke the press quickly tried to find out if the President was involved. During the afternoon press conference, Sarah Huckabee Sanders firmly stated that the White House had no involvement.
Once the smoke cleared it was reported by the New York Times that Wray’s big reason forforcing McCabe to leave the FBI early (he was eligible to leave in March) was due to an Inspector General report that is going to be released soon; this is a report no one is talking about.
The origin for the Inspector General is not from Republicans, President Trump, Nunes, or any Congressional Committee; it originated from the last days of the Obama administration; at the request of several bipartisan lawmakers.
On January 12, 2017, Michael Horowitz (Obama and Bush appointee) announced that he would conduct a review after requests from Congressional leaders over the actions of the former FBI James Comey going public about the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Remember, at the time the investigation was announced James Comey was be accused by many Democrats that he was to blame for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss. Many believe Comey’s October announcement sunk Hillary’s chances to win the presidency.
Michael Horowitz has conducted his review mainly under the radar, but his final report to be released this spring is going to blow the doors off Washington and shed light into some dark places.
According to the DOJ, the report from Michael Horowitz should be available and released in the month of May.
Horowitz has been known as a “straight shooter” and has a storied career of taking down corrupt police officers and eliminating government fraud. He is most known for rebuking the ATF’s “Fast and Furious” operation.
When the announcement was made that an inquiry into the FBI would begin Democrats praised the decision.
Brian Fallon, a former Clinton campaign spokesman, praised the investigation Thursday.
“This is highly encouraging and to be expected given Director Comey’s drastic deviation from Justice Department protocol,” Fallon said. “A probe of this sort, however long it takes to conduct, is utterly necessary in order to take the first step to restore the FBI’s reputation as a non-partisan institution.”
“The review will not substitute the OIG’s judgment for the judgments made by the FBI or the Department regarding the substantive merits of investigative or prosecutive decisions,” Horowitz said in his statement, using an abbreviation for the Office of the Inspector General.
At some point during this inquiry the IG’s office fell upon Agent PeterStrzok, when, and how, who knows, we won’t find out until March or April when the report is released. But, the Washinton Post clearly reports on December 2, 2017:
The inspector general’s office at the Justice Department said that as part of a larger inquiry it was conducting into how the F.B.I. had handled investigations related to the 2016 election, the office was “reviewing allegations involving communications between certain individuals, and will report its findings regarding those allegations promptly upon completion of the review of them.”
The Justice Department’s inspector general is conducting the inquiry into Mr. Strzok, Michael E. Horowitz, who is leading a broad examination of how the F.B.I. handled the Clinton email investigation. It is not clear whether Mr. Horowitz will make the text messages public as part of his report in the inquiry. Mr. Horowitz, who announced the beginning of his investigation in January, declined to characterize his findings but said that he hoped to have a copy of his report released by March or April.
So basically Strzok’s text messages were uncovered by an Obama appointee out of concern that James Comey may have screwed Hillary Clinton.
Now insert Mr. McCabe who was clearly mentioned in some of the text messages between Ms. Page and Mr. Storzck. No information detailing what McCabe has been involved in has been released to the public or Congress. However, FBI Director Wray one week after defending McCabe saying he will walk with McCabe if he is fired tells the man to take a hike. Again, the New York Times reports on January 29, 2018:
Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director raised concerns about a forthcoming inspector general report. In that discussion, according to one former law enforcement official close to Mr. McCabe, Mr. Wray suggested moving Mr. McCabe into another job, which would have been a demotion.
Instead, the former official said, Mr. McCabe chose to leave. In an email to F.B.I. employees, he said he was leaving with “sadness.” He praised his colleagues as “the greatest work force on earth because you speak up, you tell the truth and you do the right thing.”
Agents and lawyers expect the report by the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, to be highly critical of some F.B.I. actions in 2016, when the bureau was investigating both Hillary Clinton’s email use and the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia. The report is expected to address whether Mr. McCabe should have recused himself from the Clinton investigation because of his wife’s failed State Senate campaign, in which she accepted nearly a half-million dollars in contributions from the political organization of Terry McAuliffe, then the governor of Virginia, who is a longtime friend of Mrs. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
There has also been a report from CNN that McCabe may have known about the classified emails on Anothy Weiner’s laptop in August or September 2016 but did not act them. When the emails were “discovered” in October, the FBI Director James Comey felt he needed to go public.
To recap, an Obama appointee in the last days of the Obama administration initiates an investigation looking into the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation (and investigation praised by the Clinton camp). That investigation has uncovered Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and as it looks like Andrew McCabe.
Hopefully, the IG’s report will clear up the role and communication of Lisa Page and Peter Strzok. Horowitz is the only one that interviewed them and their team, so he has the complete picture.
The IG’s investigation has been ongoing for a year and is one step ahead of the partisan craziness on The Hill; not even Nunes knows what’s going on. Some proof to that is the latest round of text messages. Republican Congressman and the President were screaming at the top of their lungs for the “missing” text message that supposedly was destroyed. It turns out the IG’s office had them, and they were never missing. The IG’s office is not full of partisan political nonsense and when they went looking for the text messages weeks ago they found them using forensic tools to recover them.
Matter of fact the Inspector Generals office canceled a meeting with Republican lawmakers one day after FISA Memo was released.
The FBI maybe ok with fighting Nunes and the House Intelligence Committee over a memo. But, after seeing how Wray responded to McCabe, it appears the FBI is really concerned about the IG’s report. Don’t believe me? McCabe was forced out, Strzok was put in HR, Ohr has been moved, and Ms. Page moved to a different position; all during the IG’s investigation.
Who will this help politically? Who knows, but at the very least, hopefully, it will bring some nonpartisan clarity.