It’s difficult to fathom the degree to which the FBI, once one of America’s, if not the world’s, most respected and effective institutions, was deballed, debased and degraded under the Obama administration.
Yet, here we are.
In an incisively written column for the New York Post, Michael Goodwin’s headline warns “Evidence suggests a massive scandal is brewing at the FBI,” hinting Comey’s role in the bureau’s rampant corrupt is the real story. In part, this is perhaps why lawmakers such as Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) are appearing on every cable television show they can find to demand the FISA memo be released immediately.
During the financial crisis, the federal government bailed out banks it declared “too big to fail.” Fearing their bankruptcy might trigger economic Armageddon, the feds propped them up with taxpayer cash.
Something similar is happening now at the FBI, with the Washington wagons circling the agency to protect it from charges of corruption. This time, the appropriate tag line is “too big to believe.”
Yet each day brings credible reports suggesting there is a massive scandal involving the top ranks of America’s premier law enforcement agency. The reports, which feature talk among agents of a “secret society” and suddenly missing text messages, point to the existence both of a cabal dedicated to defeating Donald Trump in 2016 and of a plan to let Hillary Clinton skate free in the classified email probe. […]
More support for this view involves the FBI’s use of the Russian dossier on Trump that was paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. It is almost certain that the FBI used the dossier to get FISA court warrants to spy on Trump associates, meaning it used the opposition research of the party in power to convince a court to let it spy on the candidate of the other party — likely without telling the court of the dossier’s political link.
All roads in the explosive developments lead to James Comey, whose Boy Scout image belied a sinister belief that he, like his infamous predecessor J. Edgar Hoover, was above the law. […]
It was in the office of Comey’s top deputy, Andrew McCabe, where agents discussed an “insurance policy” in the event that Trump won. Reports indicated that the Russia-collusion probe was that insurance policy.
Goodwin’s analysis lends itself to the latest developments surrounding former FBI Director Comey.
According to reports, the fired FBI head is pulling what The Federalist‘s Sean Davis believes is “amazingly dirty,” claiming attorney-client privilege after leaking “stolen documents,” to friend Daniel Richman, who he now says is his personal lawyer — a title Comey did not reveal Richman held during his sworn testimony before Senate investigators on June 8th.
“The person to whom Comey leaked stolen FBI documents and who later leaked them to NYT now claims to be Comey’s attorney. Comey described him only as “a friend” in sworn testimony before Congress,” added Davis.
The New York Times also reported Tuesday that Mueller’s team interviewed former FBI director James Comey last year. Asked about the Times report, Columbia Law School professor Daniel Richman said in an email to BuzzFeed News that he is one of Comey’s lawyers and that they would decline to comment. Richman was responsible for sharing the contents of one of Comey’s memos about his communications with Trump with a reporter, at Comey’s request.
The New York Times has referred to Richman as a “longtime confidant and friend of Mr. Comey’s,” and his Columbia University biography lists him as an “adviser to FBI Director James B. Comey.”
Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee last June that he asked Richman to leak a memo to the media regarding conversations he had with President Trump.
Reports of Comey taking on Richman as his attorney come on the heels of the latest development in the Strzok-Page text message saga. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) told Bill Hemmer of Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Wednesday morning “there is an indication,” that “a number of high-level FBI officials,” held “offsite meetings,” on how to undermine President Donald Trump.