Just when you think that the state of affairs in Washington, DC couldn’t get any more corrupt, and that your faith in formerly steadfast institutions couldn’t be shaken any further, something comes down the pike as a reminder that we the people don’t even know the half of it. It was outrageous enough when, last October, former FBI Director James Comey announced that, in spite of her playing fast and loose with matters of national security, he wouldn’t ask the Justice Department to indict Hillary Clinton over her private email server. Since then, however, in a steady drip-drip-drip of revelations, we’ve found out that things were even worse than all that.
First there was the tidbit about how Comey had decided to recommend against indictment months before Clinton had been interviewed by the Bureau, suggesting that the fix was in from the beginning. Then we got word that somebody had massaged Comey’s original finding of gross negligence on Clinton’s part, changing her handling of classified material to “extremely careless” instead. Then we discovered that Attorney General Loretta Lynch had been pressuring Comey to refer to the Clinton investigation as a “matter,”, so it wouldn’t look as bad for Clinton while she was campaigning for president. The whole thing reeked of political interference from the get-go, with neither the FBI nor the DOJ seeming the least bit interested in finding out What Really Happened.
But when it came to Donald Trump and those rascally Russians interfering in the 2016 election, you can bet your bottom buck that they would leave no stone unturned—and when they couldn’t find any stones, the Bureau would have them trucked in. The man at the center of it all, an agent named Peter Strzok, actually signed off on the Russia investigation when Robert Mueller was appointed by Jeff Sessions as a special counsel. There was just one problem—Strzok was a rabid anti-Trumper, who was sleeping with another rabid anti-Trumper who also happened to be an FBI lawyer assigned to Mueller’s office. That alone presented a rather sticky conflict of interest for Mueller, which is why he quietly had Strzok and the lawyer removed from the investigation when the situation came to light last summer. In true Washington fashion, though, the shenanigans went much deeper even than that.
The FBI agent who was fired from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation team for sending anti-Donald Trump text messages conducted the interviews with two Hillary Clinton aides accused of giving false statements about what they knew of the former secretary of state’s private email server.
Bear in mind that this is the same agent who slapped Michael Flynn with charges for lying to him. But what happened to the Clinton associates who did the same thing?
Neither of the Clinton associates, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, faced legal consequences for their misleading statements, which they made in interviews last year with former FBI section chief Peter Strzok.
Those misleading statements refer to Mills’ and Abedin’s knowledge of the existence of Clinton’s private email server. Both of them told the FBI that they knew nothing about it until after Clinton had left the State Department. But emails later recovered from both of them clearly mention the private server, so there is no way they couldn’t have known. In other words, they lied to the FBI.
Unlike Michael Flynn, though, neither of them were charged.
Are you starting to get the picture here?
Flynn was charged with a crime so that Mueller could leverage him into cooperating with the Trump/Russia investigation. Mills and Abedin weren’t charged because the FBI didn’t have the least bit of interest in their cooperation. They didn’t want to know, because the Bureau was under pressure from the DOJ to make the whole email investigation go away. The fact that Peter Strzok was right in the middle of both investigations only underscores how much of a sham both of them are. In Trump’s case, the swamp is out to nail him by any means possible. In Clinton’s case, the swamp was—and is—doing everything they can to protect her.
Right now, Flynn must be feeling royally screwed—and he should. As Yossi Gestetner said on Twitter:
Trump should pardon Flynn immediately, because this stinks to high heaven.