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I will not speculate too much, per the Code of Conduct, but something stinks at the J. Edgar Hoover Building.
Last night news organizations were given access to 375 text messages between FBI Counterintelligence Investigator Peter Strzok and his mistress/co-worker/lawyer Lisa Page. Most of them are pretty mild but do show a clear hatred of Donald Trump and some mild cheerleading for Hillary Clinton. But then there is this:
I want to believe the path u threw out 4 consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event u die b4 you’re 40
A quick recap of the players here: Andy is Andrew McCabe who was Number Two at the bureau and took over as Acting Director when Trump fired Comey. Strzok was the lead investigator on the Clinton emails and interviewed Mrs. Clinton and her aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills. He was also the lead interviewer on Gen. Michael Flynn who has been charged with lying to the Bureau and remains Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s big catch so far. Lisa Page was also involved in all of the major political investigations and was hired and then removed from the Mueller team along with her lover.
The question here is just what was the “path” laid out in McCabe’s office? What was the FBI’s “insurance policy” against a Trump presidency?
To further muddle (or maybe clarify?) the picture, McCabe cancelled an appearance before the House Intelligence Committee this week because it came to light several days ago that Bruce Ohr, the Justice Department’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Director, was reassigned when it came to light that he had met with his wife’s employer — Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS and their controversial dossier author Christopher Steele.
Was the Steele dossier the FBI’s insurance policy? Or was it something else?
The FBI should have a certain level of independence and insulation against politicization. But as we saw with the Bureau’s founding director J. Edgar Hoover, independence without accountability breeds corruption. Something stinks at 935 Pennsylvania Ave. NW and needs more than a plug-in air freshener. The place needs scrubbed and fumigated.