Tag: corruption of FBI and DOJ

J. Edgar Hoover Would Be Proud

 

Politico published an intriguing piece of real journalism in late July. It turns out that Donald Trump was not the first elected target of J. Edgar Hoover’s boys and girls. They caught a Delaware businessman, Christopher Tigani, violating fundraising laws. FBI agents then ran Tigani as an informant against the 2008 Joe Biden primary campaign. The FBI continued after the 2008 election, trying to get the sitting Vice President. The FBI had this businessman wired at meetings with various campaign and fundraising players. They allegedly tried but repeatedly failed to get their stoolie in direct contact with Vice President Biden.

Yes, there has been especially focused illegal behavior by federal officials against President Trump. And. Yes, it appears the name on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s headquarters has informed their organizational culture, despite a big show of reform in the 1970s. It appears very likely that the FBI ran Christopher Tigani against Joe Biden a decade before running agents against Donald Trump. One they targeted for old-fashioned campaign finance violations and one they targeted with an intelligence operation morphed into a criminal investigation.

The Roman Republic ‘Restored’

 

In a college Roman history class, we read Ronald Syme’s The Roman Revolution (1939). If memory serves, Syme described how Augustus became king, in fact, if not in name, while observing all the niceties of the Republic. The Senate still met but Augustus was firmly in charge. I wonder if we’re in danger of having our country decisively change while the institutions appear to continue.

In 2016, James Comey withheld from the Gang of Eight the investigation of the Trump campaign. The FBI investigation of the HRC private server was a joke and never was seriously pursued. But the pursuit of a Trump and his advisors was ongoing. Comey doubtless withheld the information from Congress because the four Republicans in the Gang of Eight would have protested. The bureaucracy felt itself a fourth part of government immune from oversight.

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Christopher Wray was hired as FBI Director to lead the clean up crew, but has he joined the cover up team? Will Attorney General Barr finally compel full compliance with court orders? Will President Trump finally follow through on his threat to fully declassify and unredact the underlying FBI and DOJ documents? John Solomon, writing […]

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What a Slender Thread We Hang On

 

I remain pretty pessimistic about what will happen to actually clean up the corruption of the Justice Department, FBI, and State Department (Putting IRS and EPA aside for now). It is amazing to me what a slender thread of events has given us what we know about the corruption now. Below is my list of nominees for the “Slender Thread” award:

  1. The unknown (to me, anyway) reporter who reported on the meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch and her station, which allowed the story to be reported.
  2. Judicial Watch and their dogged quest for FOIA information. Without that, I don’t think we would have the Strzok-Page emails along with other relevant information.
  3. I hate to say this, but Anthony Weiner and his second offence is the reason that the NYPD and SDNY investigators wound up with his laptop and its incriminating emails from Hillary and Huma. (Maybe the award should go to “Fruit of the Loom.”)
  4. The NY case agent who went to the SDNY to see why the Weiner laptop data was not being analyzed by the FBI. This forced Comey’s hand. Without it, Comey could have held out until after the election.

Partial awards go to Trey Gowdy and Devin Nunes. They have uncovered a lot of what we know, but they have the added responsibility to actually set the hook.

Donald Trump Makes It Easier to Fire Federal Employees: Does it Matter?

 

At first, I thought this was great news: President Trump was taking one more step to drain the swamp by signing three executive orders:

The first executive order aims to strengthen accountability for federal employees and makes it easier to fire poor performers in the federal government.

The second executive order creates a federal labor relations working group to analyze union contracts with the federal government. It also makes it harder to pay federal unions to appeal firings and to lobby Congress.

Character Assassination

 

It’s ugly. No one will deny the intensity and revolting events that have taken place since the election of Donald Trump. In one sense, destroying another’s reputation is not new; but the collaboration in order to take down the President and his administration is a process I’ve not seen in my lifetime. It’s character assassination. I’d like to define that term, provide a few examples of the ways it’s been practiced historically, and how is different in these times.

Character assassination is slandering a person with the intention of destroying public confidence in that person. Further, I believe it is an evil act. Dennis Prager explains that these actions actually violate the Ten Commandments, specifically the Eighth Commandment, “Do not steal.” After explaining how stealing a person (enslaving) is prohibited, as is taking away a person’s property, he talks about the most egregious type of stealing:

Stealing a person’s good name—whether through libel or slander or gossip—is a particularly destructive form of theft. Because unlike money or property, once a person’s good name has been stolen, it can almost never be fully restored.