The FBI - long given immense, unaccountable powers to arrest and ruin American lives on a whim - is finally facing some real consequences of its own hubris.
During the Obama administration, the hallways of FBI management were filled with hyper-political Democratic bureaucrats willing to break the law to garner favor with "shoo-in" for president Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Trump loved the 560-plus-page inspector general's carefully nuanced, CYA report. Making America Read Again!
After one of the weakest and most cowardly responses to the IG report, FBI Director du jour Christopher Wray offered his solution: anti-bias training for agents. It's just now occurring to FBI management that they should not be biased. All employees know how effective one-day, anti-anything workshops are. Maybe Starbucks can help.
When FBI agents break laws that they arrest others for, they will get the most severe punishment a government employee gets: a lateral transfer with full benefits.
These FBI folks, with their pretense of moral superiority, were having affairs at the office - "Feds with benefits." When they lie under oath, it's called "being less than forthcoming" or "lacking candor." When we citizens do it, however, they bust down our doors, perp-walk us, ruin our lives and, as in Michael Flynn's case, cause us to have to sell our house to pay legal defense bills. Over nothing.
Former Director James Comey, with his pious and sanctimonious view of himself, was the ringleader. Comey seems like an agent who would get a warrant to kick down the door of someone he didn't like over a bounced check, enter the wrong house, shoot the man's family, and then sit outside the house and say, "I think we can all learn something from this." There has not been a drama queen like him running the FBI since J. Edgar Hoover hung up his high heels.
Because of all of this, the FBI and DOJ have lost immense credibility and exposed law enforcement for what it is. Most Americans, like me, were conditioned to respect them.
The FBI's approval numbers are so low now, you'd think Jimmy Kimmel was hosting. And as I have warned the left, when you set out to "get" a president, you might be surprised which one you get. Richard Nixon famously said, "I am not a crook." By comparison to the Clinton/Obama era weaponization of our government for their political purposes, Nixon was not. Maybe for the sake of symmetry, they will combine the Nixon and Obama presidential libraries.
As Russia intended in sowing fear and hatred, our legal system has been unleashed on our own. Now everybody on Facebook has a legal degree.
Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is now investigating obstruction of justice on a "Russian collusion" crime that never happened. The "investigation" has morphed into a TMZ-like joke. Stormy Daniels is raking it in; she just introduced her new perfume, "Collusion." You put it on, rub your wrists together, and you smell just like you tripled your appearance fees at strip clubs.
Mueller's pre-dawn raids on Trump associates Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, indicted on non-violent charges, should scare us all. Manafort is jailed to pressure him into telling the Mueller team what they want to hear on Trump. I guess if you are going to get a political figure to roll over on you, you should be thankful that it's not Chris Christie.
Mueller has hired all Democrat partisans and so far has spent $20 million to hurt Trump. OK, Mueller, we get it, Trump digs hot chicks. We knew that; it was in his brochure. We sent him to D.C. to get rid of unaccountable bureaucrats like you.
The "deep state" is now exposed for what it has become, and our trust in government has never been lower. Entrenched political-class hacks like John Brennan of the CIA and Comey, McCabe, Strzok, et al, of the FBI used their best deceptions in an attempt to kill Trump's presidency. Now they are desperate and might have to go back to their old tricks. Next, they might suggest he take in a play at Ford's Theater or enjoy an open convertible ride through Dallas.
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