The Inspector General released a report on the findings of an examination into the FBI investigation into Trump/Russia “collusion”. The report is over 400 pages long and I will admit that in this case I have no plans to read the whole thing. Just what I have seen thus far tells me what I need to know.
This report states that the beginning of this investigation was not biased. This is one key point to pay attention to. The stress is being placed on the beginning of the investigation. It actually does not state that the investigation was not biased, only that the beginning was not biased.
No matter what, this alone contradicts the findings of the report. If only one candidate in an election is being investigated, that is the definition of bias. Throughout Russiagate, I have written many times that what illustrates clear bias is the fact that Clinton was not investigated regarding Russia. Keep in mind that Clinton signed off on Uranium One, where Russia gained processing rights to 20% of uranium mined in the US. In addition, Bill Clinton gave a speech in Russia, promoting investments in Uranium One, for which he was paid $500,000. This occurred while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, yet was never included in the Russia “investigation”. In addition, Robert Mueller signed off on the intelligence regarding Uranium One. Later on, Uranium One resulted in widespread charges of bribery, coercion and corruption, along with unaccounted for uranium shipments. All those charges were for events which took place right here in the US. So, Clinton was never investigated regarding Uranium One and Mueller went on to be named special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the election.
Serious performance failures. The report goes on to state that there were “serious performance failures” conducted in the course of the examination. This is basically the same as Comey’s statement where he talked for 14 minutes detailing all the things Hillary Clinton did wrong, even criminally so, with her private email server which placed national security at risk. Then talking for one minute exonerating her by saying he found no intent. Kind of like saying, “She knew she was breaking the law and had the entire State Department to advise her but she didn’t mean to do it.”
Legality versus ethics. What this report attempts to do is state that the FBI did not break the law. It does not actually prove in any way that there was no bias. Even regarding the law, the report details that one FBI lawyer claimed that Carter Page was not a CIA asset, while Page was indeed a CIA asset during the time he was being investigated. That FBI lawyer may well be charged with a federal crime as a result. The US federal attorney in Connecticut is currently looking into that possibility. In addition, relevant information was omitted and some information was not corroborated during the repeated applications for FISA warrants. There was one person who was not being investigated at all, yet was monitored by the FBI during the investigation.
Major changes. Christopher Wray, FBI Director, has said that the report will result in over 40 changes being made to procedures. I accept the fact that changes in procedure happen all the time for many reasons. However, one has to question why it takes such a public and high level examination to force changes in procedures for one of the largest intelligence agencies in the world, a massive percentage of an organization which is comprised of legal professionals. I have my suspicions that if these changes were applied retroactively, the entire Russia investigation would be declared invalid. I also have to question how many other investigations these processes have affected over how long. Yet in those less visible cases no changes were made because the processes did not gain widespread public attention.
Ultimately, the claims that there was no bias in the entire process fall flat. Anyone who has a sense of justice or respect of legality understands this.
I know some people are going to claim that in some way I support Trump. There is absolutely no truth in this and is highly evidenced in past articles I have written. I have written a multiple part series on why universal healthcare is the best system. I have written articles raging against racism. I detailed how immigrants benefit the economy on more than one occasion, even running numbers on the subject to back up my statements. I am an avid defender of Venezuela. Have demonstrated clearly that the economy is not doing well and a crash is coming soon. Called the claim of low unemployment into question using facts and published numbers which detail just how false those numbers are.
One does not have to support Trump to still support actual justice. One does not have to have TDS to call him out on lies, lies which are too frequently echoed in neoliberal media as fact. One does not have to support Trump to oppose an impeachment process which sets a precedent which is literally more dangerous than Trump himself. One does not have to be a Russian asset to realize that the intelligence agencies have demonstrated an absolute bias and have gone absolutely rogue in their duties, loyal only to their own agenda.
This is not justice. This is not legality. This is not democracy. This is not right. This is not anything close to what this nation is supposed to be about. Right now, what we need to be aware of is not the danger Trump poses but the much greater dangers posed by the “resistance”. We have seen the rise of censorship and return of McCarthyism. We have seen the “resistance” oppose recall of the military while silent on increased militarization. We have seen the military budget explode beyond all belief. We have watched evidence fabricated or told something was evidence as millions claim to see something which is not there in extended mass schizophrenic episodes. We are seeing huge numbers of people denying the risk or even cheering on the risk of war with nuclear powers.
I hate Trump but even more I hate what this country has become and am terrified of what it is becoming.