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National Review: Serious Problems at the FBI and Justice Department

By Andrew C. McCarthy
National Review 

It has become a refrain among defenders of the FBI and Justice Department that critics are trying to destroy these vital institutions. In point of fact, these agencies are doing yeoman’s work destroying themselves — much to the chagrin of those of us who spent much of our professional lives proudly carrying out their mission.

The problem is not the existence of miscreants; they are an inevitable part of the human condition, from which no institution of any size will ever be immune. The challenge today is the ethos of law-enforcement. You see it in texts expressing disdain for lawmakers; in the above-it-all contempt for legislative oversight; in arrogant flouting of the Gang of Eight disclosure process for sensitive intelligence (because the FBI’s top-tier unilaterally decides when Bureau activities are “too sensitive” to discuss); in rogue threats to turn the government’s law-enforcement powers against Congress; and in the imperious self-perception of a would-be fourth branch of government, insulated from and unaccountable to the others — including its actual executive-branch superiors.

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Rudy Giuliani Calls FBI Agents and Special Prosecutors ‘Wackadoodles’

Rudolph Giuliani

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In the past year, some people have questioned Rudy Giuliani’s sanity.

On Saturday, he was questioning the sanity of  the FBI agents and special prosecutors investigating President Trump, saying they should go to the psychiatric ward at Bellevue, The Hill reports.

“Instead of investigating President Trump, they should go to Bellevue,” Giuliani said.

He also called the investigators “wackadoodles.”

The former U.S. Attorney and mayor of New York made the comments in Staten Island while campaigning for Republican Rep. Dan Donovan, who has been endorsed by Trump.

Giuliani said the special counsel’s investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia is “made up of a bunch of distorted human beings who cried” when Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election in 2016, the Hills reports.

“Ahhhhh we want Hillary,” Giuliani said of the FBI. “What’s going to happen? I need a psychiatrist.”

FBI Agent Peter Strzok Volunteers to Testify Without a Subpoena

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Now, this could be must-see-TV.

Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who sent anti-Trump messages to a colleague while leading the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails and Russia’s involvement in the Trump campaign, says he’s willing to voluntarily testify before the House Judiciary Committee or any other committee, New York Magazine reports.

The magazine notes that Strzok could expose more information about those probes.

House Judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte was preparing to subpoena Strzok as part of the House investigation into the FBI’s conduct during the 2016 election.

But Strzok’s lawyer, Aitan Goelman, wrote in a letter to Goodlatte released Sunday Strzok was willing to testify without a subpoena.

IG Horowitz and FBI Director Wray Set to Testify on the Hill on Monday

Christopher Wray testifies during his confirmation hearing. 

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There’s more entertaining TV coming your way.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray are set to go before senators Monday to testify about the inspector general’s report that concluded that the FBI violated long-standing department guidelines and mishandled the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016, NPR reports.

President Donald Trump claims the report “totally exonerates him” when it comes to questions as to whether he colluded with the Russians in the 2016 campaign.

The testimony will be aired at 2 p.m. on CSPAN 1.

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Tweeting Trump Rips FBI and Comey Following Release of IG Report

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It didn’t take long for President Donald Trump to let the tweets fly following the release of Inspector General’s report.

 

FBI Agent Would Like to Meet With Denver Bar Customer He Accidentally Shot

FBI agent Chase Bishop.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI agent who accidentally shot and wounded a customer at a Denver bar while dancing, wants to meet the victim, Fox News reports.

Agent Chase Bishop, who faces a charge of  second-degree assault charge, wants to sit down with the victim when appropriate, his attorney David Goddard says.

Goddard called the shooting “an incredibly tragic event” and hopes the man makes a full and speedy recovery. The man, who was shot in the leg, was treated an released from the hospital.

The Denver County judge is allowing Bishop to travel since he lives and works in D.C.

 

Jonathan Turley: Fired FBI Director James Comey Can’t Hide the Damage He Caused the FBI

Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University

Jonathan Turley (GWU photo)

By Jonathan Turley
For The Hill

James Comey once described his position in the Clinton investigation as being the victim of a “500-year flood.” The point of the analogy was that he was unwittingly carried away by events rather than directly causing much of the damage to the FBI. His “500-year flood” just collided with the 500-page report of the Justice Department inspector general (IG) Michael Horowitz. The IG sinks Comey’s narrative with a finding that he “deviated” from Justice Department rules and acted in open insubordination.

Rather than portraying Comey as carried away by his biblical flood, the report finds that he was the destructive force behind the controversy. The import of the report can be summed up in Comeyesque terms as the distinction between flotsam and jetsam. Comey portrayed the broken rules as mere flotsam, or debris that floats away after a shipwreck. The IG report suggests that this was really a case of jetsam, or rules intentionally tossed over the side by Comey to lighten his load. Comey’s jetsam included rules protecting the integrity and professionalism of his agency, as represented by his public comments on the Clinton investigation.

The report will leave many unsatisfied and undeterred. Comey went from a persona non grata to a patron saint for many Clinton supporters. Comey, who has made millions of dollars with a tell-all book portraying himself as the paragon of “ethical leadership,” continues to maintain that he would take precisely the same actions again.

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