The 500-page report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz covers a lot, reports Kimberley Strassel in the WSJ, but it can be distilled down to two words: insubordination and bias by the FBI during the 2016 election.
That is chilling in connection with such a powerful agency as the FBI, writes Ms. Strassel.
That won’t be the message from Democrats and most of the press, who will focus on a few episodes they will claim cost Hillary Clinton an election. Watch for them to blame former FBI Director James Comey, whom the report faults for “a serious error of judgment,” for having “concealed information” from superiors, and for “violation of or disregard for” departmental and bureau policies.
Yet it is the report’s findings on the wider culture of the FBI and Justice Department that are most alarming. The report depicts agencies that operate outside the rules to which they hold everybody else, and that showed extraordinary bias while investigating two presidential candidates.
Be ready to hear the report absolves the FBI and DOJ of “bias.” Not true. It very carefully states that “our review did not find documentary or testimonial evidence directly connecting the political views these employees expressed in their text messages and instant messages to the specific investigative decisions we reviewed.”
Put another way, he never caught anyone writing down: Let’s start this Trump investigation so we can help Hillary win.
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