The Inspector General's Report & # 39; Investigate the Investigators & # 39; will NOT judge Comey and Strzok
A long awaited Inspector General report from the Ministry of Justice, intended to investigate & # 39; the investigators & # 39; behind the long Russian probe, will not conclude that political prejudices have influenced the decisions of former FBI director James Comey and former FBI lawyer Peter Strzok.
But IG Michael Horowitz has found that some FBI officials were sloppy and unprofessional, The New York Times reported Friday, giving President Donald Trump a hook to continue to claim that ideologically oblique & # 39; deep state & # 39; enemies have distorted the law to secure injunctions against his one-off campaign advisor Carter Page.
Among the villains that emerge is Kevin Clinesmith, an FBI lawyer accused of having changed an email that was part of a request for an order from a secret court of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Clinesmith is now subject to criminal prosecution.
He was a minor player in the last overall inspector saga, when Horowitz submitted a nearly 600-page report on critical moments during the 2016 campaign and the aftermath of the elections.
In that report, Clinesmith became & # 39; Attorney 2 & # 39; , describing in detail anti-Trump text messages that he sent to an unnamed lover while the campaign was in full swing.
A further report from the Inspector General of the Ministry of Justice will say that former FBI director James Comey was not motivated by political bias when he led the Russian investigation
Although some of President Trump's favorite people got out in the upcoming report, a low-level FBI lawyer can become a household word for changing an email that is used in documents to get an FISA order to Trump Campaign Advisor Carter page to investigate.
Republican Rep. Mark Meadows from North Carolina, called Clinesmith during a public hearing in June 2018, about objections from the FBI.
Horowitz warned at the time that he had protected certain names of people who worked in counterintelligence. Meadows replied that Clinesmith & # 39; long ago & # 39; had left that field and worked for the FBI General Board.
The person named Clinesmith in the 2018 report expressed contempt for incoming President Trump with the expression & # 39; Viva le resistance & # 39; and found that then vice-president-elect Mike Pence & # 39; stupid & # 39; used to be.
His beloved SMS & # 39; back: & # 39; Screw you Trump, & # 39; and added that Hillary Clinton can win & # 39; better … otherwise I will walk around with both my guns. & # 39;
She also labeled the supporters of Trump in Ohio as & # 39; retarded & # 39 ;, and in a flurry of indignation about asking to work on the inauguration day, she added: & # 39; F *** Trump. & # 39;
Special Counsel Robert Mueller later fired Clinesmith for his prejudice against Trump and after 2016 quoted a lawyer's remark against another official that & # 39; the madmen finally won & # 39 ;.
Reporters at the Times and other points of sale had not seen a copy of the IG report as of Friday and reported on second-hand information.
The report is expected to be published on December 9.
The Times also said that Comey & # 39; s former number 2, Andrew McCabe, showed no political bias at the helm of the Russian probe.
These text messages were part of the Ministry of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz's 2018 report on federal law enforcement actions during and after the 2016 presidential election campaign; & # 39; FBI Attorney 2 & # 39; is Kevin Clinesmith, according to a Republican congressman who went beyond him during a public hearing
President Trump often tweeted about McCabe, pointing to a donation to his wife's political campaign by former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an old ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton.
A White House official predicted Friday afternoon that the president & # 39; Clinesmith would make a household name & # 39; in his political meetings as he did Strzok and McCabe.
& # 39; This guy is probably toast, & # 39; said the official.
Horowitz & 2018 report, Clinesmith quoted the day after President Donald Trump's election in a text message to an unnamed FBI employee: & # 39; I am anesthetized & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I'm so stressed about what I could have done differently, & # 39; he added and complained that the Bureau & # 39; the momentum of the Hillary Clinton campaign & # 39; had been broken by restarting an investigation into her classified e-mail scandal a few days before the elections.
Clinesmith complained about an imagined future Trump agenda and shot at the & # 39; stupid & # 39; vice president Mike Pence.
& # 39; I simply cannot imagine the systematic dismantling of the progress we have made over the past 8 years. ACA has disappeared. Who knows if the rhetoric about the deportation of people, walls and junk is true, & he wrote.
& # 39; I really feel that there will be many more gun problems, the madmen have finally won. This is the tea party on steroids. And the GOP is lost, they have to deal with an established operator within 4 years. We have to fight this again. Pence is also stupid. & # 39;
And he was worried about his own career if Trump heard that he was participating in an investigation into the alleged Russian ties of his campaign.
& # 39; Plus, my damn name appears in all legal documents that his staff investigate, & # 39; sms & # 39; to Clinesmith. & # 39; So who knows [,] if that breaks him [,] what he is going to do. & # 39;
Later in November 2016, he sent an immediate message to another FBI employee, a lawyer like him who sarcastically asked if he had been told how much a number of Trump campaign employees were paid, reminded him of your commitment to the Trump. administration.
& # 39; No, & # 39; Clinesmith replied. & # 39; Viva le resistance. & # 39;