FBI dabbling in politics is intolerable

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It’s time for Rudy Giuliani to be interviewed by the FBI and/or the inspector general for the Department of Justice, on the record, so that any misstatement or misrepresentation that he might make can be prosecuted. The questions should focus on whether Giuliani and others have conspired with a cell of active-duty FBI agents to push a blatantly political prosecution of Hillary Clinton and thus alter the course of a presidential election.

I say that because by Giuliani’s own repeated public admission, we already have a pretty clear-cut case of highly improper, probably illegal communication and coordination between the Trump campaign and these unknown agents within the FBI. If those statements by Giuliani are true, then we need to find out who these agents are, so they can be dealt with appropriately.

Just to be clear: It’s fine for FBI agents to push their points of view within the agency. However, if they start leaking confidential information about investigations to a presidential campaign and by doing so participate directly if secretly in partisan politics, that is another matter entirely and is intolerable in a democracy.

For months now, Giuliani has been talking about having direct conversations with active-duty agents in the FBI who wanted — but could not get — a broader, more aggressive investigation into Clinton. Apparently, career federal prosecutors were telling this group of agents that they simply did not have anything close to the level of evidence needed to proceed against Clinton, pointing out that the primary source for their allegations, a book called “Clinton Cash,” had been widely debunked as inaccurate.

But the agents had other ideas, and based on Giuliani’s own statements, they have been communicating with the top echelons of the Trump campaign to get those ideas in play. Back in August, for example, Giuliani said on CNN that the decision by FBI Director James Comey not to prosecute Clinton “perplexes numerous FBI agents who talk to me all the time. And it embarrasses some FBI agents.”

In an appearance on Fox News on Oct. 26, Giuliani smugly claimed that something big was about to pop for the Trump campaign. “I think he’s [Donald Trump] got a surprise or two that you’re going to hear about in the next few days. I mean, I’m talking about some pretty big surprises. We’ve got a couple things up our sleeve that should turn this around.”

That was Wednesday. On Friday, two days later, Comey dropped the bombshell that additional emails had been found and required investigation.

On Oct. 28, in a radio interview, Giuliani said he wasn’t surprised by Comey’s announcement, because he had been in contact with former agents “and a few active agents, who obviously don’t want to identify themselves.” On Fox News on Nov. 2, Giuliani said again that “you have outraged FBI agents that talk to me. They are outraged at the injustice.  They are outraged at being turned down by the Justice Department to open a grand jury. They are convinced that Loretta Lynch has corrupted the Justice Department.” On Fox News on Nov. 4, he again confirmed that he had been alerted beforehand about the release of emails. “This has been boiling up in the FBI. I did nothing to get it out. I had no role in it. Did I hear about it? Darn right I heard about it,” Giuliani said.

Similar statements about leaks by disgruntled active-duty FBI agents involved in the investigation have come from James Kallstrom, a close friend of Giuliani and a very ardent supporter of Trump. Kallstrom also happens to be a retired FBI assistant director and former head of its New York office. To get some idea of where Kallstrom is coming from politically, listen to how he described the Clintons in a recent radio interview:

“The Clintons, that’s a crime family. It’s like organized crime, basically. The Clinton Foundation is a cesspool. We don’t have enough time to talk about all the things they’ve done, screwing people, in Haiti and basically the public in general. And she’s a pathological liar, and she’s always been a liar. And God forbid if we put someone like that in the White House.”

That is not the statement of a cool-headed, apolitical law-enforcement professional who should be trusted to investigate a case like this. That is a rant worthy of a right-wing talk radio host out to get Clinton at any cost. And if there are any more like him within the active ranks of the FBI office in New York, they need to be exposed and removed from any case involving politics.

In the last day or two, Giuliani has finally seemed to grasp the enormity of what he has already publicly confessed to doing, and is attempting to take it all back. In an interview Friday with Wolf Blitzer, Giuliani claimed that contrary to his previous statements, he had learned about Comey’s announcement the same time as everyone else, and was just as surprised as everybody else.

“No, I’ve spoken to no current FBI agents, gosh, in the last eight months, nine months, ten months, certainly not about this,” Giuliani told Blitzer, contradicting his own repeated claims.

And his claim of a “pretty big surprise” coming that would change the election? According to Giuliani, he was referring to the launch of a big advertising push by the Trump campaign.

He also went Fox to pitch his new line.

“I’m real careful not to talk to any on-duty, active FBI agents,” he said Friday on Fox & Friends. “I don’t want to put them in a compromising position. But I sure have a lot of friends who are retired FBI agents, close, personal friends.”

Either Giuliani was lying before, when he repeatedly claimed communication with active-duty FBI agents, or he is lying now, after realizing the potential gravity of what he had confessed to doing. If the FBI is to restore its reputation as a nonpolitical law-enforcement agency that makes judgments based on evidence, not partisan politics, it needs to find out what’s going on in its own ranks. Because right now this stinks to high heaven.

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JayDonald
JayDonald

Turn back the calendar to 1974. Nixon forced to resign. Who provided the information that led to that historic event? For the two people that don't know - an on-duty assistant director of the FBI - code named "Deep Throat".

Charles Rogers
Charles Rogers

Beware of those who call the US a Democracy because it was established as a Republic and those that consider it otherwise are either ignorant or have bad intentions.

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

If that's how you really feel Bookman, then you're just as corrupt as Hillary and Obama. Then again, what do you expect from a liberal columnist. You have no shame whatsoever and you actually call yourself an American? The FBI has every reason to lock her butt up for LIFE! Everyone knows Obama and his gang got to him. Quit trying to cover up the treachery. 

Janice Drexler
Janice Drexler

My opinion is Hillary is a criminal traitor. She has the means and ability to cover her tracks.

JamVet
JamVet

And suddenly, it's the Democratic thing to do, to suddenly approve of government killing children...


Good god!

Is this is some inane re fence to the teenage raping, cop-killing Koreshians?

SupremeGrandPoobah
SupremeGrandPoobah

@JamVet But the children got killed in the fire.  I guess folks can rationalize that it got them out from under the control of the rapist, and it did, but fire is probably the most horrid way to die.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@SupremeGrandPoobah @JamVet


"Who started the fire that erupted a little more than six hours after the FBI began inserting the tear gas on April 19?

Although several of the surviving Branch Davidians insist that they did not start the fire, a panel of arson investigators concluded that the Davidians were responsible for igniting it, simultaneously, in at least three different areas of the compound. Unless they were deliberatley set, the probability of the three fires starting almost simultaneously was highly unlikely, according to fire experts. Furthermore, the videotapes show the use of accelerants that strongly increased the spread of the fire. Although one Branch Davidian stated that a FBI tank had tipped over a lantern, videotapes show that the tank had struck the building a minute and a half before the fire began. Also some of the surviving Davidians' clothing showed evidence of lighter fluid and other accelerants. In addition, FBI listening devices seemed to establish that the Davidians were overheard making statements such as, "Spread the fuel," some six hours before the fires began. (Joint Hearing of the Crime Subcommittee July 1995.)"


I know you won't take advantage of it, but here's an opportunity for you to learn some actual facts:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/waco/topten2.html#started

YouLibs
YouLibs

Jay put up new sheets early today.

rimsky
rimsky

ALERT ALERT 


Dear Ms Liz you have a STALKER this early in the morning.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

We need some wisdom from Mary Elizabeth Sings about Hillary Clinton and the evolution of the human spirit.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Donnie_Pinko


Your mocking of me and my intellect simply shows your arrogance as a human being and your misogynism.


You are not my intellectual superior; we simply have studied different aspects of reality in the course of our lives.  If you were truly wise, you would understand that and leave me alone.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@SupremeGrandPoobah @MaryElizabethSings @Donnie_Pinko


It is HOW you choose to disagree with someone that shows sexism.  Donnie thinks he is superior in intellect, or at least he tries to project that, in order to get his male friends to laugh at mine.  That is subtle sexism which is misogyny to any sensitive, aware human being.


Naturally, I resent that especially because he is not my intellectual superior.

JamVet
JamVet

The absolute worst republic party in it's 160 year history.

Worse even than Bush/Cheney!

And amazingly, getting worse every year...

rimsky
rimsky

President Obama is still having a good old time needling Trump.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

To Super GrandPoobah:


What Obama is trying hard to do is get a Clinton win because she shares his vision, and Trump does not.   If he enjoys "needling" Trump, that is just 'frosting on the cake,' not the cake, itself.  Obama is a positive leader, as is Hillary, when given the chance.  Trump is not.

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

@MaryElizabethSings I needed a good laugh. If you call increasing the defecit, decreasing our military, dividing our country, increasing health care, traits of a good leader, then you and the rest of the liberal nut jobs are too lost.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

 The NBC/WSJ poll also finds 52 percent of likely voters saying they would be comfortable and prepared to support Clinton as president if she wins on Tuesday night, versus 46 percent who say they wouldn't be comfortable.

That's compared with just 43 percent of likely voters who say they would be comfortable with Trump as president. Fifty-four percent say they'd be uncomfortable.


http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/2016-election-day/final-nbc-wsj-poll-clinton-holds-four-point-national-lead-n678611


I think that's^^ kind of a big deal.

rimsky
rimsky

@Visual_Cortex If Clinton wins do you think our esteemed Mr. td will lead the revolt to over throw Clinton?  LOL

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@Visual_Cortex 

Having to dig pretty deeps for encouraging signs, it appears. 

That should probably concern you.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Donnie_Pinko @Visual_Cortex

Well obviously I'm still concerned that the clearly-more-horrid-option gets elected tomorrow, why wouldn't I be?

But overall, I'm feeling a little better about the better choice's chances.

Clear now?

rimsky
rimsky

Christmas is just 7 weeks away.  Around then Trump will be a distant memory and we will be back to normal that is Republicans trying to repeal Obamacare for the 111th time, email ghazi, Benghazi..........

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

@rimsky Yea, the kind of stuff normal people don't like. you know, corrupt and career politicians.