Inspector General to Investigate the FBI’s Handling of Emailghazi

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Here's some good news for a change.

The Justice Department's inspector general has opened an investigation of the FBI's actions prior to the 2016 election and, more specifically, Director Comey's actions.

That review includes a look at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s actions leading up to Director James Comey’s decision to announce findings of the probe on July 5, in which he publicly said that Clinton and her top aides were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information" but no charges would be pursued.

It also includes a review of actions leading to Comey’s later announcements that he was re-opening and then closing the probe, both made days before the Nov. 8 election.

Post-election analysis from people who know better than I do seems to indicate that Comey's announcement just a week prior to the election ultimately cost Clinton the election by tipping the scales in Midwestern suburbs.

Whether or not that's true, there's no doubting that Comey's actions were improper and inexcusable.

The document that was circulated this week alleging that despot-elect Donald Trump likes to get pissed on by Russian prostitutes was privately circulated for months among lawmakers, the intelligence community, and other reporters before Buzzfeed made the call publish it.

That information was kept from the public by a wide range of people in positions of power, but no one gave a second thought to turning Emailgate into a five-alarm nothingburger. Some of the outlets that have criticized Buzzfeed this week published literally dozens of email stories every single day prior to the election and none of them said anything of consequence.

  • swift_4

    The best part of this will be when they subpoena Comey’s emails and find that all the relevant ones have been deleted.

  • Aynwrong

    “Some of the outlets that have criticized Buzzfeed this week published literally dozens of email stories every single day prior to the election and none of them said anything of consequence.”


    Chuck Todd (who should forever be associated with the word weasel) grilled Buzzfeed editor Ben Smith over publishing “unverified” information and he actually said “you published fake news” to him. Todd actually seemed angry over this. After a year and half of jerking off to an Email server story that went nowhere.

    With “liberal media” like this, who needs Fox News.

    • Badgerite

      He got scooped. And out integritied as well.

      • Aynwrong

        That ain’t hard. Smith should have to him to shove it. Please God, someone get Jon Stewart back on the air…

        • Qahir Makhani

          Did you see Trevor Noah’s brutal takedown of Trump today?

          • Aynwrong

            No, but I’ll get to it. I’ve been avoiding this kind of thing for awhile.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Sorry, lost track in the pronouns. Was it Smith that said “you published fake news” to Todd?

  • Scopedog

    This is good, even if, in the long run, there may be no head rolling.

    I know that all of us are just winded and tired by this, and are looking at some truly dark shit coming at us (except of course, the purists who ran on and on about how Hillary would be worse and the media folks with their million+ salaries and the bennies that go with it). But, look at it this way–the GOP is going to overreach, just like they did under Bush II, but it will be far, far worse. And the fact that this incoming Administration has pissed off the CIA and other intelligence agencies and the military is not a good thing.

    Plus, Trump is already melting down.

    I’ve been thinking more and more about that line that Adama says in the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA reboot–“Sooner or later, the day comes…when you can no longer hide from what you’ve done anymore”. There’s going to be a reckoning for this, and we must never, EVER forget–and more importantly, we must NOT FORGIVE.

    Just my 2-cents….needed to get that off my chest.

    • Badgerite

      John Aravosis has a post up that the intelligence agencies have already notified Israeli intelligence that anything told to the trump administration will make its way to Putin and then to Iran. That is how bad this is. They are essentially telling Israel not to trust us anymore. They would not do that unless they were very sure of what they believe to be going on. This is unprecedented. Or “unpresidented” if you prefer.

      • Scopedog

        Saw that, and also saw that yes, the yeggs are already calling it “fake”.

        The intelligence agencies aren’t playing around–they’re serious and they’re pissed at what Trump is doing. He thinks he’s going to screw them over, but he’s got another thought coming.

        • Badgerite

          Hope so. Even during the Snowden stuff ( or more accurately especially during the Snowden “revelations”) I’ve always had an appreciation of the commitment to the country that these people have. What good is a “registry” of Muslims who are overwhelmingly law abiding and patriotic in the face of trashing your own intelligence services? It is truly crazy. To see him trash them when they are just doing their jobs is disgusting. And puts the country at real risk.

  • muselet

    The U.S. Justice Department’s inspector general opened an investigation into whether the FBI followed appropriate procedures in its probe of Hillary Clinton’s use of private e-mail while serving as secretary of state.…

    I’ll go ‘way out on a limb and say the answer to that is not just ‘no,’ but ‘hell, no.’ This is why:

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other senior department officials told Comey at the time not to send his letter to lawmakers on Oct. 28 announcing that the Clinton investigation was being reopened. They argued that doing so violated long-standing policy to not undertake anything significant with a major investigation so close to an election if, by doing so, it could affect the results.

    More interesting is the question raised in the article of who will act on the IG’s report. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III has said he’ll recuse himself from any matters regarding the Clinton campaign, and I’m sure his deputies and assistants will be conveniently unavailable since they’ll effectively owe their positions to James Comey. Dave from Physical Plant might be available, but only on his lunch breaks (the third-floor plumbing is kind of touchy and he has to keep an eye on it).

    In the end, it doesn’t matter. No matter what the IG concludes, nothing will happen as a result, because no one in Donald Trump’s Department of Justice will have any incentive to do anything.


    • “They argued that doing so violated long-standing policy to not undertake anything significant with a major investigation so close to an election if, by doing so, it could affect the results”

      This is the thing that really infuriates me. They kept information that one of the candidates may be under the control of a hostile foreign power, but released information suggesting that a 69 year old woman mishandled email.


    • Aynwrong

      I’m guessing the closest were going to see of actual justice emerging from the Keebler Elf’s justice dept is the enforcement of dog catching laws. And then only if the dog is black.

  • Draxiar

    I see trump is making all sorts of noise about the allegations of his escapades in Russia. Regardless of them being substantiated in any way I think it’s positively delicious that trump now gets to spend a few days in Hillary’s shoes given all of phantoms that were launched on her for YEARS. Just witness how he’s handling it compared to how she did. He’s a weakling.

    • Scopedog

      Just imagine him having to deal with it for weeks or months. He’ll melt down.

      Of course, it only proves that Hillary was the better, stronger candidate…but you know, emails, and some purist nonsense about how Bernie would have won….

    • Aynwrong

      He pretty much physically shape shifted in Benito Mussolini live on TV right before all our eyes.