Print By Rowan Scarborough – The Washington Times – Updated: 6:22 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 The FBI already has amassed a record of misconduct by top officials leading up to Monday, when the Justice Department inspector general is scheduled to release conclusions on whether agents also abused the bureau’s intrusive wiretapping powers. To…
To date, four inspector general reports and internal Justice Department documents have found senior FBI officials guilty of lying, insubordination, security violations, mishandling confidential material and personal biases against President Trump.
Rep. Devin Nunes, the California Republican who discovered that the FBI had used a Democratic Party-financed dossier as evidence, often refers to bureau leaders as “dirty cops.”
Lisa Page, a former FBI senior counsel and one of those singled out, portrayed herself this week as an innocent victim of FBI betrayal.
Meanwhile, news media stories have downplayed the significance of the upcoming inspector general’s report on how the FBI spied on the Trump campaign through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other means.
Ms. Page told The Daily Beast: “It’s very painful to see to places like the FBI and the Department of Justice that represent so much of what is excellent about this country, not fulfilling the critical obligation that they have to speak truth to power. The thing about the FBI that is so extraordinary is that it is made up of a group of men and women whose every instinct is to run toward the fight. It’s in the fiber of everybody there. It’s the lifeblood. So it’s particularly devastating to be betrayed by an organization I still care about so deeply.”
A historical record already shows FBI misdeeds by then-Director James B. Comey; his deputy, Andrew McCabe; Ms. Page; and former agent Peter Strzok, Ms. Page’s married lover.
It was Ms. Page who came under some of the sharpest criticism by Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz over her text messages with Mr. Strzok.
Mr. Strzok, since fired, headed the FBI’s probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State.gov email malpractices and then shifted to overseeing the investigation into Russian election interference and the 2016 Trump campaign.
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