IG Report: Not a Bombshell, But a Roadmap

Today’s Campaign Update, Part III
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

No, it’s not a “bombshell” that will satisfy Sean Hannity and his “Tick-tock” crew. Michael Horowitz was never going to deliver anything remotely like that, given his bias towards protecting the Department that pays his salary and the constraints under which he is required to perform his job.

The report released today at 1:00 ET contains no criminal referrals. Not one. It finds “no political bias” in the process that led the Obama-era coup cabal within the FBI and DOJ to apply for a FISA warrent to enable it to spy on members of the Trump Campaign, even though the report reminds us of Horowitz’s previous findings of heavy bias indicated in the texts between lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. These abject failures on the part of Horowitz to really do his job will provide temporary succor to the lunatics at CNN and MSNBC, as well as the radical leftist Perpetual Outrage Mob on Twitter.

But that succor will likely be short-lived as the wheels of justice continue to slowly grind on.

To understand that, all you need to see is the following statement issued by U.S. Attorney John Durham in the immediate wake of the issuance of the Horowitz Report:

“I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff. However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”

There’s your “boom.” There’s your “bombshell.”

In fairness to Horowitz, and as Mr. Durham concedes, the IG is limited by law and regulation in the scope of his investigation. He is able to only collect evidence from current and former DOJ/FBI employees. The IG has no subpoena power, no authority to compel documents from anyone outside the Department, and no authority to indict or prosecute anyone.

Mr. Durham has all of those things, along with the personal directive and cover coming from Attorney General William Barr.

In the current public context, Durham’s pointed rebuke of “some of the report’s conclusions” is not only surprising, it is in fact more than a little stunning. After all, Durham, as a DOJ employee, could find himself at some future point in time subject to an investigation led by Horowitz in his oversight responsibilities. The fact that he would issue this pointed and direct statement immediately after Horowitz’s own report is made public tells us volumes about the real level of disapproval Durham – and by extension, AG Barr – really hold for this report.

For his own part, Mr. Barr had this to say:

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On the other hand, as more and more out-takes from the Horowitz Report are made public, it is becoming evident it does hold value. Just as the Democrats had hoped that the Mueller Report would provide them with a “roadmap to impeachment”, it is beginning to look like the Horowitz Report could provide Barr and Durham with a “roadmap to prosecution” of many of the Obama-era bad actors.

Here are some examples of the key information Horowitz has laid out:

  • Horowitz confirms the FBI never corroborated any of Steele’s allegations against Carter Page: “The FBI did not have information corroborating the specific allegations against Carter Page in Steele’s reports when it relied upon them in the FISA applications.”
  • Further, in defending itself to the IG, the FBI contended that it didn’t have to corroborate anything to the FISA court and it had no obligation to determine whether Steele’s allegations were true. The FBI claimed its only obligation was to correctly transcribe Steele’s false charges. That is not what the law and regulations say. Not at all.
  • Of applications for warrants to spy on US citizen Carter Page, IG says “numerous instances in which factual representations in those applications were inaccurate, incomplete, or unsupported by appropriate documentation.”
  • Massive counterintelligence investigation (Crossfire Hurricane) against the presidential campaign of opposing party was started solely on a tip from a foreign government, nothing else, according to Horowitz. A few days later, four campaign officials were targeted, because they’d been to Russia or talked to Russians.
  • Horowitz conclusion about this extraordinarily flimsy excuse: he’s “concerned” about investigation handling given “constitutionally protected activity occurring during a national presidential campaign.” He’s also “concerned” about “intrusive investigative techniques that could impact constitutionally protected activity.” Such “concern,” but no action. No criminal referrals, no internal disciplinary actions recommended – just “concern.”
  • Horowitz says DOJ/FBI officials all agreed that they should launch massive counterintelligence probe on the basis of that one uncorroborated tip and not tell the campaign, in case they were all in on it. Yet, Horowitz finds “no political bias” in that decision.
  • Horowitz found that the FBI falsely claimed to the FISA Court not only that Carter Page was a Russian agent, but also falsely claimed that an unnamed intelligence agency had told the FBI that Page was “not a source” in their efforts to surveil and curtail Russian intelligence efforts.
  • Ahead of an application to renew the spy warrant in 2017, a top FBI lawyer doctored evidence from the unnamed agency which confirmed that contrary to FBI claims that he was a Russian spy, Page had in fact assisted the United States in its efforts to counter Russian operations. An e-mail from the agency that clearly stated Page was “a source” for them was doctored by Kevin Clinesmith, a top FBI national security lawyer, to give the opposite impression to the federal spy court.

There will no doubt be more revelations as the day goes on, but these give you a flavor of the real, damning information contained in this report that you will not see reported on CNN or MSNBC.

Again to be fair to Horowitz, a generous reading of this situation could be that he held back on making any criminal or disciplinary recommendations in this report in order to leave those decisions up to Barr and Durham. That’s certainly possible, although the blunt tone of Durham’s statement implies a true dissatisfaction with the IG’s findings, or lack thereof.

In any event, the IG report contains a lot of fodder for Durham’s efforts. Let’s hope he makes good use of every bit of it.

The future of the American Republic depends on these bad actors being brought to real justice.

That is all.

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10 thoughts on “IG Report: Not a Bombshell, But a Roadmap

  1. phineas gage - December 9, 2019

    I think you have the right take. Even though–as a deep state bureaucrat– Horowitz never had the slightest intention of going after his own institution in a serious way, he did have to report the facts as he found them. His interpretation of those facts may be quite dubious, but facts are, as the saying goes, stubborn things.

    These facts do in fact provide a framework for Barr and Durham. And it looks like Durham isn’t fooling around. That framework could well be a gallows for a good many swamp creatures. The celebration of the Dem-media complex inside their glass bubble is premature and mistaken.

  2. phineas gage - December 9, 2019

    However, not good news for Tick-Tock. Maybe he’ll finally shut his yap and stop reciting his memorized lists.

    1. Jonesy - December 9, 2019

      I wouldn’t count on it. Overall, I think he is a force for good in advancing conservatism, I just can’t listen for very long. It must be exhausting reciting all of that stuff all day long on the radio and then again on TV.

  3. alonzo1956 - December 9, 2019

    I expected this report to be a big nothing burger just like the previous DOJ OIG reports regarding the 2016 election, emails etc. Even though Horowitz makes no specific mentions of discipline or prosecution, I am impressed with his detailed wrongdoing by those involved in the coup and I have only read a small portion so far. This is so far an impressive report which makes me interested in seeing what Rudy and Durham may have going on.

  4. Jonesy - December 9, 2019

    Dave, good summary, and good points on how this might move forward. My issue with this report (from the limited info I have read/heard from so far) is that Horowitz specifies there was no political bias. And because there are no referrals for indictments, Dems and their media lapdogs will seize on those points and it will be like the Mueller report in reverse – they will portray themselves vindicated. Now when the Durham report comes out, it *appears* it will build on and contradict the findings here. Criminal referrals will be criticized as partisan. The defense against that will have to be some concrete evidence. Hopefully Durham delivers the goods. It feels like we are getting short of runway to land this thing and finally get justice. As you say, the future of the Republic depends on it.

  5. Jimmy MacAfee - December 9, 2019

    John Durham made a strong and unusual statement of disagreement with Whoreowitz’ bizarre conclusions, and Bill Barr laid out the FBI in another stinging rebuke.

    My hope is that the President fires Chris Wray – immediately. He is an obstructionist, and the conclusion sounds like it was directly from his office. As retired FBI employees sometimes say: “Sh-t rises to the top…of the 7th floor.” As an intermittently noble agency, with a stained and storied past, it now stinks so badly, I cannot look at it without disgust and anger.

    There were so many people who should have been recommended for prosecution, but Whoreowitz screwed himself into knots resembling a carnival balloon-twister in order to avoid those obvious acts of a criminal nature; the fact that the FBI under Comey politicized the FBI worse than J. Edgar ever hoped to makes Whoreowitz a villain of the lowest calibre. I don’t care how meticulous he was in stating the case: his conclusion is corrupt, just like Comey’s conclusion about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s criminal actions.

    There is no defense for this. Go to hell, Mr. Whoreowitz.

  6. Fred - December 10, 2019

    Horowitz is in a tight spot. Everyone in the FBI mob carries heat.

  7. Jimmy MacAfee - December 10, 2019

    https://headlineswithavoice.com/2019/12/09/fbi-director-goes-into-damage-control-mode/

    Wray is full of crap. Maybe the IG was under pressure to come to the weird conclusion, maybe not: but the damning evidence produced in the report is just that: damning, not in the least exculpatory. But Wray’s conclusion in the interview sounds like he wrote the conclusion himself. Fire Wray.

  8. Jimmy MacAfee - December 10, 2019

    According to Jim Stone’s reading of the report, Comey is not referred to once in the entire report, but a misspelling of his name “Corney” is used 149 times. As Jim Stone concludes: this is “as phony as cornflakes.”

    Equally troubling: Barr gives Wray a thumbs-up for his “reforms” in the FBI, even as Wray disputes Barr’s characterization of the report. That’s disturbing. The best reform is criminal penalties for ALL the participants in this hoax, and an investigation into the making of the report itself. “Corney?” Really? What other obfuscations were in the report, what fake redactions?

    It was said that there were a lot of heated arguments in the processing of the report, and that is obvious. Maybe there’s a true whistleblower who helped put this together, and who is sickened by the subterfuge.

    Something isn’t reading quite right here. The Deep State is as corrupt as ever.

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