My latest at Real Clear Politics (link here)
Here’s a synopsis:
January 24, 2018
The investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is not the only major investigation in progress.
There are now three major Congressional probes of the Obama-era FBI, Department of Justice, and intelligence agencies. They are slowly peeling away layers of political bias, unequal application of the law, and, perhaps even felonies by senior officials who may have leaked classified documents, obstructed justice, and violated Fourth Amendment guarantees against unreasonable search and seizure.
These Congressional probes are not mere diversions, as Democrats charge. They have serious, legitimate intentions and raise troubling questions.
- Why did former FBI Director James Comey and his team pre-judge and soft-soap the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s unsecured private server and her classified emails?
- Why did they decide to clear her before completing key interviews with Mrs. Clinton and her aides?
- Why did DOJ grant immunity so freely to obtain evidence that could have been easily subpoenaed by a grand jury?
- Why did the government itself then destroy that evidence, so no one could do a real investigation later?
- For that matter, why didn’t they convene a grand jury in the first place, as Mueller did almost immediately?
- What involvement did the FBI counter-intelligence division have with the FusionGPS, Christopher Steele “Russian dossier,” financed by the Clinton campaign?
- Was the dossier used, in part, to obtain a warrant to spy on Trump associates and, if so, was the FISA court completely informed about the dossier’s financing, provenance, and lack of verification?
- And what the hell happened to months of text messages among key anti-Trump investigators at the FBI and DOJ?
VERY important questions. The public deserves answers.
That’s why these investigations are at least as important as Mueller’s, and for the same reason. They are both about honest elections and the rule of law, applied equally to insiders and outsiders, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.
It’s about whether our most powerful government agencies are worthy of our trust. If we have lost sight of those values, we’ve lost our Constitutional bearings.
One of the most shocking moments in the Civil Rights Era was the disappearance of Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner near Philadelphia, Mississippi, where they were working for voting rights and desegregation. Later, they were discovered brutally murdered, with evidence the Klan and local “law enforcement” were implicated.
The search for their bodies and their killers galvanized the nation and shamed decent people across the South, adding posthumous strength to Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner’s mission and burning their names into the history of the movement.
Today, we learn that one of the key figures has died in a Mississippi prison. The story is here in the Jackson, MS, paper.
COTTONWOOD, Ariz. – Cottonwood police arrested a man accused of stealing from a bank by setting up a meeting for a job interview with the police department.
Police said 32-year-old Alberto Saavedra Lopez allegedly stole $5,000 from Bank of America between July and September 2016 while he worked for the bank in Cottonwood….
Police arrested him for felony threat related to the theft. –Channel 12 News
To make matters even worse for Mr. Lopez
Police also told him he was out of the running for the job. –Channel 12 News