Speaking of a difference of opinion, although I agree with James Freeman about the dangers we’re facing in the too cozy relationship among the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the Department of Justice, I disagree with his proposed solution. We already know that the Clinton campaign and the DNC were involved in what amounted to a criminal conspiracy to evade the campaign financing laws, siphoning off state and local funds into the Clinton campaign’s coffers. Things being the way they are they’ll never be prosecuted.
Here’s the way he portrays the situation:
The Wall Street Journal reports:
A top FBI agent and an FBI lawyer, who were involved in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email arrangement and the probe into Russian electoral meddling, exchanged texts disparaging then-candidate Donald Trump, including calling him an “idiot” and a “menace,” according to copies of the messages the Justice Department provided Congress.
Peter Strzok, 47 years old, was one of the highest-ranking agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was removed from his post with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling this past summer after a Justice Department watchdog launched an inquiry into the texts.
The messages between Mr. Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page include one in which Ms. Page tells him in August 2016: “Maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace.”
The New York Times reports on another 2016 text:
On July 27, Ms. Page wrote, “She just has to win now. I’m not going to lie, I got a flash of nervousness yesterday about Trump.” That text message was sent after the Clinton investigation had been closed. Days later, the F.B.I. began investigating possible coordination between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.
Recently the Journal’s Kim Strassel noted the stone wall against congressional oversight that has been constructed by Mr. Mueller, his Department of Justice colleagues, and Mr. Mueller’s deputies, many of whom have demonstrated their political opposition to the President.
Is there really no way to run a special counsel’s office or a federal law enforcement agency without appointing liberal political activists—or at least people with close ties to the President’s adversaries—to senior roles?
Simply stated, that isn’t the way our government and politics are supposed to work. Campaigns should not control political parties and Justice Department investigators shouldn’t be political operatives. And there shouldn’t be such close ties between Justice Department officials and oppo research organization as this:
A co-founder of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS acknowledged in a new court document that his company hired the wife of a senior Justice Department official to help investigate then-candidate Donald Trump last year.
The confirmation from Glenn Simpson came in a signed declaration filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and provided a fuller picture of the nature of Nellie Ohr’s work – after Fox News first reported on her connection to Fusion GPS.
Her husband, Bruce Ohr, was demoted at the DOJ last week for concealing his meetings with the same company, which commissioned the anti-Trump “dossier” containing salacious allegations about the now-president.
At the very least it conveys the impression of corruption. Caesar’s wife should be above reproach. However, this solution:
The better path is the constitutional one. The existing special counsel should resign, given numerous documented conflicts of interest, and let the President direct federal law enforcement as the law demands. If voters don’t like his execution of the laws, they can fire him and hire a replacement in 2020.
Does anybody believe that the Trump Administration is capable of investigating itself? Or even willing to? Or that turning the DOJ from an anti-Trump political advocacy group to a pro-Trump political advocacy group would be an improvement?
It’s certainly a tangled web. There are far too many conflicts of interest.