Yes, We Will Question the Integrity of Our Federal Law Enforcement Officials

  

Category:  Op/Ed

Via:  vic-eldred  •  one month ago  •  20 comments

By:   FreeBeacon (Washington Free Beacon)

Yes, We Will Question the Integrity of Our Federal Law Enforcement Officials
Since we learned of the unprecedented raid on Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago compound last week, millions of Americans have questioned the political neutrality of the Department of Justice. Federal law enforcement is facing a legitimacy crisis—at least in the eyes of half the country—thanks to the fake and overhyped scandals it drummed up during the Trump years.

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Since we learned of the unprecedented raid on Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago compound last week, millions of Americans have questioned the political neutrality of the Department of Justice. Federal law enforcement is facing a legitimacy crisis—at least in the eyes of half the country—thanks to the fake and overhyped scandals it drummed up during the Trump years.

So MSNBC's Morning Joe invited the former FBI official Peter Strzok to assure viewers the bureau was on the level. "Absolutely the American public should trust what the FBI is doing," hesaid Monday.

You may remember Strzok from such FBI scandals asRussiagate, the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a privateemail server, or hisaffair with FBI lawyer Lisa Page. As the man in charge of investigations into the two candidates in the 2016 presidential election, he was constantly texting Page about his hatred for Trump. Asking this man to vouch for the integrity of the FBI is like putting Bernie Madoff in charge of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Strzok's commentary is a microcosm of the mainstream media's approach to coverage of the Mar-a-Lago raid, about which we still know precious little— except, we are told, that the integrity of our law enforcement officials shall not be questioned!

"The FBI is not the enemy," was the headline of the Washington Post's lead editorial. The New York Times over the weekend labored to link a nutjob who shot up an FBI office in Ohio with, you know, the "bellicose, dehumanizing, and apocalyptic" language of people like us. It's extraordinary to hear that sort of tut-tutting from the same crowd that insisted for most of Trump's presidency that he was a fascist and a Kremlin agent.

Strzok would know something about that—in fact, he's free to run his mouth on television because the FBI canned him after the Justice Department's inspector general concluded his anti-Trump texts cast a cloud over the bureau's investigation into Trump. Strzok personally interfered with the agent overseeing the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn to stop him from closing the file after the evidence against him didn't pan out.

And his team pushed to include opposition research paid for by the Clinton campaign in an application for a secret surveillance warrant on former Trump adviserCarter Page. That debacle led to the nullification of two of the four warrants and a scathing inspector general's report that "identified multiple instances" in which the factual assertions the bureau made in the application for the Page warrants "were inaccurate, incomplete, or unsupported by appropriate documentation, based upon information the FBI had in its possession at the time the application was filed."

Perhaps, when we know all the facts, we will find that the FBI raid on Trump's Florida home was justified. Until then, we reserve our right to question the integrity of the federal law enforcement officials who have demonstrated their willingness to behave like political hacks and abuse the power with which they are entrusted to punish their political opponents.


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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    one month ago

Tell Mike Pence that they brought it on themselves.

 
 
 
JBB
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2  JBB    one month ago

Who penned this BS? Will nobody put their name on it?

 
 
 
Sparty On
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2.1  Sparty On  replied to  JBB @2    one month ago

The Washington Free Beacon editors.    

Reading is fundamental.

 
 
 
Ender
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2.2  Ender  replied to  JBB @2    one month ago
And his team pushed to include opposition research paid for by the Clinton campaign

I thought this was funny...

From October 2015 to May 2016 , the Washington Free Beacon hired  Fusion GPS  to conduct opposition research on “multiple candidates” during the 2016 presidential election, including Donald Trump. The Free Beacon stopped funding this research when Donald Trump had clinched the Republican nomination.
 
 
 
Ronin2
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2.2.1  Ronin2  replied to  Ender @2.2    one month ago

How many times does this need to be debunked for the left to shut the hell up?

Federal election regulators fined Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee earlier this month for not properly disclosing the money they spent on controversial opposition research that led to the infamous Trump-Russia dossier .

The DNC was fined $105,000 and the Clinton campaign was fined $8,000, according to a letter sent by the Federal Election Commission to a conservative group that requested an inquiry

Political candidates and groups are required to publicly disclose their spending to the FEC, and they must explain the purpose of any specific expenditure more than $200. The FEC concluded that the Clinton campaign and DNC misreported the money that funded the dossier, masking it as “legal services” and “legal and compliance consulting” instead of opposition research.

The dossier was compiled by retired British spy Christopher Steele. It contained unverified and salacious allegations about Donald Trump, including claims that his campaign colluded with the Kremlin to win the 2016 election. Trump’s campaign had numerous contacts with Russian agents, and embraced Russian help, but no one was ever formally accused of conspiring with Russia.

The money trail behind the Steele dossier has been a subject of intense political scrutiny for years. More than $1 million flowed from the Clinton campaign and DNC to the law firm Perkins Coie, which then hired the opposition research company Fusion GPS. That company later hired Steele and asked him to use his overseas contacts to dig up dirt about Trump’s ties to Russia.

Steele has maintained that his research was unverified, required further investigation and was not meant for public disclosure . But his memos were leaked in January 2017, weeks before Trump took office. Over the years, a series of investigations and lawsuits have discredited many of Steele’s central allegations about collusion and exposed the unreliability of Steele’s sourcing .

Christopher Steele, the former British spy who prepared the Russia “dossier” on President Trump’s campaign, admitted in a London court that he was hired to provide a basis for Hillary Clinton to challenge the results of the 2016 presidential election in the event that Trump won.

The Washington Times reports Steele said the law firm Perkins Coie, funded by the Clinton campaign and the DNC, wanted to be able to contest the results based on “evidence” he unearthed on the Trump campaign conspiring with Moscow on election interference.

Steele was in court as part of a defamation lawsuit brought by three Russian bankers against Fusion GPS, which handled Steele.

Then-candidate Trump was criticized for suggesting he may not accept the results of a “rigged” election, which appears to be just what Hillary Clinton was gearing up to do as well.

The Free Beacon nor any Republican money had anything to do with the Steele Dossier. That was all Hillary Clinton's campaign; and the DNC. 

Leftists love to play mumblety-pegs with the truth.

 
 
 
Ender
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2.2.2  Ender  replied to  Ronin2 @2.2.1    one month ago

What the fuck does that have to do with what I posted? Hint, nothing....

 
 
 
Ronin2
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2.2.3  Ronin2  replied to  Ender @2.2.2    one month ago

The fact that the Free Beacon used Fusion GPS to gather information about Republican candidates means absolutely nothing. What aboutism at it's finest. 

 
 
 
Ender
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2.2.4  Ender  replied to  Ronin2 @2.2.3    one month ago

If it means nothing then why the jumping to conclusions and jump into attack mode?

I was pointing out irony. Seems some people can't see such things...

 
 
 
Sunshine
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2.2.5  Sunshine  replied to  Ender @2.2    one month ago
I thought this was funny...

why?

 
 
 
Ender
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2.2.6  Ender  replied to  Sunshine @2.2.5    one month ago

What the fuck kind of question is that.

 
 
 
Sunshine
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2.2.7  Sunshine  replied to  Ender @2.2.6    one month ago
What the fuck kind of question is that.

You don't why you thought it was funny?  

 
 
 
Ender
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2.2.8  Ender  replied to  Sunshine @2.2.7    one month ago

What? Why does anyone think anything is funny....

 
 
 
Sunshine
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2.2.9  Sunshine  replied to  Ender @2.2.8    one month ago
Why does anyone think anything is funny....

There are several different reasons.  Why do you think that article is funny?  Is that question too difficult for you to answer?

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
2.2.10  Ender  replied to  Sunshine @2.2.9    one month ago

I didn't say the article was funny so I guess you can stop supposing...I pointed out irony.

I am confused at the asking of weird questions....

Do you think the article is serious? Why do you think it is serious?....Get real.

 
 
 
Sunshine
Professor Guide
2.2.11  Sunshine  replied to  Ender @2.2.10    one month ago
I didn't say the article was funny so I guess you can stop supposing...I pointed out irony. 

I thought this was funny...

From October 2015 to May 2016 , the Washington Free Beacon hired  Fusion GPS  to conduct opposition research on “multiple candidates” during the 2016 presidential election, including Donald Trump. The Free Beacon stopped funding this research when Donald Trump had clinched the Republican nomination.

Well ok, you can see you said "funny".  What is the irony?  

 
 
 
Sparty On
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3  Sparty On    one month ago

That POS Strzok should be stripped of his pension and put behind bars.

He got off easy ......

 
 
 
Ronin2
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3.1  Ronin2  replied to  Sparty On @3    one month ago

They always do.

It is the Democrat version golden parachute for those that break the law for them. 

 
 
 
squiggy
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4  squiggy    one month ago

"...former FBI official Peter Strzok to assure viewers the bureau was on the level. "Absolutely the American public should trust what the FBI is doing," hesaid Monday."

I thought this was going satire...

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
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5  Dismayed Patriot    one month ago
Yes, we will question the integrity of our federal law enforcement officials, any investigation of our Dear Leader Trump, climate science, the CDC, anything the MSM reports, evolution, science in general, education in general, the age of the earth, heck, even the shape of the earth can't be trusted!
 
 
 
JohnRussell
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5.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @5    one month ago

It is hilarious to watch these people talk about "integrity" when all of them support a person who doesnt have a shred of integrity in his body. 

The political right in this country is in thrall to rampant misinformation. Conservative media, on the whole, is simply not accurate or reliable to tell you the truth. If we started in on everything conservative media is factually wrong about there would be no end to it. 

 
 

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