The New York Times published an article entitled:
Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation
This is a stunning admission that the FBI was engaged in a secret campaign to investigate the Trump campaign during a Presidential election. The document, clearly intended to put explain why the FBI did this actually documents why this was totally unacceptable.
This all began just after the FBI exonerated Hillary Clinton. The FBI reports that they conducted a secret investigation to avoid influencing an election. The problem is that they admitted they weren’t worried about hurting Trump but rather about the possibility of helping him:
“Officials have told the inspector general something quite different. They said Ms. Page and others advocated a slower, circumspect pace, especially because polls predicted Mr. Trump’s defeat. They said that anything the F.B.I. did publicly would only give fodder to Mr. Trump’s claims on the campaign trail that the election was rigged.
Mr. Strzok countered that even if Mr. Trump’s chances of victory were low — like dying before 40 — the stakes were too high to justify inaction.
An October 31, 2016 article in the New York Times puts this in perspective. Note this was published just prior to the election:
This article disclosed that the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign, while it admitted that there was no conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government.
Agents scrutinized advisers close to Donald J. Trump, looked for financial connections with Russian financial figures, searched for those involved in hacking the computers of Democrats, and even chased a lead — which they ultimately came to doubt — about a possible secret channel of email communication from the Trump Organization to a Russian bank.
Law enforcement officials say that none of the investigations so far have found any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. And even the hacking into Democratic emails, F.B.I. and intelligence officials now believe, was aimed at disrupting the presidential election rather than electing Mr. Trump.
This article acknowledges that the investigation of Trump officials was pushed by the Hillary Clinton campaign that demanded James B. Comey, Director of the FBI disclose this investigation publicly.
“Hillary Clinton’s supporters, angry over what they regard as a lack of scrutiny of Mr. Trump by law enforcement officials, pushed for these investigations.” In recent days they have also demanded that James B. Comey, the director of the F.B.I., discuss them publicly, as he did last week when he announced that a new batch of emails possibly connected to Mrs. Clinton had been discovered.
This means the FBI “secret” investigation was started by Hillary Clinton supporters and the FBI knew that. This entire investigation was politically motivated from the start and the FBI covered that up. Hillary Clinton supports were demanding that James Comey inform voters that Russia had taken sides in the presidential race on behalf of Trump, even though the FBI had reached no such conclusion. It impossible to reconcile this with James Comey claiming he wasn’t quite sure about the source of the Russia Dossier.
There was also collusion between the F.B.I and Democratic members of congress. Representative Gregory W. Meeks, Democrat from New York publicly asked if: “the FBI was investigating the Trump Foundation? Is he looking into the Russians hacking all of “our” emails? Is he looking into and deciding what is going on with regard to other allegations of the Trump Organization.”
Harry Reid said:
“It has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisers, and the Russian government — a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States, which Trump praises at every opportunity,” Mr. Reid wrote. “The public has a right to know this information.”
No wonder the F.B.I has been slow walking the release of documents. This is beyond bad. The F.B.I knew it was crossing several lines in investigating a political campaign during a presidential election. That is particularly true when one political campaign was demanding the F.B.I investigate another political campaign. The F.B.I did not disclose this to congress because it would have raised several red flags. They knew it was wrong, but they did it anyway. Then they lied about it. Now, 18 months later, these investigations have still found zero evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
A special counsel to investigate collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia was never warranted. The F.B.I was already doing that and no one was trying to obstruct that. If a special counsel was necessary, it should have been used to investigate the F.B.I.
The DOJ IG report has already been drafted and will be published shortly. Many people believe that this NYT article was designed to put the F.B.I.’s best spin on this before that IG report was published. We can assume that this is the best explanation they can come up with to justify the unjustifiable. This has the potential to make the Kilauea volcanic eruption look miniscule in comparison. What is most troubling is the failure of Democrats to even acknowledge that this is a serious problem.