[I]t was extraordinary and insubordinate for [Former FBI Director James] Comey to conceal his intentions from his superiors, the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, for the admitted purpose of preventing them from telling him not to make the statement, and to instruct his subordinates in the FBI to do the same.
Inspector General’s report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation, via Wall Street Journal. The Journal continues with commentary on the investigation:
Then there is the case of FBI agent Peter Strzok and his decision to prioritize the Russian investigation over following up on Mrs. Clinton’s emails. The IG concludes that Mr. Strzok’s “text messages led us to conclude that we did not have confidence that Strzok’s decision was free from bias.”
The specific Strzok message the IG cites is one in which he responded to a text from his paramour, Lisa Page, asking for reassurance that Mr. Trump was “not ever going to become president, right?” Mr. Strzok replied, “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”
Until someone persuades me to the contrary, I will treat Strzok’s texts as an outlier, the fact that all the bias uncovered ran in favor of Hillary as a reflection of Trump’s extreme unsuitability for the Presidency by any historic standard. But the report makes clear that distrust of the FBI was, and perhaps always will be, well warranted.
Apropos of which, this from Tara Ross.