from the Washington Examiner:
Mueller report is another embarrassment for James Comey and Andrew McCabe
I’m angry. I’m furious over how much damage has been wreaked upon my beloved FBI by supposedly impartial, unbiased, and honorable public servants.
Thursday’s release of the 448-page, partially redacted Mueller report was supposed to conclude our long national nightmare. But here we are, with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., subpoenaing the unredacted report and calling for Robert Mueller to testify on May 23.
Many media headlines ignored the report’s central findings and instead focused on the sordid details of a corrupt White House seemingly in chaos, a press secretary forced to admit to investigators her fabrication of particular events, and a president who escaped prosecution only due to long-standing Justice Department protocols and his own ineptitude to obstruct justice.
But I’m not here to defend or attack Trump. While our system of jurisprudence holds that where there may not be sufficient evidence to indict someone, that doesn’t mean a person wasn’t predisposed to or clumsily attempted to engage in criminal activity. Regardless, he’s not in my orbit.
But as someone who spent 25 years working for the FBI, every man or woman who has ever served within the FBI is in my orbit. For that reason, I view their conduct, as they should view my own, through a vastly more scrutable lens.
The events involving credible information and allegations that led up to the initiation of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane case occurred during the Obama administration. An intelligence community led by notable Trump critics John Brennan, James Clapper, Michael Hayden, Susan Rice, Loretta Lynch, and James Comey recognized the efforts from the Kremlin to sow chaos in our democratic system — dating back to the inception of the Cold War. Tradecraft has evolved significantly since the 1950s. Efforts to undermine our democracy are conducted in plain sight across the internet and social media platforms.
But no one, least of all Trump, expected Trump to win. The leader of the FBI at the time of the 2016 election, James Comey, nicknamed the “Cardinal” for his holier-than-thou mien and nonstop virtue-signaling, had surrounded himself at FBI headquarters with callow sycophants bent on career advancement who denigrated political candidates they loathed on their bureau cellphones. Afflicted with groupthink and endowed with a penchant for confirmation bias, these Comey idolaters were oblivious to their resemblance to the gaggle of admirers who couldn’t bring themselves to advise the naked emperor about his invisible threads.