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Weaponized FBI?  So, What’s New?

Weaponized FBI?  So, What’s New?

There is a lot of debate these days regarding the independence of the FBI.  Has it been weaponized by corrupt leftwing leadership – as conservatives contend?  Or is it a non-partisan agency providing good service in fighting crime – as the progressives contend?

In recent years, Democrats and those on the left claim that the FBI – and its parent, the Department of Justice – are non-political, non-partisan institutions devoted to enforcing the law without bias.   Of course, there were not saying that when the FBI was dealing with Hillary Clinton’s emails.  But as I have frequently noted, politics and hypocrisy are Siamese twins.

The claim that the FBI and the DOJ are non-political is a fairytale.  Both agencies operate as an integral part of the POLITICAL process.  The heads of both the FBI and the DOJ are appointed by the President of the United States – who is always partisan and biased in his POLITICAL views.   This is especially true of the Attorney General, who is a key appointee of the President.   The AG’s job depends on keeping his President happy – and to protect the President’s political and personal interests. When they cannot do that, they either resign or get fired.

We could see that political loyalty in past AGs – John Mitchell (Nixon), Griffin Bell (Carter), Ed Meese (Reagan), Janet Reno (Clinton), Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch (Obama), William Barr (Trump) and now Merrick Garland (Biden).  Each of them – and others – created controversy by serving as partisan attorneys for their boss, the President of the United States.  In most cases, it involved blocking or refusing to take up cases detrimental to their boss or their own political party.

J. Edgar Hoover served for 36-plus years as Director of the FBI – beginning with President Franklin Roosevelt and ending under President Nixon.  In the 51 years since, there have been 15 directors of the FBI – with eight of them serving less than one year.  The high rate of turnover can be seen as indicative of the political nature of the position – at least from the standpoint of the President.  The person in the Oval Office always wants their ally as FBI director or Attorney General.

In terms of the FBI, we can look at the first and longest serving Director, J. Edgar Hoover.  He conspired and connived with Presidents Johnson, Kennedy, and Attorney General Robert Kennedy to investigate and blackmail Martin Luther King – even to the point of CREATING FAKE DOCUMENTS. 

It was widely reported that Hoover used FBI senior staff to SPY ON AMERICAN POLITICIANS AND INDIVIDUALS he considered enemies or threats to his power – and acquired information against them.  In some cases, Hoover’s illegal political activities were FOR THE POLITICAL BENEFIT OF THE PRESIDENT.

Fast forward to more recent years.

While previous FBI directors would occasionally act in a political manner, it was nothing compared to the actions commencing with Director James Comey.  Not since Hoover has the FBI been as politically motivated at the top.

Initially, Comey directed his politicized activities against Hillary Clinton.  He launched an investigation into the handling of top-secret documents and emails during her time as Secretary of State.  Rather than follow the FBI policy of not commenting on investigations close to an election, Comey flipped back and forth from commenting on the investigations … declaring it closed … saying it was being reopened … and closing it again after coming under public criticism.  Some believe that Comey’s public statements cost Clinton the election. It certainly did not help her campaign.

However, Comey – and other top officials of the Department — were no fans of Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump.  In fact, the FBI leadership were key players in the “resistance movement” that rose immediately after Trump’s election.  It was at that time that the FBI’s Peter Strzok sent an email to his FBI colleague and lover, Lisa Page, advising her not to worry about Trump because they had an “insurance policy.”

Comey knowingly used a FAKE DOCUMENT to launch a bogus investigation alleging the Trump campaign was criminally conspiring with Russian meddling in the 2016 election.  Comey used FBI agents in INVESTIGATING POLITICIANS AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS associated with Trump. 

The FBI did find crimes with some of those they investigated, but none that involved conspiring with the Russians. In a couple of cases, the FBI was using those crimes in attempts to get those involved to flip on Trump.  I

n the case of Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, they used the unrelated criminal charges to get him to plead guilty to election fraud, which may not have been a criminal act at all.  That was used to tie Trump to alleged election fraud.  In other words, they offered to go easy on the tax fraud and not go after Cohen’s wife IF he pleaded guilty and implicated Trump in an action that may not have been a prosecutable crime.

Comey admitted to leaking information to the news media through an intermediary in the hope of forcing the appointment of a special prosecutor.  Robert Mueller was appointed, and he put together a team that included Strzok – a key individual in the get-Trump scheme.  When Strzok’s communications with his paramour were disclosed, he was forced off of the Mueller team.

Comey’s leak to the media – and his admitted purpose – not only was a gross violation of FBI rules and procedures, it was clearly a political action.

Comey and his deputy director, Andrew McCabe, were involved in the use of the PHONY DOCUMENT – the Steele Dossier.  McCabe was fired from his job because he leaked information to the Wall Street Journal and had lied under oath to agents questioning him about the leak.  His termination was days before his retirement – and it cost him his government retirement money,

Among the early actions of the new Attorney General Merrick Garland, was to reverse the department’s action … eliminating the firing from his employment record … and restoring McCabe’s retirement benefits.  That was clearly a partisan political action.  McCabe is now a regular leftwing political commentator on CNN.

During the 2020 campaign, members of the intelligence and law enforcement community created another phony political document.  In this case, it was a letter signed by 51 former officials attesting to the “fact” that the Hunter laptop story was a concoction of Russian operatives.  The PHONY DOCUMENT was admittedly created to help Vice President Joe Biden win the election.  It was reported that several of the signers knew the information in the letter was untrue.

So far, the Biden Justice Department has refused to undertake an investigation of Hunter Biden.  Based on what is known about Hunter’s activities – including other members of the Biden family – the refusal to investigate smacks of politics.

You may recall how Attorney General Eric Holder buried the Fast and Furious operation that had the American government providing guns to Mexican drug cartellians – with one of those guns being used to murder a border patrol agent.  Holder’s refusal to cooperate with Congress got him the only Contempt of Congress ever issued by the House of Representatives to a U.S. Attorney General.

In the recently released Durham Report, the Special Counsel found that the FBI had acted inappropriately and with political bias in launching the Crossfire Hurricane investigation of the Trump Campaign.

The House – under Republican leadership – is investigating the extent of the politicization and weaponization of the FBI and intelligence agencies.  It is a worthy action despite the fact that Democrats and their media allies are trying to undermine the House investigation by claiming there are no grounds – nothing to see. 

I used all caps above to draw attention to the similarities between then and now – and to demonstrate how any government agency – including the FBI and the Department of Justice — can be misused for political purposes.  

Democrats now claim that the FBI and DOJ operate in the public interest without any political bias.  Let us be clear.  They are political agencies run by folks with political agendas — and loyalties to the person who controls their jobs. 

We should pay attention to the hearings with an open mind – because the partisan weaponization of the two major law enforcement agencies is especially dangerous to the Republic.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

7 Comments

  1. James Allan

    You can add the IRS to that list of agencies!

  2. frank stetson

    Larry continues his comedy tour after his uber unsuccessful: Putin gonna lose and Biden is invisible. Funny stuff, critics were hypocritical, oppps —- hyper critical….

    Now he opens his Weaponized FBI tour stating boldly: “The claim that the FBI and the DOJ are non-political is a fairytale.”
    Wanna guess who’s fault it is? I hate to steal his punchline but: “The heads of both the FBI and the DOJ are appointed by the President of the United States – who is always partisan and biased in his POLITICAL views.”

    Somehow the DOJ sneaks in and steals the stage, comedy wise. Matter of fact, the story is more about the DOJ than the FBI.

    The final joke: “Democrats now claim that the FBI and DOJ operate in the public interest without any political bias. Let us be clear. They are political agencies run by folks with political agendas — and loyalties to the person who controls their jobs.”

    Oh no, he seems to allude it’s all the Democrats again…..How about some basic facts:
    1. Every top FBI guy is a Republican
    2. DOJ Attorney General — 4 federalist, 5 democratic republicans, 4 whigs, 35 democrats and 40 Republicans

    All I can say is Larry has proved that high-ranking Republicans either follow the law or are willing to do the Democrats bidding whenever we ask them.

    You be the judge: fact, fiction or comedy sketch?

    • Mark Taha

      Surely Hoover was committed to Hoover – he had so much dirt on politicians that they daren’t fire him.

  3. Tom

    Well if we had just left Efrem Zimbalist Jr. continue to run the FBI we would not be having these problems today. :>)

    I think if you look at any triangular org chart in the country in the USA you will find that any department reporting to the top guy is going to suck up to that top guy and do the bidding of the top guy. And the DOJ is no different, nor is the FBI. And I am sure the sucking is a lot easier and more complete and satisfying when the POTUS and the Director of the FBI and the AG which the FBI reports to are all of the same party. To think that any of these organizations would be impartial or non-partisan, well, that’s just a pipe dream. What is different today is that they do not seem to be particularly concerned about the American people knowing their partisanship. Nor do they seem particularly concerned about leaving any evidence or decisions that point in the direction of partisanship. So if we want to stop the weaponizing of the DOJ and FBI, we will have to change the org chart.

    I am not sure where in the org chart you could slide the DOJ and FBI that would make them less partisan. Perhaps the DOJ could go under the Judicial branch with dotted line to the Exec branch for selection of AG but where caseload assignments goes through a committee has a representative in a high level position that reports to the Supreme Court and that this committee would be responsible to ensure that sufficient evidence exists to warrant an investigation by the FBI which would still report to the AG. And the FBI would report its findings to a committee that reports to the supreme court. I think it is possible to de-weaponize the DOJ and FBI but the real question is if there is the will to do this in the first place.

    As far as Hunter Biden, he should be investigated and we should limit POTUS pardons by law to non-family members only. I hope pardoning Hunter Biden is an election debate issue in 2024. I would vote GOP if for no other reason than to see the Biden crime family broken up as well as all of this LGBTQ tranny crap reversed. (ok Frank, now you may rant, :>)

  4. mike f

    Larry, So much hypocrisy in your article, I scarcely know where to begin. Comey of course is a Republcan, initially appointed by Obama, but per your words, he should be loyal to the person who has the ability to fire him, which would have been Trump in 2017. Trump asked him to “go easy” on Michael Flynn, which he refused to do. Recall that Michael Flynn had illegal conversations with the Russian ambassador prior to the inauguration. Trump also asked him to announce that he (Trump) was not under investigation (which would have been a lie) Again he refused. Obviously he was not being ‘loyal’ to the person who could (and did) fire him. You ignore the fact that the investigation was initially started by a conversation by a man named Papadopoulos, who blabbed about his contacts with Russians to Australian Intelligence, not the Steele dossier. In addition to his blabbing, you forgot that Papadopoulos was sentenced to jail because he lied to the FBI regarding his contacts with various Russians. As far as the Mueller Report, you conveniently left out that Mueller himself contradicted Barr’s statement when he was discussing the matter with congress. He told congress that his report did not vindicate Trump from collusion, largely due to the fact that his investigation was stymied by Trump refusing to allow people to testify. You also completely ignore the fact that members of the Trump team met with Russian operatives to “get dirt on Hillary”. They turned up empty handed, but obviously there was ‘attempted’ collusion. Then you go on to the Durham investigation. Durham was hired by Barr to investigate the report, with the sole purpose of that investigation being to show that the Mueller investigation was a sham. So his conclusion that the FBI investigation should never have been started has to be suspect. Durham tried very hard to bring charges with regard to the investigation, but he was totally unsuccessful. In contrast to the actions of Barr, Merrick Garland has appointed investigators of both Biden and Trump who will not be loyal to the person they are investigating. There have been accusations that the Hunter Biden scandal somehow involves President Biden. There is zero proof of that. Of course, Republicans in Congress are investigating that, however I am reminded of all the investigations they made of Hillary prior to, and during the 2016 election. Those investigations never resulted in any charges of criminal wrong-doing. So there tis…

  5. GeorGe

    How does this jerk Stetson know that it’s all republicans in the FBI? Stetson’s nothing but a joke blowing hot air. If that’s the case I guess he doesn’t know what a RHINO is. I don’t read all your B.S. It’s not worth it .

  6. frank stetson

    GeorGe: I looked it up……you can too. The numbers stand as noted by a number of sources including Michael Moore on Twotter who I know you must believe. Now, Comey has swapped to Democrat but I think we revoked his privilege.. Point is that you not only wouldn’t know the truth if it smacked you upside your head, when face with facts affecting your paradigm you reject them without even checking. We call that really STUPID. As in too stupid to even look it up.

    This does not mean they are not political, they have been. This is not to say no scandals, there have been some.

    But Republicans whining they are being picked on, politically, is saying Republicans are picking on themselves……

    ” I guess he doesn’t know what a RHINO is,” would be true, but then again I am not Canadian and the RHINO party is a defunct Canadian political party. This “jerk” would suggest you are trying for RINO, as in Republican In Name Only, which is just the Republican way of tossing more people from their party of inclusion.

    I enjoy the pushback, but come on man, enough malarky, man up and do the work if my facts you shirk.