Are all the Clinton investigations going on at the FBI the result of a virulent strain of Clinton hate infecting the agency?
That’s the narrative of the day as, seemingly like magic, media outlets and left-wing news sites adopt a common theme. It’s not that Hillary Clinton is a lying, corrupt, crook; it’s that the people investigating her hate the Clinton family.
I don’t want to accuse the Clinton campaign of orchestrating this smear. After all, I don’t have any proof. But what should we think when we see headlines like this across the net?
‘The FBI is Trumpland’: anti-Clinton atmosphere spurred leaks, sources say (The Guardian)
Meet Donald Trump’s Top FBI Fanboy (Daily Beast)
The FBI Wants to Make America Great Again (Bloomberg)
Troubling Factions Emerge Within the FBI (Washington Monthly)
The Theory That the FBI Is Out to Get Clinton Is Becoming More Plausible (Slate)
All of these stories are fed by an avalanche of leaks and anonymous tips — no doubt many of them are the same people talking to multiple outlets.
From The Guardian article:
Deep antipathy to Hillary Clinton exists within the FBI, multiple bureau sources have told the Guardian, spurring a rapid series of leaks damaging to her campaign just days before the election.
Current and former FBI officials, none of whom were willing or cleared to speak on the record, have described a chaotic internal climate that resulted from outrage over director James Comey’s July decision not to recommend an indictment over Clinton’s maintenance of a private email server on which classified information transited.
“The FBI is Trumpland,” said one current agent.
This atmosphere raises major questions about how Comey and the bureau he is slated to run for the next seven years can work with Clinton should she win the White House.
The currently serving FBI agent said Clinton is “the antichrist personified to a large swath of FBI personnel,” and that “the reason why they’re leaking is they’re pro-Trump.”
The agent called the bureau “Trumplandia”, with some colleagues openly discussing voting for a GOP nominee who has garnered unprecedented condemnation from the party’s national security wing and who has pledged to jail Clinton if elected.
At the same time, other sources dispute the depth of support for Trump within the bureau, though they uniformly stated that Clinton is viewed highly unfavorably.
“There are lots of people who don’t think Trump is qualified, but also believe Clinton is corrupt. What you hear a lot is that it’s a bad choice, between an incompetent and a corrupt politician,” said a former FBI official.
Sources who disputed the depth of Trump’s internal support agreed that the FBI is now in parlous political territory. Justice department officials – another current target of FBI dissatisfaction – have said the bureau disregarded longstanding rules against perceived or actual electoral interference when Comey wrote to Congress to say it was reviewing newly discovered emails relating to Clinton’s personal server.
The famed “anonymous source” that could be someone in the know or some Clinton campaign flak helping to orchestrate a united response to the FBI’s legitimate investigations assures The Guardian that the FBI is totally anti-Hillary.
I cast a baleful eye at these manufactured media campaigns that the left has become known for. There is no proof of anything. Just the rank smear that the FBI are a bunch of partisan hacks who go after people for no reason except they’re from the “other” party.
Imagine if Comey had actually followed standard procedure and kept his mouth shut about reopening the email investigation. The revelations — and any indictments — wouldn’t have come until after the election.
How many “The FBI is anti-Trump” stories would appear on conservative news sites if that had actually happened?