This IG report is something else.
Not only did it find that Comey violated protocol (they say it had nothing to do with political bias, I call BS), but it also revealed that FBI agent Peter Szrok actively assured his lover that they wouldn’t let Donald Trump be President.
Page: [Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!
Strzok: No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.
Unbelievable, yet believable.
Ohhhhhh just you wait. There’s more.
The report also found that FBI agents regularly received handouts from journalists. They were MORE than chummy.
From the Daily Caller:
The Department of Justice inspector general identified a number of instances where FBI employees regularly spoke with members of the media and received a number of free perks from journalists including meals and tickets to various events.
On page XII in the report, the IG says the department “identified numerous FBI employees, at all levels of the organization and with no official reason to be in contact with the media, who were nevertheless in frequent contact with reporters.”
The IG expressed “profound concerns bout the volume and extent of unauthorized media contacts by FBI personnel that we have uncovered our review.”
The contact between FBI agents and the media extended to receiving “improperly receiving benefits from reporters, including tickets to sporting events, golfing outings, drinks and meals, and admittance to nonpublic social events.”
In the following paragraph, the IG implies that such benefits could have encouraged various agents to leak information to the press.
“The harm caused by leaks, fear of potential leaks, and a culture of unauthorized media contacts is illustrated in Chapters Ten and Eleven of our report, where we detail the fact that these issues influenced FBI officials who were advising Comey on consequential investigative decisions in October 2016,” the report states.
The IG is unambiguous in its opinion that the problem with leaking is not “with the FBI’s policy, which we found to be clear and unambiguous.” Instead, the leaking phenomenon “appears to be a cultural attitude among many in the organization.’
So it wasn’t just a few rogue agents. This is how it works. There’s a culture of smarmy behavior.
Again– these conversations…not a freak thing. As the Daily Caller notes, one reporter spoke to 12 FBI officials, while another reporter “contacted an assistant director 21 times and a special agent 23 times.”
Some FBI employees were in contact with multiple reporters, with one special agent contacting various journalists 32 times.
But suuuuuuuure. Nothing to see here. Move along, everyone.