FILE – In this Thursday, June 8, 2017, file photo, former FBI director James Comey speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Showtime will air a new documentary series from award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney examining the history of clashes between U.S. presidents and the FBI. The four-part series inspired by the book “Enemies: A History of the FBI” by Tim Weiner will debut Nov. 18, 2018, Showtime Networks chief David Nevins told TV critics’ Monday, Aug. 6. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
Color me shocked, just shocked, to learn that the FBI under James Comey was a totally corrupt dumpster fire that couldn’t follow even the most basic protocols to protect civil liberties.
Inspector General Horowitz has released a new audit in which he went back and looked at a random sample of 25 past FISA applications to see if the Woods procedures were followed.
To summarize his findings, no, no they weren’t.
#FISA BREAKING: IG Horowitz on FBI FISA applications and supporting docs, so-called Woods File “As a result of our audit work to date…we do not have confidence that the FBI has executed its Woods Procedures in compliance with FBI policy.” @CBSNews https://t.co/2G2dNUU2Zd
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) March 31, 2020
The report goes on to find that, in every single one of the applications looked at, they all contained errors or unsupported evidence. Further, four of the applications didn’t have a Woods file at all, which is a clear breach of the regulations.
Of course, after years of obfuscation and detail, the mainstream media are rushing to report this because it gives them a new talking point.
Ayyyye NYT, is that you? pic.twitter.com/yMF0VH2zEI
— David Edward 💤 (@_David_Edward) March 31, 2020
Get ready for a deluge of “see, they weren’t just targeting Trump!” talking points because that’s what the takeaway will be here. It won’t be that the FBI is a dumpster fire of corruption and incompetence, nor that Carter Page was clearly targeted on another level compared to the errors found in these other applications. Instead, they’ll take this news and try muddy the waters in order to push the partisan narrative that nothing out of the ordinary happened to the Trump campaign.
It is what it is. It’s unlikely anyone will ever pay a price for all that went on under Comey’s tenure as FBI Director. In the absence of any DOJ action, Congress doesn’t have the guts to shut down or heavily reform the FISA program, with many Republicans lobbying for yet another rubber stamp.
The deep state will remain alive and well.