Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin and his running mate Mindy Finn watch results come in during a election night watch party, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Donald Trump’s brashness and antics have created widespread backlash among Utah’s mostly Mormon electorate, pushing a normally solid Republican state into the tossup category. Trump may still win Utah, where Republicans outnumber Democrats 4-to-1 among 1.4 million active voters, but polls show independent candidate McMullin is threatening to siphon conservative support. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Yesterday, the Department of Justice IG released a rather damning report on the way the FBI conducted the investigation into the Hillary Clinton email scandal. Among the nuggets that came out was a text from FBI agent Peter Strzok who was the number two guy in the FBI’s counterintelligence program (in this case there was more “counter” than “intelligence”). The text messages between Strzok and his girlfriend, Andrew McCabe’s in-house legal counsel Lisa McCabe, have gained quite a bit of notoriety but this one was special. It had been given to congress in this form:
What was missing, and what is in the IG’s report, is Strzok’s reply to Page.
“Several FBI employees Who played critical roles in the investigation sent political messages,” IG report says.
It cites Lisa Page text to Peter Strzok: “(Trump’s) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”
Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 14, 2018
There was some disingenuous bullsh** like this, naturally from NeverTrump Central at the Weekly Standard:
1) The pearl clutching today over the Strzok “stop him” text is a little much. It was obviously just locker room talk.
— Jonathan V. Last (@JVLast) June 14, 2018
But a lot of people, including the IG, looked at the totality of Strzok’s actions and they weren’t quite as certain as those on Bill Kristol’s payroll
Under these circumstances, we did not have confidence that Strzok’s decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Midyear-related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop was free from bias.
One of those was alleged 2016 presidential candidate and all-around douchenozzle, Evan McMullin agreed that Strzok was serious:
No one should be the least bit surprised that an FBI agent would want to bring to justice someone who is openly collaborating with Russian intelligence in order to capture the American presidency. There could hardly be a more important mission for the FBI.
— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) June 14, 2018
There are two possible explanations for this idiocy, both of which should prevent anyone but the most virulently NeverTrump people who also have a mid-double digit IQ from voting for him. First, and most plausible, is that McMullin is just the attention whore we always knew him to be and he’s saying the most outrageous thing he can think of to get a little bit of attention. That, after all, would be the perfect explanation for his performance in 2016. It would also perfectly explain him and Bill Kristol working with deep pocket Democrat donors to defeat Donald Trump should he run for reelection in 2020. Of course, this might be good for fundraising. McMullin still owes $670,000 from his 2016 campaign and only took in $2500 last quarter. The second possibility, which is only slightly less likely than the obscene media whoring is that he actually believes it. It is entirely possible that McMullin is actually fine with a single bureaucrat in a federal law enforcement agency attempting to overthrow an elected president.
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