(National Sentinel) Unmask Them: Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s long-awaited investigative report into the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email case was revealing — and disappointing.
It was revealing in that it laid bare the level of politicization and corruption inherent in the leadership of both the FBI and Justice Department.
But it was inadequate in that Horowitz refused to acknowledge the blatant bias displayed by more than just a couple of FBI and DoJ officials when it came to POTUS Trump.
And he also did not name as many names as he should have in exposing that blatant bias.
Now, several Republican lawmakers are demanding Horowitz provide them the names of those mentioned in his report but whose identities were not revealed.
As Fox News reports:
A group of eight House Republicans has asked Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to give them the names of FBI employees mentioned in last week’s report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation, some of whom were portrayed as anti-Trump.
The letter said the lawmakers were “grateful” for Horowitz’s work in compiling the report, but added that they were requesting the names “in the interest of justice and transparency.”
“As representatives of the American people, Congress deserves to know exactly who contributed to the abuse of power at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI,” the letter reads. “These individuals need to be held accountable and only transparency will ensure that action.”
While new exchanges of anti-Trump bias between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were revealed, the IG kept the identities of other FBI officials who also displayed contempt and bias hidden.
The lawmakers’ letter specifically referenced a man identified as “FBI Attorney 2” in the report, who texted “viva le resistance” to a colleague in November 2016. It also asked for information on FBI employees who accepted gifts from news reporters — including sports tickets, golf outings and dinners — “in [a] way that appears to be in exchange for leaking sensitive information to the media.”
This needs to happen. And if Congress needs to begin reasserting its constitutional authority to hold officials in contempt — and they try them without relying on the Justice Department to prosecute — then so be it.
Until political appointees and career bureaucrats understand once again they can and will pay a legal price for dismissing Congress, they will continue to do so.
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