King to Attorney General Sessions: “Drain the Swamp, Jeff!”
IG Report on FBI’s Clinton E-Mail Investigation Provides Opportunity to Clean-Up DOJ
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King releases the following statement in the wake of the Inspector General’s report on FBI misconduct during the Bureau’s investigation of the e-mail scandal surrounding former Democratic Senator, and failed Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. The report finds that former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey departed “clearly and dramatically from FBI and department norms” in the handling of the Clinton scandal, and that conduct by FBI employees “cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation.”
“The Inspector General’s report shows former FBI Director James Comey willfully and frequently ‘deviated’ from well-established Department of Justice procedures as the FBI purportedly investigated Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal,” said King. “The corruption did not begin and end with Director Comey. The complicity existed at the highest levels in the FBI and it is clear there was collusion within the FBI.
Attorney General Sessions did the right thing when he fired former FBI Deputy Andrew McCabe, and he should use the findings in this report to further clean-up the Department of Justice. My advice to the Attorney General is to use the Inspector General’s report to ‘Drain the Swamp,’ Jeff!”
One outrageous example of the FBI’s biased conduct contained in the Inspector General’s report is the new revelation that FBI agent Peter Strzok, a key player in the FBI’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, and then-FBI lawyer Lisa Page had the following text message exchange:
“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Page texted Strzok.
“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok responded.”
Attorney General Sessions has previously pledged to clean-up the FBI and the Department of Justice. On Wednesday, Sessions told The Hill newspaper that “If anyone else shows up in this report to have done something that requires termination we will do so.” Congressman King has every expectation that Attorney General Sessions, a man with a reputation for integrity and devotion to the Rule of Law, will keep his word.
As he continues to review the Inspector General’s findings, Congressman King will have further comment on this subject. One preliminary assessment can be made, however: this report is unlikely to be good news for former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, infamous for her airport tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton. A quick look at the report indicates that her name appears 569 times in a 500 page document.