By Jon Dougherty

(NationalSentinel) Following its release Thursday, there was universal praise on the Right for Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s “scathing” report regarding the despicable actions by fired FBI Director James Comey to ensnare President Donald Trump.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), for instance, was quick and effusive in his praise.

And then:

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who has been in on the Spygate probe as a member of Congress from the beginning, said in a statement, “Today’s report is a disappointing reminder that the former FBI Director put partisanship and personal ambition over patriotism and his legal obligations to the American people.

“By leaking his confidential communications with the President in an attempt to save face in the wake of his firing, Mr. Comey believed he was above the rules of the DOJ,” he added.

Sean Hannity, as he often does, went off. Laura Ingraham called Comey a “wimp” and a “liar.” She said he was “roasted” by the report.

Yada. Yada. Yada.

That contrasts with what President Trump — the target of Comey’s actions — had to say about the report:

“Our rights and liberties were illegally stripped away by this dishonest fool.” Exactly right.

The key word here is illegally.

In his report, Horowitz noted:

Former Director Comey failed to live up to this responsibility. By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees— and the many thousands more former FBI employees — who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information. 

The report noted further that if all FBI agents behaved this way, the bureau “would be unable to dispatch its law enforcement duties properly, as Comey himself noted in his March 20, 2017 congressional testimony.”

Horowitz cited Comey for retaining — and failing to return — memos he was neither authorized to release or keep. 

“In a country built on the rule of law, it is of utmost importance that all FBI employees adhere to Department and FBI policies, particularly when confronted by what appear to be extraordinary circumstances or compelling personal convictions,” the report concluded. 

“Comey had several other lawful options available to him to advocate for the appointment of a Special Counsel, which he told us was his goal in making the disclosure. What was not permitted was the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive investigative information, obtained during the course of FBI employment, in order to achieve a personally desired outcome,” it adds.

“We conclude that Comey’s retention, handling, and dissemination of certain Memos violated Department and FBI policies, and his FBI Employment Agreement.”

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Got it. Comey clearly violated FBI policies, but if the memos were classified — and if they contained information discussed between him and the president of the United States, it was classified — why isn’t he being prosecuted for it? 

No offense to Sen. Graham and the others, but Americans have watched with disgust as one Deep State elitist after another, beginning with crime boss Hillary Clinton, have gotten away with what amounts to a coup attempt to depose a duly elected president for more than two years.

If anyone else, including, say, a line FBI agent, had done what James Comey did, they’d be wearing prison stripes by now. Same goes for Clinton’s criminal mishandling of classified information.

So pardon us, senator, but “rebuking” Comey isn’t good enough.

We want indictments. And even if Attorney General William Barr and his prosecutor, John Durham, are eyeing other charges for Comey — which we have no reason to believe is true — he should also have been charged with illegally leaking classified documents. Charge him with everything, in other words.

Because if all of these deep state co-conspirators get away with this, as appears likely at this time, then two things are going to happen: 1) The American people will lose their remaining faith in our justice system, and good luck enforcing the law from here on out; and 2) there will be another coup attempt in the future because sans punishment, there is every incentive to try again. And maybe that one is successful, and America will become the world’s largest banana republic.

As J. D. Heyes at NewsTarget writes:

Frankly, it’s no wonder the vast majority of Americans have absolutely no faith whatsoever in Congress, in the media, or in their governing institutions. The only people who poll lower than lawmakers, reporters, and the federal government are murderous tyrants like Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin.

As usual, Tucker Carlson of Fox News gets it right.


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