By Duncan Smith
The FBI on Friday announced that Director Christopher Wray has launched an internal investigation into how the bureau handled the counterintelligence case into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
And just in time, too (insert rolling eyes emoji here).
“FBI Director Christopher Wray today ordered the Bureau’s Inspection Division to conduct an after-action review of the Michael Flynn investigation,” the bureau said in a statement.
Fox News reports:
The review will be handled by the bureau’s Inspection Division, the FBI said. That division is similar to an internal affairs office in a police department.
The bureau said the “after-action review” will have a two-fold purpose: evaluating the FBI’s role in the case and determining whether any “current employees engaged in misconduct,” as well as identifying whether any “improvements” might be warranted to FBI procedures.
“Although the FBI does not have the prosecutorial authority to bring a criminal case, the Inspection Division can and will evaluate whether any current onboard employees engaged in actions that might warrant disciplinary measures,” the FBI said.
The internal probe comes just a few weeks after the Justice Department filed a motion to dismiss its case against Flynn — a motion that was then ignored by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan.
The Justice Department is already doing its own review of the case, led by Jeff Jensen, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. The FBI said their effort will “complement” Jensen’s work, Fox News reported.
“The after-action review will complement the already substantial assistance the FBI has been providing to U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen in connection with his work on the Flynn case,” the FBI said. “Under Director Wray’s leadership, the FBI has been fully transparent and cooperative with Mr. Jensen, and the FBI’s help has included providing special agents to assist Mr. Jensen in the fact-finding process.”
The statement noted that because several people associated with the scandal have already been fired, the department can no longer discipline them.
True. But come on; it’s not discipline that needs to happen here.
We need indictments — because this joke of an internal review won’t produce anything in terms of ‘reforms’. Oh, there will be some new ones written, no doubt, and Congress and the American people will then be told, “See? See? We fixed it!”
But as the old expression goes, ‘rules are made to be broken,’ and let’s face it, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, and others knew they were “allegedly” violating rules and laws when they tried to set Flynn up.
Again, rule-making isn’t even necessary here. The rules currently in place are good enough. What we need is for the guilty to be punished. What we also need are more honest public servants.
No cursory changes of the rules will fix corruption. Jail terms, however, will get peoples’ attention.
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