Thursday, April 19, 2018

Will anything come of it?

Maybe not, but we can hope: "Lawmakers Make Criminal Referral on Clinton, Comey, Lynch to DOJ on Steele Dossier".

Meanwhile, James Comey seems to be oblivious to how he and his book are coming across. He sees himself as Batman, everybody else pretty much sees him like this...

(Via 90 Miles From Tyranny).


bruce said...

Our Federal Police are nothing like yours. We call ours the keystone cops:

45 years ago I wrote referrals of suspected crimes for their fraud branch and interacted with them professionally. Our AFP seem very tame and it's the state police who do all the heavy stuff here. But then all our town cops are govt appointed, not voted in. Good points all round.

FBI are a product of the 30s aren't they? It was a weird time. But maybe the FBI are top heavy with careerists now.

RebeccaH said...

I hope against hope that this isn't just political theater for the sake of optics. These people need to answer for their misdeeds, but will they?

Paco said...

Bruce: Our federal law enforcement agencies have committed some incredible mistakes, some of them having tragic consequences (think the shootout at Waco or Ruby Ridge). I respect the men and women who put their lives on the line, and I understand the necessity of law enforcement, but, like every government agency, the FBI, the DOJ, ATF and all the rest require diligent oversight.

For what it's worth, Old Paco, who had a long career in both local and federal law enforcement, told me once that J. Edgar Hoover was always reluctant to put his guys too extensively in the trenches in the war against organized crime because he feared that the enormous sums of money floating around would inevitably be used to bribe his agents and that the bureau's reputation would become hopelessly tarnished. I don't know how much truth there is in that assertion (one has to factor in the rivalry that exists between law enforcement agencies when considering one outfit's critical assessment of another), but there it is.