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Jason Beale @jabeale
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The FBI/media leakfest to rehabilitate Strzok is understandable - they're defending themselves, and this is how they do it. But I don't understand what they're trying to imply here - are they suggesting that Strzok would refuse to write the memo?
This wasn't an anti-Hillary action - this was an FBI CYA action. Regardless of whatever level of bias he or the FBI may have for one candidate or the other, the FBI will always act on behalf of the FBI. Does anyone believe @Comey didn't want Hillary to win the election?
If you concede that @Comey wasn't a Trump supporter, then you have to ask yourself why he held that press conference announcing her "carelessness" and sent the memo re-opening the investigation in October? The answer to that question answers all the rest about Strzok, et al.
He did it in service of his own self-interest, and of the interests of the FBI. That's it. He was never going to recommend charges against Hillary, but he had to take his pound of flesh to make it look like they, reluctantly, couldn't realistically pin anything on her.
So he had to roast her a little to gild the lily, knowing all along that whatever temporary pain it may cause her would be assuaged by her victory - while at the same time showcasing his unassailable objectivity.
The calculus was simple - once she wins, he could explain to her just how fortunate she was that he took the route he did, and they would come to an understanding. The alternative - to act on the evidence and recommend charges - was undesirable to both parties.
and FBI leadership didn't decide to reopen the investigation because they thought it was the right thing to do - they did it because they were forced to by inter-bureau RUMINT telling them that there was dissension in the ranks and the story was about to hit the press.
This wasn't a wholesome act of impartiality, nor was it done for the purposes of hurting the Clinton campaign. It was an act of self-preservation, initiated for the sole purpose of staving off bad press, and blowback from congress and rank-and-file agents.
So spare me the, "Look, Strzok wrote the letter that hurt Hillary's campaign - not so biased against Trump after all, is he?" nonsense. His bias, along with @Comey's and the rest of the leadership team, is public knowledge, and undebatable.
He didn't write the first draft out of some sudden conviction that Hillary had to be stopped - he did it because @Comey and the FBI ran out of better options, and he happened to be the guy who writes first drafts.
This wasn't an explanatory letter laying out the FBI's decision matrix for deciding against recommending charges against Hillary - this was a notification letter to congress. A letter they wrote for the sole purpose of covering their own asses.
So whatever rehabilitate virtue one may want to read into the fact that Strzok drafted this note needs to be considered in the context of why the letter was written at all - to protect, at all costs, themselves and the Bureau.
Keep that in mind as you review the events of the last few days, and take in the leaks and statements by "current and former government officials familiar with..." that are sure to come. The FBI doesn't want that memo released. Failing that, they don't want it to be believed.
*rehabilitative
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