And so the question is: what to do about the FBI (please, no peaking at the post title). Don Surbur lays out the cold hard truth of the situation:
The perps of this crime do not have to explain a thing. They are retired and can flip Congress the bird. Their pensions are safe and a few of them have book deals, a reward for keeping their mouths shut about Obama's corruption.Does anyone really expect indictments? Heck, General Clapper perjured himself before Congress and was not indicted. The FBI perps here didn't (quite) rise to that level. And so, the question remains: what to do with the FBI?
I have told readers for months, no excitement without an indictment. Without prosecution, no one is held accountable, and it will happen again because no penalty is attached to abuse of office.
And this will trickle down the FBI. It rolls downhill in government. The top men in the FBI lied to a judge to get the warrants to spy on a future president. They will go unpunished. The message is clear to the FBI: Lie. Fib. Do whatever it takes get a warrant or a conviction. The inspector general has your back.
The Agency needs to be shut down. There is no possibility of reform, not when its leadership is staffed with Obama/Democrat partisans. They don't want to reform, and even if the people named in the IG report do end up serving hard time, the remaining FBI leadership still won't want to reform. Donald Trump will someday no longer be President, and someday a Democrat will put his loafers on the Resolute Desk. The Agency has to go, QED.
Quite frankly, this can be useful for Donald Trump. The messaging is "the Deep State is corrupt and politicized and not reformable, and the Republic is better off with no Agency than a corrupt one". The story is so big that the media will amplify his message despite themselves, and despite their desperate attempts to spin it. After all, who wants a corrupted national police force? And it will have much more impact at other Agencies (hello, IRS) where the leadership might just think that they're next in Trump's cross hairs. Maybe they won't want to reform either, but maybe they might. After all, the Democratic Party is better off if they're left with an Agency that is reduced in power, rather than with no Agency at all.
One thing that Donald Trump is good at is (politically) slitting someone's throat and watching them twitch. Sadly, this needs to happen now at the FBI, on a much larger scale than anyone is talking about.
What a depressing place that our Republic has ended up.
UPDATE 12/10/19 12:12: "They don't want to reform" - man, that came quickly:
I don’t know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me. With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019