Report raises still more questions
Members of Congress need answers from an FBI attorney
Among the more intriguing and disturbing bits of information uncovered by the Justice Department inspector general looking into questions about political bias was a revelation — to the public, at least — regarding an FBI attorney.
Much of the attention focused on the IG’s report has involved whether biased Justice Department employees and officials handled investigations of President Donald Trump and those around him, both before and after his election in 2016.
It came to light that three FBI employees criticized by the IG for bias had been assigned to special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s team, which is looking into whether there were links between the president’s campaign and Russian agents.
To Mueller’s credit, all three were dismissed from the team months ago, when he became aware of their hatred of Trump. Two of them were high-ranking FBI agent Peter Strzok and his girlfriend, FBI attorney Lisa Page.
It is the third, FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who is of particular interest. Before working on Trump-related probes, Clinesmith was part of the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton’s misuse of emails. We know now her behavior allowed Russia to obtain classified information.
So upset was he at Trump’s election that Clinesmith emailed friends, “I am so stressed about what I could have done differently.”
Well, what did he do to hurt Trump and help Clinton? Members of Congress need to ask whether Clinesmith’s bias helped Clinton escape punishment for her crimes.