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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Destroying, Suppressing Evidence Is FBI Standard Procedure

Congressional investigators were rocked this weekend when the FBI notified them that five months of text messages from a top FBI investigator into the Trump campaign’s Russian connections had mysteriously vanished.

The FBI-issued cell phone of Peter Strzok, whose previous texts to his mistress (also an FBI employee) showed fierce hostility to Trump, suddenly had problems due to “software upgrades” and other issues — and voila — all the messages between the two from Dec. 14, 2016, to May 17, 2017 vanished. Strzok, who oversaw the Trump investigation from its start in July 2016, was removed from Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation last summer after the Justice Department Inspector General discovered his anti-Trump texts.

Stephen Boyd, the assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, notified a Senate committee that “data that should have been automatically collected and retained for long-term storage and retrieval was not collected.” The missing texts could have obliterated the remnants of credibility of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign.

Conservatives are caterwauling about the vanished evidence but this type of tactic has long been standard procedure for the FBI. Acting FBI chief Patrick Gray was forced to resign in 1973 after it was revealed that he had burned incriminating evidence from the White House in his fireplace shortly after the Watergate break-in by Nixon White House “plumbers.” Gray claimed he was resigning to preserve the “reputation and integrity” of the FBI — but that hasn’t worked out so well.

The FBI has a long history of “losing” evidence that would tarnish its halo. And for most of the agency’s history, judges and Congress have let the FBI sweep its dirt under the rug.

In the Ruby Ridge case, when an FBI sniper gunned down an Idaho mother holding her baby in 1992, the chief of the FBI’s Violence Crimes division was sent to prison for destroying evidence. When a Senate committee held hearings three years later, four FBI agents took the Fifth Amendment rather than tell the incriminating truth about their activities on the Ruby Ridge case. A subsequent Senate report concluded that the five successive FBI reports of internal investigations of the episode "are variously contradictory, inaccurate, and biased. They demonstrate a reluctance on the part of the FBI initially to take the incidents at Ruby Ridge seriously.” Sen. Herbert Kohl (D-Wis.)complained, "I would be asked by the FBI to believe (Ruby Ridge) was almost a model of (good) conduct. The conclusion, is drawn, from ... all the people we've heard, that no one did anything wrong of significance or consequence."



Steve said...

I do not believe for a minute the NSA who has all my calls and texts from the last 5 years doesn't have any information from an "FBI issued" phone and neither does the FBI and neither does the Phone Company.

Not for one danged minute!

Anonymous said...

They certainly Do It All for the Demon-crats !!!

Bob Aswell...Realist said...

Have you ever stopped to think how much the day to day operations of this Country remind of a soap opera. The general population of America is SO JADED by the introduction of technological innovations in the media that I think they keep this crap going so people will use these devices...which they pay for directly or indirectly... and keep the electorate amused so the light NEVER shines on things that really matter so as to defuse any questioning of the way and direction this Country is heading. How long do you think this continuing saga of deception and incompetence would have lasted in the J. Edgar Hoover days?? All of this blather would have been crushed in one week and now we've been listening since last year with NO END in sight.
Trump so far has been a wonderful President that can't be bought yet he keeps Jeff Sessions in power when in essence Sessions has done NOTHING to remedy the situation.
I read a book once titled 'How to make decisions under extreme mental pressure'. The first thing acknowledged was when under fire how to construct diversionary scenarios to detract from substantiating the real facts. This involved defusing any headway toward resolving or containing any issue. Sound familiar?? My guess there was a brewing coo in the Government to bring us closer to anarchy and we all know that's a secret that could NEVER come out.
Not fooled for a minute...Bob Aswell Realist

Anonymous said...

The Real Mafia = FBI

The best criminals know how to protect the criminals !!

Politicized FBI protects the Demon-crats like Hillary
Comey .Lynch , Pelosi , Schumer , Cummings , Obama !!

Anonymous said...

Female Body Inspectors !!!

Anonymous said...

I believe if they really tried the FBI can come up with the missing Data. Perhaps a coworker who is tired of getting a black eye for doing their jobs. Someone knows something. Speak up. As his wife if she saw his texts to his lover.