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Well, let's start off as if it's June 17th....


If it's not June the 17th where you live, then jump into our wayback, time machine. As far as anyone is concerned, it is now June 17th.


For those of you that follow politics in the slightest fashion know by now that the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) released their report on the findings concerning the 18 month investigation into Comey and the Clinton email scandal.  The report contained over 500 pages of investigation in which there were at least five (5) take-aways:

     (1) The report criticizes Comey for public disclosures

No decision by former FBI Director James Comey has been more scrutinized than the one he made in October 2016. That is when, shortly before Election Day, he sent a letter to Congress notifying lawmakers that the FBI was reopening the Clinton email investigation, which he had declared closed at a news conference four months earlier.
               
     (2) The report also accuses Comey of insubordination

When Comey decided to notify Congress that the FBI was reopening the Clinton email investigation, he did so without input from Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch or Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. The inspector general called Comey's solo act “extraordinary” — and not in a good way.

     (3) The report validates the result of the Clinton email investigation

President Trump contends that Clinton should have been indicted and has called the email investigation "phony." Although Horowitz criticized the very public way that Comey handled the probe, the inspector general concluded that the investigation itself — and the ultimate recommendation not to charge Clinton — were sound.

     (4) The report slams individual agents' biases

Trump has cast himself as the target of a “deep state” conspiracy at the FBI and other agencies. The inspector general's report does not suggest anything so widespread.

It does, however, identify five FBI officials whose private communications indicated troubling personal biases.


     (5) The report arms supporters of Trump and Clinton with new ammunition.

The report offers “chapter upon chapter” of material Trump can use to his political advantage. It probably matters little that the report does not address the origin of an investigation now led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is looking into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential race and possible coordination with Trump's campaign. Trump can nevertheless use the report's criticism of certain individuals to level broad attacks on the justice system.

And for Clinton voters convinced that Comey robbed their candidate of her rightful place in the Oval Office, the inspector general's conclusion that he made a “serious error of judgment” strengthens their position.

So what was resolved?  Not much and the report has opened the door to many more months of "investigations."  Guess this is how politicians validate their worthiness.  Hey!  It's your tax dollars at work.

For those of you with nothing but time on your hands, here's a link to the entire 568 page report:  Happy Reading!!!

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/14/politics/read-doj-ig-report/index.html


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June 17, 2018

Tell It Like It Is is the seventh studio album by American country music artist Billy Joe Royal. It was released on January 31, 1989 via Atlantic Records. The album peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.  How appropriate?


         

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