Mollie Hemingway: Was FBI Weaponizing Opposition Research To Go After An Incoming Administration?


Mollie Hemingway on James Comey and the FBI's handling of "politically sensitive constructs" such as the 2016 Hillary Clinton investigation and the probe into Trump and Russia. Later on the panel, Hemingway said Department of Justice resources have been at it for over a year and we still have no proof that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. From Thursday's Special Report panel:

MOLLIE HEMINGWAY, THE FEDERALIST: There is so much to the story, so many details that people are getting caught up on. But ultimately we are talking about whether you can trust our FBI to do a good job investigating people in politically sensitive constructs. That's an issue not just with Hillary Clinton investigation but also with the ongoing Donald Trump investigation.

I was struck by that statement, James Comey, when you showed him saying that he had never coordinated what he was about to say with people in the Department of Justice. Yet, we also know from the letters that there was a great deal of coordination going on. And that coordination and these edits that we saw, they all went in the same direction, the direction of making it so that Hillary Clinton was in less legal jeopardy than otherwise she would've been.

It's not just what we've already talked about with changing the language from "gross negligence" to "extreme carelessness" but downplaying the secret material that she had, downplaying the likelihood of foreign actors hacking into that system. And again this all gets to the trust issue. If we can trust the FBI to do a good job, faithfully going after these laws we agree to hold too in this case. And we are seeing all these problems with the Russia investigation. Really getting to the very issue of, was there reason to believe there was treasonous collusion with Russia or was it in fact an entire information operation where the FBI was weaponizing opposition research to go after an incoming administration.

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