When Donald Trump promised Americans that he was going to step into the Oval Office and “drain the swamp”, we imagined that there would be Hell to pay for several of the more serious offenders on Capitol Hill.
We had no earthly idea that this ethos could lead us down a path of wholly discrediting the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a matter of just 18 months. Yet, that is exactly where we find ourselves today after a scathing report by the Investigator General has dismantled the ethical argument that former FBI director James Comey has been using to claim he was operating on the “up and up”, specifically during his investigation into the illegal and immoral private email server used by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In the aftermath of the IG report, which hilariously dropped today as a birthday gift to President Trump, we have learned quite a number of disturbing truths about the FBI under James Comey, (and not under Comey, for that matter). The latest egregious and morally bankrupt factoid that has been revealed paints a picture pure media manipulation as well, making a connection between the 24 hours “news” cycle and the embattled agency.
The Department of Justice inspector general identified a number of instances where FBI employees regularly spoke with members of the media and received a number of free perks from journalists including meals and tickets to various events.
On page XII in the report, the IG says the department “identified numerous FBI employees, at all levels of the organization and with no official reason to be in contact with the media, who were nevertheless in frequent contact with reporters.”
The IG expressed “profound concerns about the volume and extent of unauthorized media contacts by FBI personnel that we have uncovered our review.”
The contact between FBI agents and the media extended to receiving “improperly receiving benefits from reporters, including tickets to sporting events, golfing outings, drinks and meals, and admittance to nonpublic social events.”
This ugly admission is merely another black eye for the FBI, who have already been receiving their fair share of criticism from both We The People the President Trump.
Now, as the IG report begins to circulate, and Americans of all stripes have a chance to scour its pages, there is little doubt that the anger over the intelligence community’s preposterous behavior is sure to increase. Now, the only thing left to discover will be how quickly the swamp will begin to drain now that Trump has all the ammunition that he needs.