The cover is blown off of partisanship at the nation’s top law enforcement agencies, and the credibility of the top actors involved may never recover.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took to “Hannity” on Thursday to blast the FBI and Department of Justice for allegedly shielding Hillary Clinton during the investigation into her private email server while leading the State Department.
Hannity and Gingrich expressed bewilderment at copies of edits from former FBI chief James Comey’s July 2016 exoneration statement on Hillary Clinton.
The edits, released Thursday by Senate Homeland Security Committee chairman Ron Johnson (R-WY), showed important changes, such as updating “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless.”
Another edit was changing the statement that it was “reasonably likely” “hostile actors” obtained access to Clinton’s private email server to saying it was merely “possible.”
According to a CNN report, the FBI agent who suggested one of the changes was Peter Strzok, who was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation after the Department of Justice discovered his anti-Trump text messages to his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
The released edits stirred further controversy because they were made before the FBI interviewed Clinton and a number of key figures.
The revelation prompted Hannity to declare “the fix is in.”
“If we both sat down and said two years ago and said ‘let’s write a story in which the head of the FBI consciously sets out to protect Hillary Clinton no matter how guilty she is, consciously sets out to protect her staff no matter how guilty they are, sets up everything so that even his statements in public will exonerate her,’ we couldn’t have made this up. …
“This is a very serious question for the Congress, and frankly, I think it puts an enormous amount of pressure on the Attorney General. Because I think Attorney General Sessions has an absolute obligation to look at this information and begin to think about how they’re gonna prosecute Comey, and how they’re gonna prosecute all of these senior FBI agents … .”
He also called the handling of the Clinton and Trump investigations an example of “methodical corruption.”
“I challenge anybody in our audience to find me a case where you have this kind of methodical corruption, this violation of the rule of law at this level of bureaucracy. Not the political apppointees at the very top. The people who have spent their whole career who are sworn to uphold the law.”
Gingrich in somber terms. “And I think it’s maybe the greatest crisis in terms of law and order and the rule of law in American history.”