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The Firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

The firing of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was long overdue. McCabe was at the center of a partisan and disgraceful series of events that saw officials from the highest levels of the FBI and DOJ engage in partisan conduct to help facilitate the election of Hillary Clinton and when she lost, to help bring down the administration of President Trump.

Although McCabe — upon the recommendation of career prosecutors at the DOJ — was fired for a lack of candor in cooperating with Justice Department investigators looking into his unauthorized disclosure of information to a Wall Street Journal reporter.

The liberal blog Lawfare contends that there is insufficient information publicly available at this point to form an opinion as to whether McCabe’s termination was warranted. Perhaps, perhaps not. But what we do know, is that the DOJ and the FBI take a failure to tell the truth seriously. As Lawfare acknowledges,

“The FBI takes telling the truth extremely seriously: “lack of candor” from employees is a fireable offense—and people are fired for it. Moreover, it doesn’t take an outright lie to be dismissed. In one case, the bureau fired an agent after he initially gave an ambiguous statement to investigators as to how many times he had picked up his daughter from daycare in an FBI vehicle. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled against the agent when he appealed, finding that “lack of candor is established by showing that the FBI agent did not ‘respond fully and truthfully’ to the questions he was asked.”

Although Lawfare intimates that McCabe’s firing may have been politically motivated in light of Trump’s recent criticisms, the recommendation to terminate McCabe originated from the Director of the DOJ’s Inspector General’s office, an Obama appointee, who then referred the matter to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

It is interesting to note that McCabe was fired for the same offense on which Robert Mueller obtained an indictment against Michael Flynn. The glaring double standard between the tenacity with which the special counsel is pursuing Trump and the total lack of a much needed investigation into the machinations by the upper echelons of the FBI and the DOJ during the Obama Administration.

The more interesting and potentially devastating findings that will be issued in the spring by the inspector general concern McCabe’s conduct while he was in charge of conducting the FBI’s investigation to Clinton’s emails. Paul Sperry, writing in the New York Post last June noted that,

”Senate investigators are demanding to see records of communications between Fusion GPS and the FBI and the Justice Department, including any contacts with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, now under congressional investigation for possibly obstructing the Hillary Clinton email probe, and deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, who is under investigation by the Senate and the Justice inspector general for failing to recuse himself despite financial and political connections to the Clinton campaign through his Democrat activist wife. Senate investigators have singled out McCabe as the FBI official who negotiated with Steele.”

It is inexplicable how McCabe could remain in that post when his wife received a $450,000 cash campaign donation for a state senate race from the political-action committee of long time Hillary pal Terry Mcauliffe. Did McCabe nor anyone else at the FBI or Obama Justice Department ever hear of the legal/ethical principle of conflict of interest? McCabe should have immediately recused himself the moment his wife accepted the donation. Even if everything else was above board in terms of the donation, McCabe should of still been removed for the appearance of impropriety the donation would have cast on his impartiality to conduct a thorough, diligent investigation. Indeed, a question arises as to why McCabe waited nearly a month before examining thousands of emails Huma Abedin sent to her sexual pervert husband Anthony Weiner.

Michael Goodwin of the New York Post argues correctly that the termination of McCabe is just the tip of the iceberg in what ultimately will be revealed to be malfeasance of the highest order the purpose of which was to overturn the results of an election. A thorough criminal investigation is warranted into probable corruption by senior level DOJ and FBI personnel who acted in concert, either directly or indirectly, with one political party to tip the election in Hillary Clinton’s favor.


There have been a number of different analyses of the Pennsylvania special election where the GOP lost a seat in a friendly congressional district that Trump carried by 20 points.

At one end of the extreme, Kyle Smith writing in National Review, forebodes doom for the GOP come the midterm elections with Trump at the helm. But what about all the policy successes of the Trump Administration? Smith responds,

So what? say the voters in PA-18, a district Trump won by 20 points, where the Republican candidate Rick Saccone had no major defects (and the Democratic winner Conor Lamb can be expected to vote with Nancy Pelosi on nearly all occasions) and where Trump’s economically illiterate faith in tariffs is popular. Saccone lost the district anyway. To borrow language from the anthem of Trump’s hometown, if the GOP can’t make it there, it can’t make it anywhere. It’s because of Trump that the (R) next to Saccone’s name was too great a burden to overcome.

Less apocalyptic, is the historical interpretation of mid-term results offered by Jay Cost. Even though he believes the election of Conor Lamb in a reliably red district is not a good sign, Cost notes that,

History suggests that the thing that can save the Republican majority is an uptick in Trump’s job-approval numbers. Gallup has him at 39 percent right now, and the average of all polls puts him around 41 percent, or thereabouts. If he can push that number up to 45 percent, I’d say the GOP has a fighting chance at the majority.

However, the more important question that is rarely addressed by the Never Trump crowd is, if Nancy Pelosi becomes speaker again, what type of political party will emerge from the ashes of the mid-term defeats to be either reborn or ineradicably fragmented?

From the start, Anti-Trump Republicans, particularly Bush loyalists, have never been capable or astute enough of rising above their visceral dislike of the brazen New Yorker to ask, exactly what conditions made it possible for political neophyte to dispatch all the Republican establishment candidates and go on to defeat the invincible Hillary Clinton? Given the potential for losses in November, it is difficult to believe that the Old Guard of the GOP will be [click to continue…]


It is amazing how many myths about politicians endure and continue to thrive even in the face of adverse revelations or facts that prove to be wholly at odds with the facade or public fable of the particular politician.

Examples abound: e.g., there are those who proclaimed Obama as the next Lincoln before he ever set foot in the Oval Office; after his inauguration, he was constantly characterized by liberal commentators and historians as the smartest president in history; the Southern Poverty Law Center of the 21st century continues to be viewed as a key player in the fight for civil rights, despite it being no more than a shakedown operation that maliciously defames groups and organizations with differing political views; for years, we heard what geniuses Al Gore and John Kerry were compared to George W. Bush, who was often caricatured as wearing a dunce cap (“strategery”)

Upon scrutiny, many of these myths collapse or cannot withstand the most cursory due diligence into their veracity, yet the media continues to perpetuate the falsehoods.

The list goes on and on…

For years, Hillary Clinton, has been revered as an object of liberal mythology. For decades we have been told that she was a brilliant lawyer, an independent woman of great accomplishment; a feminist and champion of women’s rights; a tireless advocate for children and a stellar Secretary of State.

Upon examination, the myths surrounding Hillary, like so many other fabrications created by ambitious and ruthless politicians, their media enablers and supporters, evaporate, like a popsicle in the hot Florida sun.

Given the demonstrable fabrications concerning Hillary’s aptitudes, personality, political acumen, character traits and substantive accomplishments proselytized by her media advocates as well as the indispensable role her husband played in her career advancement, it is astonishing, yet unsurprising, that the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study has awarded Hillary the Radcliffe medal.

Previous recipients of the annual award for those who have had “a transformative impact on society,” include Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Billie Jean King and Sandra Day O’Connor.

Lizabeth Cohen, the dean of the Radcliffe Institute, noted the award to Clinton was being made “in recognition of her accomplishments in the public sphere as a champion for human rights, as a skilled legislator, and as an advocate for global American leadership.” Dean Cohen went on to describe Clinton as “a model of what it takes to transform society: a lifetime of relentless effort combined with the vision and dedication to overcome one’s inevitable defeats.”

Back here on the planet earth, Roger Kimball writing in American Greatness, reviews the prerequisite qualifications and accomplishments required for recipients against the actual and undisputed professional and political history of Hillary Clinton.

Kimball notes that,

Many readers, dazzled by the memory of Clinton’s recent presidential campaign, may be a bit shaky about her long history of private-sector accomplishment and public service. Here, without pretending to anything like completeness, are a few highlights.

The list he has prepared contrasting the myths surrounding Hillary with reality is quite telling.

Kimball’s sardonic takedown of those at the Radcliffe Institute who truly believe that Hillary embodies the qualities on which the award is based is caustic and a must read.


Hillary’s recent condescending remarks in India about those who live in the great heartland presents an interesting occasion for post-election analysis. Her comments reflected her arrogance, contemptuousness and sublime detachment from the lives and travails of ordinary Americans residing between the two coasts. Every time Hillary opens her mouth about the election, she damages the fortunes of the Democratic Party. The more delusional speeches Hillary gives about the reasons for her loss, the more it reveals about the enormity of the Democratic Party’s stupidity in handing her the nomination carte blanche.

Since Hillary has had a difficult time reconciling her enormous self-regard with the reality of her stunning defeat, here are a few biographical and recent political facts that should help her understand why the country chose a crude reality TV star over the world’s smartest woman.

She told us long ago that she was named “Hillary”after the famed New Zealander, who in 1953, became the first to scale Mount Everest. Apparently, no one told her parents that Sir Edmund Hillary didn’t scale that peak until after she was born. And, if one wishes, unwisely, to continue to suspend disbelief while her lips are moving, the Wellesley College and Yale Law School graduate insisted that she tried to join the Marines in 1975, but was turned down because she was a woman. She said the FBI was merely conducting a “security review” into her emails; FBI Director James Comey said it was not an inquiry but an investigation. She said she dodged sniper fire when she landed in Bosnia; later video revealed her strolling carefree on the tarmac.

The late New York Times columnist, William Safire diagnosed her as a “congenital liar.” She lies when it suits her purposes; she lies when it is expedient; she lies about matters both big and small, trivial and substantive. She lies when she doesn’t need to lie; she lies about her lies. These well known traits are indicative of a woman who has no core, no center, no moral compass and no sense of self. Like her ever changing hairdos, Hillary’s persona fits the mood of the moment, her particular audience, or her self-interest and preferred political narrative.

One wonders if those who were “Ready for Hillary” viewed her 2007 migraine-inducing, grotesque impersonation “I don’t feel no ways tired…” performance to an African-American audience while speaking at the 42nd anniversary of Bloody Sunday, on March 7, 1965, when 600 civil rights marchers were attacked by police. This was Hillary [click to continue…]


While visiting India recently, Hillary doubled down on her contempt for the deplorables in flyover country who she claims cost her the 2016 election. Exactly why didn’t those in the country’s heartland join the Hillary bandwagon and join the coalition of the ascendant? For Hillary, the answer is self-evident. Clinton resuscitated her tiresome Trump-voters-are racist/misogynist, etc. theme by telling an audience in Mumbai that the essence of Trump’s message, embraced by his supporters, was,

“You didn’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women getting jobs, you don’t want to see that Indian-American succeeding more than you are — whatever your problem is, I’m going to solve it.” Here is how she character.

Hillary further claimed that Democrats, “do not do well with white men and we don’t do well with married white women and part of that is an identification with the Republican party and an ongoing pressure to vote the way your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.” In other words, the reason many white women didn’t find her gender based campaign mesmerizing was because their husbands insisted they vote for Trump.

Hillary’s bicoastal elitism and snobbery once again rose to the fore:

“What the map doesn’t show you is that I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product. So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward,” she said. “And Trump’s whole campaign — ‘Make America Great Again’ — was looking backward. You know, you didn’t like black people getting rights; you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs; you don’t want to, you know, see that Indian–American succeeding more than you are — you know, whatever your problem is, I’m gonna solve it.”

During the election, Hillary visited coal country and in one of her more ill-advised stump speeches gleefully told miners, that she was going to put them out of a job. Incapable of even a fleeting moment of introspection, she then claims the reason these same voters abandoned her is because they didn’t want to see a woman president.

The fact that no prominent member of the Democratic Party has come forward and publicly rebuked Hillary for her intemperate remarks does not bode well for the party’s prospects for building a national electoral college coalition.

What is truly astounding, even more so than Hillary’s denial, tone-deafness and impolitic comments, is that there is a cadre of die-hard Clinton fans who earnestly believe that she should run a third time.


Public is Turning Against Silicon Valley Tech Giants

Recently, tech visionary, venture capitalist and Trump supporter Peter Thiel decided to leave the ideological conformity of San Francisco for Los Angeles. Thiel found the atmosphere in the Bay Area suffocating and had tired of the inflexible doctrine of identity politics and “diversity” preached and practiced by the commissars of political correctness in the corridors of the tech industry.

Thiel isn’t the only one disillusioned with the direction of the captains of the social media sectors, whose businesses manufacture no tangible products, but rather are built on the development and utilization of software for harnessing the potential of the Internet.

Now, many individuals from across the political, social and economic spectrum are questioning the wisdom of allowing these companies to enjoy their monopoly positions. In fact, the increasingly visible loathing of these tech giants, cuts across party lines, with conservatives and liberals both agreeing that steps need to be taken to curb the growing and unchecked power these businesses exert over peoples everyday lives.

Google’s unprecedented market domination is coupled with an arrogance that is breathtaking.

This imperiousness was on display when Google fired James Damore because he had complained about the ideological conformity of the company and the fact that it discourages free expression. Google engaged in this public humiliation of one of its conservative employees without any compunction or fear of adverse consequences.

Google embodies the very worst authoritarian aspects of progressivism. Google belongs to the exclusive club of progressives who cynically proclaim that they are all for diversity, but not diversity of thought.

Google and other Silicon Valley companies embody the very worst authoritarian aspects of progressivism. It is perfectly permissible for them to impose the religion of diversity on their employees and others, but those who challenge politically correct orthodoxy are likely to be castigated and publicly shamed like Damore.

Damore’s case is going to backfire on Google and will have the effect of only accelerating calls to reign in these corporate and unaccountable behemoths — the robber barons of the 21st century.

As Megan McCardle notes, the behavior of Google was precipitous and ultimately counter productive,

That was stupid, because Google has an immense amount to lose, even if a court ultimately vindicates its corporate culture. The company’s internal systems, featuring an immense array of internal employee communications, will be ripped open to scrutiny. If I were a Google executive, I wouldn’t want to bet that employees haven’t said much worse things in emails and on message boards than those featured in the lawsuit. Things that are plainly, inarguably, expensively illegal.

But I also wouldn’t want even milder utterances to turn up as testimony in a lawsuit. Because every nasty comment and intemperate remark about Republicans or white males or conservative Christians is going to get broadcast to the public when this case goes to trial. And as you may have noticed, those folks are half the country.

Perhaps Google thinks its market position is so strong that it doesn’t have to worry about piddly things like whether its employees spend a great deal of time using internal systems to slander half the company’s American customer base. What are you going to do, use another search engine?

Both Google and Facebook have taken steps to suppress publishing conservative political views. Critics argue compellingly, that since Google and to some extent Facebook, exercise inordinate power over who and and what is likely [click to continue…]


Democrats Extremism on Immigration

Nancy Pelosi recently treated us to an eight hour speech arguing that illegal immigrants who were brought to this county by their parents should be granted citizenship.

The length of her speech indicated that Democrats now view Illegal immigrants as an integral part of their newfound coalition for the 21st century.

The position of the Democrats on immigration is increasingly being viewed by most Americans as radical extremism. Furthermore, the more the Democratic Party lurches leftward towards the idea of open borders, the more it helps Trump.

Even a number of liberal commentators have called out the Democrats for their increasingly bizarre and indefensible policy on illegal immigrants.

Not only do the Democrats support open borders, they subscribe to the view that the immigration laws of the county can be subverted by declaring certain urban areas as “sanctuary cities.”

The most memorable part of her speech was when Pelosi stated that her grandson’s once wished that he had brown skin and brown eyes on his birthday.  This idiotic virtue-signaling, identity politics and reverse racism comment is clearly indicative that the party has now embraced the idea that anyone who questions the legitimacy of their policy of open borders and sanctuary cities are racists and white nationalists. How well does Nancy Pelosi, who has worst approval ratings than Trump, think her comments are going to play in the Rust Belt in the upcoming midterm elections?

Victor Davis Hanson has repeatedly argued that the Democrats sanctuary city policy is no different than the nullification doctrine adopted by the Southern states prior to the Civil War.

Writing in The Week, liberal commentator Damon Linker notes that progressives are now arguing that questions about the wisdom of certain existing immigration provisions that heavily favor migration from Latin America are off limits,

But a surprisingly large number of liberals are taking a third, and very different, approach — not claiming that cuts to legal immigration shouldn’t be made, but that the very act of proposing and defending them in the first place is morally illegitimate. These liberals appear to believe that immigration restrictionists should be excluded on principle from participating in public debate and discussion about immigration policy in the United States.

This is absurd.

Roughly one-third of the country believes that rates of immigration should be cut. The immigrant share of the population is near historic highs. As the Pew Research Center put it last spring, “a record 43.2 million immigrants were living in the U.S. in 2015, making up 13.4 percent of the nation’s population. This represents a fourfold increase since 1960, when only 9.7 million immigrants lived in the U.S., accounting for just 5.4 percent of the total U.S. population.”

How immoderate is the Democrats immigration position? Linker addresses the reality that Mexican migration has dominated the immigrant population in the country whether Americans should be permitted to question the wisdom of this policy:

The liberal position appears to be that, even though these trends came about as a result of deliberate changes in immigration policy since 1965, American citizens cannot dislike or wish to alter them in any significant way because that would be racist. Americans may therefore either affirm the status quo or passively accept it, and perhaps be permitted to favor slight adjustments to the mix of considerations that go into the decision regarding who gets approved for work visas and green cards. But actually cutting the number immigrants admitted annually or making changes that could result in a drop in the number of Mexicans relative to those from other countries of origin? That is unacceptable — because, apparently, morality requires that immigration levels remain frozen at their current levels, even if it means that the cultural, linguistic, ethnic, and racial character of the country changes significantly as a result. About such issues, morally acceptable citizens can have no negative opinion.

The Democratic Party’s immigration stance will continue to be at odds with the preferences of most Americans. Whether hitching their wagon to illegal immigrants’ star is a smart move politically remains to be seen.


The recent comments by a clueless George W.Bush demonstrate why Donald Trump beat the GOP establishment candidates like rented mules.

In Dubai, Bush criticized the failure of the Trump Administration to accomplish immigration reform. Yet oddly, as Victor Davis Hanson notes, “Bush is far more critical of Trump’s efforts to reach a compromise on DACA and border security than he was of Barack Obama’s illegal and politically expedient 2012 pre-reelection executive order nullifying immigration law and enforcement.”

Bush violated a long-standing rule not to criticize one’s government while on foreign soil. Why Bush chose to criticize a president of his own party, while remaining mum for eight years about the disastrous policy of Barack Obama is mystifying and indicative of how the Republican elites have more in common with Democrats than they do with members of their own party.

Bush then went on to recite predictably what every Republican proponent of the boondoggle known as Comprehensive Immigration Reform has claimed, namely that illegal immigrants perform a necessary and valuable service because they perform the jobs that Americans won’t do.

Bush continued by stating that the U.S. should welcome and thank both legal and illegal immigrants. Does Bush know, or even care that this statement is patently false as Hanson further notes,

The old Republican idea that illegal immigration is a good thing because noble foreign nationals work hard and cheaply for businesses in a way unemployed Americans “will not do” is not a sustainable factual, ethical, or political position. About half of illegal immigrant households use some sort of government assistance, for example.

Nor does Bush and most of the GOP Old Guard understand that there are costs, social and economic to American blue collar workers, of unrestrained illegal migration.

If ever there was a caricature of the out-of-touch Republican elite, Bush, like all his other fellow travelers in the Republican Party, played perfectly, yet again, the role of media dupe and useful idiot for the Democratic Party.

Bush’s position on immigration and a host of other issues reveals why the old Republican Party is dead and will never be resurrected.


Gentry Liberals Take Over the Democratic Party

The modern day Democratic Party has transformed into a political institution that is no longer the welcoming home of yesterday’s blue collar voter. Based on on the sentiment exhibited during the recent presidential election as well as the posture of the party during the DACA negotiations It has been increasingly clear that Democrats no longer consider the white working class as part of their core constituency.

As I noted in my book, Election 2016,

Since the end of the Carter Administration, the Democratic Party has slowly evolved from the party of the “working man” into an institution that speaks exclusively to a coalition of minorities clustered in urban areas, those in academia, wealthy elites and gentry liberals A glimpse of a blue/red colored map by county reveals a party whose support is predominately bi-coastal; its reach in the great heartland eradicated. Today’s Democratic Party welcomes as one of its new constituencies captains of the social media sectors, whose knowledge-based companies produce no tangible goods. Indeed, some of the party’s most affluent donors revile the manufacturing sector and its ancillary businesses, as they believe it contributes to the warming of the planet. As such, they have no compunction about putting people in the nations vast energy sector out of work if it will assuage their concerns about climate change. The Democrats posture towards those who will lose their jobs? Let them eat cake.

In large urban areas — regions that Democrats have traditional strength — due to recent demographic changes, whites now outnumber blacks and Hispanics. Michael Barone writing in the Washington Examiner, notes the political significance of this trend, “in our three largest central cities—New York, Los Angeles, Chicago—gentry liberals have become the dominant political demographic group.” According to Barone, “The trend is visible elsewhere—not only in San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, but also in Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, even in Cleveland and Detroit. It’s widespread and strategic enough to be changing the face of the Democratic Party.”

Barone correctly observes that the philosophical bearing of gentry liberals are uniform as well as utterly hypocritical:

Gentry liberals have produced the highest-income-inequality metropolitan areas in the nation. They decry gentrification, and the accompanying movement of low-income blacks and Hispanics out of their neighborhoods, even as they cause it. They sing hymns to diversity even as they revel in the pleasures of communities where almost everybody believes and consumes exactly the same things—and votes uniformly Democratic.

The electoral consequences of the shift could prove difficult for Democrats in light of the fact that the most prevalent constituency of the party subscribe to the catechism of identity politics. Barone further notes that the most challenging aspect for Democrats, given the new composition of the party is its success in fielding candidates that can have appeal outside of liberal urban enclaves. Dominating the party is one thing; producing candidates and issues with appeal to the broader national electorate is another.

Gentry liberals have the microphone and the money to dominate the Democratic Party. Whether they can overcome their snobbish disdain and bitter contempt for those beyond their comfortable enclaves, and come up with a winning national strategy, is unclear.

It remains to be seen if Democrats learned their lesson from the last presidential election or if they will continue to alienate those voters who once formed the backbone of the party.


The Steele Dossier and Misleading the FISA Court

One of the crucial questions that needs to be addressed after the release of the Nunes memo is to what extent was the highly misleading dossier used as a basis to secure a warrant to spy on Carter Page during the election? Former FBI director James Comey testifying before a congressional committee confirmed that the allegations contained in the dossier were salacious and unverified.

The issue with the release of the Nunes memo is to what extent did the FBI use the discredited dossier to obtain a warrant to spy on an American citizen and did they disclose to the FISA court that the document was paid for by the Clinton campaign with the express purpose to derail Trump’s candidacy. The idea the at the FBI met their obligations by characterizing the dossier as a “political document” does not rise to the level of required disclosure to make the statement made to the court not misleading.

When the Nunes memo was released, critics claimed that there was no evidence to support the contention that the court relied exclusively on the dossier; there may have been other sources of information used to support the request about which the public, currently is unaware.

The memo recently released by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley answers some of the questions raised by the Nunes memo and goes even further with revelations that false information was fed to the Clinton campaign by the State Department through Sid Blumenthal as its intermediary. The Grassley/Graham memo is a far more damning document as is evidenced by the fact that Grassley has referred matters contained in the memo to the Justice Department for potential criminal prosecution. Additionally, the Grassley/Graham memo appears to answer the question how much did the FBI rely on the dossier as a basis for securing the warrant? The answer is a lot.

Even though questions remain unanswered concerning the FISA warrant, what is clear based on what we know is that the FBI either deliberately or unwittingly used a document they knew contained outright falsehoods to secure a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. What is even more telling is the toxic mindset that infected the participants engaged in the surreptitious surveillance of an American citizen that was based on a document paid for by the opposing political party to subvert their opponent.

Victor Hanson interprets approaches the story of FBI and Obama Administration abuses of power from the perspective that these participants most likely believed that since Hillary would inevitably be the president, they earnestly believed that their derelictions of duty would not be punished, but rather rewarded by the Clinton Administration. How else does one explain the blatant disregard for the civil liberties of American citizens and that these civil rights should be shredded all in the name of insuring the election of one of the most corrupt politicians in history. Such machinations do not reflect well on those at the top of the FBI and it most assuredly does not portray Hillary Clinton in a flattering light.

Daniel Henniger of the Wall Street Journal seems to subscribe to Hanson’s theory of bureaucrats who expected no consequences for the abrogation of their solemn duties when he writes,

The Trump Panic of 2016-17 was the be­lief that the U.S. pres­i­dency had fallen into the hands of an un­ac­cept­able per­son—who had to be stopped, or re­sisted by any means. Henninger further notes, that because the Trump Panic suffused civil servants throughout Washington, ordinary protocols and professionalism went by the wayside.

Henniger concludes that, It explains a lot. It explains why the FBI agents would knowingly deceive the FISA court.

Be­cause of the Trump Panic, pro­fes­sional dis­ci­pline eroded. Ex­hibit A will al­ways be the Steele dossier. Spend 15 min­utes read­ing it, and you will rec­og­nize a text­book ex­am­ple of the Russ­ian Cold War art form of as­sem­bling pub­lished facts, decisions outside normal boundaries were considered justified.

It will be interesting to see if there is a special counsel appointed to examine the shocking and nefarious methods that an agency the American public has long revered, joined in a coordinated effort with others, including members of the former Obama Administration, to subvert constitutional safeguards for the express purpose of harming the Trump campaign and when that failed, to erode his presidency.