Scandal has plagued the FBI in recent years. Remember when then-Director James Comey chose not to refer charges against Hillary Clinton for transmitting classified information through a private, unsecured email system?
How about then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch meeting secretly with Bill Clinton when his wife was under FBI investigation?
Remember the two agents who revealed in text messages their plan to ensure Donald Trump was not elected, and if he were, to deploy a “backup”?
Now, even Comey’s successor, Christopher Wray, has gone off the deep end, says radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
Wray expressed anger Friday about the partial government shutdown, but apparently wasn’t bothered by FBI agents in tactical gear with guns drawn arresting former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone in a pre-dawn raid.
“I want you to hear this. This is the FBI director on the FBI website today mere moments ago. His name is Christopher Wray,” Rush told millions of listeners.
Wray’s commented: “I know tons of you are feeling the anxiety and the emotional strain of this shutdown — and a hundred percent of you are feeling the financial strain. Making some people stay home when they don’t want to and making others show up without pay? It’s mind-boggling, it’s shortsighted, and it’s unfair. It takes a lot to get me angry, but it I’m about as angry as I’ve been in a long, long time.”
Limbaugh responded: “Really, Director Wray? You’re as angry as you’ve been in a long time, but what your agents did today — wearing body armor, carrying heavy automatic weapons drawn and ready to fire, waking somebody out of bed to arrest them and frog march ’em down to a court, after being indicted for process crime?”
He continued: “You ought to be angry over what all of your predecessors in this department under the Obama administration have done to the system of justice, for crying out loud! This is the kind of thing… This sends me into orbit! These are the people we count on! We can’t all go be FBI director. We’re not even in charge of who’s chosen to be FBI director! This is part and parcel of trusting these institutions. We’ve always trusted them throughout our lives, throughout the life of this country. We have trusted so many of these institutions to just do it right, to just stand up — especially the FBI and the DOJ — for justice, and they all seem to be failing us profoundly.”
Fox News reported more than a dozen special agents “clad in tactical gear” raided Stone’s Florida home, “banging on Stone’s door and demanding that he come outside.”
Stone’s lawyer said a mere telephone call would have accomplished the same thing.
“A SWAT team, searching the house, scaring his wife, scaring his dogs—it was completely unnecessary,” the lawyer said. “A telephone call would have done the job, and he would have appeared. Mr. Stone has nothing to hide.”
The president noted on Twitter: “Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers are treated better.”
Fox News reported a former senior Justice Department official, now-white collar criminal attorney with Ifrah Law, James Trusty, said that while its common in white collar cases to contact the lawyer via telephone, Stone’s charges could have prompted a different approach.
The 24-page indictment released claims that Stone “worked to obstruct the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election by making false statements to the committee, denying he had records sought by the committee and persuading a witness to provide false testimony.”
It contains no charges of collusion with Russia, which was to be the focus of the probe.
Legal expert Alan Dershowitz pointed out that all the counts so far are process charges resulting from Mueller’s own investigatory tactics.
Former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia Joseph diGenova blasted the Justice Department’s tactic as “outrageous.”
“I am appalled that the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI have permitted a vindictive use of arrest in a non-violent case with a defendant who was willing to surrender,” diGenova told Fox News.
“This is an abuse of power and it underscores the vindictive nature of it by the fact that CNN was alerted ahead of time.”
Stone, who left the Trump campaign in 2015, said Friday he’s innocent and will fight the charges.
Fox News noted Mueller’s investigation has “expanded to probe financial crimes of Trump associates before the election, conversations Trump’s national security adviser had with the Russians during the transition and whether Trump obstructed justice with his comments and actions related to the probe.”
“None of the Trump associates connected to Trump have been charged with crimes related to collusion.”