Elder Patriot – Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution who writes and comments on world affairs.
Last night, Hanson appeared with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson to discuss the fallout from the I.G. Report that outlines how former FBI Director James Comey was saved from indictment – for now – by the corrupt minions who worked under him at the highest levels of the FBI.
From the I.G. report:
Hanson also discussed the sanctimonious reaction of former President Obama’s disgraced FBI head after U.S. Attorney General William Barr declined prosecution.
Victor Davis Hanson: “They keep saying “they” classified, ‘they,’ ‘they,’ ‘they.’ Who is they?
“The answer is pretty disturbing Tucker because Jim Comey is high-fiving tonight because he said he wasn’t indicted. Or he wasn’t going to be referred for an indictment.
“Why wasn’t he, given that damning report by the Inspector General?
“And the reason he wasn’t, was of the seven memos that he memorialized – these were private phone and person-to-person conversations with the president – he took four of them home and he used them as an insurance policy in case something would happen.
“When he was fired he used them. And then he said they were confidential and not classified. Well, who made that determination?
“Well after it all blew up to the press, the FBI panicked and they said, you know these hadn’t been classified or categorized as anything. Let’s go back and look at them.
“And who were they? Who were the four people that looked at them?
“They were Mr. Priestap (former Head of the FBI Counterintelligence Division), and we know he had gone to London three times involved with Christopher Steele and British Intelligence.
“There was James Baker (former FBI General Counsel), who we know was leaking to Mother Jones and David Corn to get out the Steele dossier to the press before the election.
“And in an Orwellian sense there were Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, no comment needed.
“So those four people, after the whole thing blew up, they got together and said let’s categorize these. Oh, the ones that Comey took home we determined are confidential and not felonious. And the ones he left behind, we will say are classified but he’s not subject to criminal exposure because he didn’t take those three home.
“How hard would it have been to get three or four FBI agents who were not involved in spreading and seeding the Steele dossier and were not confidants (co-conspirators) of Jim Comey?
“It’s exactly the type of behavior that’s getting people very, very disillusioned, and, because we’ve already seen with the Clinton email scandal Comey acted unethically and unprofessionally, but not criminally.
“Here you have the same devastating acknowledgement but his own friends ensured that he wasn’t the subject to criminal liability, post facto.”
“We have a small group of unelected conspirators who feel that it’s their moral prerogative to destroy an elected president because they are morally superior and have insights that the rest of us don’t have…”