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In an example of what might be "too little, too late" (but might not be!) the Justice Department inspector general has announced he's opening an investigation into hack FBI Director James Comey's actions before the election, namely the time he threw all caution to the wind 11 days before the election and informed Congress and America that he found some new Hillary emails in the couch cushions. (He, of course, showed much more restraint with the dossier claiming that Donald Trump has been actively colluding with Russia and also SWIMMIN' IN PEE WITH RUSSIAN PEE HOOKERS!)

As the Washington Post reports, the department's investigation won't be just about what a shitheel Comey is, even though that's a big enough subject for a million investigations:

The investigation will be wide-ranging, encompassing Comey’s various letters and public statements on the matter and whether FBI or other Justice Department employees leaked nonpublic information, according to Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz. [...]

He wrote that he will explore “allegations that Department and FBI employees improperly disclosed non-public information” — potentially a reference to Giuliani, who seemed to claim at one point he had insider FBI knowledge. Horowitz also said he would explore whether FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should have been recused from the case. McCabe’s wife, Jill McCabe, ran for a Virginia Senate seat and took money from the political action committee of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a fierce Clinton ally.

See, BOTH SIDES DO IT! One side had an unprecedented intrusion by the FBI into an election, and the other side had a guy whose wife is a Democrat, as if that is even allowed.

Also! Remember the rogue anti-Hillary FBI sleeper cell in New York that thinks that Breitbart-funded hit job called Clinton Cash is a history textbook, that probably leaked all kinds of sexy information to Rudy Giuliani? The WaPo notes that the investigation will also look at how and why the FBI started sending out tweets the days before the election about long closed Clinton investigations, because that seemed totally normal.

A thing that is not in the investigation is that time Attorney General Loretta Lynch chit-chatted with Bill Clinton about grandbabies and recipes on the tarmac at the Phoenix airport. Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is reportedly very GRRRRR about that. (Grow up, dude.)

So! Trump hasn't said he's firing James Comey (FBI directors are appointed to 10-year terms), and he'll probably be totally cool with this investigation, and his new attorney general, Jeff Sessions, will probably be super-excited about keeping it going, yeah? SURE! Considering that the FBI seems to have helped Trump steal the election even more than the Russians did, we bet Trump will be all over this investigation like a Russian wee-wee lady at the Moscow Ritz Carlton!

Unless he isn't. As Jeffrey Toobin explains in the New Yorker, inspectors general are political appointees, but there is a tradition going back decades that they're allowed to serve from one presidential administration to the next. That's supposed to be how things work. But we all know what a big fan of tradition and supposed to Donald Trump is. Toobin points out that Comey, to his credit, has embraced this investigation, but Trump just might not:

The President-elect clearly believes that all the recent attention paid to the hacking of the Clinton campaign’s e-mails, apparently by Russian forces, was contrived to deprive him of the legitimacy he so craves. It’s easy to imagine that he will view the investigation of Comey the same way, since so many people have attributed Trump’s election to that last-minute development, rather than to his campaign.

Toobin notes that a new Attorney General Jeff Sessions could also just kill the investigation, if he feels there are more important matters to attend to, like investigating black people for being black or something.

Let's cross our fingers, we guess! And as to the inspector general, hey, remember that time the FBI had to sift through the "new" Hillary emails REALLY FAST so Comey could let America know ASAP whether it should vote against Hillary, even though the damage had been done by the time Comey sent out his "LOL MY BAD I'M SUCH A BIG MOUTH" letter?

INVESTIGATE. QUICKLY. PLEASE. RIGHT THE FUCK NOW.

[Washington Post / The New Yorker]

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