As the left’s attempt to overthrow the United States Presidency began to unravel, citizens initially gave the Federal Bureau of Investigation the benefit of the doubt regarding honesty and integrity. Just a few leaders plotting the coup were thought to be dirty. However, the rot is more pervasive than initially imagined.
As a reminder, all of the following were formerly employed by the FBI - Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and Peter Strzok. All proved to be liars and involved in wrong-doing. Strzok was the Chief of Counterespionage and led the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email server.
Then, there was FBI counsel Lisa Page who was in an affair with Strzok though both were married. Page lied about her relationship with Strzok when interviewed by Andrew McCabe and wanted also Trump out.
President Trump also questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s loyalty to his oath to uphold the Constitution. Rosenstein is also gone. Of course, there are James Clapper former Director of National Intelligence and former CIA director James Brennan both directing and working to overthrow the Presidency.
And, will we soon forget Robert Mueller, also a former FBI director, touted as a spotless public servant and charged with investigating “Russian Collusion?” The guy has dementia, is totally biased or a liar, maybe all three. (There are numerous other FBI and DOJ employees caught in the corruption that will not be addressed here due to space limits.)
Now, we learn about Michael Kortan, Director of the FBI’s Office of Public Affairs, until his sudden retirement in early 2018. Kortan accepted professional baseball tickets from reporters at CNN and the New York Times. He then lied about the gifts under oath according to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (OIG).
He accepted three tickets from a CNN correspondent for a Washington Nationals game in 2016 and from a NT Times reporter for a playoff game of the same team in 2014. Kortan’s communications with the reporters were noted as the Inspector General (IG) investigated the FBI and the DOJ’s actions in advance of the 2016 election.
Kortan claimed under oath that he repaid the reporter for the tickets ($65 each) and then later admitted he never paid the reporter. He also changed his testimony about who he attended the game with, admitting that the guest was a female FBI employee and not a civilian as he previously testified.
He also admitted lying about the types of seats reserved with the tickets. The tickets were for a members-only area and not in general seating as Kortan initially claimed.
The report also found that multiple FBI employees accepted gifts from the liberal media in violation of FBI policy.
The IG stated that CNN and the New York Times reporters were considered “prohibitive sources” under the statute forbidding gifts to federal employees. Kortan failed to report the gifts also in violation of federal law.
Why is Kortan’s integrity an issue? His name appears thirty times in the IG’s report on the actions taken by the FBI and the DOJ to meddle with the 2016 election. The report says Kortan coordinated media coverage and participated in high-level calls. He did damage control on October 21, 2016 as FBI agent Peter Strzok briefed former bureau officials about the handling of the Clinton-email probe.
Lisa Page indicated Kortan was trying to get former FBI officials to stop criticizing the FBI’s Clinton email investigation. Remember, no charges were filed by Clinton friend FBI Director Comey.
The Deep State media taking care of government employees with gifts appears to have returned strategic rewards in the coordinated effort to overthrow the President of the United States. Records show Trump was targeted before he was elected as being unacceptable to the Deep State. The idea was to smear candidate Trump, rig the election and if that all failed then remove him from office via a contrived corruption scenario.
The FBI has more than 36,000 employees most of whom we hope are honest and unbiased and will do their job regardless of which party is in power. However, in spite of this, the FBI will never be seen the same due to the high level and the extent of wrong-doing by those granted incredible power.
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