Obama’s Justice Dept. feuded with FBI, agents quit as politics played larger role

It just keeps oozing out that Obamas DOJ was as dirty as it gets. Lynch was aggressively protecting Hillary.

Acrimony between the FBI and Department of Justice was so bad in the waning days of the Obama Administration some agents quit the bureau, a former G-man said.
Feuds over the direction of investigations — and particularly some of the high-profile politically-involved probes — began to build up as the 2016 election approached, and as the FBI felt pressure from its political masters at the department.

Agents in field offices did not trust department lawyers they viewed as Washington bureaucrats, while the department’s headquarters, known in the business as Main Justice, felt rank-and-file agents weren’t following orders and, at times, strongly disagreeing with superiors.

The department’s inspector general exposed just how deep the feuding ran in a new report last week investigating the actions of former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. The report recounted an August 2016 phone call from a high-level Justice Department official who complained the FBI had taken “overt” actions to investigate the Clinton Foundation, potentially embarrassing then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Mr. McCabe
said he got the sense the Obama Justice Department was telling him “to shut down” the probe. Later he called the exchange as “very dramatic” and said he’d never had a confrontation like that with the Justice Department.

The engine driving all of this, which is alluded to in the report, is that the FBI people in New York were closer to the facts on the Clinton Foundation and angry it wasn’t going anywhere,” said J. Christian Adams, who served as an attorney in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division from 2005 through 2010.

“People in the FBI wanted to follow the facts and the law wherever it took them and this mysterious PADAG calls the number two man at the FBI and tells him to shut it down,” Mr. Adams said. “That’s amazing.”

The inspector general said Mr. McCabe was caught in “an increasingly acrimonious fight for control between the Justice Department and FBI agents pursuing the Clinton foundation case,” and described the broader FBI-Main Justice relationship as “being under great stress.”

It didn’t help that Mr. McCabe’s boss, then-FBI Director James Comey, was viewed by field agents as an extension of the Justice Department. He had never served as an agent and came to bureau after a stint as Deputy Attorney General under George W. Bush. He is the one who selected Mr. McCabe as his second in command.

Former agents said the relationship began to sour well before 2016, though, with much of the bad blood dating back to former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who led the department for President Obama from 2009 to 2015.