A fascinating question about current events is what the people who opposed President Trump, from all sides of the political aisle, were really working against. Maybe it’s a question of historic importance.
We probably won’t know the answer to that question in full until we see what the president’s priorities really have been. If, for instance, he threatened to punish evildoers in positions of power, those steps might have been cloaked in secrecy for a time.
But one gets the sense that people who opposed Trump had a very good idea what he threatened.
And we may have seen, among people who were previously in a bad spot, that their circumstances would improve under President Trump, because he did take steps against bad actors who once wielded power. There may have been a liberation of those once captive, so to speak.
Today’s news from the Justice Department Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, may be another milestone toward punishment, or liberation, depending on one’s point of view:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2018
DOJ OIG Announces Initiation of Review
Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz announced today that, in response to requests from the Attorney General and Members of Congress, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will initiate a review that will examine the Justice Department’s and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) relating to a certain U.S. person. As part of this examination, the OIG also will review information that was known to the DOJ and the FBI at the time the applications were filed from or about an alleged FBI confidential source. Additionally, the OIG will review the DOJ’s and FBI’s relationship and communications with the alleged source as they relate to the FISC applications.
If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.
This could turn out to be a nothingburger or, for Trump’s opponents, the beginning of a new nightmare. Hypothetically, if there are people who were employed in the federal government over the past few years whose activities were not always on the up-and-up, that last sentence would be an attention-getter.