Throughout Justice Department Inspector General
An early draft of the 2016 FBI report on the email scandal was reportedly subjected to linguistic surgery to exonerate the former secretary of state, who at the time was the Democratic nominee for president. Clinton was originally found to be "grossly negligent" in using an illegal email server. That legalistic phrase is used by prosecutors to indict for violation of laws governing the wrongful transmission of confidential government documents.
Yet the very thought of a likely
FBI investigators also had concluded that it was "reasonably likely" foreign nations had read Clinton's unsecured emails. Comey intervened to mask such a likelihood by substituting the more neutral word "possible."
The FBI hierarchy under Comey tried to hide the embarrassing details of Obama's conduct. As a result, the FBI deleted Obama's name from its report. In its place, the FBI inserted the laughable "another senior government official" -- as if the president of
According to Comey's congressional testimony, then-Attorney General
One of the oddest mysteries of the IG report is the FBI's delay in addressing the fact that disgraced former
Stranger still, Comey asserted his ignorance of the Weiner-Abedin marriage in an Orwellian manner: "I don't know that I knew that [Weiner] was married to
What were the common themes in the FBI's linguistic distortions?
Two realities: One, the FBI made sure that Obama, the boss of most of the wayward FBI and DOJ officials, was not to be entangled in any scandal.
Two, seemingly everyone at the
The inspector general's report on the Clinton email covers just one scandal. Presumably, the IG and other investigators will issue reports on a number of other ongoing scandals that involved the 2016 campaign.
How did government officials, by hiding information about the so-called Steele dossier, mislead the
How was it decided that the Clinton campaign would pay
How was an FBI informant inserted into the Trump campaign?
How were names of
If the IG report on the Clinton email scandal is any guide to these upcoming investigations, expect widespread abuse of the English language to warp reality.
The media is using the antiseptic "informant" in place of the cruder but more accurate "spy" or "mole."
The off-putting but accurate "wiretapping" has become the more professional "surveillance."
The sanitized "improper" always sounds cleaner than the more accurate "illegal."
In sum, "2016" could make a logical sequel to "1984."