(This is the first in a series of five posts on the demonstrated bias of Democratic FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub. The second is here, the third is here, and the last installments will be posted in the next few days.)
the Department of Justice to FBI leadership to the halls of Congress to American public opinion, nobody can credibly defend the conduct of FBI
investigator Peter Strozk. His blatant and deeply personal bias against
Donald Trump, the subject of his investigation, and his politicization of FBI
investigations cannot be condoned. Strozk and his girlfriend Lisa Page
were properly removed from the Mueller investigation team. Even after
their removal, however, their involvement in the Clinton email investigation
and the Russian meddling investigation has left both investigations tainted.
brings us to other law enforcement agencies and officials whose prejudice and
enmity for President Trump is as deep and even more vocal than Peter
Strozk's. Strozk was a small player, one of several line
investigators, and his personal emails and opinions about Trump -- as explicit
and biased as they were -- pale by comparison to mounting evidence of
anti-Trump prejudice in the office of Democratic Federal Election Commission Vice Chair Ellen Weintraub -- a
Commission decision maker and powerful leader of the agency who is scheduled to become
agency Chair in four months.
Commissioner Weintraub has joined the political opposition to President Trump. Weintraub
started lobbing gratuitous political volleys at President Trump soon after he
was took office. She publicly jousted with President Trump over claims of voter fraud, an issue outside the jurisdiction of the FEC. That drew a complaint to the FEC Inspector General. Weintraub quickly -- and lamely -- attempted to link her foray into
the President's voter fraud politics to her official duties as a Commissioner,
while at the same time rallying her own political support on Twitter and
elsewhere, declaring that she would not be "silenced."
Weintraub's post hoc effort at legitimization was transparent. A single
Commissioner has no authority to launch an investigation by letter to the
President (or any other witness). Her missives to the President could not
possibly constitute the conduct of official FEC business because it was
unauthorized and out of order. This was confirmed when Project Veritas
confronted Weintraub with actual evidence of voter fraud in New Hampshire and
asked her pointedly what she intended to do about it, but Weintraub suddenly claimed she could not comment publicly on the issue. She has done nothing since that time to prioritize the issue.
Letters loudly jousting with the President took priority, but serious, official
action can wait and must remain hush-hush.
also published a mean-spirited diatribe against the President's legal counselin a Washington Post op-ed at the beginning of the administration. That's far afield from the business of the FEC, and its terms were so
personal and nasty that Weintraub's hatred for the Trump campaign and its
lawyer were on full display.
this political jousting indicates one thing: that Commissioner Weintraub
started off with a clear bias against Donald Trump, his lawyer, and his