Well, well well……would you look at that!
President Trump has been completely cleared of any wrongdoing after a FOUR YEAR investigation by the Justice Department Inspector General.
I have a feeling that is how every single court case is going to end up too….
Long and drawn out, damage done…and then it ends with a whimper and an admission that President Trump is 100% clean!
Take a look:
— The Gateway Pundit (@gatewaypundit) October 26, 2023
Trump Cleared Of Any Wrongdoing In FBI Headquarters Spat https://t.co/aoPD4VYADH
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) October 26, 2023
From ZeroHedge, here are more details:
A watchdog has found that President Donald Trump didn’t improperly influence the FBI’s decision to keep its headquarters in downtown Washington rather than move it to suburban locations in Maryland or Virginia.
“With regard to possible influence by then President Trump or the White House, we found no evidence that the FBI’s decisions were based on improper considerations or motives,” the Justice Department inspector general wrote in a report released on Oct. 24, after a four-year investigation.
Roughly 20 years ago, the FBI concluded that its DC-based headquarters—the J. Edgar Hoover Building—was no longer meeting the needs of the agency in terms of security and supporting the needs of its workforce.
Starting in 2014, the government began exploring the possibility of transferring ownership of the current FBI headquarters land to a developer, who in exchange would build a new facility in the suburbs in a deal dubbed an “exchange procurement.”
However, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) found that the value of the existing site wouldn’t cover the cost of a new facility and so the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) asked Congress for money to cover the difference.
Then in July 2017, the GSA announced that it had canceled plans to go ahead with the exchange procurement deal because Congress didn’t appropriate all the requested funds. This prompted the FBI to scrap plans for a suburban campus and instead recommend demolishing the J. Edgar Hoover building and constructing a new headquarters in its place.
But some Democrats saw a conspiracy afoot. They accused President Trump of meddling in that decision, claiming in an October 2018 letter to the GSA that he did it to keep competitors away from his DC-based commercial property, the Trump International Hotel.
They alleged that President Trump directly influenced the decision to scrap the suburban campus construction deal during a January 2018 a meeting that included GSA officials, the FBI, and White House officials.
“He was directly involved with the decision to abandon the long-term relocation plan and instead move ahead” with the alternate plan, they claimed.
“He should not have played any role in a determination that bears directly on his own financial interests with the Trump hotel,” the Democrats argued.
The letter prompted an investigation, which concluded by finding President Trump innocent of the allegations.
“Specifically, we found no evidence that, in making the decision to seek to have the new FBI headquarters remain at its current JEH site, Director Wray or others at the FBI considered the location of the then named Trump International Hotel or how then President Trump’s financial interests could be impacted by the decision,” the watchdog wrote in the report.
‘I Did Not Feel Pressured’: FBI Director
FBI Director Christopher Wray told the watchdog that the matter of relocating the headquarters came up in discussions with President Trump on several occasions, but he never felt pressured by the 45th president into taking any kind of decision.
“I did not feel pressured. I did not feel bullied,” Mr. Wray said in reference to one of the discussions he held with President Trump in 2018, according to a memo cited in the watchdog report.
In fact, Mr. Wray told President Trump that he thought it would be “great” if the FBI’s headquarters could remain in DC rather than be relocated to the suburbs.
“There was no pressure to go in a particular direction. There was no requirement to stay in the current location. The Director concluded that the President had a topic that was in his element, he knows building. He was excited and engaged about the topic,” the watchdog report states, citing a memo describing Mr. Wray’s characterization of President Trump’s comments.
“There was nothing inappropriate or improper. The President said go forth and make plans,” the report cites the memo.
Trump completely exonerated!
From my friends over at The Gateway Pundit:
Democrats began accusing Trump of meddling in the FBI’s plans to move to a suburban campus during a meeting in January of 2018 that included members of the GSA, the FBI and the Trump White House.
“He was directly involved with the decision to abandon the long-term relocation plan and instead move ahead [with the alternate plan],” the conspiracy theorists complained in an October 2018 letter to the GSA.
It wasn’t just that Democrats felt Trump was somehow “improperly” involved in the discussions on the FBI’s move, but they insisted that Trump meddled so he could make money.
“He should not have played any role in a determination that bears directly on his own financial interests with the Trump Hotel,” they wrote.
So, what evidence did the Oversight and Review Division of the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General find?
Zip, zero, nada.
In the division’s October report, they said they found nothing to substantiate the wild-eyed claims of the Democrat accusers.
Is this another example of too little, too late?