The transcripts create the picture of an FBI not always following expected norms as it activated an unofficial conveyor belt to make sure the allegations reached the counterintelligence division. It opened an investigation into the Trump campaign on July 31, 2016. In October, it began wiretapping at least one Republican while dispatching possibly multiple undercover sources to spy.
Our Government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the Government becomes a law-breaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the administration of the criminal law the end justifies the means to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal would bring terrible retribution!!
Louis Brandeis (1856-1941)
“it began wiretapping at least one Republican”
The story forgets to mention the “two hop rule”.
A search brings an article with information about the rule:
“A conspiratorial enterprise is bound to involve communications beyond Carter Pages first circle of direct contact, so investigators need to look at the next circle as well. They may need to look further, depending on the communications patterns they find in the first two circles radiating from their named target. But under current rules, its the first two that government investigators can routinely gain access to in order to uncover the full scope of a conspiratorial enterprise, without needing to apply for further warrants.”
If she had won, he'd be out on the same timeline.
What's really hilarious is, at the end of the day, McCabe and Comey put their trust in Bush I, who owned Mueller lock stock and kneepad.
Bush talked a lot of shit about Trump but that "Brown One" (Bush's words) George P. needed his pathway preserved for the inevitable Presidential face-off against Cankles II; and the other thing is, BushCo really does believe in Unitary Executive as the 'Thing Worth Preserving' - don't forget we gave Shrub 2 terms as an apology for electing Bubba (and squaring the circle by defeating his VP).
There are interviews with Bush I out there where he subtly laments Nixon's impeachment viz, Poppy simply would not endorse another near-miss in his lifetime (even if he did RIP before the dog & pony show was over).
And if you give the job to Pence, well he doesn't owe anyone but a handful of Hoosiers. Talk about a wild card in the Bush I Gestalt!
None of this is to say Trump had anything to worry about; but it does say rather loudly that Mueller packed on the pro forma "let's hire Democrats", rounded up the Scooter Libby's (Manafart is an numbskull, Gen Flynn less so but careless), just classic Bush I mind-meld sockpuppetry on display.