New reporting from the Daily Caller has revealed that the FBI’s former chief press officer was forced to resign last year, after lying to the Department of Justice’s inspector general about accepting baseball tickets from a CNN reporter.
Michael Kortan was formerly the FBI’s assistant director of public affairs. He resigned from the agency in 2018, while under investigation from the Office of the Inspector General. The DOJ’s watchdog entity had discovered text messages in which Kortan agreed to accept baseball tickets to two Washington Nationals games during May and September 2016 from a CNN reporter. A report from the Office of the Inspector General describes Kortan as displaying a “lack of candor” during two interviews he was subjected to on the matter, suggesting that Kortan lied about accepting the gifts from a forbidden source.
Kortan also accepted baseball tickets from a New York Times reporter in 2014 and 2016. The anonymous CNN reporter who evidently provided gifts to the bureaucrat was apparently considered one of his top press contacts, suggesting that he or she may have been privy to confidential agency information that should have been kept private.
“Nats v Marlins Friday night. I have to be away. Can you use four tix?” Said one text from the CNN operative.
Kortan seemed relatively shameless in his response, accepting a gift that most professionals committed to ethics would quickly decline.
“I’m good for 2 tix if that’s OK.”
The Department of Justice ultimately didn’t prosecute Kortan for the breach of FBI rules, possibly because of his decision to resign from the agency.
FBI agents are strictly prohibited from receiving gifts from “prohibited sources,” who include journalists who cover the agency’s operations. It goes without saying that a high-ranking public affairs agent is totally forbidden from taking baseball tickets from CNN and New York Times reporters.
The FBI has struggled to retain its image as a neutral and non-partisan law enforcement agency, following years of scandals in which agency personnel were busted trying to interfere in partisan politics and national elections.
BREAKING: Trump Reveals Mitch McConnell BEGGED For His Endorsement in Scathing Takedown Statement
Possibly the most brutal takedown since Jeb Bush.
“The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm.”
This was the powerful first sentence of former President Donald Trump’s most recent incredible and high energy press statement released Tuesday afternoon. The complete disavowal and humiliation of McConnell comes to no surprise after the supposedly Republican Senate Minority Leader backstabbed President Trump multiple times after the November 4th election. More recently, McConnell has been focusing on appeasing his Democratic friends and repudiating Trump time and time again, consistently referring to Trump as a “disgrace” and mocking Trump supporters as insurrectionists.
In an almost reminiscent 2016 Candidate Trump fashion, the 45th President of the United States responded to McConnell’s treachery by verbally tearing him apart, limb by limb:
“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again.”
Big League Politics has previously reported on Minority Traitor McConnell quite a number of times this past week as he continues to slander Donald Trump and the Republican voter base. McConnell encouraged the unconstitutional impeachment trial of now private citizen Trump, he has betrayed his own voter base who now overwhelming disapproves of him, he denounced Trump and his supporters as “conspiracy theorists” and “criminals“, and McConnell has also recently announced that he will attempt to prevent future pro-MAGA Republican candidates from running.
Read the full statement here:
Trump has repeatedly said, even before he got involved in politics, that loyalty is one of the most important things to him. When someone is disloyal to Trump he sees it as a “great act of horror” and has also publicly stated: “I love getting even with people.”
Trump also announced in his press release that he will support candidates in a primary against McConnell and any Republican politicians that betrayed him and the MAGA movement.
“someday i’d like to lose everything… to see who’s loyal and who’s not loyal”
— OnlyContent (@GoPdetractor) November 30, 2020
Interestingly enough, Trump also asserted that McConnell “begged” for Trump’s endorsement, and Trump is the only reason McConnell had any chance at winning reelection. As Trump put it:
He went from one point down to 20 points up, and won. How quickly he forgets. Without my endorsement, McConnell would have lost, and lost badly. Now, his numbers are lower than ever before, he is destroying the Republican side of the Senate, and in so doing, seriously hurting our Country.
While 2026 (the year McConnell will be up for reelection) seems relatively far out, Donald Trump affirms he’ll be there. The lion awaits patiently, vengefully, and lacks any remorse for the jackals that betrayed him.
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