FBI official who lied will not be prosecuted; why the double standard?

An FBI official accepted sports tickets from a reporter, lied about it to the office and will leave his position without prosecution, the Justice Department’s inspector general revealed in a report Tuesday. The senior official’s name has not been disclosed.

When asked about the tickets, the official reportedly told the inspector general Michael Horowitz that the tickets were provided for free. Horowitz announced on Tuesday that the official had retired. However, in a move of utter hypocrisy, the agent will not be prosecuted for lying to the FBI.

The DOJ decided to prosecute anyone and everyone who lied to the FBI that had some affiliation to President Donald Trump: the FBI prosecuted both George Papadopoulos and Gen. Michael Flynn for the very crime that the FBI official has basically admitted to committing.

The IG report reads, “The OIG investigation substantiated, and the senior FBI official acknowledged, that the official accepted two tickets to a professional sports event from the TV correspondent without paying the correspondent for the tickets. The senior FBI official initially maintained to the OIG in an interview under oath that the official had paid for the tickets, but five days later admitted to the OIG that the official did not.”

Why the no-prosecute decision and the double standard?

The decision understandably was met with heavy criticism from GOP leaders.

North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Meadows voiced his concern with the decision on Twitter:

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter on Tuesday to the FBI asking for the IG report so the double standard could be investigated.

“According to the investigative summary, the official, who has since retired from the FBI, lacked candor in several respects when questioned by your office about his actions,” Grassley wrote in his letter.

The credibility of the FBI is dwindling as more scandals come to life, all of them favoring their own officials and Democrats over Republicans.



  1. meems says

    wait! lying about some sports tickets and lying about connections and meetings to a known adversary (russia) for financial gain in the millions,is like comparing stealing a candy bar and stealing a million dollars. While BOTH are stealing, both punishable, the degree of stealing is vastly different! It is why our laws are vastly different for stealing a candy bar and stealing a million dollars. Look I am a republican, however the GOP needs to stop acting like they are victims all the dang time. It is appalling. We are becoming the party of whiners! yuck!

  2. Carl J Bujan says

    It is time to change the leadership of the FBI and the DOJ in order to get justice severed.

  3. R S Opengart says

    OMG! Are you actually equating the acceptance of a pair of tickets with conspiring with a foreign country to steal an election?!? How delusional are you?

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