- Andrew McCabe got fired for media leak: “ The OIG investigation has focused on information I chose to share with a reporter.. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter.
- Comey’s problem: James Comey said under oath that he never leaked information and never approved a leak
On Friday evening, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on the recommendation of FBI disciplinary officials.
“Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions,” Sessions said in a statement.
Constitutional law Professor Jonathan Turley believes Andrew McCabe’s firing could signal legal trouble ahead for former FBI director James Comey.
Law & Crime report:
After briefly discussing McCabe’s potential liability for allegedly misleading investigators, the liberal law professor shifted gears and started discussing how Comey fits into all of the drama and intrigue.
Turley noted, “This could easily spin further out of control. There was one line in the case statement last night that I immediately flagged. Because he said that he had authority to do this and he conferred with the director—the director at the time was James Comey.” Turley continued:
Now, the problem there is that James Comey said under oath that he never leaked information and never approved a leak. So, if the Inspector General believes this was a leak to the media, it raises serious questions about Comey’s previous testimony and could get him into serious trouble.
Turley is here referring to the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General report. This report–not yet made public–concluded that McCabe had unlawfully authorized an improper media disclosure. McCabe’s statement upon being fired last night reads, in relevant part:
The OIG investigation has focused on information I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor. As Deputy Director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter.
Turley then addressed McCabe’s statement. He said, “Even his statement is going to trigger another round of inquiries as to who actually knew about this and was this a leak to the media?”
Fox News reporter Adam Housley reported on Twitter that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe threatened to “take people down with him” if he was fired.
Housley also reported that the Inspector General-Office of Professional Responsibility report had uncovered “tons of stuff” on McCabe completely unrelated to the Trump investigation. McCabe’s firing ‘will encourage agents to trust coming forward. Others who had during the clique’s time in charge got buried and mistreated and it kept agents from coming forward.’
- I am told yesterday McCabe felt the heat and went to try and save his last two days and even told some he would take people down with him if he as fired. So…let’s see what comes of this. I know this…a ton of agents…a ton…were watching this very closely.
- Ask the agents in the bureau, not the politicians and media outside of it. That’s what I did. They had a ton of stuff on him…a ton.
- This was about power by a group within the FBI. A clique. I see Republicans already making this political and tying it in a much different way than it was. Dems tying it to Trump…both would be wrong.
- This decision will encourage agents to trust coming forward. Others who had during the clique’s time in charge got buried and mistreated and it kept agents from coming forward. Again..this began before Trump. It was about control.
REP. ZELDIN: McCabe’s TESTIMONY THAT DOSSIER WAS USED FOR FISA WARRANTS WAS RECORDED – NUKES CNN’s FAKE NEWS
- GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin: ‘McCabe did in fact testify under oath that there would not have been a FISA warrant if not for the dossier. It was recorded.’
- CNN: McCabe did not say that the Steele-Hillary funded dossier was used for the warrants – citing their usual ‘anonymous sources’
Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY) took to Twitter to nuke another fake claim by CNN.
CNN ran their latest fake news today citing their usual ‘anonymous sources’ – which means their imaginary sources – claiming that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe McCabe did not say that the Steele-Hillary funded dossier was used for the warrants. CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto cited two ‘anonymous sources’ on air for their fake news claim.
However, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY) asserted that former-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s statements regarding the dossier were recorded during his sworn testimony.
McCabe did in fact testify under oath that there would not have been a FISA warrant if not for the dossier. It was recorded.
- Sara Carter: “I have been told tonight by a number of sources … that McCabe may have asked FBI agents to actually change their 302s”
- The 302 form contains information from the notes an FBI agent takes during an interview of a subject. It is used by FBI agents to “report or summarize the interviews that they conduct.”
( PJ Media ) Investigative journalist Sara Carter reported on Fox News last night that outgoing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe may be in serious trouble if the information she had received from FBI sources proves to be true.
“I have been told tonight by a number of sources … that McCabe may have asked FBI agents to actually change their 302s,” Carter told host Sean Hannity.
The 302 form contains information from the notes an FBI agent takes during an interview of a subject. It is used by FBI agents to “report or summarize the interviews that they conduct.”
“So basically every time an FBI agent interviews a witness, they have to go back and file a report,” Carter explained.
Hannity pointed out that, if true, it would constitute a case of obstruction of justice, and Carter agreed. She said the matter was being investigated by FBI Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
“If this is true — and not just alleged — if this is true, McCabe will be fired,” Carter said. “They are considering firing him in the next few days. If this turns out to be true,” she added.
CROOKED COMEY BLASTS ‘SMALL PEOPLE’ TRYING TO TEAR DOWN THE FBI – TWEETS SUPPORT FOR HIS BUDDY-IN-CRIME McCABE
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has “stepped down effective today,” reports NBC news.
Triggered former FBI Director James Comey fired off a tweet Monday evening blasting the “small people that were trying to tear down ” the FBI. Comey shows his support for his buddy and partner-in-crime Andrew McCabe.
Leaker/Former FBI director James Comey tweeted:
“Special Agent Andrew McCabe stood tall over the last 8 months, when small people were trying to tear down an institution we all depend on. He served with distinction for two decades. I wish Andy well. I also wish continued strength for the rest of the FBI. America needs you.”
- Tom Fitton: FBI lost all of Andrew McCabe’s text messages!
- Sara Carter: Andrew McCabe apparently lashed out to his colleagues when he was told he would be asked to resign. McCabe’s resignation is the beginning of more resignations to come.
Sara Carter reports:
McCabe apparently lashed out to his colleagues when he was told he would be asked to resign, according to sources. FBI Director Christopher Wray viewed the four-page memo on Sunday, sources familiar with the discussions said.
McCabe, who is facing three federal inquiries for conflicts-of-interest during his time at the FBI, is one of the numerous names mentioned in the classified memo detailing FISA abuse, according to sources who reviewed the memo. […]
Current and former FBI officials said McCabe’s resignation is the beginning of more resignations to come.
“There are people lining up in the bureau to go after McCabe,” said a former FBI official, with knowledge. “There will be a clean up at the Bureau of his cronies.”
On Saturday, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton joined Judge Jeanine Pirro on her FOX News program:
Tom Fitton: We sued back in September for the text messages of the number two at the FBI, Andrew McCabe. And they just told us this week, they gave us everything they’re going to give us, and not one text message was turned over. They lost all of Andrew McCabe’s text messages! I don’t believe it. There’s still gamesmanship going on.
Via Judge Jeanine:
Author Howard Kurtz writes in his new book “Media Madness,” that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told last February then-Chief of Staff Reince Preibus a New York Times piece alleging Trump campaign officials made contact numerous times with Russian intelligence officials was “bullsh*t.”
The Federalist‘s Mollie Hemingway writes:
The FBI’s top brass initiated conversations with a White House official that were quickly leaked to CNN, according to a new book.
Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe asked to speak privately with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus following a February 2017 intelligence briefing. The scene is described in “Media Madness,” Howard Kurtz’s new book on the press and its relationship with the Trump administration. McCabe said he asked for the meeting to tell Priebus that “everything” in a New York Times story authored by Michael S. Schmidt, Mark Mazzetti, and Matt Apuzzo was “bullsh-t.”
CNN’s Pamela Brown, Jim Sciutto, and Evan Perez reported a very similar story, also sourced to anonymous officials. Sciutto is a former Obama administration appointee who is close to Obama administration officials. Perez has extensive ties to Fusion GPS, the Democrat-funded firm that created the Russia narrative.
McCabe claimed to want Priebus to know the FBI’s perspective that this story was not true. Priebus pointed to the televisions that were going non-stop on the story. He asked if the FBI could say publicly what he had just told him. McCabe said he’d have to check, according to the book.
McCabe reportedly called back and said he couldn’t do anything about it. Then-FBI director James Comey reportedly called later and also said he couldn’t do anything, but did offer to brief the Senate Intelligence Committee on the matter later that week, suggesting they’d spill the beans publicly. You’ll never guess what happened next, according to the book:
Now, a week later, CNN was airing a breaking news story naming Priebus. According to ‘multiple U.S. officials,’ the network said, ‘the FBI rejected a White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russians known to U.S. intelligence.’
Priebus was stunned by the implication that he was pressuring law enforcement. Had he been set up? Why was the FBI leaking this information when one of its top officials had initiated the conversation?