McCabe's Revenge: Circa Suggests Flynn Investigation Was Launched As Pure Retaliation

Andrew McCabe has long been a controversial figure at the FBI.  His position as Deputy Director of the FBI came under intense scrutiny during the Clinton email investigation after it came to light that his wife, Jill McCabe, took nearly $500,000 from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to fund her Senate campaign.  Of course, Terry McAuliffe is a long-time confidant of the Clinton family and was rumored as a potential running mate for Hillary.  But sure, no reason to be wary the McCabe was put in charge of supervising that particular investigation.

But now, at least according to a new report from Circa, McCabe may have other conflicts, including a personal vendetta against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, that have not yet been disclosed.  According to Circa, Flynn apparently enraged McCabe a few years back after he intervened on behalf of an FBI Special Agent, Robyn Gritz, who had accused McCabe and other top FBI officials of sexual discrimination.

The FBI launched a criminal probe against former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn two years after the retired Army general roiled the bureau’s leadership by intervening on behalf of a decorated counterterrorism agent who accused now-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other top officials of sexual discrimination, according to documents and interviews.


Flynn’s intervention on behalf of Supervisory Special Agent Robyn Gritz was highly unusual, and included a letter in 2014 on his official Pentagon stationary, a public interview in 2015 supporting Gritz’s case and an offer to testify on her behalf. His offer put him as a hostile witness in a case against McCabe, who was soaring through the bureau’s leadership ranks.


The FBI sought to block Flynn’s support for the agent, asking a federal administrative law judge in May 2014 to keep Flynn and others from becoming a witness in her Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case, memos obtained by Circa show. Two years later, the FBI opened its inquiry of Flynn.


The EEOC case, which is still pending, was serious enough to require McCabe to submit to a sworn statement to investigators, the documents show.

According to anonymous sources within the FBI (and you know how we feel about take these comments with a heaping mound of salt), Circa notes that several field agents had witnessed McCabe make disparaging remarks about Flynn and one agent even became uncomfortable enough to consult an attorney after the Flynn investigation ramped up.

Three FBI employees told Circa they personally witnessed McCabe make disparaging remarks about Flynn before and during the time the retired Army general emerged as a figure in the Russia case.


The bureau employees, who spoke only on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, said they did not know the reason for McCabe’s displeasure with Flynn, but that it made them uncomfortable as the Russia probe began to unfold and pressure built to investigate Flynn. One employee even consulted a private lawyer.


“As far as the troops in the field, the vast-majority were disgusted with the Russia decision, but that was McCabe driving the result that eventually led [former FBI Director James] Comey to make the decision,” said a senior federal law enforcement official, with direct knowledge of the investigation.



“The Flynn leaks were nothing short of political,” one FBI employee said, noting the specific contents of the conversation were known by only a handful of government officials when they leaked. “The leaks appeared to be targeted to take Flynn out.”

But would McCabe really launch an investigation out of retaliation?  Well, it seems that his own testimony in the sexual discrimination lawsuit would suggest he did just that against Gritz.

But McCabe’s sworn statement offered evidence that actually supported Gritz’s claim of retaliation and discrimination, recounting a conversation on June 19, 2012 in which he authorized the OPR investigation of Gritz after one of his deputies told him Gritz was about to file an EEO complaint, his sworn statement shows.


“I first learned of the issues that led to Ms. Gritz’s current OPR investigation during a telephone call with Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) Jennifer Ley on June 19, 2012,” McCabe testified.


“I recalled that during the course of our conversation DAD Ley mentioned to me that Ms. Gritz had filed or intended to file an EEO complaint against her immediate supervisor.”


The very next day, the FBI initiated the OPR investigation of Gritz, according to evidence in the FBI’s official personnel files. FBI records support McCabe’s version of events, showing Gritz had contacted FBI EEO officials in mid-June before the OPR probe was initiated, then filed her formal complaint a few weeks later. The FBI ‘s official report of investigation on Gritz’s EEO complaint, which absolved the FBI of any discrimination, omitted any mention that McCabe had been aware of the EEO complaint before the bureau filed its OPR action against Gritz.

Clearly McCabe's reputation was on the line, so it's not terribly surprising that he would take offense to Flynn providing the following supportive comments in favor of Gritz:

“SSA Gritz was well-known, liked and respected in the military counter-terrorism community for her energy, commitment and professional capacity, and over the years worked in several interagency groups on counter-terrorism targeting initiatives,” Flynn wrote May 9, 2014.


At the time, Flynn was an Army lieutenant general and the chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and he put his letter on official agency stationary to be submitted in Gritz’s case.


As soon as Gritz revealed to the FBI that Flynn and other top federal figures had written letters to support her case and likely would be called as witnesses, the bureau dispatched a lawyer to try to block the evidence from being included in the EEO case, documents show.

In a brief interview this weekend, Gritz said she was mortified to think that her request to Flynn to help with her EEOC case in any way affected his relationship with the FBI or his current status as someone under investigation in the Russia case.

“Flynn was the first leader to defend me,” said Gritz. “He forwarded a letter to the FBI and I personally think that Comey did not receive it. McCabe knew Flynn and I were friends. I felt that from the beginning it was an issue.”

So what say you?  More fake news or is another recusal in order on the "Russian collusion" investigation?


NoDebt Son of Loki Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:42 Permalink

Revenge is a dish best served cold.  And without accountability or recriminations.  A side of "I told you so" is a nice complement to it.  And for desert, two scoops of "Fuck me?  No, no, no.  Fuck YOU, asshole!"I'm so glad these guys have time for this kind of tit-for-tat bullshit instead of doing their fucking jobs serving us, the American people.Can I have my fucking tax cuts yet?  No?  OK, I'll just wait longer.  

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maxwellsdemon NoDebt Mon, 06/26/2017 - 23:42 Permalink

(forgive me as this is a repeat of a later post but there may be a link between Agent Robyn Gritz and people with foreknowledge of 911) Before 911 even happened, Agent Gritz was of two FBI agents whom Andras Szekely talked to regarding the conversation he overheard in Hebrew about a plan to fly planes into the towers Agent Gritz wasn't fired for her connection to a sexual harrassment charge but instead for her connection to the Israeli 911 link).  April 4, 2007 – His name is Andras Szekely. He was born in Budapest, Hungary – the son of Holocaust survivors. At age 18, Andras fled Hungary seeking work, financial opportunity, and a better life. He landed in Italy where he sought political asylum. From Italy he immigrated to Sweden where he says he was welcomed with “open arms”. Young, and with a strong curiosity for exploration, Szekely set out to travel across Europe. Soon he found himself yearning for Israel.He immigrated to Israel, served in the military, and fought in the Yom Kippur War (1973). After the war, he became disenchanted with the state of Israel because in his words, “I realized that the state of Israel was not a Jewish state, but rather a bunch of criminals from top to bottom.” He left Zionism behind and headed back to Europe. Eventually he found himself in the United States of America. According to Szekely, “Thanks to President Ronald Reagan, I was able to become an American citizen. I cannot put into words what a blessing it is…not necessarily financially, but spiritually and emotionally.”Andras Szekely is the Muckraker Report source for the articles, Prior knowledge of 9/11 attacks overheard in Hebrew and Chasing down Gomel Chesed Cemetery. The summary of these two articles is as follows:In October 2000, approximately 11 months prior to September 11, 2001, Andras Szekely was collecting English Ivy cuttings at the Gomel Chesed Cemetery located at Mccellan and 245 Mount Olive Avenue, which is near the city lines of Elizabeth and Newark, New Jersey. While in the cemetery, Szekely overheard three men, speaking in Hebrew, say:“The Americans will learn what it is to live with terrorists after the planes hit the twins in September.”Szekely, well in advance of 9/11, contacted the FBI asking for protection in exchange for his information. Having lived around the world in many different countries, Szekely had a healthy fear of being targeted by those he overheard in the cemetery. Unlike too many Americans, he understands that people suddenly disappear and family members are at risk when you cross the wrong people. So just to be clear – asking for protection in exchange for the information he had was prompted by his lifetime of cultural / governmental experiences. It was a prudent request in my opinion.The FBI refused to guarantee protection for this individual. Even though Szekely told the FBI this much – that he had information involving a planned attack in NYC involving airplanes – the FBI refused to guarantee his protection. The former IDF member persisted, and according to his account, two FBI agents finally paid him a visit on June 26, 2001. They left their business cards with him.The Muckraker Report contacted the FBI Newark Division on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 to confirm whether Agent Gritz and Agent Stengel met with Andras Szekely on or about June 26, 2001. I was directed to the FBI Newark Division Legal Unit where I spoke with a woman who identified herself as Amy. She suggested that I put my request in writing and fax it to her, which I did that same day.On Friday, November 24, 2006 I received a phone call from Amy confirming receipt of my written request. She informed me that she would be out of the office the following week, and that somebody else from the Newark Division Legal Unit would handle my request.On Tuesday, November 28, 2006 I received a phone call from Kathy at the FBI National Press Office. She informed me that the Legal Unit decided that I needed to file a Freedom of Information Act request.On Wednesday, November 29, 2006 I contacted Agent Robin (Gritz) Laird. Once I had Agent Gritz on the phone, I introduced myself and immediately explained that I was attempting to confirm a meeting that herself and Agent Stengel allegedly had with Szekely on June 26, 2001. Agent Gritz was already aware of my inquiries. She indicated that she understood that the Press Office was handling my request. I told her that I decided to call her directly and emphasized that I only wish to confirm the meeting. Gritz said, “I’m not allowed to discuss this with you. I would get in trouble.”

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LetThemEatRand Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:11 Permalink

I think that what a lot of people forget is that these characters on the TV/Internet are also just people.  They do spiteful things.  They want moar money.  They want moar power.  They want revenge.  The man behind the curtain is also a man (maybe a woman too, thinking of you 'Lady' Rothschild).  Watching the Comey testimony before Congress is a good reminder of these simple truths.  What I saw was a man who saw himself as something great, something important, something bigger than life, trying to extract revenge for being fired.

LetThemEatRand FoggyWorld Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:29 Permalink

My theory is that it was all part of his attempt to seem neutral.   He even gave a little self-serving speech about how he must be telling the truth because he said things that hurt both Teams.  And he is only on one Team, which is Team Comey.Keep in mind that Comey spent his entire adult life putting people in jail by building a case and convincing juries that he is telling the truth and that whomever he was putting in jail was lying.  If he weren't good at it, he wouldn't have become the FBI director.  And Comey doesn't care if Lynch hates him.  Lynch is out of office/power.

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Giant Meteor LetThemEatRand Mon, 06/26/2017 - 22:20 Permalink

You raise excellent points. Very rational, well thought out.As to this latest "thing" (McCabe) all I can say is, sounds about right. Terry what's his name, and McCabe's wife etc .. stinks, stunk like a barrel of rotten fish when it was first revealed. Didn't go anywhere of course.The corruption, as has been mentioned many times, is out in the open, out of control, standard operating procedure and until (ain't holdin my breath here) until, more than a few of them, are held accountable, with real penalties involving loss of perks, pensions, banned from EVER working in government service at a minimum, steep fines, prison time , made example of in general, until then, nothing changes .. Absent these remedies however, it will become worse, or at least will appear to become worse, as more and more is revealed, more lawless acts, by the supposed "law givers."It seems these bastards (and bitches) really don't give a shit that their corruption is out in the open, because mostly, as far as I can ascertain, they all engage in it, one way, shape, form or another, and seldom if ever are made to suffer for their criminality. Truly, it is a different "standard" for them, the department of "Just Us" , and the rest of everyone else, whom are spied upon, lied upon, maliciously prosecuted, generally ruined, by these very same corrupt thugs of "government." We are no longer, have not been in some time, a nation of laws.For this reason, the "government" has lost not only all credibility, but it's very legitimacy.Now perhaps I am being a bit, overly cynical. After all, maybe there really are a few "honest" non self serving assholes in the bunch there somewhere.Perhaps.The he said, she said, wack - a - mole game, appears to be a contest of pathetic liars, engaged in the primary pursuit of self interest, self service, saving one's own ass in their own pathetic corruption. The pursuit of money, power, and "prestige" , and simply a game of who outs who first, AND last, a contest to become the better  liar, schemer etc., all politically motivated, serving thy master's and the dark forces of all fuckery. Self enrichment, self-aggrandizement , ego's much larger than their actual brain power .. but then, they really do not need much brain power do they .. to do thy master's bidding ,,Lying, corrupt, power mad sociopaths, cannot be reasoned with, at all .. and in their own minds, they likely cannot even conceive that they are in fact just garden variety criminals, albeit with much less honesty.Corruption, having it their way, in their corrupt world, and rationalizing minds, is simply their "due."To the best liar goes the spoils eh ?

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Demologos LetThemEatRand Tue, 06/27/2017 - 00:43 Permalink

Since Terry McCauliife's name came up, and I know you love to do some digging, he got his start in politics from Carl Lindner of United Fruit fame. Lindner make a pile of money smuggling coke and other drugs in banana shipments. Lindner couldn't have gotten away with that without CeeEyeAye assistance. Now McAuliffe is governor of Virginia, wants to eliminate 2nd Amendment rights (following the baseball practice shooting - with the shooter literally under his watch) and a potential candidate for President in 2020. Plus a long time campaign fund rainmaker for the Clintons.

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Thom Paine FoggyWorld Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:34 Permalink

Comey threw himself under a bus at least twice.Following Lynch's instructions - a felonyLeaking a conversation with the POTUS whilst FBI Director - a felonyActing in a way to undermine the POTUS by illegal means (leaking) - felonyComey was so up himself, he thought he was bullet proof. So in his testimoney to the committee Comey admits to being a criminal on three counts - and he is somehow a credible witness?

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OverTheHedge Thom Paine Tue, 06/27/2017 - 00:09 Permalink

If there are never any repercussions or consequences for their actions, two things happen. Firstly, the devious cheating scum rise to the top, as the honest, moral actors look on with incredulity when they are sidelines with lies and backstabbing. Secondly, as they progress without harm, the cheating, lying scum become more and more open in their actions, because there are never any consequences. Why are we surprised about this?Without consequences, there is no truth. Kids know this, why don't grown-ups?

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Keyser Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:12 Permalink

There is enough noise around McCabe to not only remove him from office, but to prosecute his sorry ass... The same as Comey, Lynch and the Clinton crime family... The worm is turning and the maggots are scurrying for a dark, safe place... 

currency Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:18 Permalink

McCabe should have been sent packing along with Comey and even before Comey, Terry McAuliffe connection has a huge ODOR?Perhaps McCabe is under investigation and he does not know it. I just can't believe Sessions and Trump would leave McCabe in this postion.

FoggyWorld Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:20 Permalink

Don't understand why he is still there when nation-wide we do have several retired Police Chiefs of large cities who at least honestly could serve as the Interim Director of the FBI while the ultra slow process of replacing Comey drags on.  McCabe should not be allowed in that building nor should he have access to anything withint it.

RozKo Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:21 Permalink

Sounds like the whole Russian connection thing is coming apart. Time for Trump to go full throttle against Hillary's cohorts...

Thom Paine Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:26 Permalink

McCabe Comey and Lynch can share the same cell, though Lynch will miss out on all the fun. If Winner is in custody why the fuck isn't Comey, for the exact same crime?

MuffDiver69 Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:28 Permalink

General Flynn had a distinguished military career including four bronze stars...He was another victim of Obama and his crew of thugs who disdained contrarian views...Obama as we know wiped out the military and intelligence agencies and installed ass clowns like McCabe through dick eaters like Comey....They have met their match now....

I should add Sarah Carter and John Solomon at CIRCA have not been wrong about anything...It's obvious Trump uses them to get stories out and they are always on Hannity...If you want to predict what's going to happen read their stories...

Thom Paine Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:30 Permalink

Obama abandon the country in order to install a mass of personal cocksuckers.Obama is the treasonous one, putting the country at risk by installing corrupt idiots everywhere, and removing the competent.The only bronze star Obama would get is in reading teleprompters, without which he sounds like a total okey dokey fool.

pc_babe Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:32 Permalink

So let me git this straight ...

so while his wife, Jill McCabe, was running around working the LIBTARD money circuit so she could become a VA congresswoman ala' Terry McAuliffe and the Hillary Clinton green-machine, Andrew worked overtime to provide investigatory cover for them

...but all the while he was also workin' hard to git some underling-tail, then sought to blame Flynn for calling him out when the chick sued?

booboo Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:34 Permalink

It's is hard to come to a full stop on a ship as big as the USS Crony so when Trump won they punched it and are now trying to reverse the screws on a twisted main shaft.

red1chief Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:37 Permalink

Trump needs to grow a pair and go after these people. I would think sooner or later he'd realize it's him or them. Too bad about Flynn, he's the best there is.