The FBI's Blood Feud: "This Is Going To Get A Lot Uglier Before It's Over"

The FBI's pro-Hillary, anti-Trump campaign has backfired dramatically, as one-by-one Trump seems to be draining the real swamp, most recently exemplified by what The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, calls The McCabe March Madness...

For a microcosm of the current madness of American politics, look no further than the weekend meltdown after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe late Friday.

Mr. Sessions acted on a recommendation by the FBI’s own Office of Professional Responsibility, but Democrats and the media ignored that and called the firing part of Donald Trump’s plot to undermine the FBI and steal American democracy.

Mr. Trump then seemingly tried to confirm the accusations with a Twitter fusillade hailing Mr. McCabe’s firing and escalating without cause to attack special counsel Robert Mueller. Which triggered another round of claims that Mr. Trump’s days in office are numbered, or should be.

As Mr. Trump and his antagonists drive each other insane, it’s hard to keep your eye on what matters.

Start with the obligation of FBI agents to tell the truth. Mr. Sessions’s statement was a straightforward explanation that he fired Mr. McCabe for a serious violation of duty.

The Justice Department’s Inspector General has been examining the department’s handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server - a probe demanded by Democrats on grounds that former FBI Director James Comey’s 2016 intervention cost her the election. The IG uncovered “allegations of misconduct” by Mr. McCabe, Mr. Sessions’s statement said, which it forwarded to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) that is composed of career officials.

Mr. Sessions added that both the IG and OPR reports “concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor—including under oath—on multiple conclusions. The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability. As the OPR proposal stated, ‘all FBI employees know that lacking candor under oath results in dismissal and that our integrity is our brand.’”

Ergo, Mr. McCabe had to be fired.

The IG’s report remains secret, and we hope it will become public shortly. But if Mr. Sessions’s summary is accurate, failing to fire Mr. McCabe would have been a terrible signal to the bureau’s agents.

Every agent at some point or another in a career is likely to testify in court. If a deputy director can get away with fudging answers, then every agent will assume he can too. The reference to “under oath” is also significant, since the FBI often charges people with the felony of making false statements without being under oath. The IG and OPR must have felt Mr. McCabe’s lack of candor was serious enough to warrant making him swear to tell the truth.

In response to his firing, Mr. McCabe said that “I answered questions truthfully and as accurately as I could amidst the chaos that surrounded me. And when I thought my answers were misunderstood, I contacted investigators to correct them.” He added that “to be accused of lacking candor when at worst I was distracted in the midst of chaotic events, is incredibly disappointing and unfair.”

The rest of his statement was devoted to blaming the OPR recommendation on Mr. Trump “and this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation.” But Mr. McCabe knows that OPR lawyers aren’t Trump partisans and its director was appointed by Mr. Mueller when he was running the FBI in 2004.

All of which should have been cause for Mr. Trump to let the dismissal speak for itself, but the President is too self-involved for such restraint. Instead he tweeted on Saturday, “Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy.”

He later blasted Mr. Comey, among others. And, for bad measure, his lawyer John Dowd suggested that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should stop Mr. Mueller’s probe. Mr. Trump then attacked Mr. Mueller for hiring Democratic prosecutors.

Naturally, Mr. McCabe and his partisans let it be known that he had shared with Mr. Mueller memos that he had written after his meetings with Mr. Trump. Oh, and John Brennan, Barack Obama’s CIA director, tweeted in response to Mr. Trump’s tweet that, “When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history.”

Our politics really is debased when a former intelligence chief intimates that a President will be destroyed based on some information yet to be disclosed. Would he mind sharing what he knows on the record rather than leaking it to his press-corps pals? We’ve never believed in conspiracies about the “deep state,” but the not-so-subtle threats from Messrs. Brennan, Comey and McCabe will persuade many Trump voters that they and others are out to destroy the President no matter the truth.

The country should be waiting for the facts of the multiple investigations to come out and then make a political judgment. Instead the brawl over the 2016 election has become a blood feud in which the facts seem irrelevant.

This is going to get a lot uglier before it’s over.

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IntercoursetheEU Bank_sters Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:38 Permalink

Bring it! And btw who is writing this crap? Pr. Trump also praised the rank and file FBI agents who are just as pissed at leadership as we are. 

Almost everyone who visits this site knows that the word 'investigation' grants an undeserved dignity to this nonsense. The "Mockingbird" framing days are over. American Press was already a non-entity before Trump arrived. 

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SWRichmond IntercoursetheEU Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:46 Permalink

Mr. McCabe and his partisans let it be known that he had shared with Mr. Mueller memos that he had written after his meetings with Mr. Trump.

 

I will tell you one thing which absolutely has to stop: it is the practice of FBI agents writing up their 302 "notes" after the fact, and then having the courts treat them like gospel.  They never recorded Hillary's interview, they wrote up their notes afterwards, which could say any goddamned thing they wanted them to.  "ooooh, I'm a trustworthy FBI agent and I have scary notes about you I am going to give to Mueller".  Those things could say anything at all.  It's the twenty first century for Christs' sake.

McCabe: shove your note up your ass, I don't care what they say.

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Joe Davola Bone-Machine Mon, 03/19/2018 - 20:31 Permalink

“to be accused of lacking candor when at worst I was distracted in the midst of chaotic events, is incredibly disappointing and unfair.”

Isn't this what the whole good cop/bad cop routine is designed to do to the ordinary citizen - then hold them accountable for what they say?  Fuck him and his whole pity party charade - he knew full well what he was doing and what the overall plan was.

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mstyle SWRichmond Mon, 03/19/2018 - 19:39 Permalink

The FBI is allowed to intercept the communications of anyone they want while the NSA hoards all of them in a never ending hard drive -

while at the same time the FBI is able to use hand written notes as their main source of documentation and is allowed to present it as evidence in court. 

Biggest fucking joke ever.  

EVER about the blockchain motherfuckers.?

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greenskeeper carl IntercoursetheEU Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:51 Permalink

Good, I hope it gets uglier. I hope these criminals wind up in chains. I, for one, am glad that the FBI is undermining itself and trashing it's own credibility. One big thing that turned me off to mainstream conservatism is the blind trust too many place in institutions like the FBI, and are far too comfortable with the amount of unaccountable power they and other agencies have over the American people. Anything that undermines that trust is fine with me. If the FBI doesn't like it, they can fucking prove they deserve trust and credibility by perp walking every one of these deep state fascists in chains onlive TV. And after that, maybe they can just stick to investigating actual crimes rather than meddling in politics and spying on American citizens. Until they do that, they deserve to get drug through the mud. I find it pretty hard to believe that there weren't plenty of people within the FBI that knew exactly what was going on, and their silence is deafening.

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lakecity55 Earth Ling Mon, 03/19/2018 - 18:24 Permalink

I think we're all tired of the "...most of them are really dedicated" type phrases, because clearly they are not.

Compared to when I was a younger man, today, if an FBI agent had a reason to want to ask me anything, I would simply reply "Sir, You may be an honest man, but I cannot take that chance due to what I've seen. Here is my lawyer's phone number. I'll set up a meeting. Good day."

 

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BabaLooey gregga777 Mon, 03/19/2018 - 19:22 Permalink

STANDARD ...OPERATING...RETORT....( to those indicted/charged/in the cross hairs)

by MANY Fucking Bullshit Idiots....

"Hey. we're not the ones on trial here" - the fucking Feebs use this like a crutch....

TRANSLATION - we can lie our asses off/make up shit - and do it without any penalty"

The fucks...bury them in a ditch

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gregga777 greenskeeper carl Mon, 03/19/2018 - 18:56 Permalink

I find it pretty hard to believe that there weren't plenty of people within the FBI that knew exactly what was going on, and their silence is deafening.

There are 35,000 Weasels all hoping to cash in on the $ billions in reward money that Hitlery's KKK (Klinton Krime Klan) Greed Incorporated has promised for taking down President Trump by any means necessary. None of them want to risk losing out on that reward money and getting Arkancided to boot. 

 

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True Blue greenskeeper carl Mon, 03/19/2018 - 20:46 Permalink

Lookup their faking an entire branch of forensic 'science' via their hair analysis lab sometime.

https://www.intellihub.com/fbi-admits-using-faked-forensic-science-to-p…

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2015/04/f…

http://crimemagazine.com/tainting-evidence-inside-scandals-fbi-crime-lab

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/06/forens…

https://worldtruth.tv/fbi-admits-using-faked-forensic-science-to-put-hu…

 

This is open public knowledge. If anyone at the FBI could investigate their genitalia with a roadmap and a magnifying glass to assist, they know this already. Therefore: not one of them, not one has the slightest bit of integrity or honor. They are nothing less than criminals. GESTAPO/STASI criminals.

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lakecity55 sabaj49 Mon, 03/19/2018 - 18:27 Permalink

I suspect the number one goal of the Marxists is to protect their Imam, Bath House Barry.

I'm afraid Hillary may soon find Herself expendable.

 

"CBS can report tonight that former SoS Hillary Clinton was rushed to hospital in NY after what a Source said was a 'massive brain hemorrhage'...."

 

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MoreFreedom Bank_sters Mon, 03/19/2018 - 19:16 Permalink

Mueller shows he's really a Democrat wearing GOP clothing; otherwise, he would have chosen agents who weren't all Democrat partisans (especially Weissmann) for his team.   Or perhaps the Clinton's found dirt to blackmail him from their illegally obtaining FBI files back when Bill was president.  I'd bet his dishonesty, includes his claiming to be a Republican his whole life, that is unless he's a big statist GOP conservative that doesn't believe in limited government - but then, that's not really conservative or what the GOP claims to support.   

If he was honest, he'd put an end to his investigation to prosecute people who worked for Trump, for things other than alleged collusion with Russia.  Instead, he's become the commissar that will find the crime to prosecute the political opposition.

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