Sessions Fires McCabe

McCabeThis evening, I discussed why I thought Attorney General Jeff Sessions would fire Andrew McCabe.  Now that has come to pass in a late night announcement that McCabe has been terminated just 24 hours before his retirement (and eligibility for a pension).

I wrote recently how McCabe’s case is undermined by the indictment of Michael Flynn for basically the same alleged offense.

McCabe spent four hours arguing for his pension but it appears to have fallen on dead ears.  Sessions announced tonight “I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.”

The Justice Department inspector general investigation found McCabe authorized the disclosure of sensitive information to the media about a Clinton-related case and then misled investigators.

I viewed it as highly unlikely that Sessions would ignore the relatively rare recommendation of the Office of Professional Responsibility that McCabe be fired.  Sessions previously followed staff advice in his own recusal and there was every reason to expect him to continue to yield to the recommendation of career staff.

Of course, Flynn is looking at a question of prison rather than a pension.

McCabe issued a statement blaming his filing on the “unrelenting attacks” by the President and others. The problem of course is that his termination was demanded by career officers at the Justice Department.  This recommendation is exceedingly rare.

Notably, McCabe indicates that Comey knew of the leak in saying “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.”

The Hill ran a column on the implications of this disclosure for Comey.

McCabe issued the following statement:

I have been an FBI Special Agent for over 21 years. I spent half of that time investigating Russian Organized Crime as a street agent and Supervisor in New York City. I have spent the second half of my career focusing on national security issues and protecting this country from terrorism. I served in some of the most challenging, demanding investigative and leadership roles in the FBI. And I was privileged to serve as Deputy Director during a particularly tough time.

For the last year and a half, my family and I have been the targets of an unrelenting assault on our reputation and my service to this country. Articles too numerous to count have leveled every sort of false, defamatory and degrading allegation against us. The President’s tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all. He called for my firing. He called for me to be stripped of my pension after more than 20 years of service. And all along we have said nothing, never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about us.

No more.

The investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has to be understood in the context of the attacks on my credibility. The investigation flows from my attempt to explain the FBI’s involvement and my supervision of investigations involving Hillary Clinton. I was being portrayed in the media over and over as a political partisan, accused of closing down investigations under political pressure. The FBI was portrayed as caving under that pressure, and making decisions for political rather than law enforcement purposes. Nothing was further from the truth. In fact, this entire investigation stems from my efforts, fully authorized under FBI rules, to set the record straight on behalf of the Bureau, and to make clear that we were continuing an investigation that people in DOJ opposed.

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. It was the type of exchange with the media that the Deputy Director oversees several times per week. In fact, it was the same type of work that I continued to do under Director Wray, at his request. The investigation subsequently focused on who I talked to, when I talked to them, and so forth. During these inquiries, 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.

But looking at that in isolation completely misses the big picture. The big picture is a tale of what can happen when law enforcement is politicized, public servants are attacked, and people who are supposed to cherish and protect our institutions become instruments for damaging those institutions and people.

Here is the reality: I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey. The release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with the President. The OIG’s focus on me and this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn. The accelerated release of the report, and the punitive actions taken in response, make sense only when viewed through this lens. Thursday’s comments from the White House are just the latest example of this.

This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.

I have always prided myself on serving my country with distinction and integrity, and I always encouraged those around me to do the same. Just ask them. To have my career end in this way, and to be accused of lacking candor when at worst I was distracted in the midst of chaotic events, is incredibly disappointing and unfair. But it will not erase the important work I was privileged to be a part of, the results of which will in the end be revealed for the country to see.

I have unfailing faith in the men and women of the FBI and I am confident that their efforts to seek justice will not be deterred.

295 thoughts on “Sessions Fires McCabe”

  1. Good for Trump and Sessions. McCabe deserves to be stripped of his pension – I don’t care how long he worked there – he’s an adult and should assume responsibility for allowing his professionalism to be tainted by the Hilbots.

    Now, can we get a special counsel to investigate HRC?

    1. I have not had adequate time to search out and study factual documents on these issues yet but two things Sessions has recently said :

      1) “Sessions on calls for second Special Counsel: “I have appointed a person outside of Washington, many years in the Department of Justice, to look at all the allegations that the House Judiciary Committee members sent to us and we’re conducting that investigation.” ; and

      2) He says in his statement about the McCabe firing that McCabe ‘lacked candor’ multiple times, “including under oath.”

      IG would not be putting him under oath ……..so, who did if not this other prosecutor?

      1. The IG would absolutely put him under oath prior to questioning. Each federal agency has its own IG, and it serves the same function as the Internal Affairs Division of a Police Dept. The Special Agents of the IG always put an employee under oath, and if it’s a criminal investigation, they have to Mirandize the employee prior to questioning. My only criticism of the federal IG system is that I think there should be one, independent IG, much like the FBI, instead of each agency having its own IG, because in my experience, the agency IGs and their agents become too cozy with agency management, and lack the independence that should be the hallmark of an IG.

      1. Important analysis for those of us relying solely on msm.

        …to do your thinking for you.

        Good to know you and lizlaw are learning that facts matter. We’ll see if that is a principled decision or not. 🙂

        1. Oily
          You too, can gain knowledge, by reading the article. (The McCabe story just hit after the hasty firing. Difficult to do one’s own research given the time constraints so I rely on experts other than Turley). But, I understand that you prefer the Trump data gathering process, watch Fox News and listen to Hannity, hire “good people” then, fire them because they are incompetent, owned by Putin or have prosecutable crimes as baggage.

          1. Painter is getting really good. His twitter feed rocks. Turley’s has mainly rah rah T rump bots fromRussia or some right wing media org.

            1. How’s Painter doing with his “emoluments” lawsuit?
              I would agree that he was a good choice to replace David Brock.
              He’s found a second career as a Brockbot.

    1. from the Lawfare Blog article (posted above by Lizlaw) that was written by Comey’s friend Benjamin Wittes:

      “A representative for McCabe stated that the deputy director learned of his firing from the press release, though the Justice Department disputes this.”

      So McCabe lied again?

      And this: “Without seeing the report, it’s impossible to know whose story reflects the truth here—Sessions’s or McCabe’s.”

      Yeah, and I’ll go with Sessions on this one.

    2. I agree with the “wait and see” approach that the authors of the lawfareblog article are ostensibly advocating.
      The fact that they ultimately do not agree with that approach should in no way discredit the merits of such an approach.

  2. Remember Martha Stewart?
    “Lacked candor” – went to prison.
    Let’s hope the “pension” is just the beginning of real consequences for McCabe ……. and Comey, Strzok, Page, Brennan, Clapper, Ohr, Priestap, Contreras, Rice, Holder, Lynch, McCain, Obama…….

    St. Patrick has been credited with driving all the snakes off the Irish island – he sure is busy in the DC swamp.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

      1. The Guardian has more veracity than Nunes’ House investigation Committee which wrapped up it’s report without the Cambridge info and without testimony from 4 witnesses indicted by Mueller. GOP Rep. Mooney was right about his time on the Nunes committee, pointless because it has /had no credibility.

        Mercer’s a big Republican donor. Is it a coincidence that damage control was at the forefront of the premature closing of the House Intelligence Committee’s review of Russia?

  3. Notably, McCabe indicates that Comey knew of the leak in saying “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.”

    This seems to indicate that Comey also lied under oath, to Congress, since he claimed to have no knowledge of any of the leaks.

  4. If the IG office said Mccabe was untruthful or lied, and he is fired for it. Then the line at the IG’s office must have a line around it from Trump administration that can be seen from the ISS station from space.

  5. Trump is terrified of three things: Putin, Mueller, and a porn star. He’ll attempt to destroy everything and everyone in his path to save himself. If he succeeds, America is dead. If he fails, American indeed will become great again.

  6. If McCabe was fired for his work on the Russia probe, as he says, it will make interesting, the results of the preliminary investigation by the FEC into whether the NRA got illegal Russian donations (Politico). Reportedly, the NRA spent 3 times the amount to get Trump elected that it spent in the prior presidential election. The article about the NRA and evangelicals, at the Talking Points Memo site is illuminating.

  7. The big picture is a tale of what can happen when law enforcement is politicized, public servants are attacked, and people who are supposed to cherish and protect our institutions become instruments for damaging those institutions and people.

    Well there’s his confession. That’s been the big picture this whole time. Should he lose his pension!? He should be prosecuted and not only lose his pension but lose his freedom.

    1. Say goodbye to Hollywood, say goodbye McCabey. Go already. Nobody (save the deluded) believes your self-serving crap. You politicized the FBI with your Hillary butt kissing. No go on your book tour! Villany always gets paid one way or the other. You’ll need the money for your legal defense to lying to federal investigators.

  8. Haha – McCabe got caught and now he’s playing the: “…ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation,” card. Lefties flocking to his defense because they only like outcome(s) of the Russia investigations that fit their narrative/predetermined outcome(s).

  9. From McCabe’s statement cited in Turley’s original post for this thread:

    “The investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has to be understood in the context of the attacks on my credibility. The investigation flows from my attempt to explain the FBI’s involvement and my supervision of investigations involving Hillary Clinton. I was being portrayed in the media over and over as a political partisan, accused of closing down investigations under political pressure. The FBI was portrayed as caving under that pressure, and making decisions for political rather than law enforcement purposes. Nothing was further from the truth. In fact, this entire investigation stems from my efforts, fully authorized under FBI rules, to set the record straight on behalf of the Bureau, and to make clear that we were continuing an investigation that people in DOJ opposed.”

    What McCabe stated in the above paragraph is demonstrably true. But there’s more. The false story that McCabe had to set straight with his authorized leak to the Wall Street Journal was almost certainly a false story that partisan, politicized FBI agents from the New York Office of the FBI, who were loyal to Rudy Guliani who was an adviser to, and spokesperson for, the Trump campaign, had planted in the WSJ through unauthorized leaking aimed at interfering in the election of 2016. Are you following that? Or would you like me go back over it one more time until you catch on?

    1. From the training manual of the Heritage Foundation’s founder (written by a disciple), summarized at Theocracy Watch, “Complete destruction of every opponent must be accomplished through unrelenting personal attacks….the appearance of overwhelming brutality is necessary to destroy the will of the opponents”. Not even traitor, Robert Hansen’s pension was taken from his family. The plot by the donor class is to drive all good people out of government. Nothing less should be expected from feudalism.

      1. Nor is Flynn’s pension in jeopardy. Tell the truth and face more serious consequences than traitors, world has gone crazy.

      1. The Koch’s “freedom” schtick sucks in dupes. Citizens are limited to the independence that the oligarchs allow. The richest 0.1% won’t be content with current economic exploitation. If you’re American, TBob, there’s no escaping donor class control (ask Russians). There’s a reason Republicans are running interference for Putin in the Mueller investigation.
        Your fellow citizens have already lost their votes to gerrymandering in the 10 most gerrymandered states, N.C., W.Va., Penn., Ark., Texas, Utah, La., Ky., Maryland and Ohio. Secondly, due to Koch-funded ALEC, Americans live in the country with the most incarcerated population in the world.
        It is the laws, the politicians, and the plutocrat-funded astroturf groups, think tanks and media of the oligarchs that need to be feared.

      2. TBob requested of L4D, “Go over it one more time. Just for fun.”

        Rudy Guliani politicized the New York Office of the FBI who leaked false information to the Wall Street Journal that defamed the FBI and Andrew McCabe and which was also damaging to Hillary Clinton. McCabe was fired for daring to set the record straight on a patently false report planted in the press by an adviser to, and spokesperson for, the Trump campaign.

        1. Say what? So the internal OIG/OPR investigation into McCabe, that preceded Trump taking office, was actually a political hit job set in motion by Rudy Guliani?

          And the good guy McCabe ‘dared to set the record straight’ by leaking, and then lying under oath to investigators? And then these fellow agent/investigators ultimately found that McCabe should be fired for cause, but you’re suggesting this recommendation is political and not the result of an independent factual assessment of his actions? I’m not buying it. The full extent of what they have on McCabe has not come out yet.

  10. He can sue but the pension will go the defense attorneys now he’s been charged and alleged is no longer operative.

  11. All Petereeta needs is a garter belt to stuff Dollar Bills in, LOL:), a pole& inflated Balloon Boobs 3 times to big & sagging hide like Stormy Daniels & he too can cash in & sue Trump.

    Go get’em Cow boyish/girlyman. LOL;)

  12. The truth is that after firing James Comey, Trump wanted McCabe to investigate The Clinton Foundation. McCabe seems to have resisted that demand. Consequently Trump and right-wing media have wanted McCabe fired ever since.

    Trump clearly believes he can use the power of the presidency to initiate prosecutions of political opponents. He was the first candidate in history to call for the jailing of his opponent at political rallies. In that regard Donald Trump resembles a third world dictator more than any U.S. President.

    1. Wow!, Troll much while on PCP LOL:)

      What a load of Crap, McCabe is a Phin Traitor to the USA.

      Doc’d by Infowars, Zerohedge, etc., etc.,

      Oh let me guess, you scorched it through CNN & MSNBC. LOL:)

    2. BTW:

      All these Traitors inside our Gov’t might consider Buying more Life Insurance for their families as USA Patriots that love our country hear the proof of their Treason.

      Me, I hope all Traitors get a fair trail & not mob justice, but who knows how others will react?

        1. Peter,

          McCabe Gone, Tillerson Gone, Traitor Hillary can’t stand up with breaking more bones, Peter & PCP? LOL:)

          And Yes, proud Redneck because we’ll still Work in Red States.

          BTW: Do you need a Christian Bible? I’ll send you one.

          1. Oky1

            It’s the Red States that get the most government assistance, have the worst performing schools, and produce the likes of you. Yup, lots of minimum wage jobs and payoffs for Trumps teats.

              1. Ms Fromm:

                If you look hard enough you can find statistics to back your racism, your bigotry, your bias, etc. However, one doesn’t need to search too long and far for the truth. Google the issues and then pen a poem.

                The top recipient of federal aid in FY 2014 was Mississippi, which relied on federal assistance for 40.9 percent of its revenue. Other states heavily reliant on federal assistance include Louisiana (40.1 percent), Tennessee (39.9 percent), Montana (39.1 percent), and Kentucky (38.5 percent).Jan 11, 2017

                States with the most people on food stamps:
                Louisiana. • Number of food stamp recipients: 868,192. …
                Tennessee. • Number of food stamp recipients: Just over 1.28 million. …
                Oregon. • Number of food stamp recipients: 791,222. …
                West Virginia. • Number of food stamp recipients: 369,249. …
                New Mexico. …
                Mississippi. …
                District of Columbia.

                Which states rely on federal aid?
                Mississippi, for instance, relied on federal assistance for 42.9 percent of its revenue in FY 2013, the largest share in the country. Also on the high end are Louisiana (41.9 percent), Tennessee (39.5 percent), South Dakota (39.0 percent), and Missouri (38.2 percent).Jan 6, 2016

                The extent to which the average American’s tax burden varies based on his or her state of residence represents a significant point of differentiation among state economies. But it’s only one piece of the puzzle.

                What if, for example, a particular state can afford not to tax its residents at high rates because it receives disproportionately more funding from the federal government than states with apparently oppressive tax codes? That would change the narrative significantly, revealing federal dependence where bold, efficient stewardship was once thought to preside.

                The idea of the American freeloader burst into the public consciousness when #47percent started trending on Twitter in 2012. And while the notion is senselessly insulting to millions of hardworking Americans, it is true that some states receive a far higher return on their federal income-tax contributions than others.

                Just how pronounced is this disparity? And to what extent does it alter our perception of state and local tax rates around the country? WalletHub sought to answer those questions by comparing the 50 states in terms of three key metrics. Read on for our findings, expert commentary and a detailed methodology.

                1 MAIN FINDINGS
                2 RED VS. BLUE STATES
                3 CORRELATION ANALYSIS
                4 ASK THE EXPERTS: MAKING SENSE OF FUNDING DISPARITIES
                5 METHODOLOGY

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                Most Federally Dependent States
                Rank
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                State
                Total Score
                ‘State Residents’ Dependency’ Rank
                ‘State Government’s Dependency’ Rank
                1 Kentucky 76.16 6 5
                2 Mississippi 75.59 7 1
                3 New Mexico 73.88 3 17
                4 Alabama 72.45 4 14
                5 West Virginia 68.97 5 15
                6 South Carolina 68.17 2 31
                7 Montana 65.91 14 4
                8 Tennessee 61.76 20 3
                9 Maine 61.02 13 9
                10 Indiana 59.18 7 23
                11 Arizona 59.08 15 11
                12 Louisiana 55.39 40 2
                13 South Dakota 53.57 24 7
                14 Missouri 52.66 31 6
                15 Oregon 51.51 23 10
                16 Georgia 49.81 34 8
                17 Idaho 49.64 19 19
                18 Vermont 49.56 18 20
                19 Wyoming 48.80 26 12
                20 Maryland 48.18 11 32
                21 Oklahoma 47.78 21 18
                22 Pennsylvania 46.15 17 30
                23 Alaska 45.81 10 40
                24 Rhode Island 45.05 36 16
                25 Florida 43.84 27 22
                26 Ohio 42.25 45 13
                27 Arkansas 42.12 38 21
                28 North Carolina 41.63 32 25
                29 Hawaii 41.63 9 46
                30 Iowa 41.38 33 26
                31 Wisconsin 41.09 16 38
                32 North Dakota 40.46 1 50
                33 Michigan 40.43 35 27
                34 New York 37.65 44 24
                35 Texas 36.81 42 28
                36 Washington 35.32 30 33
                37 Colorado 35.20 29 34
                38 Virginia 34.43 12 49
                39 Nebraska 33.78 47 29
                40 Utah 33.28 28 35
                41 New Hampshire 31.11 37 36
                42 Connecticut 27.80 22 48
                43 Massachusetts 27.36 46 37
                44 Nevada 26.94 25 47
                45 Kansas 25.39 39 45
                46 California 25.36 41 43
                47 Illinois 23.96 48 41
                48 New Jersey 23.84 49 39
                49 Minnesota 23.09 43 44
                50 Delaware 21.32 50 42

                Artwork-2017-States Most & Least Dependent on the Federal Government-V1

                Red vs. Blue States

        2. Peter you are being overly kind to a member of the tweetish tribe who suddenly discovered more spaces to to fill .. I cannot as an objectivist give any credence to randomn jibberish regardless of intent.

          1. Well good for you, then, Michael.

            And don’t let them get you down, Peter Hill.
            Don’t let them turn you around and around and around and around.

            I just wanna celebrate (yeah, yeah).
            Another day of Stormy.
            I just wanna celebrate (yeah, yeah).
            another day of Blawg.

        3. Peter Hill – back in the day, I worked for a sheet metal company and their set-up man (the man who made the models) could do trig in his head. He only had a 5th-grade education and couldn’t read a trig table, but he could figure it out in his head. That is when I learned not to judge people by appearances.

          You should learn to do the same.

          1. Paul, while Dims profess to love folks who are minorities they outright loathe the “unwashed masses” A twisted sense of superiority. Sad.

            1. Actually, they loathe poor and working class whites. They love minorities because it gives them a sense of superiority. With poor whites, they know the only difference is money and a bit of social polish. The poor whites are too close for comfort.

      1. Be nice if they got a real iinvestigation that eventuallyu led to a trial but how knows how many bureaucratic careers lifetimes that might take.

      1. Jared Kushner has been a Senior White House Advisor for more than a year. And in all that time he had no security clearance! Because Jared’s company carries insane levels of debt! No police department would hire a cadet with that much debt. Yet for a year Jared had access to top secret correspondence. If the wiping of Hillary’s emails is that big of a deal, then surely Jared’s presence in the White House is every bit as serious. Though for the record, Jared is not the only White Staffer working without clearance. There were, and are, several more.

        1. Quit deflecting. I asked you a question. “Did Hillary deserve to be prosecuted or not, for her unauthorized email server???”

          There was an investigation of Hillary, if half-hearted, and there were findings. That is what the video was about. Sooo, let’s handle Jared in the future. When Trey Gowdy was questioning Comey, Trump wasn’t even president yet. Answer the question.

          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

          1. I’m not deflecting. And you’re no prosecutor. I’m not under any obligation to answer your questions.

            Secretary’s of State deal with numerous matters per day involving Heads Of State, Foreign Ministers, Multi-National Corporations, Spy Agencies, etc. In order to function in their jobs, Secretary’s of State have to candid in their correspondence. So ambassadors ‘know’ what the Secretary means.

            But much of what a Secretary writes in correspondence could be twisted by cynics and political enemies. Like saying, for instance, that a certain ally can’t be trusted. Or approving an arms sale to a country whose humans rights record is less than admirable. Correspondence like that could look scandalous if misrepresented for political gain.

            And if you’re Hillary Clinton you know that every email you send will probably be subpoenaed by a Republican-led House committee, or conservative activists filing a Freedom of Information request. For that reason, Hillary was very reluctant to use proper email procedures.

            Interestingly it was Colin Powell who warned Hillary about using normal email channels. He too worried that his emails could be subjected to public scrutiny. Anyone performing that job would have those concerns.

            1. Waaah! You’re deflecting. You are the kind of person who does not believe in equality before the law. If Nikki Haley set up an email server in her bathroom, and started routing her stuff thru it, you would be able to answer it.

              But you are a Democrat, and thus are ate up with double standards. A thing is neither wrong nor right until you see which party it affects.

              Doesn’t being that kind of a person make you feel bad about yourself??? It must, because you and other Democrats who have the same belief system go out of your way to try to appear objective and fair minded. So you know the difference between right and wrong, and you just choose to do wrong.

              Sooo, maybe you should do like an AA thing here, and start off with, “My name is Peter Hill, and I am a political shill for the Democrats. I will always find fault with Republicans, but not Democrats. I will go out out of my way to appear reasonable and fair-minded, but I am not. I will walk, talk, and crawl upon my belly like a reptile to lie about stuff for my party. So don’t nobody believe me about nothing, OK???”

              See, if you did that a few times, maybe the enormity of your intellectual and moral failings would be more obvious to you.

              Squeeky Fromm
              Girl Reporter

              1. In the course of social media debates, or debates on comment threads, people employ certain gimmicks they believe are tactically brilliant.

                One of those gimmicks is the posting of youtube videos. The idea seems to be that whoever posts a video first gets to control the debate. Because their opponent has to ‘watch the entire video’ before responding back. And the gimmick is to keep posting more videos! So the hapless opponent spends their entire evening watching videos. It sounds ridiculous, of course. But ridiculous people think that’s a method of winning debates.

                Another gimmick ridiculous people use is the “I asked you a question” stunt. The gimmick works like this: ‘Keep posting questions before the opponent can answer the first question’. So the hapless opponent will spend their entire evening answering endless questions. It sound ridiculous, of course. But ridiculous people try to pull this stunt.

                1. Nope, you are dissembling. It is a short video, and very relevant to the question I asked you. Your problem is, that you are a very bad person. Somebody who tries to appear reasonable and open minded, but actually just has a political agenda.

                  Your explanation of why it was just peachy and understandable for Hillary to break the law was laughable, and will not fool anybody. Not even the other Democrats here, who will snicker at you behind your back, but tell you brilliant your analysis was in public.

                  Why don’t you just stop being deceptive? The Democratic Party and Hillary are really not worth your soul, or the damage you are inflicting on your own psyche. Just try it. Just quit lying, and admit that Hillary should have been charged. Everybody already knows it, even Democrats. You are like a little kid who is lying about getting into the cookie jar, while there are cookie crumbs all over your face.

                  Doesn’t that get old???

                  Squeeky Fromm
                  Girl Reporter

                  1. One could ask why you use a name that could be easily confused the Charles Mansion disciple. I won’t ask that question. But one could have a field day with that.

                2. Peter Hill – so we learned that you went to troll school and you cannot answer questions. That settles several questions I had about you.

            2. Peter Hill – Powell had a second computer installed in his office for his private emails. All his official emails were over .gov. Hillary sent everything over her private server, which we know was unprotected for at least two months that she was Sec of State. The chances of her being hacked are 100%.

                1. Says who? The DNC refused to turn over their server so no way to know. Just because Clapper and Brennan say they were doesn’t make it so. The Nation published an article last year claiming it couldn’t have been hacked due to the download speeds necessary.

                  But it doesn’t matter since the DNC stonewalled the FBI.

                  1. The DNC refused to turn over their server to ‘who’..?? They had the very best computer forensics team investigate. And the FBI totally concurred with that investigation.

                    1. I thought that the FBI’s cybercrime unit was ” the very best computer forensic team”.
                      The FBI warned the DNC in Sept. 2015 that the Russians had compromised their system.
                      In Novemver 2015, they told the DNC that information stored on their system was being transmitted back to Russia.
                      I don’t know if Crowdstrike tried to correct this problem as it was unfolding, or if they just did the after-the-fact post mortem.
                      But it seems that the DNC could have benefitted from allowing the FBI cybercrimes experts access to their system as the problem was debeloping.

                2. Peter Hill – I still contend the DNC was leaked not hacked. It was an inside job. Probably somebody who didn’t like what they were doing to Bernie.

                    1. Peter Hill – anyone with $175 can file suit. One the same day two FOIA suits were filed against the FBI for info on Seth Rich and the investigation.

                  1. Paul C. Schulte,..
                    I think that the FBI was cortect in their early warnings to the DNC that the Russians were hacking them.
                    That still leaves the possiblity that there was a “mole” inside of the DNC assisting with hacking, or leaking in addition to a seperate Russian,hacking operation..but I haven’t seen any credible evidence that Seth Rich was involved.
                    In any case, the delay in recognizing/ responding to the early warnings in 2015 from the FBI seems to be “extremely careless”, maybe even “grossly negligent”.

                    1. Tom Nash – I do not doubt the Russians were trying to hack the DNC and the RNC, the question is: Did they? There has been at least one report that the download speed for the info was too fast for an internet connection and was therefore probably a flash drive. There are several people who said that Seth Rich was one who did the downloading and selling to Wikileaks and Assange has all but admitted it.

                    2. Paul C. Schulte,…
                      Outside of Kim.Blob and Rod Wheeler, I haven’t seen anybody step forward saying that they knew Seth Rich was working with Wikileaks.
                      After that fiasco last summer, Kim.com and Wheeler saw their credibility completely shot.
                      Wheeler supposedly “had a source in the FBI” who never materialized…he also claimed to be, or at least was presented as ( by Hannity), an investigator working for Seth Rich’s family.
                      I haven’t seen any evidence that they hired him.
                      The histories and comduct of both Wheeler, who worked for the DC Police for about 5 years in the 1990s before he failed a drug test, and the con man Kim.com.
                      It looked to me like a couple of flakes getting their 5 minutes of fame ( and Kim.com looking for a “deal” to help with a slew of criminal charges he’s facing.

                    3. Tom Nash – the problem is that since the family has filed suit, this opens up the whole Seth Rich case. Fox gets a look into the Rich family life. 😉

              1. Paul, Peter, like all Dim cultists excuses HRC trying to evade FOIA by using her own server. He probably also excuses the fact that the FBI allowed Crowdstrike to give them a report instead of grabbing the laptop and doing their job.

                And how about Loretta Lynch using an alias to escape detection – oh, my bad – it was that Deplorable Right wing Judicial Watch who discovered the deception.

                What I find so amusing is the cult fails (refuses?) to realize – it ain’t just the Right who is thoroughly disgusted – it is the Progressive Indies. The people on the Left who refused to be shamed into voting for her because we did not want Obama 2.0

                1. Yeah, if I had any principles, I’d be a Bernie Bro. What nonsense! It’s ridiculous the way Trumpers pretend to respect Bernie Sanders. Had Sanders been the nominee, Trumpers would have howled over and over that Bernie is a ‘communist’.

                  1. As I am sure you know, she likes to pretend she is a progressive with all the inside info. PCS is even more worthless.

                    1. YNOT – you don’t like PCS because he knows how to push your buttons. That makes you uncomfortable. 😉

                    2. No “inside info” – just speaking my truth. Unlike all y’all paid posters who stand for nothing.

            3. And if you’re Hillary Clinton you know that every email you send will probably be subpoenaed by a Republican-led House committee, or conservative activists filing a Freedom of Information request. For that reason, Hillary was very reluctant to use proper email procedures.

              Translation: Anyone that I support politically is justified in violating the law.

              Now on what reasonable and ethical basis should anyone bother reading or responding to your posts?

              1. If you care about the law so much, then I’m sure Jared Kushner’s lack of security clearance concerns you just as much Hillary’s emails. Kushner is millions in the hole from a property he bought that hasn’t paid off yet. Still Trump allowed Kushner access to the highest secrets of government. In Kushner’s informal role as a senior diplomat, he was holding meetings with officials from countries he was courting as co-investors in said property. Was it not totally irresponsible of Trump to let Kushner function like that??

                It is absolute hypocrisy on the part of Trump supporters to be outraged by Hillary’s emails while waiving aside any concern with regards to Jared Kushner’s lack of clearance.

                1. It is absolute hypocrisy on the part of … supporters of the political class.

                  Peter,
                  There are those that are supporters of the political class on either side of the debate, and then there are those that support the rule of law. You’ve demonstrated yourself to be the former and I’ve demonstrated myself to be the latter. So yes, you are an absolute hypocrite.

                  1. I get it. ‘Rule of law only applies to Hillary’. And somehow it’s impolite to point out that Kushner’s lack of Security Clearance goes far beyond Hillary’s emails.

                    Why on earth was Trump’s son-in-law ever allowed such a position?? It’s not like Kushner had any qualifications. Nor did Ivanka have any qualification. Nor did Trump himself, for that matter! But somehow this family is allowed to run the White House while maintaining their interests in dubious real estate empires. And since we never saw Trump’s tax returns, we have no clue what his personal finances really look like. Yet in minds of Trump supporters Hillary’s emails are all that matters.

        2. Wrong he had an interim top secret which has been down graded to interim secret waiting on some bureau crat no doubt to eventually finish their job Either wa he had and still has a clearance. The rest is BS.

          ;Clinton on thje other hand had a clearance and routinely violated it’s requirements.

        3. Peter Hill – I would be very happy if they kicked Jared out of the White House because I do not like where his influence is affecting Trump. They did drop his security clearance down one grade so he doesn’t see Top Secret material anymore.

      2. She’s caught betwen a rock and avery hard place.

        If the correct charge is filed there is no element of intent so lack of or presence of as no bearing and no wieight. One goes by the ‘specified actions’ alone.

        If another charge is filed ‘intent ‘ is present as an element and for that their are mountains of evidence that pertain to proof of that specific element of the charge.

        Either way the hope is and the only escape from criminal prosecution is having no charges filed The Comey
        result

        Unfortunately for him and other staff supporters AFTER that was annoucned she then admits to the ‘actions’ pleading ‘no intent’ which doesn’t apply.

        And in doing so admits to the felonious actions and that led to a stream over decades of evidence suffiient to prove intent.

        The end result is the investigation is continued under competent guidance and one more thing occurs.

        The statue of limitations does not apply as it’s ongoing investigations one overlaping the other etc. and this particualr alleged misdeed or misdeeds as it was a serial crime gets no protection from limitations. No more reprotedly’s no more purportedlys no more alleged.

        In street tlanguage she screwed herself no one to blame but arrogance and no defense except a guilty plea using the Nuremberg add on of plea for clemency

        .

        1. Excerpted from the article linked above:

          Was it against the law?

          Probably not. Mrs Clinton’s email system existed in a grey area of the law – and one that has been changed several times since she left office.

          When she became secretary of state, the controlling interpretation of the 1950 Federal Records Act was that officials using personal email accounts must ensure that official correspondence is turned over to the government. Ten months after she took office, a new regulation allowed the use of private emails only if federal records were “preserved in the appropriate agency recordkeeping system”.

          Mrs Clinton maintains that this requirement was satisfied because most of her emails from her personal account went to, or were forwarded to, people with government accounts, so they were automatically archived. Any other emails were turned over to State Department officials when they issued a request to her – and several of her predecessors – in October 2014.

          A State Department investigation said her arrangement violated government policy, and FBI boss James Comey said in July 2016 that it was careless but not criminal.

          1. Bullsh*t. Pure. Total. Bullsh*t.

            Mrs Clinton maintains that this requirement was satisfied because most of her emails from her personal account went to, or were forwarded to, people with government accounts, so they were automatically archived.

            But, what if the people she sent the emails to, had done the same thing she had??? Set up their own email servers in their own bathrooms???

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

            1. Squeeky, your argument is irrelevant. Trump is not being investigated by the person who neglected to make any criminal referrals to the Justice Department about Secretary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information. Remember: Trump claimed that he fired Comey because Comey made no criminal referral to DOJ about Clinton’s mishandling of classified information. Trump’s firing of Comey led directly to the special counsel’s investigation. Mueller is not the one who neglected to make a criminal referral on Clinton’s mishandling of classified information. Comey was. If Trump fired Comey for the purpose of ending Comey’s investigation of the Russian information warfare operation in the 2016 election, then Trump obstructed justice when he fired Comey. And that is why your argument is irrelevant, Squeeky.

    3. Is that objective FACT backed by somthing beyond reportedly, purportedly allegedly?

      OR is tha personal opinion and wishful subjective thinking?

      I vote for choice two.

    4. Double yup. Crazed dictator fires somebody every eeek.. Our country is very unstable due to this maniac . if people vote for a blue blue wave there will be a lot of hearings. Look like it is comin. Hello Connor Lamb.

      1. Jimmy Dore did a video about Lamb. YouTube took it down. WELCOME censorship. No open criticism allowed of the Dims

    5. Yeah, the DOJ Inspector General is part of the worldwide neo-nazi, white supremist [sic], Trumpist-Putinist conspiracy, Just like Nancy Pelosi told you.

  13. “I wrote recently how McCabe’s case is undermined by the indictment of Michael Flynn for basically the same alleged offense.”

    The two cases couldn’t be more different. You have become such a hack. What happened to you?

    1. Will, Flynn pled guilty. That’s a big difference. McCabe claims that he did not mislead any investigators from the Inspector General’s office. That’s another big difference. Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about whether he had discussed sanctions with the Russian Ambassador. McCabe is alleged to have misled investigators about an authorized leak to the Wall Street Journal to correct the record on a false report caused by an unauthorized leak to the WSJ from unknown persons. However, the most likely people to have been responsible for that unauthorized leak were FBI agents from the New York Office who were loyal to Rudy Guliani who was an adviser to, and spokesperson for, the Trump campaign. So that’s yet another big difference. And then, of course, there’s the false story itself: namely, that the FBI was supposedly covering-up for Hillary Clinton, when in fact the FBI and McCabe had vigorously asserted their jurisdictional authority to investigate The Clinton Foundation against DOJ lawyers who wanted McCabe and the FBI to stop investigating The Clinton Foundation. That too is a big difference between McCabe versus Flynn.

      But then Turley knows that. Turley is practicing false equivalency for the sake of impeaching the credibility of potential witnesses (McCabe, Comey) in a potential impeachment trial of Trump on a charge of obstruction of justice. Turley probably has a good faith belief that he might eventually become ethically obligated to represent Trump to the best and most zealous of his abilities. Therefore, Turley is at pains to maintain the same argument on his blog that he may someday have to present before The United States Senate.

  14. He’ll sue and get his pension.

    Hell, he’ll probably be the general counsel at the DNC by Monday afternoon.

    1. After the true criminals are all charged and sent to their just deserves ….Flynn will get a pardon.

      1. Michael, that last comment of yours reads a bit like subjective mysticism. Do you keep that crystal ball of yours well polished? There could be some glare adversely effecting your readings of that crystal ball of yours.

          1. He does play the violin rather well. But I doubt that Michael is a flamboyant dresser–despite his flares of temper.

    2. He can write a tell all book since he was fired. Get a million for signing the countrsct. T rump is vindictive and crazed. He is a terrible boss. Ask Rex Tillerson.l and many others. Who will be fired this weeek? McMaster or Kelly 0r a bunch of others. Ben Carson needs to be fired. The Katostrophy kleptocracy continues for another day until T rump hires Bolton and begins da nuclear war.

      1. Oily crepe! I was with you all the way Ken until I got to that last sentence. Trump needs to have his nuclear button inverted like they do in sexual reassignment surgery only for real nuclear buttons–not the fake-nuke button that Trump deployed on Stormy Daniels. That’s what scares Trump the most– you know. Stormy critiquing The Donald’s sexual performance capabilities. Twenty million dollars worth of damaging sexual criticism. Bring on da Bolton, for sure. Whatever Podunk town Stormy is stripping in is the first to go mushroom cloud. That’ll Make America Horny Again.

        1. That lawsuit won’t stop Stormy. Her lawyer is way smarter than T rump’s. Bring on da tapes. Everyday is a crazy day in T rimpistan. See Don Don’s junior wife is bailin from da crime family. She’s got a story and a book. T rump will leave da White House so poor he will only get a bad lookin stripper for a wife.

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