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McCabe says he’ll sue Trump for defamation

Featured image Andrew McCabe reportedly is planning to sue for wrongful termination and defamation. The defendant in his wrongful termination suit would have to be the government, I think. The defendant is his defamation suit apparently would be President Trump. McCabe’s lawyer says Trump has engaged in “continuing slander” against the former FBI man. I don’t know what specific “slanders” McCabe’s lawyer is referring to, but a defamation suit against Trump would »

Questions for Comey

Featured image In her weekly Wall Street Journal column Kim Strassel formulates 11 “basic questions” for Comey to answer some time on his book tour promoting himself as our tutor in ethical leadership. They are all good questions. Here are six of them: • You admit the Christopher Steele dossier was still “unverified” when the FBI used it as the basis of a surveillance warrant against Carter Page. Please explain. Also explain »

IG has referred McCabe for possible prosecution

Featured image The Justice Department’s inspector general (IG) referred his finding that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe repeatedly misled investigators for a determination of whether McCabe should be criminally prosecuted. The referral was to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. It came shortly after the IG issued his report on McCabe’s misconduct. A criminal referral does not necessarily mean a criminal prosecution. It means the U.S. Attorney will consider »

Investigate this

Featured image Yesterday Rep. Ron DeSantis and ten other Republican congressmen sent a letter to Attorney General Sessions, FBI Director Wray and Sessions designee John Huber seeking the investigation of Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Loretta Lynch and other players “in connection with 2016 campaign controversies,” as FOX News puts it in its report. Observing “the dissimilar degrees of zealousness” that have marked the investigations of the respective presidential campaigns, the letter cites »

President Trump Comments on McCabe and Comey

Featured image Today President Trump joined the ranks of pundits commenting on Andrew McCabe’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day. Via Twitter, of course: DOJ just issued the McCabe report – which is a total disaster. He LIED! LIED! LIED! McCabe was totally controlled by Comey – McCabe is Comey!! No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2018 Actually, McCabe »

The IG report on McCabe

Featured image Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz has delivered to Congress his report finding that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe repeatedly lied to investigators looking into the matter involving a particular leak to the Wall Street Journal. Horowitz indicates that when investigators asked McCabe whether he had instructed aides to provide information in October 2016 to Journal reporter Devlin Barrett (now with the Washington Post), McCabe said he did »

What is the FBI hiding? (5)

Featured image In this series we have followed the FBI’s withholding of an unredacted version of the Electronic Communication (“EC”) that initiated the FBI counterintelligence investigation culminating in the Mueller project. Around the time I wrote part 4 of the series yesterday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein finally gave House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and Rep. Trey Gowdy a look at a less redacted or minimally redacted copy of the document. »

What is the FBI hiding? (4)

Featured image House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has sought an unredacted copy of the Electronic Communication (“EC,” in intelligence jargon) that opened the counterintelligence investigation leading to surveillance of the Trump campaign and culminating in the Mueller project. The document has been under subpoena for months. In previous parts of this series — part 1, part 2, and part 3 — I have posted correspondence and comments bearing on the FBI’s »

The FBI Escalates Its War on the Trump Administration

Featured image Scott wrote earlier about the FBI’s raid on the home and office of President Trump’s long-time lawyer, Michael Cohen. I want to add my own thoughts in a separate post. News reports indicate that the FBI raid resulted, at least in part, from a referral by Robert Mueller. The subject of the raid included “payments to the former porn actress known as Stormy Daniels.” Good going, Bob–you were assigned to »

What is the FBI hiding? (2)

Featured image The FBI has responded to the letter from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes that I posted here yesterday. In a self-advertised act of magnanimity to Congress, the Department of Justice and the FBI will make an “extraordinary accommodation” to the committee by allowing its members access to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications and renewals. It’s very big of them. However, there are limits. With respect to Nunes’s specific demand »

What is the FBI hiding?

Featured image In her weekly Wall Street Journal column tomorrow. Kim Strassel asks “What is the FBI hiding?” Her query is prompted by the resistance of the FBI to producing documents bearing on the synthetic Trump-Russia collusion scandal that has consumed the Trump administration since its inception. Strassel notes that House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes has just sent another letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray to »

The Russia investigation and the rule of law

Featured image Byron York argues that the Russia investigation endangers the rule of law. My view is that it was worth investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and to consider whether the Trump campaign had any involvement in the matter — though not to have a special counsel do the investigating. But Byron shows that facts and circumstances associated with the prelude to the investigation are disturbing and, indeed, inconsistent »

Report: McCabe lied four times

Featured image According to Rep. Jim Jordan, the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility found that Andrew McCabe lied four to times to his superiors and investigators. The report containing these findings has not been made public, but Jordan reviewed it. The first alleged lie was to James Comey in October 2016. At that time, Comey asked McCade how information about tension at the FBI/DOJ over an investigation of the Clinton Foundation ended »

Sessions is moving shrewdly on the FISA abuse investigation

Featured image Early this month, President Trump tweeted: Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL! Trump’s tweet was foolish at several levels, as I argued here. For one thing, folks who know what they’re talking about »

The Wheels of Justice Grind Slowly

Featured image The Inspector General of the Department of Justice announced yesterday that he will investigate potential abuse of the FISA process by the FBI in connection with its surveillance of Carter Page, and perhaps more broadly of the Trump presidential campaign: Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz announced today that, in response to requests from the Attorney General and Members of Congress, the Office of the Inspector General »

Influential Dem operative “stands with McCabe” even if he’s guilty

Featured image Ron Klain is a longtime Democratic operative. Among other important posts, he served as chief of staff to two vice presidents, Al Gore and Joe Biden. Klain is a personable guy. He was liked and respected by conservatives I know who dealt with him during the Clinton years. These days, though, Klain is so committed to the anti-Trump resistance that guilt and innocence don’t matter to him anymore, at least »

In Re: McCabe’s Pension

Featured image A lot of the commentary about the McCabe firing concerns the fact that being fired Friday night means his pension, supposedly with a value of something like $1.7 million (not sure if that is some kind of net-present value figure or other basis), won’t fully vest, lending verisimilitude to the idea that the firing was a politically vindictive move by Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (And keep in mind »