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Senators Grassley and Johnson Demand 300 Pages of Hidden McCabe Text Messages — FBI Has Refused Production for Two Years.  To provide some context for this letter, even beyond what is stated by Senators Grassley and Johnson, it is worthwhile remembering the 300 pages of text messages between FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and his DOJ lawyer Lisa Page were originally revealed in March of 2019.  Catherine Herridge reported on two of those pages.  Today [10/13/2020] Grassley and Johnson send a letter asking FBI Director Chris Wray to stop stonewalling congressional oversight and provide the text messages.  Within the letter the senators outline a few examples highlighting how McCabe and Page were coordinating FBI leaks to their media allies during a key and critical time-frame.

Senators slam FBI director for 'unacceptable' delay over McCabe texts.  Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday slammed FBI Director Christopher Wray for a "simply unacceptable" delay in providing access to text messages sent by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley wrote to Wray that they have received just 24 pages of texts, despite the FBI making available to the Justice Department more than 300 pages.  "It is simply unacceptable that we have waited so long to receive so little," Johnson (R-Wis.) and Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote.

Johnson and Grassley push FBI to hand over all of Andrew McCabe's texts.  Two top Senate Republicans conducting a joint inquiry into Trump-Russia investigators continued to express their frustration with what they saw as the FBI slow-walking key documents, including hundreds of pages of text messages sent and received by fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa sent a five-page letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Monday night, telling the bureau leader that "it is simply unacceptable that we have waited so long to receive so little."  "On October 9, 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation produced 24 pages of text messages from former-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, some of which had already been produced to us years ago.  This stands in stark contrast to the more than 300 pages of McCabe text messages that the FBI made available for review in a reading room at the Department of Justice," Johnson and Grassley said.

Sen. Blackburn:  McCabe is 'beginning to do a little shaking in his boots... fearful of perjuring himself.'  Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn said the American people deserve to know the truth about the FBI's unscrupulous investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign and his presidency.  Blackburn, a Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the answers to what really happened during the investigation and those senior bureau officials involved may reside with former Deputy Directory Andrew McCabe.  McCabe, who is now an analyst on CNN, was fired by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in 2018 for lying multiple times to DOJ investigators.  He is now refusing a subpoena by the committee to testify over his fear of COVID-19.

Andrew McCabe Is A Liar — And the Media is a Willful Collaborator.  Over at UncoverDC I have article posted from earlier today about Rod Rosenstein's testimony two days ago before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and an "story" yesterday by Benjamin Wittes at Lawfareblog concerning that testimony. [...] Then after reading it, and looking a bit more at some of the historical background I had examined earlier, I was struck by how McCabe's OBVIOUS lies — which Wittes peddles like they come were etched in stone at the Burning Bush — spawned intense media interest and non-stop stories around the time of his 60 Minutes interview in February 2019.  But any small bit of legitimate reporting would have revealed how specious McCabe's claims were.  We now have the benefit of hindsight to fact-check McCabe's tales and conclude they were obviously untrue when he made them — notwisthstanding Wittes continuing to traffic McCabe's fiction — but the evidence of the falsehoods was right in front of the media at the time.  They ignored it because accepting McCabe's claims at face value let them run rabidly anti-Trump stories for 4 days.

Ex-FBI unit chief blows whistle on Comey, McCabe over warrantless spying.  The FBI agent who ran the bureau's warrantless spying program said Wednesday [2/26/2020] he warned ex-Director James Comey and his deputy, Andrew McCabe that the program was a useless waste of taxpayer money that needlessly infringed Americans' civil liberties but his bosses refused to take action.  Retired Special Agent Bassem Youssef ran the FBI's Communications Analysis Unit from late 2004 until his retirement in late 2014.  He told Just the News he fears the deeply flawed program, which was started in response to the Sept. 11 attacks, was allowed to keep going to give Americans a false sense of security in the war on terror and possibly to enable inappropriate spying, such as that which targeted President Trump's 2016 campaign.

It Ain't Over For Andy McCabe.  Is Andrew McCabe off the hook?  Don't count on it.  The former FBI deputy director has been one of the central figures in the various anti-Trump coup plots that have unfolded over the last four years.  He was well placed to do it, serving as deputy director 2016-2018, and briefly as acting director in 2017.  He had means, motive and opportunity to abuse his power to the hilt.  McCabe's downfall was rapid.  He stepped down from the deputy directorship in January 2018, ahead of findings from the DOJ Office of the Inspector General that he "lacked candor," a.k.a lied, to investigators, on several occasions, even under oath.  He was fired in March 2018, just days before he would have been eligible to retire with full pension, and in April it was revealed that the IG had made a criminal referral to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

A tale of two lies:  Stone, McCabe and the danger of a double standard for justice.  President Trump's campaign adviser, Roger Stone, was arrested by an FBI SWAT team, tried and convicted for lying to Congress and messing with a witness, and nearly had a book the size of a blue state thrown at him at sentencing.  Meanwhile, Andrew McCabe, the fired FBI deputy director who, while in his official capacity, lied under oath in violation of a federal statute, won't be charged by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for any criminality.  Go forth, Andrew, and make more money as a CNN analyst.  What seems confusing is really becoming quite plain to all of America:  Those on one side of the political aisle are feeling the heat of the justice system, while those on the other side are not.

Eric Holder tells journalist Paul Sperry to 'shut [...] up' about prosecutor in Andrew McCabe probe.  Former Attorney General Eric Holder lashed out at journalist and author Paul Sperry on Twitter Wednesday [2/19/2020], telling Sperry that he should "shut [...] up" about federal prosecutor Molly Gaston's donations to former President Barack Obama.  On Tuesday, Sperry had tweeted that Gaston, an assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington D.C., had signed off on a letter informing the attorney for former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe that the government would not pursue charges against McCabe.  Sperry tweeted that Gaston "is [a] Democrat who's given thousands to Dems including Obama & who once worked for Dem side of House Oversight & whose mother worked for WaPo [The Washington Post]."

Andrew McCabe and Loretta Lynch Threatened the NY Field Office of the FBI.  Sometimes IG reports tell us a lot more than we bargained for.  Andrew McCabe leaked a story about the investigation of the Clinton Foundation to the Wall St. Journal, and then lied under oath four times in his interviews about it during questioning by the IG and inspection division of the FBI.  The leaks are back in the news after the DOJ announced it would not be pursuing charges, despite seating a grand jury in the matter.  However, that isn't the most important part of this story.  The 40-page Inspector General report that prompted the criminal referral and preceeded Andrew McCabes termination from the FBI was released in April of 2018.  What many don't realize is that it also demonstrates massive potential corruption at the highest levels of the Obama DOJ.  Then Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Andrew McCabe threatened the NY Field office and NYPD with arrests, should they disclose what they found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner.

DOJ Furor Latest Attempt To Help Democrats Hide Spygate, Undermine Elections.  Another spin operation appears to be afoot to thwart Attorney General William Barr's investigation into the Russia collusion hoax and others perpetrated by high-ranking federal bureaucrats.  The eye of the hurricane this weekend has focused on the Department of Justice, with news Friday [2/14/2020] that an assistant U.S. attorney declined to press charges against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for documented lying to federal investigators under oath.

Here's the Reason Andrew McCabe Wasn't Charged.  In the aftermath of the announcement that Andrew McCabe would not be charged for lying to the FBI multiple times, there was obvious frustration among Republicans. [...] This came on the heels of former Mueller prosecutors trying to send Roger Stone away for nine years for lying to a Congressional committee.  None of it made any sense and it certainly didn't seem fair.  The two tier-justice appeared to be alive and well. [...] You'll notice that the only figure to be found not guilty from the Mueller probe was Greg Craig.  He also happened to be a Democrat who served under Barack Obama.

DC Law.  The Justice Department announced this week that it was closing the case against Andrew McCabe, former FBI deputy director, for lying.  As you can imagine, this created a storm on the right, after the outrageously tough sentence being asked for the hapless Roger Stone, not to speak of the handling of Hillary's numerous lies under oath.  There have been various explanations given for this, including — you guessed it — the unlikelihood of a D.C. jury convicting him of a process crime.  Is he off the hook entirely?  Maybe not — that case involves only his lying about the Clinton email leak noted in the Horowitz report.  There's still U.S. Attorney John Durham's criminal investigation of the entire Barack Obama team.

Two-Tiered Justice System on Full Display.  This was not a banner week for the idea that justice is alive and blind in America.  Three separate stories converged to drive home the obvious truth that America has a two-tiered justice system: the Justice Department's decision to not indict the guilty-as-sin plotter Andrew McCabe, the attempt to give Roger Stone an outrageous jail sentence, and the Army's decision to shrug that one of its officers attempted to orchestrate the removal of his commander-in-chief.  Even in the unlikely scenario that the Barr-Durham investigations send the full stable of coup-plotters to jail for decades, it will not erase the obvious fact that it pays to be a Democrat if you are going to commit crimes, particularly if they are political.  There are a couple of simple reasons for this.  The most obvious reason is that the entire federal bureaucracy is one giant Democrat machine.  This cannot be repeated enough.  Nearly every member of almost every single department is a Democrat.

Why Wasn't Andrew McCabe Charged?  The Justice Department announced Friday that it is closing its investigation of Andrew McCabe, the FBI's former deputy director, over his false statements to investigators probing an unauthorized leak that McCabe had orchestrated.  McCabe was fired in March 2018, shortly after a blistering Justice Department inspector general (IG) report concluded that he repeatedly and blatantly lied — or, as the Bureau lexicon puts it, "lacked candor" — when questioned, including under oath.  Why not indict McCabe on felony false-statements charges?  That is the question being pressed by incensed Trump supporters.

Two-Tiered Justice — DOJ Informs Andrew McCabe He Will Not Be Prosecuted for Lying to FBI Investigators.  The Department of Justice has informed former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe he will not face criminal prosecution for lying to FBI investigators. [...] The DOJ inspector general had previously sent a criminal referral based on the OIG investigation of Mr. McCabe leaking to the media and then lying to FBI investigators four times, three times under oath in 2017, about his activity.  During an immediate appearance on CNN the former FBI Deputy Director criticized the Department of Justice for putting his "family through this experience."  McCabe said it was an "insult" and a "disgrace" for the DOJ to put him through this for two years.

DOJ won't pursue criminal charges against McCabe.  The Justice Department said Friday [2/14/2020] it will not pursue criminal charges against former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, after a nearly two-year-long investigation into accusations brought by the agency's independent watchdog who found that he lacked "candor" when questioned about leaking to the media.  In a letter to McCabe attorney Michael Bromwich obtained by Fox News, Justice Department attorney J.P. Cooney said the investigation is now "closed."

McCabe: It's 'Unfortunate' Many Americans Believe Fox News' Propaganda.  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said Friday [2/14/2020] on CNN that Fox News was "propaganda," while reacting to the news that the Department of Justice was dropping its investigation into him.  Anchor Anderson Cooper said, "Aside from being understandably anger about all of what you've been through, has it been in a way surreal?  In the past couple of minutes, while you've been on with me, on Fox, there's a banner font calling you a liar.  Did you ever expect in any way to be dealing with anything like this?"

Yes, but he's a perfect fit at CNN.
Documents Prove CNN Hired a Shameless Liar in Andrew McCabe.  Documents have emerged that prove far-left CNN hired a shameless liar in Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI.  In August, CNN — an anti-Trump outlet that traffics in conspiracy theories, fake news, and promoting violence against Trump supporters — hired the disgraced former deputy director as a contributor and analyst.  At the time, McCabe was already out at the FBI after then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him for "an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lack[ing] candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions."

FBI Investigators Say McCabe Apologized for Lying about Clinton-Probe Leak.  FBI investigators claim former deputy director Andrew McCabe admitted to misleading them about his involvement in a media leak and subsequently apologized for the lie, according to newly released transcripts of McCabe's interviews with investigators.  The transcripts, released by the Department of Justice Inspector General's office (OIG) — which found McCabe "lacked candor" with investigators in a scathing February 2018 report — detail how McCabe spun a false narrative that he was not responsible for leaking the information cited in a October 2016 Wall Street Journal article that detailed a new probe into Hillary Clinton's email use.

Ex-FBI Deputy McCabe admits to leaking info to media, obstructing probe.  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe admitted he misled investigators about his role in a media leak and apologized for it, according to transcripts of his interviews with investigators released Thursday [1/2/2020].  The transcripts were released by the Justice Department's inspector general in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.  An unidentified FBI investigator detailed his frustration with Mr. McCabe over the time he spent investigating the leak, only to discover the leak came from the former deputy director himself, according to the transcripts.  Mr. McCabe had repeatedly denied he was the source of the leak, but later confessed and apologized when the investigator confronted him, the transcripts said.

McCabe Brief Against 2018 Firing Claims Trump Calling Him "Dirty Cop" December 2019 is Proof of Bias.  In a remarkable act of hubris, in late 2018 Andrew McCabe sued the DOJ for wrongful termination through Lawfare lawyer Michael Bromwich.  The legal argument was/is essentially that McCabe was allowed to lie to FBI investigators because he was the head of the FBI (an employee of the agency).  In response to the McCabe lawsuit the DOJ filed a motion for summary dismissal due to McCabe's lying, and an Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) affirmation, saying the termination was valid.  In today's response motion opposing the summary judgement [cloud pdf here], using a new batch of lawyers, McCabe's legal team argues President Trump called McCabe a "dirty cop" last month, and that proves McCabe's firing in March 2018 was wrongful.  Yes, that is their argument.

Fired FBI Director Andrew McCabe Added [lurid details] to Garbage Russia Collusion Report Based on Obama's Directive.  Fired Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe made the decision to put what is likely the infamous pee-pee garbage story from the dossier into reports that was shared with the press based on a directive from President Obama.  This fake and disgusting piece of information they all knew was false at that time was used anyway to support their spying on candidate and President Trump. [...] This all goes to the top.  Obama knew all that was going on.

CNN's Chris Cuomo fails to ask former FBI's McCabe, Baker about network's own FISA bombshell report.  CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was unable to ask questions of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI General Counsel James Baker — who both work for the network — about CNN's own report regarding an unnamed FBI official being under criminal investigation by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz.  CNN reported that Horowitz had been investigating an FBI official who allegedly altered a document used to obtain a FISA warrant in order to surveil a former Trump campaign adviser during the 2016 election.  Horowitz reportedly turned the evidence over to U.S. Attorney John Durham, who has launched a criminal probe in the origins of the Russia investigation.

Enough Calm, Where's the Storm?  Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, deep within the seditious coup, fired by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, supposedly under investigation, got a nice gig as a CNN contributor.  Despite McCabe being one of the point men in spying on the Trump campaign, the Department of Justice has, "No immediate plans to prosecute former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe."  Compare McCabe's treatment by the Justice Department to that of a Trump campaign advisor.  "Republican operative Roger Stone was found guilty Friday [11/15/2019] of all seven counts against him, including witness tampering and making false statements."  According to the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General, McCabe gave, "False testimony under oath to the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility."  Stone make false statements to the FBI and faces 20 years in prison.  McCabe makes false statements to the FBI and becomes a cable news talking head.  Some storm.  It's a promotion for McCabe, and prison for Stone.

Andrew McCabe Flatly Refuses To Discuss FBI Verification Of The Steele Dossier.  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe refused to say Wednesday [10/30/2019] what parts of the Steele dossier the FBI verified before using the salacious document in surveillance warrant applications to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.  McCabe, a CNN analyst, appeared on a panel with former CIA officials John Brennan, John McLaughlin and Michael Morell to discuss the intelligence community's role in the 2020 election.

Andrew McCabe Suddenly Drops Wrongful Termination Case Against DOJ.  Fired Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe suddenly dropped his wrongful termination case on Friday [10/25/2019].  Andrew McCabe was fired back in March 2018.  This comes after it was announced Thursday that Attorney General Bill Barr announced the John Durham probe is now a criminal investigation.

Andrew McCabe withdraws his lawsuit against the Department of Justice.  Do you think that it is a coincidence that as soon as the news broke that a criminal investigation of the origins of the surveillance of the Trump campaign was underway, Andrew McCabe withdrew his lawsuit against the Department of Justice and the FBI?  It might be sheer random coincidence, of course, but maybe McCabe has bigger fish to fry when it comes to the courts.

CNN Fails To Disclose Key Facts About Andrew McCabe In Interview About DOJ Criminal Investigation.  CNN interviewed Andrew McCabe on Friday about developments in a Justice Department criminal investigation of the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, but the network failed to disclose that the former FBI deputy director is suing the Justice Department and is under criminal investigation himself.

Andrew McCabe Does an Interview and Makes a Stunning Admission.  I'm not sure if he meant to admit this or if he's just so brazen that he doesn't care.  Probably the latter.  Andrew McCabe, who's currently facing a coming indictment for lying to the FBI (while also moonlighting as a CNN analyst of course), did an interview on his time at the FBI during the Trump-Russia investigation.  Along the way, he made a pretty important admission regarding the origins of the probe.

Andrew McCabe Opens Up About Steele Dossier, Origins Of Trump-Russia Probe.  Andrew McCabe, the embattled former FBI deputy director, said at a recent event that former British spy Christopher Steele disclosed to FBI investigators that his infamous anti-Trump dossier should not be taken as "gospel," and that he could not vouch for the accuracy of some of the material in the infamous document.  McCabe, who spoke Oct. 3 at an event hosted by journalist Carl Bernstein, was defending the FBI's handling of the Steele dossier by insisting investigators were aware of the document's flaws during the Trump probe.  The FBI's handling of the dossier is the subject of a Justice Department inspector general's investigation that began in March 2018.

McCabe Defense:  Barr Would Have To Apply Double Standard To Prosecute Me While Letting Trump Off The Hook.  Clever.  Not entirely bulletproof legally, but politically this argument from Andrew McCabe's legal team is brilliant.  If Donald Trump didn't get prosecuted over obstruction detailed in the Mueller report because there was no underlying crime, as Josh Gerstein reports on their coming argument, how can William Barr's Department of Justice go after him?

Andrew McCabe Says He Won't Take Plea Deal 'Under Any Circumstances' If Indicted.  A defiant Andrew McCabe said Tuesday he will not "under any circumstances" accept a plea deal if indicted for lying about leaks to the press.  Federal prosecutors in Virginia are pushing for charges against McCabe, a former FBI deputy director, for allegedly making false statements to the FBI and Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General regarding his authorization of a leak to the media in October 2016.

IG report details Andrew McCabe's FBI leaks, secretive media campaign and cover-up.  A Justice Department inspector general's report is the driving force for possible criminal charges against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, as his attorneys and the department square off in a legal and media showdown.  The inspector general's 20-month-old findings sparked an ongoing Justice investigation.  It said Mr. McCabe lied to fellow agents and cast blame on colleagues for his orchestrated press leak.

McCabe faces indictment, IG FISA report coming, Durham on deck.  Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe is facing an imminent indictment over lying to Federal investigators during his tenure at the FBI.  It could well be the first of series of indictments for McCabe.  Signaling a new welcome phase of accountability for the criminal behavior endemic at the DOJ, FBI, CIA and State Department during the Obama Administration.  It foretells an avalanche of bad news for those senior Obama officials who plotted to weaponize the intelligence agencies and justice department to destroy political opponents.

Obama's team lines up to defend Andrew McCabe in court.  A cavalcade of Obama-era national security leaders have committed to testify on behalf of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should he face trial over allegations that he misled officials about leaks to the media.  The lineup, detailed in a legal analysis from McCabe's legal team, the substance of which was provided to the Justice Department, includes a string of former senior officials.

CNN: Everything but the News.  Recently, CNN trumped the Clapper and Hayden hires by bringing on air Andrew McCabe, the disgraced and fired FBI deputy director, who has been under criminal referrals for lying to federal investigators concerning FBI leaks and who is still under investigation for his role in surveilling Trump-campaign officials and misleading a FISA court.  His qualifications to provide CNN with accurate, unbiased, and truthful commentary?  A near-pathological hatred of Donald Trump, such that at one point he tried to stage a veritable coup and remove Trump from office, under the 25th Amendment.

McCabe's Lawfare Alliance Working With Media Allies to Frame Defense.  When the reports of a possible indictment for Andrew McCabe surfaced, we noted it would be interesting to see how the Lawfare alliance responds.  Today we can see that response.  Andrew McCabe's defense attorney, Michael Bromwich (also the attorney for 'beach friend' Christine Blasey-Ford in the Kavanaugh narrative), leaks his communication with U.S. Attorney for DC, Jessie Liu, to the New York Times.  Leaks to the NYT and WaPo are how the Lawfare alliance push their narrative.  These are the same DOJ/FBI officials who leaked to the same media when constructing the Russian Conspiracy narrative around the Trump campaign.

Will McCabe Bring the FBI Down with Him?  The DoJ's rejection of a last-ditch appeal by the legal team representing fired FBI Director Andrew McCabe and the recommendation by federal prosecutors that charges actually be filed against the documented liar, leaker, and co-conspirator in the attempted coup against duly elected President Donald Trump puts the deep state in a face-to-face confrontation with a potential legal Armageddon.  An indictment will leave McCabe with no excuse for not carrying out his threat to bring them all down with him. [...] McCabe was at the heart of all the criminal activity and knows where the bodies are buried.  His silence until now may be traced to the fact that to date no one has actually been held accountable.

Malevolent McCabe's appointment with justice is imminent.  Andrew McCabe is one step closer to a reckoning with justice.  The Department of Justice correctly rejected the equivalent of a Hail Mary appeal from McCabe's lawyers that he not face criminal charges for lying.  U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie K. Liu has recommended moving forward against the fired former FBI acting director.  Presenting the case to a federal grand jury is likely imminent.  Lest we forget, McCabe has helped put people behind bars for lying.  He should be held to the same legal standard.

US Attorney Moves to Charge Andrew McCabe For Lying About Hillary Probe.  U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended charges against former FBI official Andrew McCabe, as the Justice Department rejects his last-ditch appeal.  McCabe appealed the decision of the U.S. attorney for Washington last month when his lawyers met with Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, but the request was rejected.  The possible charges relate to DOJ inspector general findings against McCabe's misleading statements on a Hillary Clinton-related investigation.

U.S. Attorney moving forward with charges against McCabe Based On IG Report Findings.  District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended moving forward with charges against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as the Justice Department rejects a last-ditch appeal from the former top FBI official, a source familiar with the decision told SaraACarter.com.

Breaking Down the Report of an Imminent McCabe Indictment.  Federal prosecutors in Washington have recommended that criminal charges be filed against Andrew McCabe, the FBI's former deputy director, and the Justice Department has rejected a last-ditch appeal by McCabe's lawyers, according to a report on Thursday by Fox News.  This clears the way for what appears to be McCabe's imminent indictment.  Jesse Liu, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia (appointed by Trump), has reportedly decided that McCabe should be charged.  The decision was based on a referral by the Justice Department's inspector general (appointed by Obama), Michael Horowitz.  In a comprehensive report last year, issued after a probe of a leak of investigative information to the media orchestrated by McCabe, Horowitz found that McCabe had misled investigators, including making false statements under oath.

Report: U.S. DC Attorney Jessie Liu Will Indict Andrew McCabe.  Several news outlets are now reporting that U.S. Attorney for DC, Jessie Liu, will likely indict former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for lying to FBI investigators.  The reporting is based on leaked email communications from the lawyers representing Andrew McCabe, where McCabe's legal appeals to Main Justice and current DOJ Deputy Attorney General James Rosen were rejected.

US attorney recommends proceeding with charges against McCabe, as DOJ rejects last-ditch appeal.  U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended moving forward with charges against Andrew McCabe, Fox News has learned, as the Justice Department rejects a last-ditch appeal from the former top FBI official and current CNN contributor.  McCabe — the former deputy and acting director of the FBI — appealed the decision of the U.S. attorney for Washington all the way up to Jeffrey Rosen, the deputy attorney general, but he rejected that request, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Is Christioher Wray Protectung Andrew McCabe?  FBI Director Christopher Wray has tried to stay out of the public eye, and while he does not have liar and leaker James Comey's flair for flamboyant, self-serving press conferences, and doesn't have his fingerprints all over the Russian collusion hoax and FISAgate, he still is a D.C. swamp rat working behind the scenes to protect his deep-state cronies.  The text messages of FBI agents Peter Strzok and paramour Lisa Page have gone a long way to explain and document the attempt by President Obama's government agencies to keep Hillary Clinton out of prison and Donald Trump out of the White House.  One would think the text messages of Andrew McCabe, fired for "lack of candor," would be a treasure trove of information detailing the coup plotters' machinations and deliberations.  So why is Wray fighting to keep them out of public view and away from legal scrutiny?

Ratcliffe says DOJ must indict McCabe to prove there aren't 'separate standards'.  Rep. John Ratcliffe said the Justice Department must indict Andrew McCabe, following the DOJ inspector general's 2018 report that found the fired FBI deputy director helped leak unauthorized information to the media and misled investigators about it.  The Texas Republican told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo [9/8/2019] that indicting McCabe was necessary to prove that the DOJ was applying its standards fairly both to Republicans and Democrats.

Disgraced ex-FBI official and CNN contributor Andrew McCabe is now headlining Democratic fundraiser.  Disgraced former FBI official and brand-new CNN contributor Andrew McCabe will headline a fundraiser later this month for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.  The fundraiser, which was flagged first by the Washington Free Beacon's Brent Scher, will be held on Sept. 21 with tickets selling between $80 and $160 per head.  Along with serving as the keynote speaker at the Lancaster County Democratic Committee banquet, the former FBI deputy director will also sign copies of his new book, [...]. Event attendees will also be given the chance to buy copies of the book for $32.50.

The Two Ticking Time Bombs of the Coming Election.  Unlike anyone I have ever heard of at the FBI, I believe in the presumption of innocence in criminal proceedings.  McCabe and Comey are entitled to it.  But the action of CNN in hiring McCabe, who confirmed just a couple of months ago that he thought it was "possible" that Donald Trump was a Russian agent, confirms the fanaticism of their hatred of the president.  The individuals in the executive and personnel of that network are of course entitled to their views.  But there is both a professional responsibility to separate reporting from comment and to try to report fairly, and there ultimately will be a serious commercial penalty for such brazen approval of possible criminal election interference by the FBI.

What Is Justice for McCabe?  The FBI's former deputy director is in the Justice Department's crosshairs.  His lawyers are reportedly pleading with top officials not to indict him for lying to FBI agents who were probing a leak of investigative information, orchestrated by none other than McCabe.  McCabe is feeling the heat because the evidence that he made false statements is daunting.  So daunting, in fact, that even he concedes he did not tell the truth to investigators.  Listen carefully to what he says about the case — there being no shortage of public commentary on it from the newly minted CNN analyst.  He never "deliberately misled anyone," he insists.  Sure, he grudgingly admits, some of his statements "were not fully accurate," or perhaps were "misunderstood" by his interrogators.  But "at worst," you see, "I was not clear in my responses, and because of what was going on around me may well have been confused and distracted."  Uh-huh.

Our Tawdry, Untrustworthy Fourth Estate.  The ongoing affair between the nation's top law enforcement agency and the news media resulted in another hookup last week when CNN announced the hiring of Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI.  McCabe, a vocal Trump foe who opened a criminal investigation into the sitting president of the United States in May 2017 during his short stint as acting director, was fired by the FBI last year for lying to federal investigators.  He played a key role in concocting the Trump-Russia collusion hoax; wrote a book filled with animus toward the president; and remains under a grand jury investigation.  Last week, McCabe's lawyers met with federal prosecutors who are deciding whether to indict him for perjury.  So, of course, CNN hired him last week.

Department Of Justice May Be About To Indict Andrew McCabe And Peter Strzok.  If the Times is close to accurate on this, the line prosecutors and the US Attorney's office have already decided to indict but Justice is taking an interest. [...] What is at stake here is not small, it is really little short of the Department of Justice making a decision on whether the United States has a two-tiered system of justice where FBI officials can casually and callously lie to federal investigators and avoid any downside while a guy like George Papadopoulos gets sent to jail for a transposing the dates of his appointment to the Trump campaign with the date on which the campaign officially announced his position, or worse, be a Michael Flynn an have this particular lying sack of ordure decide that you lied to investigators when investigators had decided just the opposite.  It would be hard to imagine that Barr and Rosen don't know this, plus, I can't imagine Rosen being all that keen on making a no-prosecution decision knowing what his Twitter timeline would look like the next morning after Trump's first tweet.  Nothing would make me happier than if the FBI went full "Law and Order" on McCabe and waited until he was on the air in the CNN studio and barged in an handcuffed him on camera.

Warm CNN and MSNBC newsrooms comfort fallen spies in from the cold.  CNN announces it has hired disgraced former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe as a "contributor."  You may recall that McCabe was fired after the FBI learned he was leaking to the press and had lied to — you guessed it — FBI investigators hunting down government leakers.  While many a Trump associate cools his heals in the federal poky for "lying to the FBI," lying McCabe is free to join the ever-growing number of anti-Trump Deep State operatives enriching themselves at the mainstream media's trough.

U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu Punts McCabe Indictment Decision Back to Main Justice.  According to reporting today from the New York Times, Washington DC U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has punted the decision on whether to indict former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe back to Main Justice, via Deputy AG Jeffrey Rosen.  All of our prior research into the DC U.S. Attorney's office, specifically toward Jessie Liu, has identified her as -essentially- Rod Rosenstein in a skirt.  Attorney Liu's DC office was responsible for not prosecuting the Awan Brothers; and also Liu's office was responsible for covering up the leaking of the classified FISA application by SSCI Director of Security James Wolfe.  Yes, covering it up — there is ZERO DOUBT.

Andrew McCabe's Unjust Deserts.  As I have noticed before in this space, Andrew McCabe was a central player in the pseudo-investigation of Hillary Clinton's misuse of classified information and self-enrichment schemes while secretary of state.  He was one of the people who made sure that the probe went nowhere.  McCabe was also a central figure in the get-Mike-Flynn operation and, later, the Great Trump Hunt that occupied Andrew Weissmann's Howdy Doody dummy Robert Mueller for some two years.  McCabe leaked information about an investigation to a Wall Street Journal reporter and lied about leaking in casual conversations with superiors as well as under oath.  Yet he will soon be reporting for duty at CNN.

The opposite of journalism:  CNN is encouraging government officials to lie.  Last week, CNN announced that it is hiring Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI.  According to the FBI inspector general, McCabe lied repeatedly to investigators, including FBI Director James Comey.  Some of the lies were under oath.  McCabe's lies were designed to cover up "misconduct" on his part:  He had violated FBI policy by leaking information about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation to the Wall Street Journal during the 2016 election.  The leak was "designed to advance his personal interest at the expense of department leadership," the IG reported.  Naturally, McCabe also lied to the public immediately after his firing, claiming it had been some form of political retaliation.  That

Political Forecast:  Stormy Weather Ahead.  All who can read discard the Russian collusion claims.  What remains of them is the long-delayed Horowitz report and anticipated prosecutions for the coup plotters.  For those still wanting to be deluded there's CNN, which has hired a major plotter, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, as a contributor to continue the Let's Pretend narrative.

15 former spooks who work at CNN and MSNBC now.  CNN added to its deep roster of former FBI and CIA officials-turned-analysts Friday [8/23/2019] with the hiring of Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director fired for lack of candor during an investigation last year.  McCabe is the tenth ex-FBI, CIA or intelligence community official CNN has hired during the Trump administration, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis.  MSNBC has followed closely behind, having hired five former officials, including former CIA Director John Brennan.  CNN was widely mocked on Friday after announcing the McCabe hiring, largely because the network has criticized its competitors for hiring former Trump administration officials.

CNN Hires Fired FBI Perjurer Andrew McCabe, The Twitterverse Is Not Amused.  Yesterday CNN blasted Fox News for hiring Sarah Huckabee Sanders.  Today [8/23/2019] CNN announced it had hired disgraced former FBI official Andrew McCabe despite the fact he perjured himself before Congress and was fired for cause from the Bureau.  Do I smell mendacity?

Watch CNN Welcome Former FBI Official Andrew McCabe As 'Newest Member of the CNN Team'.  Andrew McCabe, the former (fired) Acting Deputy Director of the FBI, has landed in the pundit chair at CNN.  McCabe authorized both the obstruction of justice investigation and the counter-intelligence investigation into President Trump.  Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe in March 2018, just before McCabe could begin receiving his retirement benefits.  He was fired after the Justice Department inspector-general found that McCabe made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and "lacked candor, including under oath, on multiple occasions."

CNN complains about the rehabilitation of known liars, then hires Andrew McCabe.  CNN has added disgraced former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe to its already-bloated roster of contributors drawn from the intelligence community.  The announcement comes not even a week after CNN dedicated significant airtime to protesting that former White House press secretaries Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders are allowed to seek professional employment.  The McCabe hire was reported Friday morning [8/23/2019] on social media by CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy.

Time to Indict McCabe, Not Impeach Trump.  Perhaps hearing the footsteps of Attorney General Bill Barr, U.S. Atty John Durham, and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz getting closer, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe crawled out from the rock he had been hiding under long enough last Thursday night to appear on CNN with Chris Cuomo.  Like his yet unindicted co-conspirator and boss in the Russia "collusion delusion" coup attempt against President Trump, former FBI Director James Comey, McCabe sought to mask his own real crimes while joining the media frenzy over President Trump's suggestion that he would at least listen to a foreign source reporting to have "dirt" on an opponent, passing the information on to the FBI if warranted.  McCabe was quick to excuse Hillary Clinton and the DNC for funding a fake dossier through a British agent using Russian sources while suggesting that, yes, he would at least pick up the phone and listen.

Disgraced Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Says Now Is The Time To Try To Impeach Trump.  After a leading question from CNN host Chris Cuomo, fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said now is "absolutely" the time to start impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.  McCabe made the statement after being asked by Cuomo, "Do you believe that an impeachment inquiry is warranted based on what you understand and what has come out of the Mueller report?"  McCabe, who wrote a memoir trashing Trump and defending the FBI, immediately agreed with Cuomo, saying, "absolutely."

FBI Lawyer Says Page FISA Was Handled In An "Unusual Way," Implicates Comey, McCabe, And Yates.  As we move closer and closer to the completion of the IG report on how the Trump-Russia investigation was handled, including the probable misuse of the FISA court, we are seeing more relevant Congressional testimony from top officials released.  One session revealed this week involves Trisha Anderson, an FBI lawyer who signed off on the Carter Page warrants.  She testified in August of 2018 on her role and what she knew regarding how the process went down.

3 Times Media Falsely Claimed Russiagate Transparency Would End The Republic.  [#1] Hiding Andrew McCabe's $70,000 Conference Table:  In May 2018, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) revealed that unnecessary redactions of information requested by his Senate Judiciary Committee had gotten ridiculous.  Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who was fired for lying about his leaks to the media in an unrelated probe, spent $70,000 on a conference table.  The Department of Justice redacted that fact — obviously not for national security reasons.  "I am unaware of any legitimate basis on which the cost of a conference table should be redacted.  Embarrassment is not a good enough reason.  The manner in which some redactions have been used casts doubt on whether the remaining redactions are necessary and defensible," Grassley wrote in a letter to Rosenstein.

Trump Accuses James Comey, Andrew Mccabe of Treason.  President Donald Trump accused multiple former FBI officials Thursday [5/23/2019] of committing treason for their role in the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.  The president's accusation came after a long diatribe at a White House event for farmers demanding that Democrats quit investigating him and focus on passing legislation.  NBC News' Peter Alexander brought up a Trump tweet wherein he said spying on his campaign constituted "treason," and asked who specifically he believes committed treason.

Dan Bongino:  Ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is liable in aftermath of Mueller report.  During a Friday [4/19/2019] appearance on "Fox & Friends", [Former Secret Service agent Dan] Bongino asserted that the "fake dossier" which McCabe signed off on wasn't enough evidence to obtain a FISA warrant for the FBI to spy on onetime Trump aide Carter Page, which revealed information that supplemented the Russia investigation.  Bongino explains that it was necessary to demonstrate that a subject was acting on behalf of a foreign government in violation of U.S. law, which he says the FBI did not have.  "They had absolutely no probable cause that that happened," he said.  "All they had was the dossier, that had not been verified, that Andrew McCabe signed off on."

Jim Jordan:  Andrew McCabe 'particularly' in trouble with the law.  Out of all the top Justice Department and FBI officials under scrutiny, Rep. Jim Jordan says former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is most likely to have broken the law.  Fox News host Sean Hannity asked him during an interview if he thinks Barr will indict anybody in his investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.

Catherine Herridge Drops Two More Pages of Andrew McCabe and Lisa Page Text Messages.  Last week Fox News journalist Catherine Herridge announced she had received 40 pages of text messages between former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and his FBI Lawyer Lisa Page.  These text communications have not been seen by congress, and were not released during prior requests for documents.  Herridge, released and wrote about two of the pages.  Today [3/26/2019], Herridge releases two more pages.  She's awesome, and likely slow in the overall release to absorb the import; and for good reason.

Important Report:  McCabe and Page Text Messages Withheld From Congress by Corrupt DOJ Officials.  All day long, even before the Mueller news broke, Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge has really been leaning-forward, giving insight into the pending Inspector General report by OIG Michael Horowitz.  Herridge is one of those reporters who is careful not to get out in front of her skis. [...] Ms. Herridge is strongly emphasizing a few key points that need additional emphasis:  First, IG Horowitz is looking into the leaking of memos that contain classified information by "Senior FBI Executives".  This bullet-point directly relates to the James Comey memos that were leaked to the New York Times by Comey himself.  On this first point, that would mean Comey is under investigation by the DOJ for those leaks.  Second, IG Horowitz is following up on his own investigative finding where he found FBI officials were taking gifts from media.  This violates FBI policy and could be a bigger ethical issue depending on the details.

FBI clashed with DOJ over potential 'bias' of source for surveillance warrant:  McCabe-Page texts.  Just nine days before the FBI applied for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil a top Trump campaign aide, bureau officials were battling with a senior Justice Department official who had "continued concerns" about the "possible bias" of a source pivotal to the application, according to internal text messages obtained by Fox News.  The 2016 messages, sent between former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, also reveal that bureau brass circulated at least two anti-Trump blog articles, including a Lawfare blog post sent shortly after Election Day that called Trump possibly "among the major threats to the security of the country."

Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows Send Letter to AG Barr Requesting Update on McCabe Criminal Referral.  Representatives Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows send a letter to Attorney General William Barr wanting to know what is the status of the criminal referral for fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  The referral was made April 19th, 2018, approximately five days after the OIG published their report outlining McCabe's lies.

18 Real Attacks on the 'Rule of Law'.  [#6] Andrew McCabe makes repeated false statements to FBI investigators:  In February 2018, the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General issued a report finding numerous instances of false statements and/or lack of candor to FBI investigators concerning leaks from the FBI to the media.  As I recently pointed out, not only has McCabe not been prosecuted, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has relied upon McCabe's statements to reach a conviction of Michael Flynn (who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI).

McCabe: 'Overwhelming Likelihood' Trump Won't Finish His Term; Disputes IG's Assertion He Lied to Investigators.  Friday [3/1/2019] on "CBS This Morning," former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe questioned the conclusions drawn by last year's inspector general report, which recommended McCabe be investigated criminally for lying to investigators about leaks pertaining to the finances of the Clinton Foundation.  He dismissed that aspect of the IG report and implored Americans to look at his "unblemished record" prior to attacks from President Donald Trump.  He also called into question Trump's future.

Investigate McCabe's 25th Amendment Tale.  Did law-enforcement officials plot to remove President Trump from office?  Andrew McCabe, former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, suggests they might have.  In a recent interview, Mr. McCabe said that in May 2017 Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "raised the issue" of using the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office "and discussed it with me in the context of thinking about how many other cabinet officials might support such an effort." According to Mr. McCabe, Mr. Rosenstein was "counting votes or possible votes."  Exactly what happened is unclear.  A statement from Mr. Rosenstein's office called Mr. McCabe's account "inaccurate and factually incorrect" and asserted:  "There is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment, nor was the DAG in a position to consider invoking the 25th Amendment."  But this is a potentially serious matter, and should be fully investigated.

Gingrich: McCabe-Rosenstein Plot 'One of the Great Scandals in American History'.  During Sunday's "The Cats Roundtable" on New York AM 970, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich reacted to former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe revealing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein conducted a push to remove President Donald Trump from office.  Gingrich called the plot "one of the great scandals in American history."  "[I]f you look at things like McCabe and this whole FBI thing, which is, I think, one of the great scandals in American history," Gingrich argued to host John Catsimatidis.  "The whole idea that your most important law enforcement institution had people who were actively plotting in effect to overturn the elected president of the United States.  The more we hear from McCabe and Comey on this, the clearer it is that this was an agency that was so corrupt and so out of control that I think if Hillary Clinton had won, there is no telling what would have happened to our freedom."

Stinking Bit Players in a Corrupt Narrative.  It is incredible to this writer that Andrew McCabe can go on national TV and calmly claim — seemingly without regret — that he participated in discussions about leading an effort to remove from office a duly elected President of the United States, and not be arrested and/or immediately be interrogated at length by federal law enforcement.  Those conversations are unlawful since the Justice Department has no legal authority to participate in, let alone initiate, a takeout of the President. [...] But no.  There are only polite discussions of the pros and cons of McCabe's revelations, and the royalties for his book keeping pouring in.

Deplorable McCabe Enabled by Dormant Pelley Brings '60 Minutes' and America to New Low.  McCabe discusses his meeting with Rod Rosenstein from the Justice Department and the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to take Trump out of office.  The fact that these two men would be discussing the 25th Amendment with so little knowledge of what the language states are criteria for removing a president from office stupefies any knowledgeable person.  McCabe says he did not have much to contribute when Rosenstein brought it up.  What he should have contributed was reporting this to his superiors in the White House as a potential coup d'état.  By not doing so McCabe became a co-conspirator.

Andrew McCabe still under investigation by federal prosecutors.  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's lawyer says his client is still under investigation by federal prosecutors.  "We've had dealings with the U.S. attorney's office" in Washington, McCabe's lawyer Michael Bromwich said, according to the Associated Press on Thursday.  "We are in continuing communication with them."  McCabe, who is now a week into a media tour for his new book, was fired from the FBI on March 16, 2018.  That was less than two days before he planned to retire on his 50th birthday and collect a full pension, after the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General determined that he misled investigators about the role he had in leaking information to the Wall Street Journal in October 2016 about the investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

Fake Hate, Fake Collusion:  All in the Name of Destroying the Trump Presidency.  After the recent revelations of former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, there should now be no doubt as to the existence of a nefarious "Deep State."  As revealed by McCabe himself in his soon to be published book, in May of 2017, angered by President Trump's firing of his boss, then-FBI director James Comey, McCabe, and his like-minded cronies at the FBI and the Justice Department foolishly plotted as to how they might invoke the 25th Amendment and remove the duly elected president from office. [...] The Manhattan Institute's Roger Kimball is right:  "this plot to destroy a presidency is the most serious political scandal in our history."

Andrew McCabe, the Justice Department's Jussie Smollett.  Just like his boss and hero former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe has written a Trump-trashing book.  And like Comey, he's getting hours and hours of airtime to sell laughable notions, like the idea that the FBI has been utterly nonpartisan.  This man will say anything.  Truth means nothing.  He's worse than Comey.  It barely matters to his interviewers that he was fired from the top of the FBI for ... allegedly lying his face off to the FBI.  The Justice Department inspector general, Michael Horowitz — appointed by former President Barack Obama, not President Trump — charged McCabe with lying three times under oath about having leaked to the newspapers, and not for a national security reason, just to make himself look good.  While the media relish the idea of jail time for Trump aides caught lying to investigators, this man gets a red carpet and a pat on the back.

Most Americans Think FBI, DOJ Officials Broke Law by Discussing Removal of Trump.  A majority of Americans believe officials from the Department of Justice and the FBI committed a crime by discussing the removal of President Donald Trump in 2017, according to a survey released by Rasmussen Reports on Feb. 19.  Most Americans also believe a special counsel should be appointed to investigate the crime, the survey found.  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe alleged in an Feb. 17 interview with Scott Pelley of CBS's "60 Minutes" that officials at the Department of Justice held meetings in 2017 to discuss if enough members of Trump's cabinet could be brought together to remove the president by invoking the 25th Amendment.  McCabe walked back his comments after backlash from critics who said the discussions amounted to an attempted "palace coup" against an elected president.

McCabe Tries to Play Bystander, Pin It All on Rosenstein.  Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe went "all in" against current Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during an interview with CBS News's Scott Pelley on the network's "60 Minutes" show on the night of Feb. 17. [...] McCabe claimed he just wanted to do a good hard-nosed, old-fashioned investigation of the president for supposed collusion with Russia; it was Rosenstein who kept engaging in all this wild bugging and soft coup talk.  There are several problems with that narrative, however.  McCabe's narrative makes Rosenstein a central player and main driver of the plot to remove Trump from office.  I'll get to why this is a big problem in a minute, but let's establish that this is what McCabe is trying to accomplish.  McCabe first launched the "It was all Rosenstein, I was just an innocent bystander" narrative in September 2018, when details of his memos were leaked to The New York Times.

Andrew McCabe Can't Keep His Story Straight.  Former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe was fired for lying to the FBI inspector general on multiple occasions, and faces potential legal trouble for his many abuses of power.  But he's still the leftwing media's new darling, as he's on a media tour to preempt any prosecution, and promote his new book — which he surely hopes will fund his pending legal troubles.  But poor McCabe can't keep his story straight.  McCabe was let go from the FBI for lying in March of 2018.  Then, in September of last year, someone leaked to The New York Times that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had sought to trap the president in a crime or attempt to remove the president, by proposing to wear a wire for his conversations with the president, and by attempting to recruit cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment, respectively.

Andrew McCabe is the new Joe McCarthy.  Andrew McCabe, second-in-command at James Comey's FBI, is at it again.  First, he and his boss shredded the Bureau's reputation as the world's leading law enforcement agency.  Now, McCabe is compounding the damage by making wild, self-serving charges to sell his new book.  In one TV interview, he said it is 'possible' that Donald Trump is a Russian agent.  Serious charges need serious proof.  Simple fairness demands it.  But McCabe presents none.

Another Very Sketchy McCabe Interview — McCabe Obfuscates Details, Clouds Timeline and Embraces Gang-of-Eight.  The best thing for an examination of the 2016/2017 seditious effort is for former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to keep talking.  In this NBC interview McCabe attempts to cleverly obfuscate the original July 31, 2016, FBI counterintelligence investigation (Crossfire Hurricane/"Spygate") with the second investigation he launched on May 10th, 2017.  [Video clip]

Andrew McCabe and His Co-Conspirators Belong in Jail.  It's just amazing.  These people are gonna go all in because they've got the media all-in with them.  But it just offends my sensibilities to no end that this guy who, I stand by it, needs to be in jail.  These people need to be investigated and prosecuted and sent to jail, and not just McCabe, but many of these people.  Instead, they're profiting from this as they continue the charade, the palace coup, if you will.  And Mueller is continuing to do the same thing.

Like Comey and Brennan, McCabe finds impetus of Trump probe 'inarticulable'.  Did you notice how, during the Andrew McCabe interview with "60 Minutes," the former FBI acting director kept talking about "articulable facts?"  Like ex-CIA boss John Brennan and disgraced former FBI Director James Comey, McCabe was coining his own phrase to explain why the intelligence community started spying the Trump team.  But the justification for mounting a probe should not lie in weasel words.  It belongs in something known in law enforcement circles as "Paragraph One."  Paragraph One in federal investigations lays out precisely why the investigation began and how.  You can't skip over it with fanciful phrases or empty verbiage.  Yet, in the case of the counter-intelligence probe that targeted Team Trump, it has been two years and we are still waiting for someone to articulate a clear reason why the program began.

FBI's Andrew McCabe should be on trial, not a book tour.  Andrew McCabe lied multiple times to federal investigators.  That was the official finding in February 2018 of a scathing 39-page report by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General.  They found McCabe, then Deputy Director of Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) "lacked candor" in answering questions about his authorization of disclosures in the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  The referral for further action went to the DOJ.  One year later he is publishing a book, being highlighted on CBS' "60 Minutes," and walking free after lying at least four times, three of them under oath, to federal authorities investigating his conduct.  Trading on the notoriety he gained from his partisan loyalty, he will now have the opportunity to monetize the duplicity that shielded Hillary Clinton from justice.

Majority of Voters Want a Special Prosecutor to Investigate Attempted Coup Against Trump.  Earlier this week fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who served as acting director after James Comey was fired in May 2017, made headlines when he alleged meetings took place at the Department of Justice about ousting President Trump from office.  Now according to a new Rasmussen Report, the majority of voters believe crimes were likely committed by DOJ and FBI officials and they want a special prosecutor to investigate.

FBI's Weaselgate.  In his recent interviews, McCabe has talked about the firing of [James] Comey as a crisis of the greatest proportions.  It wasn't.  Trump had the constitutional authority to fire him and plenty of grounds to do so.  He was under no obligation to retain an FBI director chosen by his predecessor.  Comey's tenure had been marked by unprofessional behavior, and Trump was correct in recognizing that Comey had signed off on unfounded investigations unfairly targeting his campaign and White House.  Why should a chief executive let a department of his own branch of government hobble his presidency and treat him like a criminal?  What the media insists on calling "obstruction of justice" is nothing more than the ordinary self-defense any chief executive would practice if he saw the executive branch in the hands of political hacks who hated him and were misusing their powers.

The Good News About the Botched Bureaucratic Coup.  A lot of Americans are justifiably angry that disgraced FBI official Andrew McCabe is doing a book tour rather than a stretch in some federal penitentiary.  He has committed perjury on multiple occasions, participated in an attempt to alter the outcome of a national election, and colluded with other rogue bureaucrats to remove a duly elected president from power.  But there is a bright and shiny silver lining to this dingy cloud of deep state skullduggery — Donald Trump still resides in the White House while Hillary Clinton stumbles around her Chappaqua mansion in a muumuu hugging a fifth of Glenfiddich.

Graham vows probe after McCabe interview on Trump.  The chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee has vowed to investigate allegations that top FBI and justice department officials discussed ways to remove President Trump from office.  Senator Lindsey Graham said the claims were an "attempted bureaucratic coup".  Ex-acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had talks in 2017 about a constitutional clause that allows the removal of a president if deemed unfit.  Mr Rosenstein has previously denied it.

The Whole Russia Probe Is Tainted And Corrupt.  If there wasn't enough evidence already, McCabe's interview provides even more evidence that the Russia probe was tainted from the get-go.  Rosenstein signed off on firing Comey.  He signed the last secret warrant to spy on a former member of the Trump campaign, Page, who has yet to be charged with doing literally anything wrong.  And Rosenstein launched the Russia probe and appointed and oversaw special counsel Mueller after former attorney general Jeff Sessions recused himself.  More fundamentally, for the longest time, top FBI and DOJ officials have been able to hide behind the veneer of objectivity.  They claimed to not be investigating Trump, but to only be focusing on Russian interference, wherever that may lead.

7 Big Takeaways From Andrew McCabe's Planned Coup.  If Washington, D.C. were a better place, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe would be swiftly run out of town.  He was fired last year for lying to the FBI's inspector general at least four times regarding serious questions about multiple abuses that occurred while McCabe sat in a powerful and unelected office.  These abuses included working with former FBI director James Comey to set up former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus for obstruction charges, slow-walking and sabotaging the investigation of yet unseen Hillary Clinton emails found on Anthony Weiner's computer just before the 2016 election, and failing to report a clear conflict of interest where his wife received a political donation from a close Hillary Clinton ally while he was tasked with investigating Hillary Clinton.  Among other things, McCabe also took part in spying on the Trump campaign through a secret warrant granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) court.

Andrew McCabe Caught Lying Under Oath! — And He Admits It in "60 Minutes" Interview!  Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will appear on '60 Minutes' tonight in his first national interview since leaving the White House.  CBS News Correspondent Scott Pelley teased the interview on Thursday [2/14/2019].  According to Pelley Andrew McCabe says the FBI and DOJ Democrats discussed wearing wires several times to spy on President Trump.

Now we know: it was (and remains) an attempted coup.  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's 60 Minutes interview, airing in full on CBS tonight, is a disaster for the Deep State.  His admission during his interview that he and other top FBI and Justice Department officials seriously considered taking steps including invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office in the spring of 2017 is a blockbuster.  Thanks to his candor, we can finally use without reservation the "C" word — for an attempted coup d'état — in describing what McCabe and other Deep State players were cooking up in secret two years ago.  Excerpts of McCabe's damning interview were released by CBS News on Thursday [2/14/2019].  Almost immediately, a range of experts — including a few Democrats — began using the "C" word.

Presidential plotters must face punishment.  That Justice Department officials were having discussions about ousting a sitting president should concern every American.  It is simply astonishing that these actors allegedly held conversations around the notion of seizing power from the elected head of the executive branch.  Obviously, heads should roll, but really such a plot should result in criminal prosecutions with all the high-profile force that was used to arrest Roger Stone.  The new revelations come to us care of former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe, who has written a book and is shilling it on "60 Minutes."

Andrew McCabe 60 Minutes Interview:  Moments and Excerpts.  Tonight [2/17/2019] CBS broadcast a painstakingly edited interview between host Scott Pelley and former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.  The transparently political CBS media corporation has skin-in-the-game when it comes to broadcast politics.  Former CBS Vice-President David Rhodes is the brother of President Obama's senior White House adviser Ben Rhodes.  You might also remember when CBS 60 Minutes intentionally hid a quote from President Obama when Obama denied the Benghazi attack was carried out by "terrorists". 60 Minutes has a history of unethical journalistic conduct in covering for the Obama administration.  So it didn't surprise anyone who follows politics to see Andrew McCabe's first interview being carried out within this very specific propaganda machine.

Reminder: Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe Also Launched a Criminal Investigation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  As Andrew McCabe makes current media statements to confirm how he opened a counterintelligence investigation (July 31, 2016) against candidate Donald Trump, and a criminal investigation against President Donald Trump (May 10th, 2017), it is worth reminding ourselves that McCabe also launched a simultaneous criminal investigation against Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  It is also worth noting in both current and prior reporting that it was/is CBS announcing the revelations from Andrew McCabe and his Lawfare team: [...]

Andrew McCabe Confirms:  Deep State Plotted To Take Down Trump.  In pushing his new book, former FBI acting Director Andrew McCabe dropped a bombshell on CBS News.  The Justice Department held meetings to consider removing President Trump from office under the 25th Amendment, after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey for lying.  If that doesn't convince you there's a Deep State, perhaps nothing will.

Call it what it is:  Andrew McCabe plotted a coup to overturn results of the election.  Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's book tour began with a "60 minutes" interview this week in which he confirmed that he commenced an effort to remove President Trump from office, citing his concerns with the president's supposed ties to Russia, for which no evidence has ever surfaced.  Citing several thoroughly debunked Russian collusion narratives, McCabe, under the impression that President Trump was somehow compromised as commander in chief, attempted to gather votes inside the administration to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

Andrew McCabe scrambles to deny 'coup plotting'.  After a slew of headlines from former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe finally admitting that he and his Justice Department cronies were plotting a de facto coup against a democratically elected president in what CBS News billed as a "bombshell interview," McCabe now says his remarks were "taken out of context and misrepresented."  As if he wouldn't know about the Washington leak games up close.  But this is a big bid to backtrack.

Andrew McCabe is a national disgrace.  Andrew McCabe is a national disgrace.  He was part of the most corrupt and most partisan leadership team in FBI history and was fired for being dishonest under oath.  And yet, America owes him a big thank-you.  McCabe, you see, has reminded us once again that there really is a powerful deep state, and that there has not been a full accounting of rampant FBI misconduct during the presidential campaign of 2016.  There is also still too much we don't know about the role top aides to then-President Barack Obama and higher-ups in the Justice Department played in spying on the Trump campaign and leaks of classified information for partisan purposes.

McCabe's Recent Statements Contradict McCabe's Prior Testimony.  When a liar lies they often have trouble keeping their statements consistent.  Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe gave an interview to CBS and wrote an op-ed, a book excerpt, in the Atlantic with outlining a specific sequence of events, dates and statements surrounding the days immediately after James Comey was fired.  However, a review of the timeline and the statements he delivered to CBS is contradicted by his prior congressional testimony.

Devin Nunes says Andrew McCabe has it backwards:  The real 'terror' came from the FBI, DOJ.  Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, on Thursday demanded accountability in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process to deal with the "terror" in the FBI and Justice Department.  In an interview with Fox News, Nunes, R-Calif., was asked to comment on "The Threat:  How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump," the new book by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who is engaged in an explosive media tour.  The book title, Nunes quipped, has the source of the "terror" mixed up.

Why we should thank Andrew McCabe for his dishonorable service.  Andrew McCabe is a national disgrace.  He was part of the most corrupt and most partisan leadership team in FBI history and was fired for being dishonest under oath.  And yet, America owes him a big thank-you.  McCabe, you see, has reminded us once again that there really is a powerful deep state, and that there has not been a full accounting of rampant FBI misconduct during the presidential campaign of 2016.  There is also still too much we don't know about the role top aides to then-President Barack Obama and higher-ups in the Justice Department played in spying on the Trump campaign and leaks of classified information for partisan purposes.

Dershowitz: If McCabe's Interview Is True It Clearly Shows an Attempted Coup d'Etat of Trump Administration.  Author and law professor Alan Dershowitz went on with Tucker Carlson on Thursday night following reports on Andrew McCabe's interview with "60 Minutes."  CBS News Correspondent Scott Pelley teased the interview on Thursday.  According to Pelley Andrew McCabe says the FBI and DOJ Democrats discussed wearing wires several times to spy on President Trump.  This was AFTER they started spying on the Trump campaign, Transition team and Trump Administration illegally.  McCabe said in his "60 Minutes" interview that top DOJ officials were so worried over President Trump's decision to fire corrupt Comey as FBI Director that they discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

Bill Barr's Hot Mess.  It's hard to feel confident in law enforcement when a former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Andrew McCabe, reveals that a small cabal of unelected senior law-enforcement officers held meetings in May 2017 to plot Mr. Trump's removal from office.  In an interview with "60 Minutes" that aired Thursday [2/14/2019] and a forthcoming book, Mr. McCabe says he and other officials, including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, did head-counts of which cabinet officials might vote to declare the president "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office" under the 25th Amendment.  Mr. McCabe claims Mr. Rosenstein repeatedly offered to wear a wire when meeting with Mr. Trump.  Mr. Rosenstein, who's expected to resign soon, responded Thursday with a Justice Department statement blasting the claims as "factually incorrect" and highlighting that Mr. McCabe was fired for lying to the department's inspector general.  The rest of the statement was pure spin, in which Mr. Rosenstein never denied the McCabe claims.

Who Knew About The FBI & DoJ coup d'état Planned To Oust The President?  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe — who seems to have taken part in what can only be described as an FBI and DoJ planned coup d'état to oust the president of the United States of America — will now get to boast about it on this Sunday's CBS "60 Minutes"?  How can this be? [...] In short, while some 63 million people who voted in Donald Trump were celebrating their victory, forces within the FBI and DoJ were already working on removing the president from office.

Look deeper at Andrew McCabe, because alt-left media won't.  This is important as we prepare for a weekend of unctuous oohing and ahhing in the alt-left media over the fired FBI director.  Sunday night [2/17/2019] he'll be treated as a conquering hero on "60 Minutes," that perennial destination for dodgy Democrats down through the decades.  He'll be portrayed as the greatest lawman since Wyatt Earp, because after becoming the head fed in May 2017 he immediately opened the phony-baloney Russia "investigation" of President Trump.  "I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground, in an indelible fashion.  That were I removed quickly, or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace."  For starters, what "Russia case," exactly?  There is no case — even Peter Strzok, another of the bent G-men, admitted to his gal pal that "there is no there there."

7 Big Takeaways From Andrew McCabe's Planned Coup.  If Washington, D.C. were a better place, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe would be swiftly run out of town.  He was fired last year for lying to the FBI's inspector general at least four times regarding serious questions about multiple abuses that occurred while McCabe sat in a powerful and unelected office.  These abuses included working with former FBI director James Comey to set up former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus for obstruction charges, slow-walking and sabotaging the investigation of yet unseen Hillary Clinton emails found on Anthony Weiner's computer just before the 2016 election, and failing to report a clear conflict of interest where his wife received a political donation from a close Hillary Clinton ally while he was tasked with investigating Hillary Clinton.

McCabe says Trump comments were taken out of context.  Andrew McCabe on Friday [2/15/2019] denied that he knew of an effort to oust President Trump using the 25th Amendment, saying he never had "any extended discussions" about the matter and was unaware of such talks.  "At no time did Mr. McCabe participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of any such discussions," his spokeswoman, Melissa Schwartz, said in a statement on Twitter, adding that his remarks about the issue were taken out of context.

The Only Way to Save the FBI Is to Expose Everything.  The big news in what was a relatively big news day [2/14/2019] was made by fired Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe in snippets from a forthcoming interview on 60 Minutes.  McCabe — the man who somehow couldn't recall what the words "insurance policy" referred to in one of his texts — was promoting a new book he somehow managed to write despite his faulty memory.  In the midst of this, he confirmed what many of us long suspected — that he and other major officials (Rod Rosenstein, etc.) of the FBI and the DOJ contemplated, even attempted to some degree, a coup d'état against the president of the United States.

Andrew McCabe Launches Proactive, Planned, Lawfare Media Blitz.  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe launches a pre-planned proactive media blitz timed to coincide with DOJ receiving a new Attorney General.  Say what you will about the duplicitous, lying, corrupt and conniving weasels — but they know how to seamlessly execute cunning self-preservation political objectives.  The strategy is as transparent as it is Machiavellian.  Andrew McCabe, James Baker and the Lawfare group (Benjamin Wittes, Michael Bromwich et al) had a planned defensive front waiting to roll out; today [2/14/2019] they pulled the trigger.

Eight days in May:  New revelations about intrigue to remove Trump.  There are new revelations about what took place in Washington during the extraordinary period from May 9, 2017, when President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, to May 17, 2017 when Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed.  The short version is:  The reports were true.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein really did discuss wearing a wire to secretly record the president.  Rosenstein and others did discuss invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.  And the FBI did adopt an aggressive new investigation strategy, targeting the president himself, almost instantly after the Comey firing.  It's all true, that is, if revelations in an upcoming book by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe are accurate.

Mueller Filing Highlights Lengthy Deliberative Process Between FBI Investigators and Andrew McCabe on Flynn Report.  Prosecutor Brandon Van Grack filed a cover letter attempting to explain the reason for the Flynn interview on January 24th, and the official filing of the interview notes (FD-302) on February 15th, and then again on May 31st.  To explain the delay, he claims the report "inadvertently" had a header saying "DRAFT DOCUMENT/DELIBERATIVE MATERIAL" [...] What the special counsel appears to be obfuscating to the court is that there was factually a process of deliberation within the investigative unit, headed by FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, surrounding the specific wording of the 302 report on the interview.  Prosecutor Brandon Van Grack is attempting to hide the length of the small group deliberations.  It seems he doesn't want the court to know Andrew McCabe was involved in shaping how the fd-302 was written.

Andrew McCabe, the deep state henchman.  Kevin R. Brock, who is identified as "former assistant director of intelligence for the FBI, was an FBI special agent for 24 years and principal deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)," sees Andrew McCabe as the point man, pulled up through the career bureaucracy of the bureau by his mentor, James Comey, who was, after all, an outsider political appointee in need of a henchman to implement his political machinations.  Once Comey was fired, McCabe became the key figure leading the law enforcement branch of the Deep State's resistance to Trump.

House Judiciary Committee Plans to Subpoena McCabe Memos Outlined in New York Times Reporting.  The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Bob Goodlatte, tweeted today their intention to immediately subpoena the memos written by fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.  The memos were part of an article presented by the New York Times citing evidence of Rod Rosenstein making statements about President Trump. [...] However, the subpoena alone that's not the revelation-angle within the story.  There's a bigger story as noted by judiciary committee Representative Jim Jordan:  "Mr. Rosenstein, give Congress the McCabe memos that we asked for in July and all the other documents we've requested so we can all judge for ourselves."  The bigger revelation here is how someone, some unknown FBI officials, kept the McCabe memos from congress and subsequently from a previous internal INSD investigation of McCabe.

WaPo Report:  Grand Jury Hearing Witness Testimony Against Fired Asst.  FBI Director Andrew McCabe.  There are some interesting overlays amid a Washington Post report just published which outlines that a Grand Jury is hearing witness testimony in a criminal probe of former FBI Director Andrew McCabe.  You might remember it was April 19th, 2018, when the initial criminal referral from the Office of Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, was first made public.  The actual timing of the referral, to a "D.C. U.S.Attorney" took place some time prior to April 19th.  The original IG referral to the D.C. U.S. Attorney's Office was after the inspector general concluded McCabe had lied to investigators and possibly his own boss, then-FBI Director James B. Comey, on four occasions, three of them under oath.

Comey refuses to testify to Congress, McCabe pleads Fifth Amendment.  Fired FBI Director James Comey refused to appear before Congress on Monday to talk about his handling of the Clinton email investigation, and his fired deputy, Andrew McCabe, asserted his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, Sen. Charles E. Grassley said.  Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch also declined to show up for a major hearing where the Senate Judiciary Committee was looking into the inspector general's report detailing major bungles in Mr. Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation.

Fired FBI official Andrew McCabe's lawyers file suit against FBI, DOJ and its watchdog.  Lawyers representing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe filed a suit against the Justice Department and FBI on Tuesday, alleging that they wouldn't give up files connected to his ouster.  McCabe's lawyers claimed the Justice Department has denied access to the sought-after information out of concern that the documents could be later used against them, the lawsuit said.  The suit also named the office of the DOJ inspector general.  "We don't create or adjudicate under secret law or procedure," David Snyder, a lawyer representing McCabe, told The Associated Press.

FBI Songbird McCabe?  Dirty Cops Snitching On One Another in Spygate, Hillarygate Investigations.  The Trump-fired number two leader at the nation's once premier law enforcement agency, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, through his legal counsel Michael Bromwich requested that the Senate Judiciary Committee grant him immunity in exchange for his testimony, former federal law enforcement official Nathaniel Grouven.  If he is given full immunity, he will testify at a forthcoming hearing stemming from a report examining the FBI's handling of its Hillary Clinton investigation[.]  "Mr. McCabe is willing to testify, but because of the criminal referral, he must be afforded suitable legal protection," Michael Bromwich, his lawyer stated in a letter he sent to the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

New leak indictment spells disaster for McCabe.  The indictment of James Wolfe, 58, former security director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), has sent shockwaves around Washington.  Wolfe faces three counts of violating 18 U.S.C. 1001, for making false statements to criminal investigators, and could easily face serious jail time if convicted.  After a year of leaks cascading down Capitol Hill, Wolfe is a cautionary tale for many members, staffers and journalists.  Yet, one person should be especially discomforted by the indictment:  former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe.  The Wolfe indictment shows the Justice Department has been actively pursuing leaks out of Congress.  Given the lack of prior action, members and staffers may have become emboldened over time, but it now appears the Trump administration has been quietly tracking down the source of some news articles.  Wolfe was an obvious concern for any allegations of leaks, given his work at the SSCI for three decades, from 1987 to 2017.

Andrew McCabe Seeks Immunity for... What?  Timing is everything in life.  House speaker Paul Ryan has decided to back Representative Trey Gowdy's (foolish) suggestion that there was nothing irregular about the FBI's use of an informant to investigate the Trump campaign.  Ironically, Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director who was deeply involved in that investigation, picked the same time to make it known that he will not testify before Congress unless he is granted immunity from prosecution.  The Senate Judiciary Committee, to which McCabe's lawyer made the request, should tell him "No thanks."  McCabe should be reminded that he is free to assert the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination if he believes truthful answers would put him in jeopardy, but there should be no immunity.

Don't let McCabe escape justice.  Media martyr Andrew McCabe is willing to sing like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in exchange for immunity from prosecution for his criminal activities.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley should just say no.  Evidently, McCabe has the goods on Jimmy the Weasel Comey.  "A lawyer for McCabe wrote to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Tuesday [6/5/2018] seeking a guarantee of immunity for McCabe's testimony before the panel, writing that the former FBI official would plead the Fifth if prompted to testify otherwise," the Hill reported.  The negotiations may explain the delay in an inspector general's report on the Obama administration's abuse of the FBI.

Andrew wants immunity for testimony on Clinton email probe — or he'll plead Fifth.  The former No. 2 guy at the FBI wants immunity.  The attorney for Andrew McCabe, who was fired as FBI deputy director, told Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, that his client "is eager" to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Mr. Grassley leads.  The panel wants Mr. McCabe to testify on a Justice Department inspector general's report that recommended that he be fired for leaking information about an investigation of Hillary Clinton and then lying about it to James B. Comey, then the FBI director.  But either he gets immunity or takes the Fifth, attorney Michael Bromwich wrote in a letter to Mr. Grassley, according to Fox News Channel.

Andrew McCabe wants grant of immunity in exchange for congressional testimony on handling of Hillary email investigation.  Already the subject of a criminal referral by the DOJ inspector general, Andrew McCabe is asking for an official grant of immunity in exchange for testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, headed by Senator Chuck Grassley.  The alterative is that he takes the Fifth Amendment when quizzed, a very bad look for the former number-two official in the FBI.  Yet that is what it looks like will happen.  I can only hope that this would take place in open session, so that the television cameras can capture the spectacle.  Although in a court of law, no implication of criminal guilt may be drawn from a Fifth Amendment plea, the court of public opinion is another matter entirely.

A Prosecution for McCabe?  Fired FBI deputy director and discredited Democrat hack Andrew McCabe may soon be prosecuted for authorizing the leaking of sensitive information to the media and then lying over and over again to investigators about it, according to reports.  The news comes after House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told Fox News on Sunday [4/22/2018] that "there was no official intelligence that was used to start this investigation" of Trump's aides.  If Nunes is right, this means an official investigation was launched against a presidential campaign even though there was no official information supporting it.  This is a naked abuse of power, the stuff of banana republics, something Trump defenders have been saying for some time.

Did McCabe issue 'Stand-Down' order on FBI Clinton Email Investigation?  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is now facing possible criminal charges for lying under oath about leaks he made to The Wall Street Journal in 2016, in an effort to salvage his reputation and give his account to journalists who were questioning whether he gave a "stand-down" order to FBI agents investigating the Clinton Foundation.  Multiple former FBI officials, along with a Congressional official, say that while there may have been internal squabbling over the FBI's investigation into the Clinton Foundation at the time, there was allegedly another "stand-down" order by McCabe regarding the opening of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of her private email for official government business.

The Double Standards of the Mueller Investigation.  The country is about to witness an investigatory train wreck.  In one direction, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation train is looking for any conceivable thing that President Donald Trump's campaign team might have done wrong in 2016.  The oncoming train is slower but also larger.  It involves congressional investigations, Department of Justice referrals, and inspector general's reports — mostly focused on improper or illegal FBI and DOJ behavior during the 2016 election.  Why are the two now about to collide?  By charging former national-security adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI, Mueller emphasized that even the appearance of false testimony is felonious behavior.  If that is so, then the DOJ will probably have to charge former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe with perjury or related offenses.  A report from the Office of the Inspector General indicates that McCabe lied at least four times to federal investigators.

The Hidden Bombshell in the McCabe Report.  The news reports have all focused on the FBI's second-in-command leaking information to the Wall Street Journal — or authorizing subordinates to do so — and then lying to investigators about it.  This is big news, provided that account is borne out by a subsequent criminal indictment and successful prosecution.  The news will be even bigger if Andrew McCabe pursues a scorched-earth policy against his FBI superior, James Comey, who started the investigation of his deputy.  Even a prosecutor fresh out of law school ought to be able to flip McCabe, who is facing serious jail time and thinks he has been betrayed.  Such men are dangerous.

Obama Justice Dept.'s attempts to influence investigations exposed in McCabe probe.  Tucked inside the inspector general's report on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was the story of an August 2016 phone call from a high-ranking Justice Department official who Mr. McCabe thought was trying to shut down the FBI's investigation into the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was running for president. [...] Former FBI officials said the fact that a call was made is even more stunning than its content.  James Wedick, who conducted corruption investigations at the bureau, said he never fielded a call from the Justice Department about any of his cases during 35 years there.  He said it suggested interference.

McCabe got the order to shut down Hillary investigation from...Obama?  Rush Limbaugh on his April 19 show said the important news in the report of Inspector General Horowitz's report is the August 12, 2016 call to McCabe from the Obama DOJ regarding the Clinton Foundation investigation.  Limbaugh believes that it was Sally Yates, of the Obama DOJ, who called McCabe to tell him they were "concerned" about the investigation. [...] While Mueller searches in vain for the nonexistent collusion and obstruction of justice by President Trump, there is clear evidence in the Horowitz report of obstruction of justice to interfere with the 2016 election by the Obama DOJ.

Judicial Watch Statement On Justice IG Criminal Referral of Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe To US Attorney.  Judicial Watch uncovered that McCabe was thoroughly steeped in a conflict of interest while he participated in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email scandal.  Despite massive contributions from Clinton ally Terence McAuliffe to his wife's 2015 political campaign, McCabe did not recuse himself from the investigation until just a week before the 2016 presidential election.

FBI's Andy McCabe Faces Possible Criminal Charges — Are Hillary Clinton & Co.  Next?  After months of fruitless investigations of the supposed "collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia, 11 fed-up congressional Republicans have said "enough."  They want an investigation of the Democrats' collusion with top Justice Department officials and the FBI to ruin Trump in the 2016 election, and after.  Get ready for a legal donnybrook.

Comey, Clinton, McCabe and Lynch Officially Referred For Criminal Investigation.  Eleven House Republicans have sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray officially referring Hillary Clinton, fired FBI Director James Comey, fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for criminal investigation.  FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were caught sending hundreds of anti-Trump text messages during the Clinton investigation, have also been referred for criminal investigation.  U.S. Attorney John Huber, who was tapped by Sessions a few weeks ago to investigate the FBI's handling of the Clinton email probe, was copied on the request.

FBI's McCabe to DOJ: 'Are You Telling Me That I Need to Shut Down' The Clinton Foundation Case?  As deputy FBI director, Andrew McCabe received a phone call on August 12, 2016 — less than three months before the presidential election — from the Obama Justice Department, in which he apparently was pressured to shut down the FBI's investigation into the Clinton Foundation (CF), an organization that some critics allege was used as a multi-million dollar pay-for-play operation to buy access to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.  On Friday, April 13, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Justice issued a report on McCabe, detailing how he had "lacked candor," even under oath, on four occassions that dealt with a leak to the Wall Street Journal.  For this misconduct the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility recommended that McCabe be fired, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions did on January 29, 2018.

Nothing Is Ever On The Level.  After the crooked FBI agent, Andrew McCabe, was finally fired by Mister Magoo, there were posts in the official media about the wrongness of it.  After all, he would lose his pension, we were told, because of politics.  Of course, that was never true.  He would lose some extra benefits, but it would be a drop in the bucket.  A former FBI man of his status will land in a high six-figure job.  Given his status in the Cult, he could even end up at a financial house, making seven figures, using his FBI contacts for his new bosses.  Soon after that round of stories, a new set of stories popped up about his crowd-sourced fundraising effort.  He was up on GoFundMe and supposedly raising tons of money.  The point of the stories was to show that the public was rallying to the side of this poor man, a victim of the evil Donald Trump and his Nazi minions.  Regardless of the agit-prop, there was no doubt that he was raising a lot of money.  Then, it turned out to be a complete fraud.  The whole thing was an elaborate PR effort from a lobbying firm.

Details of McCabe's False Statements Surfacing.  Giving credence to the reason why Inspector General Horowitz and Federal Prosecutor Huber don't want to release unredacted investigative information to a leaky congress, a report surfaces via anonymous sources to CNN.  The leaked information comes after the DOJ released the substance behind the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) recommendation to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  Previously, Inspector General Michael Horowitz referred McCabe's false statements to the OPR; the OPR reviewed, investigated and then recommended McCabe's termination to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  Sessions fired him.

Fired FBI deputy director rakes in nearly $500,000 for legal defense in less than a day.  The official legal defense fund for fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has surpassed its original goal, as it nears $500,000 in less than a day.  The GoFundMe page was set up early afternoon Thursday [3/29/2018] with the goal of raising $150,000, because "at a minimum, there are a number of congressional inquiries that he will be required to respond to, as well as the broader Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigation that is ongoing, and any potential lawsuits he might consider."  McCabe was fired earlier this month two days before his planned retirement, preventing him from collecting a full pension and benefits.

Andrew Mccabe Lied At Least Four Times Under Oath.  Andrew McCabe is in deep trouble.  He knows it, which is why he put up a GoFundMe page for "legal defense fees' yesterday [3/29/2018].  The George Soros leftist accolytes [sic] flooded the GoFundMe pagae [sic] with a bunch of donationns [sic].  Looks like McCabe is going to need a lot more than whatever the GoFundMe page brings in.  Jim Jordan of Ohio claims that McCabe at least four times under oath, including twice to IG Michael Horowitz.

Judicial Watch Fights Uphill Battle for McCabe Texts.  Even though FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired last Friday, it is an open question as to whether the FBI will release text messages he exchanged on government-issued or personal phones or try to shield them from public scrutiny.  Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog organization, has spent months pursuing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit demanding the release of texts McCabe exchanged with colleagues.  The FBI has so far refused to comply with a court order to produce the texts, handing over emails and other information to Judicial Watch but legally demurring on whether it even has access to the electronic messages, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in an interview.

Questions Still Surround Robert Mueller's Boston Past.  President Donald Trump directed angry tweets at Special Counsel Robert Mueller over the weekend.  The tweets were prompted by the Department of Justice's decision to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Friday as recommended by the bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility took action on McCabe after the DOJ's Inspector General handed over evidence that the former FBI agent lied under oath and leaked information to the media. [...] McCabe's firing should raise serious questions as to where Mueller's investigation is going.  Mueller's past involvement in cases casts a very different light on the former FBI director than the one painted by his proponents and the media, said David Schoen, a civil rights and defense attorney.

The FBI's McCabe and Bias in the Deep State.  Andrew McCabe was fired from the FBI reportedly for lying.  He should have been fired for misuse of office and bias.  Notably, lying to the FBI is a crime under the False Statements Act.  So what "Andy" did was arguably a crime, for which dismissal is normal.  But bias, favorable or unfavorable, is not a crime.  That is why it is far more dangerous if left unchecked.  And that is why Andrew McCabe should have been fired for it.

Mainly McCabe.  It appears on the record that Andrew McCabe, the FBI's recently fired deputy director, was a vicious man who used the power of his office to attack an FBI agent and General Michael Flynn, who rose to her defense. [...] This week, his perfidy was further exposed.  Mollie Hemingway sets out the latest serious charges against McCabe.  Finding himself under fire, McCabe leaked to ABC that Attorney General Jeff Sessions himself had been under investigation for "Russian collusion," a charge as ridiculous as the investigation was unwarranted, in a leak clearly designed to suggest there was an effort to obstruct the investigation by firing him.

Andrew McCabe Is Just The Sort Of [Person] You Always Imagined He Was.  McCabe was, to all appearances, the central figure in decisions to exonerate Hillary Clinton as "too big to jail" and to flog the Fusion GPS product authored by Christopher Steele as a ruse to create a "counterintelligence" investigation of the Trump campaign.  He was obviously a central figure in concocting an "investigation" (we are never told who authorized it) of Jeff Sessions in order to force Sessions' recusal from supervising any independent counsel investigation or being involved in the selection of an independent counsel.  This is not Trump's fault.  McCabe was investigated by the Department of Justice IG (Obama appointee).  The findings were reviewed by the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility (head appointed by Mueller) and it was OPR that recommended termination.  All Jeff Sessions did was rubber stamp the work of professional internal investigators.  Trump did a little happy dance, but so did a lot of us.

Wait, What?  Andrew McCabe Launched an FBI Investigation Into Attorney General Sessions Because Dems Asked Him To?  It's been less than a week since former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions after a recommendation for termination from the Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility.  The drama surrounding the lawful and justified firing hasn't stopped since and late Wednesday night [3/21/2018], ABC News dropped a bombshell story alleging Sessions was under FBI investigation last year for perjury.  The man leading the charge?  Andrew McCabe.

Andrew McCabe holds a pity party.  Andrew McCabe has spoken out for the first time after his firing, and the only thing anyone can draw from it is, "What was that guy doing in the job of the deputy director of the FBI in the first place?"  His whinging, self-pitying, vaguely and evasively argued self-defense of his actions, and then bizarre attempt at irony suggest an immature, slightly unstable person not fit for any position of leadership.

The McCabe Mutiny.  75 years after Prohibition ended, the FBI is still here — spying on Americans, trying to frame President Trump, and even investigating Jeff Sessions, who is the boss of the Department of Justice.  "Nearly a year before Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired senior FBI official Andrew McCabe for what Sessions called a 'lack of candor,; McCabe oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions lacked candor when testifying before Congress about contacts with Russian operatives," ABC News reported.  Let me translate that from McCabe's spin of false equivalency.  On his own — answerable to no one — McCabe investigated his boss.  That is insubordination.  McCabe's Mutiny is further proof that the FBI has too much power and its leaders believe it is answerable to no one.

"Small Group" Leadership Andrew McCabe Coordinated Investigations of Incoming Trump Administration Officials.  Republican congressman from Arizona Andy Biggs[,] interviewed on Fox News today [3/21/2018], begins to question the ongoing relevance and purpose of the Mueller investigation.  This interview happens at the same time ABC is reporting that fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe instructed his "small group" collaborators to investigate Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March of 2017.

Dershowitz: Either McCabe or Comey Is Not Telling the Truth.  "One of them is not telling the truth," Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said today [3/19/2018] on Fox Business Network's Mornings With Maria.  Dershowitz was referencing the remarks made by Andrew McCabe (fired on Friday from the FBI by Attorney General Jeff Sessions) that he had been given authority by former FBI Director James Comey to share information with the media concerning the investigations of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton family's charitable foundation, and that he had done so with knowledge of "the director."  The firing was a result of the report of the inspector general of the Justice Department.  Attorney General Sessions cited the I.G.'s report in his termination of McCabe.  The "director" at the time of the media leaks by McCabe was James Comey, who testified to Congress in May 2017.  He was asked if he "ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation."  Comey answered "never" and "no."

The Coming Collusion Bloodbath.  The firing of Andrew McCabe, the discovery of his "private notes," the ill-tempered response by other Obama loyalists and a yet to be disclosed Inspector General's report on an investigation that began before Donald Trump had come to office are all pieces of a story that dwarfs the still absent evidence of anything Trump and company did to cooperate with Russians in changing votes in Michigan and Wisconsin.  So many Democrats and Republicans have asserted the lack of evidence in the Russian collusion issue its become comical if not annoying to endure as the uninformed continue to argue otherwise.  But few have had interest in addressing a separate issue that demands attention[, f]or while the Russians attempted mass chaos.  The more serious scandal appears to have covered up criminal behavior, illicit manipulation of the FISA process, and an attempt to undo the quite serious results of an election.

McCabe Firing Shows Evidence of IG and Outside Prosecutor Working Together.  What has become increasingly visible is the largest political scandal in the history of U.S. government.  A political conspiracy at the highest levels of the prior administration and across multiple agencies within the U.S. intelligence apparatus.  The scale of corruption being exposed is astounding.  The investigative effort to unravel and bring justice is almost overwhelming.  It is also very likely the issues surrounding Andrew McCabe are only just beginning.

Comey & McCabe and any other plotter who doesn't do a deal literally have only 1 play.  Horowitz has the evidence.  These people left an extensive paper trail of their crimes, and some of them have flipped and are talking.  Since the AG will prosecute when both IG Horowitz [and] Congress make their referrals for indictments, the only hope Comey [and] McCabe have is to get public opinion on their side by portraying themselves as victims.

McCabe just made life tough for Comey and the special counsel.  Following his termination late Friday night, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe declared that he was "singled out" after "unrelenting" attacks by President Trump and critics.  McCabe's objections are less than credible, given the virtually unprecedented recommendation of career officials to fire the one-time acting FBI director.  However, McCabe may have rectified his "singled out" status with his long statement criticizing his termination:  In the middle of it is a line that could be viewed as incriminating fired FBI director James Comey, not just in leaking sensitive information but also in lying to Congress.  McCabe is accused of misleading investigators about allegedly giving information to a former Wall Street Journal reporter about the investigation of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton family's charitable foundation.

McCabe waiting for his indictment now.  We already know that a US Attorney in Little Rock is on the case, thanks to a comment from Sessions.  We don't know if a grand jury has been empaneled, but that is how US attorneys get subpoenas, so my guess is that one is sitting, and has or soon will get to consider an indictment that could remain sealed until it is needed.  Meanwhile, McCabe's defenders in the media are planting the seeds of their own credibility destruction.  Jonathan Turley made the point yesterday that an indictment should follow in the course of forthcoming events.  Inducting and getting a pleas deal from General Michael Flynn for an inconsequential lie, but not inducting McCabe for lies that covered up misbehavior is not really intellectually or morally defensible.

McCabe firing was required because the FBI must have zero tolerance for lying under oath.  No one should rejoice in the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday.  By all accounts, McCabe's career over two decades of FBI service was marked with achievements.  The firing, however, was based on the recommendation of a career FBI official under current FBI Director Chris Wray and was justified because the FBI has a zero tolerance for lying under oath.  In fact, there are many examples of the rank and file in the FBI losing their jobs and retirement benefits for violating these high standards.

Democrats squelch consequences to FBI's McCabe for professional misconduct.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Office of Professional Responsibility recommended the firing of Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Friday for leaking to the media and lying about it to investigators, as is about right for an embattled bureau seeking to rectify the damage to its reputation for probity.  McCabe politicized the bureau's work, bet wrong on who would win the election and kept at it, fighting like an Iraqi dead-ender at Fallujah.  It's normal that someone who does what he did should be fired.  Actions have consequences.

McCabe Should Sweat Prison, Not Pension.  You can stop looking for Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the back of a milk carton.  Confronted by overwhelming evidence in a report by the DOJ's Office of Inspector General (OIG) and a rare recommendation from the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), he has fired liar and leaker Andrew McCabe in a move that can only be a harbinger for indictments to come that go beyond these offenses against honor and the law.

Unhinged John Brennan and Complicit Samantha Power React To Andrew McCabe Firing.  There's something rather remarkable about watching/reading expressions of political violence from key democrat ideologues atop the Marxist left-wing of the party.  Every time we see this reaction, I immediately try to reconnect with those who I've previously forewarned but were not yet at a place where they could accept.  As disturbing as these unhinged expressions might be, there are benefits:  their alliance gets smaller.

McCabe and Mr. Mueller.  With the abrupt firing of former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Friday, the end game of the struggle between President Trump and the "resistance" has now begun in earnest.

'Deep State' Alumni Rally Around McCabe.  Numerous former "Deep State" operatives, politicians, and media figures united behind former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Twitter in the wake of his termination Friday night [3/16/2018].  Former CIA Director John Brennan sent an ominous tweet Saturday calling Trump a "disgraced demagogue" who will eventually land "in the dustbin of history."

The Reckoning of the FBI Has Begun.  Friday's [3/16/2018] firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, based on a report from the Office of Professional Responsibility, is only the beginning of what is likely to be the most explosive series of revelations in American history.  Forget Watergate.  It will be the distant past once the Inspector General's reports — there apparently will be more than one — start to come out.  This will be the "Gate of Gates."  From the FBI and across the intelligence agencies an astonishing number of people are going to find themselves accused, one can safely predict at this point, of some atrocious behavior in a free republic.  And it will not just be the small change of Peter Strzok (the dimwitted director of counter-intelligence) and his gal pal Lisa Page.  It will include — on one level or another — James Comey, Loretta Lynch, John Brennan, James Clapper, Susan Rice and, almost inevitably, Barack Obama, not to mention others known and unknown.

Deconstructing Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's Statement Responding to His Firing.  If I were his lawyer, I'd urge him to shut [...] up.  But here is former FBI number two man Andrew McCabe's statement responding to his firing just hours before his pension would have kicked in. [...]

What We Know, and Don't Know, About the Firing of Andrew McCabe.  Anyone who is confidently pronouncing on the merits of Andrew McCabe's firing Friday night is venturing well beyond the realm of known facts. [...] McCabe's dismissal comes as part of a broader purge of the senior FBI leadership and specifically targets a man who behaved with extraordinary courage and dignity in the wake of James Comey's firing last year.  It is only natural for those repulsed by the president's broader interactions with the FBI to assume the worst.  But on McCabe's innocence or culpability for some infraction that might justify his dismissal, we will reserve judgment — and we caution others to as well.  It is simply not clear at this stage whether or not the record will support his dismissal.

McCabe fired.  Jeff Sessions just fired crooked, lying, sneaky FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, denying him a taxpayer-provided pension bonanza just 48 hours before McCabe planned to retire on his 50th birthday.  This will cost him $60,000 annually — or more than $1 million given the life expectancy of a white male at age 50.  However, news reports are unclear as to when he would begin collecting his pension.  Look for a legal challenge, a book deal, and being officially placed on the CNN payroll after years of illegal leaks to the Fake News network.

FBI Continues to Skirt Court Order to Turn Over McCabe Communications.  For more than two months, the FBI has failed to abide by a judge's order to turn over all of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's text messages, emails and SMS phone messages to a government watchdog group that has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former senior FBI special agent.  The communications in question are related to McCabe's wife's unsuccessful run for Virginia State senate and might also contain invaluable information on McCabe's role in the Bureau's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server used to send classified information, several former FBI sources and a government official told this reporter.

McCabe Waited At Least A MONTH Before Telling Congress About Newly Discovered Clinton Emails.  A new report indicates that Andrew McCabe, who resigned as FBI deputy director this week, knew about the thousands of Clinton-related emails found on Anthony Weiner's laptop for at least a month before notifying Congress.  The Wall Street Journal reports that, according to text messages the paper reviewed, "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe had learned about the thousands of emails by Sept. 28, 2016, and Director James Comey informed Congress about them on Oct. 28, 11 days before the presidential election, the messages show."

FBI Scandal:  McCabe's Resignation Is Only The Beginning.  Was FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's sudden departure from the nation's premier law enforcement agency a one-off move by a disgruntled and politically harassed bureaucrat?  Or was it the tip of a much-bigger iceberg and a sign of things to come in a heavily politicized federal bureau that meddled in the last election?  Evidence so far points to the latter.

WaPo: Justice IG focused on McCabe delay in examining Clinton emails on Weiner computer.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting an internal investigation that has for months focused on outgoing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, The Washington Post reported Tuesday [1/30/2018].  The DOJ inspector general, Michael Horowitz, is reportedly looking at why McCabe neglected for at least three weeks to look at new emails related to the investigation that were found on former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y)'s laptop during the later months of the 2016 election.  Investigators want to know if McCabe or others at the FBI wanted to avoid coming up with results in that probe until after the 2016 election concluded, the Post reports.

McCabe at the precipice: 'Removal' from FBI may be the least of his troubles.  Instead of planning how to spend his federal pension, now-former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe must be figuring out how to pay the lawyers he is going to need.  Until his boss Christopher Wray, President Trump's appointee to head the FBI, read the four-page FISA memo on Sunday (an extraordinary act in itself), he enjoyed protected job status.  According to reports, Wray previously had threatened to resign if McCabe was forced out.  Officially, McCabe "stepped down," but administration officials informed the media that he was "removed," which suggests he was forced to resign.

Hours After FBI Director Chris Wray Reviews House Intel Memo, Asst.  FBI Director McCabe Resigns.  On Sunday night [1/28/2018] the Justice Department was granted access to view the House Intelligence Committee memo known as the 'Nunes Memo'.  In unusual timing, last night FBI Director Christopher Wray went to the secure facility (SCIF) in the basement of the House of Representatives to view the content of the House Intel Committee memo.  Today [1/29/2018], the FBI releases an announcement saying Deputy FBI Director Andrew "Andy" McCabe has stepped down (been removed) from his position effective immediately.

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down from the bureau, Fox News has learned.  Top FBI official Andrew McCabe has been "removed" from his post as deputy director, Fox News is told, leaving the bureau after months of conflict-of-interest complaints from Republicans including President Trump.  A source confirmed to Fox News that McCabe is taking "terminal leave" — effectively taking vacation until he reaches his planned retirement in a matter of weeks.  As such, he will not be reporting to work at the FBI anymore.

Popcorn Worthy — President Trump Has Rejected McCabe's Terms.  [B]y mid-January the House Judiciary Committee will have massive investigative documentation surrounding Andrew McCabe, James Comey, Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates, and all of the top-tier team members around them for all of their principle activity throughout the past few years; with emphasis on 2016.  Put another way, Andrew McCabe, is going to be in FULL SUNLIGHT on or around January 15th, 2018, for any misconduct.

McCabe Retires to Escape Questioning.  Andrew McCabe is retiring amid intense scrutiny and controversy.  Top Republican lawmakers like Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley have recently called for McCabe's ouster.  He's also been called before congressional committees during which he was seen as "Democrat friendly".  Republicans didn't like his answers.  According to The Washington Post, McCabe will leave his post in a few months, after he becomes eligible for full pension benefits.

Associated Press and Washington Amazon Post Circle the Wagons Around Dirty Andy McCabe.  The hard left progressives who run old media outlets like the AP and WaPo are running scared.  Bit by bit, the corpus of the greatest scandal in American history is being exhumed and brought into full view.  As a central figure in the affair, FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe has yet to testify in a public venue about his various conflicts of interest and his untoward actions to protect Hillary Clinton and attack Donald Trump.  The media is currently using two themes to protect McCabe, one more ludicrous than the other, as we shall see.

A Deep Dive Into "The Timeline of Treason": The McCabe Affair.  Over the last few days, I've been adding to the "Timeline of Treason", an exhaustively documented spreadsheet outlining the contours of what may be the greatest political scandal in American history.  In short, it appears that the Obama administration, the Clinton campaign, and the DNC conspired with willing executives in the DOJ and FBI to weaponize government against Donald Trump.  This weaponization — quite similar to how Obama used the IRS, the Bureau of Land Management, the EPA, Health and Human Services, to name but a few — was designed to target Obama's political opponents.  It is the stuff of a third-world country.  But, in all seriousness, Obama always did admire the likes of Castro and Chavez.  So why wouldn't he emulate their techniques?

Trump renews his offensive against FBI second-in-command Andrew McCabe.  President Trump once again took up his criticism of the FBI's second-in-command, Andrew McCabe, Sunday morning after spending much of the previous day questioning McCabe's position in the bureau.  Apparently quoting a segment from Fox News, the president alleged McCabe used his FBI email to promote his wife's campaign for the Virginia state Senate.

President Trump Responds To Asst.  FBI Director "Andy" McCabe Conspicuous Timing — IG Has Over 1.2 Million Pages of Evidence.  Earlier today the Washington Post reported that Asst.  FBI Director Andrew McCabe is planning on retiring on/around March 2018; timed to receive pension benefits. [...] It is important to note that in prior congressional testimony by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, the Department of Justice OIG (Office of Inspector General) has committed to release over 1.2 million pages of documents on January 15th, 2018 to the Judiciary Committee.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein affirmed the investigative documents would be released to Chairman Goodlatte and House investigators.  This release is important to overlay against the backdrop of the McCabe decision to retire.

Facing Republican attacks, FBI's deputy director plans to retire early next year.  Andrew McCabe, the FBI's deputy director who has been the target of Republican critics for more than a year, plans to retire in a few months when he becomes fully eligible for pension benefits, according to people familiar with the matter.  McCabe spent hours in Congress this past week, facing questions behind closed doors from members of three committees.  Republicans said they were dissatisfied with his answers; Democrats called it a partisan hounding.  McCabe, 49, holds a unique position in the political firestorm surrounding the FBI.  He was former director James B. Comey's right-hand man, a position that involved him in most of the FBI's actions that vex President Trump and in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state, a matter that still riles Democrats.

McCabe draws blank on Democrats' funding of Trump dossier, new subpoenas planned.  Congressional investigators tell Fox News that Tuesday's seven-hour interrogation of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe contained numerous conflicts with the testimony of previous witnesses, prompting the Republican majority staff of the House Intelligence Committee to decide to issue fresh subpoenas next week on Justice Department and FBI personnel.  While HPSCI staff would not confirm who will be summoned for testimony, all indications point to demoted DOJ official Bruce G. Ohr and FBI General Counsel James A. Baker, who accompanied McCabe, along with other lawyers, to Tuesday's HPSCI session.

Eight Hours of Questioning — FBI Asst.  Director McCabe Loses Dossier Memory, Brings Full Contingent of FBI Lawyers.  FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe faced about eight hours of questioning behind closed doors during the House Intelligence Committee yesterday.  Unlike prior HPSCI closed hearings remarkably there were no leaks; which would generally indicate the content was adverse to the interests of Democrat party investigators within the hearing.  From scant reporting it appears the questioning surrounded potential conflicts of interest and anti-Trump bias amid the entire cabal of FBI officials.

Frustrated lawmakers pressed FBI's McCabe for answers on Trump dossier.  They got nothing.  There are some important things the public doesn't know about the so-called "Trump dossier," such as whether the FBI used information from the dossier to win court permission to spy on Americans.  But the most important question about the dossier is the simplest:  Is it true?  In a seven-hour interview with the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe repeatedly declined to answer whether the bureau has been able to verify the substantive allegations in the dossier, or even to identify a substantive allegation that has been corroborated, according to sources familiar with the questioning.

McCabe's Transparent Motive For a Lost Dossier Memory.  In plain language the "Trump Project" was a joint 2016 FBI & DOJ counterintelligence operation to conduct wiretaps and surveillance upon the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. [...] Those who have been walking the deep weeds have a pretty strong understanding of Deputy FBI Director Andrew "Andy" McCabe's risk profile and his role in the 2016 "Trump Project".  The Rosen report earlier today [12/20/2017] — based on investigators within the House Intelligence Committee — states McCabe has lost his memory around the timeline for the FBI's FISA application and the Christoper Steele Russian Dossier as evidence therein.  If it can be shown the Steele Dossier was part of the underlying evidence within the FISA warrant (Sept./Oct. 2016), allowing wiretaps and surveillance of candidate Donald Trump's presidential campaign, the foundation for a conspiracy becomes evident.  If McCabe was aware of the origin, financing and use of the Steele Dossier in obtaining a FISA warrant, his exposure to a criminal conspiracy increases exponentially.  Understanding how Deputy McCabe's risk profile increases in direct proportion to his attachment to the Steele Dossier explains his memory lapses, obfuscations and testimony toward his knowledge therein.

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McCabe Testimony Contained "Numerous Conflicts" With Previous Witnesses; Subpoenas Planned.  After Eight Hours Of Testimony And More Scheduled For Thursday [12/21/2017], Congressional investigators tell Fox News that Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe dodged questions on the "Trump-Russia" dossier, and his testimony "contained numerous conflicts with the testimony of previous witnesses" so much that the House Intelligence Committee is planning to issue new subpoenas next week to Justice Department and FBI Personnel. [...] "It's hard to know who's telling us the truth," said one House investigator after McCabe's questioning — which was reportedly spearheaded by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC).

Christopher Wray's First Problem:  What to Do About Andrew McCabe.  Christopher Wray took the oath of office at the FBI yesterday and thus started the clock ticking on a difficult problem he's going to have to address: the fate of his deputy, Andrew McCabe, who has been serving as acting director since President Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.  Trump's got a bee in his bonnet about McCabe.  He's had it for a while.  During one of the conversations with Comey that the then-director memorialized at the time and revealed in his prepared testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Trump raised the question of "the McCabe thing" — apparently referencing donations provided to McCabe's wife by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe during her run for state Senate.  He raised the issue again in his interview with the New York Times, saying, "We have a director of the F.B.I., acting, who received $700,000, whose wife received $700,000 from, essentially, Hillary Clinton."

Republicans turn focus to FBI's McCabe over texts on 'insurance' against Trump.  Top Republicans are turning their focus to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as they scrutinize a host of anti-Trump texts exchanged between two bureau officials, raising questions about one in particular that seemed to reference an "insurance policy" against a Trump presidency.  That text was revealed on Tuesday night when the Justice Department released hundreds of messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were romantically involved and at one point worked on Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

Was Flynn Unmasking Payback?  Acting FBI Director McCabe should be investigating himself.  It has been thought that the unmasking of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the opeing of an FBI investigation of all things Russia in which Flynn was a prime target was retaliation for Flynn's drumbeat of criticism of the foreign policy of an Obama administration he once served.  The unmasking of Flynn in the Russia probe may indeed be retaliation against Flynn for perceived political sins, but not for what and by whom you might think if reports from the investigative watchdog site Circa News are correct.  It seems Michael Flynn and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe have a past and McCabe a possible motive against Flynn.

FBI chief McCabe faces three separate federal inquiries into his behavior.  Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a central player in the Russia election case, is the focus of three separate federal administrative inquiries into allegations about his behavior as a senior bureau executive, according to documents and interviews.  The allegations being reviewed range from sexual discrimination to improper political activity, the documents show[.]


McCabe and Rosenstein


FOIA Release of McCabe Memo Highlights Much More Than Rosenstein's "Wear a Wire" Controversy.  A Judicial Watch FOIA Lawsuit has resulted in the release of a May 16, 2017, memo written by then Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.  Current media are focused on Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein willingness to wear a wire into the Oval Office to record the President; however, the memo content actually reveals much more.

McCabe Memo:  Rosenstein Offered To Wear Wire To Record Trump Because 'He Was Not Searched When He Entered The White House'.  Judicial Watch announced today they had obtained a copy of a memo written by then-Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on May 16, 2017.  This memo is McCabe's "contemporaneous recollection" of the infamous meeting held in then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's office during which Rosenstein had allegedly proposed wearing a wire to record the President.  (The document, which is lightly redacted, is printed below.)  In addition to Rosenstein and McCabe, Deputy Assistant AG for Intelligence Tashina Gauhar and Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Jim Crowell attended the meeting.  McCabe touched only briefly on Rosenstein's idea of wearing a wire.  Although it was brief, for Rosenstein, it was damning.

Crime and Punishment for the Deep State.  Former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, in May 2017, was in the middle of a Deep State coup to try to remove President Donald Trump from office using the 25th Amendment.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was also part of the plan, allegedly offering to "wear a wire" to record the lunatic rantings of President Trump to use as justification to nullify the results of the recent presidential election.  The latest is that two more Trump cabinet members may (or may not) have signed on to the coup.  Someone from the New York Times might call this patriotism, acting out of a higher moral calling to stop someone unfit and unsuited to be president, an outsider not from the establishment club.  As Trump once said of himself during the campaign, he was an "existential threat" to the deep state establishment.  "Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt establishment with a new government controlled by you the American people."  A clear and present threat to the Deep State.  Others will call McCabe's actions a coup, a treasonous attempt to subvert an election.  Then having failed, ramped-up effort to remove a duly elected president from office, either by impeachment or by considering invoking the 25th Amendment.

McCabe Might Be Telling The Truth About Rosenstein.  It wasn't a good look when Rosenstein refused to testify under oath to House Republicans, when they controlled that chamber, as to whether or not he really did seek to record Trump and invoke the 25th Amendment.  House Republicans have also, for a long time, had questions about Rosenstein's role in signing off on a fourth and final warrant to spy on Page, where the FISA warrant contained serious omissions and misstatements.  Saying he was too busy to testify, Rosenstein ran out the clock on Republicans, who lost the House after the midterm elections.  In the next few months, Rosenstein plans on resigning once William Barr is confirmed as the new attorney general.  But in his last days at DOJ, he has had plenty of time to secretly meet with reporters and provide his anonymous narrative.

McCabe, Rosenstein and the real truth about the 25th Amendment coup attempt.  Ever wonder why people hate lawyers?  Consider Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's non-denial denial of his participation in discussions of an attempted coup against the duly elected president of the United States.  The story is being given a second life thanks to the hype surrounding the rollout of a new book by Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI.  McCabe, of course, was fired after an inspector general investigation found that he leaked investigative information and then lied about it.  He has been referred to the Justice Department for consideration of a false-statements prosecution.

Did McCabe set up Rosenstein?  The New York Times started all this with its Sept. 21 article suggesting Rosenstein furthered a scheme to remove the president via the 25th Amendment by wiring up himself and FBI executives to surreptitiously record conversations with the president, in hopes of capturing comments reflecting a lack of fitness that his cabinet would not be able to resist.  The Times relied on anonymous sources characterized as "people (who) were briefed on the events themselves or on memos written by F.B.I. officials, including Andrew G. McCabe."  Turns out former FBI General Counsel James Baker, whom then-acting FBI director McCabe immediately briefed, fits that source description nicely.

The Running Battle Between Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has proven himself a polarizing figure.  Depending on who you speak to, Rosenstein, appears to occupy one of three rather varying roles.  According to some, Rosenstein is part of the problem, actively working against President Trump's Administration.  To others, he occupies a slightly more grey area, compromised but with the capability to adjust to a new political climate.  Not actively bad, but not to be trusted either.  To add to the confusion, there are those who see Rosenstein as something of a quiet hero, a man who intentionally took control of the Russia Investigation out of the FBI's hands and has operating with honorable, or at least fully legal intentions.  An examination of underlying facts and timelines may help to establish a more complete picture.

Rosenstein -vs- McCabe.  There are two warring camps:  Team Rosenstein and Team McCabe.  Team Rosenstein consists of current officials:  Jeff Sessions, Dana Boente et al; and Team McCabe has former officials:  Lisa Page, James Baker, Mike Kortan et al.  Each camp has a media outlet to push their narrative.  Team Rosenstein has The Washington Post; Team McCabe is using The New York Times.  Sources for NYT reporting are from team McCabe; Sources for WaPo reporting are from Team Rosenstein.  Understand this, and the reporting narrative context makes more sense.

Is This Ford an Edsel?  The account in the New York Times, which first reported that Rosenstein had offered to wear a wire to record his conversations with the President and suggested the 25thAmendment might be pursued, strikes me at first glance as Andrew McCabe's last-ditch attempt to fling poo on others when he seemed to be under threat of criminal prosecution.  (It was troubling to me that, in violation of any good journalism practice, they ran it without contacting Rosenstein for his response.)  In part I was reluctant to fully credit it because whatever you or I think of him, he always seemed too prudent to have spoken so intemperately to a group of what is now reported to have been seven or eight other people.  A DoJ spokeswoman confirmed that he did make some remarks along that line, but in sarcastic response to aggressive anti-Trump comments by other participants in the discussion.

Report:  Officials Inside White House Believe McCabe's Team Planted Rosenstein Story.  White House insiders reportedly believe former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe's team planted a story in the press suggesting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is conspiring against the president, according to Politico on Saturday [9/22/2018].  McCabe's colleagues allegedly concocted the ruse to bait President Donald Trump into firing Rosenstein ahead of November's midterm elections, the report noted.  Individuals within the West Wing believe the former FBI director's team pushed the story to create political consequences for Trump, according to Politico.


Rod Rosenstein


Rod Rosenstein Steps Up To Assist Mueller Attack Trump Over Roger Stone Commutation.  One of the biggest mistakes many people have made in their evaluation of Rod Rosenstein is separating him from the Special Counsel investigation run by Robert Mueller's team of resistance lawyers.  The reality is Rosenstein was always a willing active participant and co-dependent enabler.  Support for this foundational understanding comes forward yesterday as the former Deputy Attorney General showcases his support for an op-ed presumably written by Robert Mueller.

Rod Rosenstein's devastating admissions.  Rod Rosenstein's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee was quiet, calm, almost bemused.  But the tale he told was devastating — to the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the Mueller investigation.  It destroyed three years of media narrative about 'Trump-Russia' collusion.  It's obvious now why Senate Democrats want to kill all future hearings on the topic.  They lack the votes to do it, but it's the thought that counts.  Testifying under oath, Rosenstein laid out a series of fundamental problems plaguing the entire collusion investigation.  Actually, he did even more.  When questioned by Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, Rosenstein agreed that when he appointed Robert Mueller as Special Counsel in summer 2017, there was no basis for the appointment and that the FBI already knew it.  In retrospect, he says, he appointed a Special Counsel because the FBI hid crucial fact facts from him.  They vigorously deny it.  This back-and-forth signals a fight, sure to intensify, over who is to blame for multiple investigations gone badly wrong.  Will primary responsibility fall on the FBI or Department of Justice?  The intelligence agencies?  Or the Obama White House and its National Security team?

The FBI's Investigation Into Trump and Russia Now Looks Even Worse.  The FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign has taken a beating in the last six months.  Late last year, the Justice Department's inspector general found the bureau's application to eavesdrop on a former aide to then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign was riddled with factual errors and omissions.  The surveillance court that approved that warrant has barred the agents who submitted it from appearing before it.  And last month the Justice Department dropped its case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.  On Wednesday [6/3/2020], things got worse.  In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said that all of the irregularities and short cuts exposed in recent Justice Department reviews were kept from him when he signed the warrant applications into that campaign aide, Carter Page.  Had he known about them at the time, he said, he would have never signed them.  Rosenstein even reluctantly acknowledged that his own August 2017 memo specifying the parameters of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was deeply flawed.

Cruz Unloads On Rosenstein:  Your Handling Of Mueller Probe Proves You Were Either Corrupt Or Incompetent.  When questioned by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday [6/3/2020], former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein admitted that at the time of his involvement in the FBI's Russia investigation, he was unaware of the ongoing misbehavior at the highest levels of law enforcement.  "You came into a profoundly politicized world [at DOJ], and yet all of this was allowed to go forward under your leadership.  That unfortunately only leads to two possible conclusions," Cruz said.  "Either you were complicit in the wrongdoing, which I don't believe is the case, or that the performance of your duties was grossly negligent."

Rosenstein says McCabe was 'not fully candid' about Comey's memos.  Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Wednesday the temporary head of the FBI was "not fully candid" with him about the memos written by James Comey about his conversations with President Trump before being fired as director of the bureau.  Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller in 2017 while overseeing the Russia investigation after then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself, made the admission during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  He also testified that he would not have signed off on the fourth and final Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant targeting onetime Trump campaign adviser Carter Page if he knew then what he knows now.

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Rod Rosenstein's CYA Circus.  [Scroll down]  There were lots of fireworks.  Nothing much new was learned.  But Rosenstein's message that the folks below him on the food chain are the real culprits keeps the march moving forward.  Of course, this was just the drum corps keeping time for the march.  The army is being led by John Durham, whose parade of indictments is reportedly days away.  Yes, yes, we've heard that before.  But this time, I might actually believe it.  Call it a conspiratorial suspicion if you want, but if you don't smell something in the air with all these riots and then with Mad Dog Mattis popping off about what a terrible guy Trump is, filling the front page when, as Cruz said, we have a governmental scandal that dwarfs Watergate on our doorstep, it seems to me you aren't quite suspicious enough.  All of this smacks of distraction.  Which means it will get worse before it gets better.

'You signed off on it personally!' Cornered Rosenstein snaps back: 'Yelling at me is not going to solve the problem'.  U.S. Senator Josh Hawley confronted former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The Missouri Republican questioned Rosenstein during his first public appearance before Congress in a year, as he defended his actions in the FBI's Russia probe and his decision to appoint Robert Mueller in 2017 as special counsel.  Hawley slammed Democrats for the investigation and for effectively admitting that Mueller's report on the findings is "of no consequence." [...] But Hawley was having none of the excuses, accusing Rosenstein of "rubber-stamping" the warrants without reading them.  The former Deputy Attorney General acknowledged that he was "accountable" but "the question is, why did it happen?" Hawley argued that the "process that was so corrupted" was clearly a "threat to American democracy" and the integrity of the election process.

The 10 most important questions for Rod Rosenstein.  Two years ago, then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein chafed when asked whether congressional Republicans might have legitimate reason to suspect the factual underpinnings of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants that targeted Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in the Russia probe. [...] And now in 2020, newly declassified evidence shows the FBI did not have the verified evidence or a credible witness in the form of Christopher Steele and his dossier to support the claims submitted to the FISA court as verified.  In fact, DOJ has withdrawn the very FISA application Rosenstein approved and signed after the department's internal watchdog found it included inaccurate, undocumented, and falsified evidence.  On Wednesday [6/3/2020], when he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Rosenstein is likely to strike a humbler tone in the face of overwhelming evidence that the FBI-executed FISAs have been chronically flawed, including in the Russia case he supervised.

In Russia collusion hoax, Rod Rosenstein must be held accountable for his flagrant misconduct.  Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is a master of prevarication and deflection.  He holds an M.S. in BS and a Ph.D. in vacuous excuses.  He's a professor emeritus of duplicity and deception.  As a prodigious suck-up, he's the Eddie Haskell of lawyers.  We can expect Rosenstein's skill set to be on full display Wednesday when he finally and belatedly appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee as its first witness in an investigation into the origins and evolution of the fallacious Trump-Russia collusion probe.  During his ignominious tenure at the Justice Department, Rosenstein was at the center of the Russia hoax, pulling the investigatory levers of manipulation over an imaginary collusion conspiracy that eventually went bust.  But not before incalculable damage was done to the Trump presidency, government institutions and America's faith in our system of justice.

Key Questions Former DAG Rod Rosenstein Should Be Asked at Senate Oversight Hearing Next Week.  Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has called up former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to testify in the first of a series of hearings examining the Obama administration's the Trump-Russia investigations and misuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  Graham announced the June 3 hearing in a press release on Wednesday [5/27/2020]. Rosenstein responded in a statement that he was "grateful" for the opportunity to explain himself.

Rod Rosenstein Will Testify Before Senate In Review Of Trump-Russia Probe.  Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed a special counsel to oversee the Trump-Russia probe, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 3, the panel announced Wednesday [5/27/2020].  The open hearing will be the first to be held as part of the committee's sweeping review of the FBI's investigation and surveillance of the Trump campaign.

Rod Rosenstein's Communications with Eric Holder, John Huber, Other Senior Obama Officials and the Media.  Judicial Watch announced today [2/11/2020] it received 382 pages of documents showing former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's communications with former Obama officials, including Eric Holder and information sharing with the media in the days immediately surrounding the inception of the Mueller investigation.

Rod Rosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts:  DOJ.  Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said it was his call to release hundreds of politically charged text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page to the media, according to a Friday court filing by the Department of Justice (DOJ).  In his declaration, Rosenstein explained he did not see any legitimate reason to withhold the text messages because they were sent on government phones and subject to FBI review.  He also said they were being sought by the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate, for oversight reasons.

New Lawsuit Claims Rod Rosenstein Led Task Force that Spied on Sharyl Attkisson's Computers.  In a federal lawsuit filed this week, Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein has been implicated in yet another improper government spy operation.  In the new complaint, Attkisson v. Rosenstein et. al., investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson names former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein and four other Justice Department officials as the government agents who of illegally survielled her electronic devices.  According to the complaint — filed in United States District Court in Baltimore, Maryland — Rosenstein led "a multi-agency task force in Baltimore that conducted surveillance of the Attkissons' computer systems" and "used USPS IP addresses on other occasions to conduct operations."

Understanding Why There's No FBI Whistleblowers Outlining Institutional Corruption.  To understand why there's no one in the administrative mid-tier of the FBI acting in a whistle-blowing capacity requires a background perspective looking at the totality of corruption.  The institutions are protecting themselves; and yes, that protection applies to the internal dynamics.  Former DAG Rod Rosenstein was dirty.  He might not have started out dirty, but his actions in office created a dirty mess.  Rosenstein facilitated the McCabe operation against Trump during the May 16th, 2017, White House FBI sting against Trump with Mueller.  Rosenstein also facilitated the special counsel (writ large), and provided three scope memos to expand the corrupt investigation of President Trump.

Rosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes.  Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly said that he discussed the firing of former FBI Director James Comey with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in late 2016 or early 2017, according to a new batch of documents released in relation to former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into election interference.  The documents, released due to a CNN and BuzzFeed lawsuit, totaled 295 pages of witness memoranda and notes from FBI interviews that were part of the special counsel's probe.  President Trump fired Comey in 2017, saying that he was acting on recommendations from Sessions and Rosenstein.  Mueller's probe began in response to Comey's dismissal.

200 Days — Where Are Rosenstein's Scope Memos to Robert Mueller?  On May 23rd, 2019, President Donald Trump gave U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr full authority to review and release all of the classified material hidden by the DOJ, FBI, State Department, CIA, FISA Court, and aggregate intelligence apparatus; 200 days ago.  It has been 200 days since President Trump empowered AG Bill Barr to release the original authorizing framework of the Mueller investigation which began on May 17, 2017.  A Mueller investigation that concluded nine months ago, and yet we are not allowed to know what the authorizing 2017 framework was?

Rod Rosenstein "Unindicted Co-Conspirator"? Durham Expands Timeline for Probe.  The reason Rosenstein's behavior remains a high-priority is simply because without his ongoing participation and authorization in 2017 and 2018 the Weissmann/Mueller probe would not have been able to continue.  Rosenstein is a central character to all events, and at the end of the Mueller investigation - through today - the DOJ continued to black out any information that evidenced Rosenstein's duplicitous activity.  As a result, CTH has viewed the transparent DOJ redactions as a purposeful effort to protect Rosenstein.  However, recent activity and media reports outline the possibility of another motive.  Perhaps, just perhaps, the evidence of Rosenstein's activities has been withheld because Rosenstein is a subject of the Durham investigation.

Judicial Watch Uncovers Rosenstein Email to Mueller: 'The Boss' Doesn't Know We're Talking.  Rod Rosenstein, formerly the deputy attorney general, is a key figure in enabling, at a minimum, the Deep State's seditious attacks on President Trump.  More proof is in new documents uncovered by a Judicial Watch lawsuit.  Specifically, we forced the release of 145 pages of Rosenstein's communications that include a one-line email from Rosenstein to Mueller stating, "The boss and his staff do not know about our discussions."  They also include "off the record" emails with major media outlets around the date of Mueller's appointment.

Emails reveal Rosenstein-Mueller secrecy on Russia probe.  Then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was determined to keep his big secret about a pending special counsel right up to the day his top candidate, Robert Mueller, sat down with President Trump in the Oval Office.  "The boss and his staff do not know about our discussions," Mr. Rosenstein said in an email to Mr. Mueller on May 12, 2017.  Mr. Rosenstein's "boss" was an apparent reference to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had stepped away from any role in the Russia probe.  This meant that Mr. Trump didn't know, either.

Judicial Watch Posts Rod Rosenstein's Secret Emails with Flattering Reporters.  The conservative group Judicial Watch uses Freedom of Information Act requests to get documents that other reporters aren't requesting...and sometimes they find communications between top government officials and the "mainstream media."  In their latest release of documents on then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Judicial Watch included some routine behind-the-scenes maneuvering between Rosenstein and reporters at the time he appointed Robert Mueller to investigate that non-existent Russian collusion.  Rosenstein was a powerful man, perceived by the press as having the entire Trump presidency in his fingers.  So they were sucking up.  They were preparing stories that are called "beat sweeteners," chummy stories praising the new power player so they could get his anonymous information in their back channels.

Judicial Watch releases documents on Rosenstein, Mueller communications.  The Judicial Watch is working to expose possible corruption in the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  On Thursday [10/3/2019], the government watchdog released 145 pages of former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's communications from 2017.  The communications included several "off the record" conversations and one email that read, "The boss and his staff do not know about our discussions."  The timing of these communications is critical because it overlaps with President Trump's dismissal of James Comey and his appointment of Robert Mueller.

FOIA Release Highlights Rosenstein White House Visit With Mueller as a Target Interview.  Through a FOIA request Judicial Watch has received Rod Rosenstein's email communication around the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  The content further confirms when Rosenstein took Mueller to the White House on May 16th, 2017, the purpose was for Mueller to preview his target, President Trump.  Many are focused on May 12, 2017, where Rosenstein sent an email to Robert Mueller, Subject:  "I assume you realize" ... "The boss and his staff do not know about our discussions"; however, that date is being misconstrued.  Rosenstein took Mueller to visit Jeff Sessions on May 13th, the specifics of that email likely concern keeping prior private conversations out of the discussion with Sessions.

Rod Rosenstein plotted Trump coup:  Judicial Watch.  Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein acknowledged he discussed with the FBI of wearing a wire when talking to President Trump but insisted the comment was in jest amid tumultuous times at the Justice Department.  His acknowledgment is contained in a series of emails exchanged in 2018 in response to a New York Times story.  The September 2018 story was apparently sourced to fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a fierce enemy of the president's and now Democratic Party backer.  The emails were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Judicial Watch, a conservative investigative non-profit.

103 Days — Where Are Rosenstein's Scope Memos to Robert Mueller?  It has been 103 days since President Trump empowered AG Bill Barr to release the original authorizing framework of the Mueller investigation which began on May 17, 2017.  A Mueller investigation that concluded six months ago, and yet we are not allowed to know what the authorizing framework was?

Jeffrey Epstein Fallout Shows How Little Trust Americans Have in Media and Government.  One of the men responsible for the "Russiagate" scandal, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, tweeted out a New York Times piece on Sunday [8/11/2019] that claimed Epstein's "suicide conspiracies show how our information system is poisoned."  Rosenstein, taking a cue from his Russiagate collaborators, former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan, regularly opines on Twitter in this vein.  Rosenstein was also the man who accused Trump campaign aide, Carter Page, of being a foreign agent who was conspiring with the Russians to influence the 2016 election.  In a government warrant.  To a secret court.  Using a dossier filled with rumors and innuendo as proof.  Sourced by a political British operative.  (Page never was charged with any crime.)

Rod Rosenstein tells us what he really thinks of James Comey.  [Scroll down]  Attorney General William Barr has appointed a Connecticut-based U.S. Attorney to start looking into the origins of the flawed FISA warrants which got the Trump collusion narrative started, which led to the appointment of a special counsel (Robert Mueller) who spent millions to find nothing.  It sounds like Rosenstein doesn't like to be inconvenienced with chasing rabbit holes from partisans looking to Get Trump over at Comey's FBI who've failed to make the case they claimed they could.  And who are out on their ears as a result of it.  There's not only the Connecticut prosecutor on the job, there's also a big Inspector General's report in the works, one which should identify media colluders with Fusion GPS in the works.

Rosenstein unloads on Comey, says he broke 'bright lines that should never be crossed'.  Rod Rosenstein unloaded on former FBI Director James Comey in remarks to the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) on Monday evening, slamming Comey's turn as a "partisan pundit," reiterating that he deserved to be fired, and faulting him for trampling "bright lines that should never be crossed."  Rosenstein formally stepped aside as deputy attorney general two days ago.  His speech specifically took aim at Comey's comments earlier this month implying that Rosenstein and Attorney General Bill Barr lacked the "inner strength" to "resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump."

Coup Plotter Rod Rosenstein Takes a Veiled Shot at James Comey During Farewell Ceremony.  Coup plotter Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a farewell speech on Thursday following his resignation from the Department of Justice and lectured his fellow colleagues on decency and justice.  "I represent the United States," Rosenstein boasted Thursday as he was honored with a farewell ceremony.  Rosenstein, who plotted to wear a wire and oust President Trump by invoking the 25th Amendment had the nerve to say, "This department stands apart from politics."

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein submits resignation.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who frequently found himself in the political crosshairs due to his role in the special counsel's Russia probe and whose departure has long been expected, submitted his resignation on Monday to President Trump, effective May 11.  Attorney General William Barr in a statement said Rosenstein served the Justice Department "with dedication and distinction."

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Resigns.  On Monday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein submitted his resignation to President Trump, effective May 1 [sic].  Rosenstein pointed out in his letter that the "median tenure of a Deputy Attorney General is l6 months, and few serve longer than two years."  When his resignation becomes effective on May 1 [sic], Rosenstein will have served just over two years.

18 Real Attacks on the 'Rule of Law'.  [#10] Rod Rosenstein's self-appointment oversight of investigation into his own actions:  The deputy attorney general installed himself as the oversight attorney over Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation to "[continue] to conduct the investigation confirmed by Director James B. Comey," and implicitly whether President Trump's firing of Comey constituted obstruction of that same investigation.  Rosenstein, in fact, wrote a memo recommending Comey's firing on May 9, 2017, making him a potential accessory to this same act.  Placing himself over the investigation gave Rosenstein the opportunity to use his position to shield himself from potential liability for the Comey firing.  A federal regulation prohibits an attorney from overseeing an investigation when that attorney has a "substantial interest that would be directly affected by the outcome of the investigation."  Rosenstein shouldn't be allowed to supervise an investigation into his own conduct.

Rod Rosenstein Has Some Serious Explaining to Do.  For the last two years, millions of Americans have come to view Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as a kind of national insurance policy.  This assessment is now in need of revision.  Rosenstein is the guy who appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate whether Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 election a week after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.  As the president rages on Twitter, Rosenstein is seen as the avatar of what one anonymous administration called the "steady state" — the resistance to Trump from within.  Now there is a fresh account of what Rosenstein did and said after Trump fired Comey.  According to a new book from Comey's former deputy, Andrew McCabe, Rosenstein offered to wear a wire to surreptitiously record Trump and discussed invoking the 25th Amendment, whereby a majority of the Cabinet and the vice president would deem the president unable to carry out his constitutional duties.

Former Trump Attorney Outlines Insufferable Behavior of Mueller and Rosenstein in Perpetrating Political Russia Hoax.  ABC conducted an extremely interesting interview with former Trump Attorney John Dowd that the media outlet will likely keep far away from their mainstream broadcast and print reporting.  The interview is exceptionally interesting because Dowd outlines how incredibly false all prior reporting has been surrounding the Mueller investigation and the background of the contacts and discussions between Trump's legal team, Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein.  Additionally, within the interview itself, when you stand back and absorb the details of what he discusses, you can clearly see why there came a point when the Trump legal team needed to shift strategies and accept that Mueller and Rosenstein had allowed the politics of the 'investigation' to shape their direction.  It's quite a remarkable conversation.

Jim Jordan Questions AAG Matt Whitaker on Rosenstein Scope Memo to Robert Mueller.  Congressman Jim Jordan questions AAG Matt Whitaker on the August 2017 scope memo that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein delivered to Robert Mueller.  Representative Jordan asks if there are specific people named within the hidden (redacted) scope memo.  Initially AAG Whitaker says "yes", and then appears to back away from that answer.

On Mueller and Rosenstein Collaboration:  When are People Going to Admit The Republicans Got Rolled.  Attorney Cleta Mitchell appears with Lou Dobbs to discuss Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's plans to leave the DOJ in the coming weeks.  About two minutes into this discussion clear-eyed Dobbs asks when people are going to admit the Mueller probe was all about covering-up prior corruption; thereby positioning Cleta Mitchell to outline a specific example of how Speaker Paul Ryan worked against HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes to undermine any investigative inquiry.

Why Rosenstein's departure will help restore the rule of law at the Justice Department.  Reports Wednesday [1/9/2019] by Fox News and others that rogue Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to resign in several weeks — soon after William Barr is confirmed by the Senate as our nation's next attorney general — mean that the Justice Department is headed for badly needed reforms.  Under the failed leadership of fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein, the department has been operating more like the Department of Injustice in its handling of the out-of-control and ever-expanding Russia probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and overseen by Rosenstein.  And that's only one example of Rosenstein's misconduct.  Rosenstein has been the de facto attorney general almost since the outset of the Trump administration.  Throughout his tenure, Rosenstein manipulated and supplanted the feckless Sessions, who served as attorney general in name only.

Joe DiGenova:  Rosenstein the "Most Fundamentally Dishonest Lawyer in America".  DiGenova focused his attacks on corrupt Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein who was behind the spying on the Trump campaign and then ran the DOJ witch hunt against the Trump presidency.  DiGenova is no fan of crooked Rod Rosenstein.

McCabe, Rosenstein opened secret obstruction probe into Trump after he told Comey to drop Flynn investigation:  Report.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and other top Justice Department officials opened an obstruction of justice investigation into President Trump himself in the week after he fired then-FBI Director James Comey in an attempt to rein him in, according to a report published late Thursday [12/6/2018].  At the direction of then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, the DOJ secretly opened a probe into Trump because they were worried about his attempts to control other government operations, including his telling Comey to stop looking into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, CNN reported.

10 Reasons It's Time To Fire Rod Rosenstein.  [#9] Appointing a Special Counsel Without a Predicate Crime:  When a civil libertarian quotes Joseph Stalin's secret police director Lavrenti Beria's "Show me the man and I'll find the crime," it is to illustrate the chilling injustice of assigning prosecutions to take down people instead of investigating crimes.  Andrew McCarthy made this point citing Justice Department regulation 28 CFR 600.1, which says a special counsel must not be unleashed without a determination that "criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted."  Rosenstein's claim to authority falls within the scope of former attorney general Jeff Sessions's recusal from "any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States."  Nevertheless, Rosenstein has empowered the special counsel to pursue people related to the 2016 campaign for president, not crimes related to the 2016 campaign.  In the absence of a single indictment or conviction for coordination between the campaign and Russia, one has to wonder if the Sessions recusal was a pretext.  In all the indictments and convictions Mueller obtained, every one is a Beria-style conviction under the special counsel's jurisdiction over "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation."  Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Rick Gates, Alex van der Zwaan, Cohen, and Sam Patten were all convicted of crimes not related to contacts between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.  They were just names on a list of people who may have helped Trump.

Jeff Sessions Resignation.  [Scroll down]  The logical and intellectual reality is that President Trump has wanted to declassify documents requested by congress (House of Representatives) that would show the corrupt activity within the FBI and DOJ surrounding the 2016 election.  DAG Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller do not want those documents released.  There has been a conflict between the differing sets of interests and priorities.  What happens in this lame-duck congressional session around this issue is an unknown.  It appears Mueller has informed Rosenstein that any declassification would be considered interference/obstruction with his investigation.  Rosenstein has communicated that threat to President Trump.

Rosenstein DOJ Threatens "Obstruction" Over Declassification Directive.  In court filings last week the Department of Justice deployed what could be the nuclear option in its latest effort to prevent President Trump from declassifying information regarding FISA warrants used to spy on his campaign aide Carter Page:  It is claiming that such a move would interfere with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.  This is the first time the DOJ has explicitly made this argument implying personal peril for the president, since interference could open Trump to charges of obstruction of justice.  Until now, the department has argued that declassifying the documents threatened national security.

Rosenstein Backs Out of Classified Questioning; Goodlatte and Gowdy Cancel Hearing.  Here's what an objective review of events seems to show.  There are voices sympathetic to a premise, a theory of sorts, that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller in an effort to remove the corrupt influence of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe in 2017.  According to the theory — Rosenstein's modus operandi was to facilitate a genuine review of the Russian collusion/conspiracy questions through the appointment of Mueller.  However, in order for that theory to be correct — once Rosenstein discovered the fraudulent basis for the origination of the Mueller probe; meaning once he realized there was an actual FBI and DOJ scheme to construct a soft-coup; he would necessarily have needed to stop defending the false premise which built the foundation for the inquiry.  He didn't.  He advanced it.  He defends it, even today.

The Circus of Confusion and Chaos That Hangs Around Rosenstein Is Deliberate.  On the morning of Oct. 10, there was a brief furor in the news media after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein supposedly canceled a scheduled appearance before the House Judiciary Committee.  Soon after, the news became confusing, as some reporters noted they had sources telling them no such meeting had ever been scheduled in the first place, so there was nothing for Rosenstein to cancel.  Epoch Times reporter Ivan Pentchoukov was one such reporter, who first heard that angry House Representatives were thinking about subpoenaing Rosenstein for ducking the scheduled testimony.  There was even a press release, in which House Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) threatened to, at long last, subpoena the deputy attorney general.  However, almost immediately after that press release hit the wire, Pentchoukov was told by multiple sources on the Hill that there had never been any such scheduled testimony from Rosenstein, so there was nothing to cancel.

Rosenstein talks to press, but not to Congress; Republicans irate.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein doesn't give many press interviews.  But he did, on Wednesday [10/17/2018], invite a Wall Street Journal reporter to the Justice Department for what the Journal called an "expansive" conversation. [...] Rosenstein had time to discuss a lot of things.  One thing apparently not mentioned in the interview was the fact that, at that very moment, Rosenstein was putting off appearing before the House Judiciary-Oversight task force that wants to question him, not just about the Trump-Russia investigation, but about reports that he last year suggested wearing a wire to secretly record President Trump in the White House and that he also discussed invoking the 25th Amendment in an effort to remove the president from office.

Bob Goodlatte: 'I will issue a subpoena' for Rod Rosenstein.  Rep. Bob Goodlatte said Saturday [10/13/2018] that while Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has spoken with the White House, he still needs to speak to the House Judiciary Committee.  The Virginia Republican, who chairs the committee, said the committee has wanted to talk with Rosenstein since a New York Times story made his comments about secretly recording President Trump public.  Sources alleged to the Times that Rosenstein discussed forcing Trump out of office with the 25th Amendment, which lays out how a president unfit to serve can be removed from office.

Rod Rosenstein Refuses to Turn Over Subpoenaed Memos; Backs Out of Thursday's Congressional Hearing.  According to multiple reports, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein has given a verbal resignation to Chief of Staff John Kelly following an explosive NYT report he wanted to wear a wire and oust Trump from office.  Last week, Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC), who previously filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein, called for the Deputy Attorney General to appear before Congress under oath this week.  But today [10/10/2018] Rosenstein notified Congress he will not turn over the subpoenaed memos and will not appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Refuses to be Interviewed By Joint House Committee.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was scheduled to testify tomorrow [10/11/2018] to a closed-door joint House congressional committee (Judiciary/Oversight) chaired by Bob Goodlatte.  This committee has been conducting oversight into activity within the FBI and DOJ as it pertains to prior politicization of the agencies.  According to reports from earlier today [10/10/2018], DAG Rosenstein is now refusing to deliver testimony to the committee about his personal involvement in the soft-coup attempt against President Trump.

Rosenstein faces congressional confrontation amid new claim he seriously suggested wiretapping Trump.  Soon after Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein suggested using a wiretap to record President Trump'scommunications, then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe went to the bureau's top lawyer seeking advice on what he had just heard.  Rosenstein, McCabe told the lawyer, wanted to furtively tape the president to help explore whether Trump had obstructed justice.  How, McCabe asked, should the FBI respond to the outlandish proposition?

Top FBI lawyer:  We took Rosenstein talk of bugging the president very seriously.  Not long after a 2017 meeting in which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly discussed wearing a wire to secretly record conversations with President Trump, two top officials in the meeting, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and bureau lawyer Lisa Page, went to the office of a third FBI official, general counsel James Baker.  They told Baker what Rosenstein said, according to Baker's recent testimony to House investigators.  And Baker took the news very seriously.

Trump Will Flip Rosenstein.  This is the long and the short of it:  Rosenstein not only wrote the memo giving the reasons for the termination of FBI director Comey, but actively sought the opportunity to do so.  The memo is dated May 9, 2017, the day after Comey's firing.  He wanted to write the memo because, at the time, the Democrats were saying Comey cost Clinton the presidency by reopening the investigation into her "private server/email" just before the election of 2016.  Rosenstein believed that in writing the memo, he would be hailed by Democrats as a hero.  In the memo, he leans heavily on Comey's actions "usurp[ing] the Attorney General's authority."

Rod Rosenstein's Resistance.  [Scroll down]  The Times account is based on multiple unnamed sources and draws on memoranda about interactions with Rosenstein, written by the FBI's former deputy director, Andrew McCabe, and other officials.  The Times creates ambiguity about whether its journalists have actually seen these memos.  Times reporters Adam Goldman and Michael S. Schmidt indicate that the chirpy anonymous officials with whom they spoke "were briefed either on the events themselves or on [the] memos" — implying that the journalists are relying on their sources' accounts of the memos.  Yet, the report subsequently adds a quote from McCabe's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, who says his client "has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos."

The Latest:  AP source says Rosenstein expecting to be fired.  President Donald Trump is declining to say whether he plans to fire his Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but says he hopes a Thursday meeting will help him figure out "what's going on."

Rosenstein still at DOJ, never offered to leave, likely to stay:  Source.  The chances of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaving his job or being fired appeared to be fading early Monday afternoon [9/24/2018], after a source familiar with his status said he never offered his resignation, and only talked about it after a New York Times report from last week said Rosenstein was trying to orchestrate President Trump's removal from office.  Rosenstein returned to the Justice Department around 1 p.m.  Monday after a previously scheduled noon meeting at the White House, still in his position as the department's No. 2.

Why must everything Rosenstein be filled with drama?  In my three decades of reporting on the criminal justice system, the deputy attorney general has always been one of the most critical jobs in law enforcement.  The DAG, as he or she is called on the inside, really runs the day-to-day machinations of the Department of Justice (DOJ), to ensure the agenda of the attorney general and the president is carried out legally and without controversy, whenever possible.  The job requires a steel hand, a commonsense loyalty to the Constitution over politics, a cast-iron stomach, and a flair for avoiding the dramatic.

Rosenstein.  The media were going bananas this morning [9/24/2018] with proclamations of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on the cusp of being fired and headed to the White House.  Firing is not how leverage works.  According to both President Trump (via tweet), and DAG Rod Rosenstein (via statement), the President and Deputy AG had a meeting last week to discuss the declassification directive.  Within that meeting it is almost certain that part of the conversation circled around Rosenstein being unable to fulfill his responsibilities at the DOJ if the substance of the information underneath the declassification directive was released.  Understanding the institutional corruption hidden by the DOJ and FBI classification and redaction, it is predictable that Rosenstein would become the target for Trump media allies and supporters when the circumstances, evidence and details surrounding the soft-coup attempt are exposed.

Schumer rallies behind Rosenstein, warns Trump not to fire him.  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday the bombshell report of Rod Rosenstein suggesting wearing a wiretap to record President Trump shouldn't be used to fire the deputy attorney general.  "This New York Times report must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt purpose of firing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein in order to install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the Special Counsel's investigation," Schumer wrote in a tweet.  He added that other Trump administration officials have reportedly said negative things about the president, yet they weren't fired.  "Generals Kelly, Mattis and numerous other White House and cabinet officials have been reported to say critical things of the president without being fired," the top Senate Demcorat added in a tweet.

NY Times Reporter Stands by Rod Rosenstein Bombshell: 'This Wasn't a Flippant Remark'.  In the wake of reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's comments about secretly recording President Donald Trump were made in jest, New York Times reporter Adam Goldman is defending his reporting.  Speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper on Friday, Goldman — one of the two reporters who wrote the Times bombshell — said as far as he was concerned, it was not a flippant remark.  "You know, my understanding of what happened is that this wasn't a flippant remark," Goldman said.  "And he was, in fact, very serious.  And the circumstances in which it was described to me are different now than what's being put out I guess by the government."

Rod Rosenstein, quit!  For the good of your country, Rod Rosenstein, step down.  If you have a shred of integrity left in you, if you still care about the law and justice as much as you claim, if you still hold to your oath, then quit your position as deputy attorney general of the United States.  It is now clear that you are a fierce partisan working at the highest levels of the Department of Justice.  The notion that someone in your powerful — yet unelected — position would scheme inside the highest levels of the federal government to take out a duly elected sitting United States president is stunning.

Twelve points to keep in mind on the NYT's Rosenstein 'wear a wire' and invoke 25th Amendment story.  We are only getting started on figuring out what this really means, but here are twelve points to keep in mind:  [#1] The New York Times is comfortable exposing deep state resistance to Trump.  The idea that members of the federal bureaucracy are deliberately sabotaging and working to oust a duly elected president of the United States has been dismissed as a conspiracy theory by all sorts of mainstream media outlets and purported fact-checkers.  But first with its publication of an anonymously-written op-ed, and now with this story, the Times is eager to admit the resistance and celebrate it, presumably because it thinks the end is nearing for the Trump presidency.  [#2] Memos written by Andrew McCabe and Lisa Page were at least part of the basis for the report.  Given the fact that McCabe has been fired and has been referred by the DOJ's Inspector General for criminal prosecution, there may be self-protection motives in releasing them to the leading journalistic opponent of Trump's presidency.  [#3] Rod Rosenstein's denials are lawyerly and self-contradictory.

Trump hints Rosenstein may not have a job much longer.  President Trump hinted Friday [9/21/2018] that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may not be working at the Department of Justice much longer.  During a campaign rally in Springfield, Missouri, Trump suggested that about "95 percent" of people at the Department of Justice and the FBI supported him, "but you've got some real bad ones," pointing out that at the FBI "they're all gone."  "But there's a lingering stench and we're going to get rid of that too," Trump proclaimed.  He made the comment hours after the New York Times reported that Rosenstein had discussed recruiting members of Trump's cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment against the president in the days following FBI Director James Comey's dismissal.  The Times reported that Rosenstein suggested secretly recording Trump as well.

Rod Rosenstein's coup attempt to depose Trump should not go unpunished.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's actions, as recounted by the New York Times Friday [9/21/2018], are the equivalent of an attempted coup — a plot to overthrow the president.  As the Times reveals, Rosenstein was furious that Democrats blamed him for the firing of FBI Director James Comey.  Rosenstein, who had volunteered to write the firing memorandum, was "regretful and emotional."  His behavior was described as "erratic."  He blamed Trump.  So, in an apparent act of vengeance, he proposed secretly recording the president to try to gain damaging information about him.  He solicited others to wear wires, including Andrew McCabe, who was later fired as Assistant FBI Director.  Rosenstein is said to have discussed recruiting cabinet members to depose Trump under the 25th Amendment.  All of this is reportedly evidenced in memos, including those written by McCabe.

Rosenstein rips NYT for 'inaccurate' story on Trump recordings.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is challenging a bombshell story in The New York Times alleging that he discussed secretly recording President Trump last year, calling it "inaccurate" and "factually incorrect."  Rosenstein in a statement released by the Justice Department (DOJ) also said that there was "no basis" to invoke the 25th Amendment, after the Times reported that he proposed recruiting various Cabinet officials to take such a step in order to remove Trump from office over his unfitness.

Rosenstein proposed secretly recording conversations with Trump, invoking 25th Amendment:  NYT.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein proposed secretly recording conversations in the Oval Office with President Trump last year and discussed the possibility of Cabinet officials invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president, according to a New York Times report.  The bombshell story sparked a political firestorm Friday afternoon, prompting an immediate denial from the Justice Department and sparking calls from conservative circles for Trump to fire his No. 2 law enforcement official.  The Times, citing people familiar with the matter, reported on Friday [9/21/2018] that Rosenstein made comments to other Justice Department officials in meetings in spring 2017 about secretly recording Trump after the president fired FBI Director James Comey that May.

Joe DiGenova drops Bombshell News:  Rosenstein under investigation.  [Video clip]

Rod Rosenstein Is Now Under Investigation.  It was a huge announcement by former U.S. District Attorney and current powerhouse lawyer, Joe DiGenova last night when he announced that Rod Rosenstein, the high-ranking DOJ official at the center of the Trump/Russia hoax, is now under investigation.  If true it is confirmation of the long-standing rumors that the Trump White House has quietly been moving against the Deep State with its own investigations and one or more very significant bombshell revelations are about to drop.  Rosenstein has been a highly effective Deep State firewall at the DOJ, slow-walking document requests and giving vast powers over to the anti-Trump Mueller investigation.

Declassified: Did Rosenstein Make False Statements to the FISA Judge?  The unredacted portions of the June 2017 warrant application reveal two deceptions by Rosenstein that have not received sufficient attention.  The first is that Rosenstein told the FISA judge that the information from former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele that was in the warrant application was "verified" but failed to tell the FISA judge that a month earlier, Steele admitted that his information was "unverified." [...] Rosenstein's second deception was falsely telling the FISA judge that Steele did not disclose his information to the press in September 2016, but disclosed to the press only in October 2016.

Progressive Regression.  [Scroll down]  Rod Rosenstein was knee-deep in the Uranium One investigation, the Clinton email investigation, the FISA warrant applications, and the Trump-collusion mythologies.  He should have been recused long ago.  If Rosenstein was not recused, there is now no such thing as an idea of recusal at all.  Liberals do not care much whether Bill Clinton received a $500,000 honorarium in Moscow or that Russian interests gave millions to the Clinton foundation shortly before Hillary Clinton urged the government to approve the sale to them of 20 percent of U.S. uranium.

Levin: Yes, Rosenstein 'should be impeached'.  Thursday [7/26/2018] on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin took a contrarian position to most of the conservative political commentators in the media and made the case that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should be impeached.  Levin reviewed the facts and the actions Rosenstein has taken since his appointment by President Donald Trump to the number two position in the Department of Justice.  He argued that Congress, the most powerful branch of government, the branch with oversight power, has a constitutional duty to exercise that power over the other two branches when circumstances demand action.  If Congress waited around for Trump to fire Rosenstein, Levin explained, the Democrats and the media would demand that Trump be impeached for firing Rosenstein.  "Congress has an independent responsibility," Levin said.  "Congress doesn't have to wait for a president or encourage a president.  Congress has an independent responsibility — to get to the bottom of it and fix it!"

Rep. Meadows Warns He Could Go Around Speaker Ryan To Impeach Rosenstein.  House Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows warns he could go around House Speaker Paul Ryan if he does not allow a floor vote to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  On Wednesday [7/25/2018], Meadows said he could file a privileged motion to force a vote on the resolution to remove Rosenstein from his position.

House Republicans File Resolution To Impeach Rosenstein.  House Republicans filed a resolution to impeach United States Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday, citing the Justice Department's lack of transparency and obstruction of congressional oversight.  "I just filed a resolution with Jim Jordan and several colleagues to impeach Rod Rosenstein," Meadows wrote on Twitter.  "The DOJ has continued to hide information from Congress and repeatedly obstructed oversight — even defying multiple Congressional subpoenas."  "We have had enough," Meadows added.

GOP lawmakers introduce articles of impeachment against Rosenstein.  A group of conservative House lawmakers on Wednesday [7/25/2018] introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the top Department of Justice (DOJ) official overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.  The introduction of the resolution is the latest sign of escalating efforts among conservatives to oust the DOJ's No. 2 official.  Conservative members led by Reps.  Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), along with nine co-sponsors, introduced the five articles shortly after a meeting with DOJ officials concerning document production.

House Republicans introduce articles of impeachment against Rosenstein.  A group of 11 House Republicans introduced five articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Wednesday evening [7/25/2018].  The impeachment articles accuse Rosenstein of intentionally withholding documents and information from Congress, failure to comply with congressional subpoenas and abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Swamp creature resists any further drainage:
House Speaker rejects Rosenstein impeachment effort.  U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday rejected a move by fellow Republicans to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official, who oversees the federal probe of Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.  "Do I support impeachment of Rod Rosenstein?  No, I do not," said Ryan, whose stance could make it easier for other Republican members to oppose the measure.

Ryan: Rosenstein Hasn't Hit 'Level of High Crimes and Misdemeanors'.  House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters today that he doesn't support the effort from some members of the House Freedom Caucus to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because, for starters, "I don't think we should be cavalier with this process or with this term."  Articles of impeachment were introduced Wednesday by Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and current Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), along with nine other members.

DiGenova on Possible Rosenstein Impeachment: 'He's Getting What He Deserves'.  Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe diGenova ripped Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and said whatever punishment may be coming his way is warranted.  DiGenova said that Rosenstein signed the final FISA court renewal for a warrant to surveil a former Trump campaign associate, and that he did not read that final application — but instead had others explain what was in it.  "Whether or not impeachment is the right way to go doesn't even matter anymore," diGenova said.  "There's no doubt that Rod Rosenstein deserves everything that he's getting."

Rep. Issa Says Probe of Rosenstein Over Alleged Threats Is Warranted.  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said Tuesday [7/24/2018] that it's "absolutely" warranted for GOP leaders to ask Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate alleged threats by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in January.

Trey Gowdy Confirms There Are No Plans to Impeach Rod Rosenstein.  There have been rumblings in the House of Representatives among Republicans that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should be removed from his post.  The New York Post recently reported that Reps.  Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, both members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, were exploring avenues to possibly impeach Rosenstein.  Jordan and Meadows are reportedly incensed by what they see as stonewalling by Rosenstein, who isn't turning over documents related to anti-Trump bias at the FBI.  The Posts says impeachment documents could be filed as soon as today.  But Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is expected to block the effort.

Report: House Conservatives Move Forward with Plans to Impeach Rod Rosenstein.  House conservatives have begun planning the impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to reports.  Leading Freedom Caucus members Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) are laying the groundwork to bring articles of impeachment against Rosenstein, as House investigators accuse the Justice Department of stonewalling their requests for documents related to the agency's surveillance of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Rosenstein not smiling anymore after House Republican's spotted with his impeachment docs.  Two House Republicans are seeking to file impeachment documents against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as early as Monday [7/16/2018], according to Capitol Hill sources who spoke with Politico.  Reps.  Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, both members of the House Freedom Caucus, take issue with both the deputy attorney general's poor handling of the Russia investigation and his lack of transparency.  Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's scandal-plagued probe into alleged Russian collusion and was the official who named the FBI veteran to lead the probe last year, has repeatedly stonewalled requests from congressional Republicans for access to documents pertaining to the investigation.

Conservatives moving to impeach Rosenstein soon: report.  Conservative lawmakers in the House are preparing to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Politico reported Friday [7/13/2018].  Sources told the publication that conservatives have been preparing to have Rosenstein impeached for weeks over allegations that he's held up their investigation into FBI agents who some lawmakers say are biased against President Trump.  House Freedom Caucus leaders Reps.  Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) are leading the effort, and the impeachment document could be filed as soon as Monday [7/16/2018], according to Politico.

Somebody At DOJ Isn't Telling The Truth About Rosenstein's Subpoena Threats Against Congressional Staff.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein denied under oath he had threatened to subpoena congressional aides' communications, but a DOJ spokesman had already admitted that was true in statements to multiple news outlets, claiming it was justified.  "Rosenstein threatened to 'subpoena' GOP-led committee in 'chilling' clash over records, emails show," reported Catherine Herridge at Fox News. [...] The media praised Rosenstein for his handling of Jordan's question, particularly his pedantic claim that phone calls can't be subpoenaed, which elicited laughter from the gallery.  It was obvious that Rosenstein was familiar with the media report his office confirmed, if spun to be less disconcerting, and that the term phone call was a reference to phone records, which are frequently subpoenaed or otherwise obtained by law enforcement authorities.

Rosenstein Testifies He Doesn't Need to Read FISA Applications He Signs.  "It depends on the circumstances," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified Thursday [6/28/2018] when asked if he reads every FISA application he signs authoring the government to spy on its citizens.  Rosenstein testified in a House hearing on potential abuses by the Justice Department (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding its investigation of President Donald Trump and potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  When former judge Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) asked Rosenstein about the FISA warrant he signed, Rosenstein looked to FBI Director Wray for the answer — a move that disturbed Gohmert.

How do you solve a problem like Rod Rosenstein?  The ever so self-important Deputy AG, Rod Rosenstein finally came before the House Judiciary Committee today, along with FBI Director Christopher Wray.  This particular committee has been on the case for many months with little cooperation from the DOJ or FBI.  It has been obvious from the beginning of all this nonsense that the higher-ups in both of these agencies feel themselves to be above the law; way above the law.

Rosenstein Refuses To Discuss Whether Obama Spied On Trump Campaign.  Facing a grilling during the House Committee on the Judiciary hearing this morning, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein refused to say whether or not any member of the Obama administration tried to undermine President Donald Trump's campaign leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

Rod Rosenstein's Telling House Testimony.  Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Chris Wray testified yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee.  It proved interesting.  Very interesting.  And informative.  At the start, Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee and Jerrold Nadler repeatedly questioned the validity of the hearing.  Following the break, Points of Order were loudly raised (particularly by Ted Lieu) as Strzok testimony was raised in questioning by Rep. Ratcliffe.  Democrats appeared unusually nervous and remained contentious throughout the hearing.  Almost as if they were worried over what Rosenstein might have to say.

Trump Must Fire Rod Rosenstein Immediately.  Rosenstein deserves the door for two primary reasons.  First, he has shown a complete unwillingness or inability (or some combination of the two) to monitor and supervise the Robert Mueller's special counsel probe.  Despite tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer expenditures and scores of utterly conflicted, corrupt investigators and attorneys, this seemingly endless Mueller inquest has only produced a few suspect process crimes and multiple indictments of Russian nationals and Paul Manafort for alleged infractions totally unrelated to our 2016 electoral triumph.  Second, Rosenstein's willful intransigence toward congressional oversight and refusal to comply with legitimate requests for documents and information necessitates that his supervisor, President Trump, relieve this dishonest political actor of his Justice Department role.

What's next for Rosenstein if he won't release Clinton docs.  If Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein does not comply with the request of two Republican lawmakers to release documents about why special counsel Robert Mueller began investigating alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election, he could be held in contempt, according to Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz.  "There has never been a more important time in our history for checks and balances to be operating, whether it's regarding President Trump's immigration policies, where we're seeing checks and balances in play and whether it be the Mueller investigation," Dershowitz said during an interview with FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo on Friday [6/22/2018].

Impeach Rod Rosenstein — The showdown between DOJ and Congress is finally here.  The long-awaited showdown between the Justice Department and Congress is finally here.  It started late Friday afternoon [6/15/2018].  While the rest of the country was parsing the just-released report on the FBI from the Justice Department's inspector general, senior congressional leaders and selected committee chairmen quietly met with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a secure location in the basement of the Capitol.  At issue was Justice and FBI's continuing defiance of congressional subpoenas.  At the top of this list is the demand from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for documents about why and whether the FBI had an informant insinuating himself with Trump campaign officials before the Russia investigation officially started.

Unbelievable! It Was Rosenstein Who Hid the "Stop Trump" Texts.  During the testimony provided by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Rep. Jordan asked who made the decision to withhold the smoking gun 'Stop Trump' text message from Congressional investigators for a month.  "But who made the decision?  Was it Mr. Wray, was it Mr. Rosenstein, Mr. Sessions?  Who made the decision?" Jordan asked Horowitz.  "We sent it to the Office of Deputy Attorney General," Horowitz said.  "So, Mr. Rosenstein.  Rosenstein made a decision that instead of us seeing the most explosive text message between these two key agents that were on the Clinton team, the Russia team, and on the Special Counsel team, he made a decision to wait a month for us to see that text message," Rep Jordan said.  Rep. Jordan said this isn't the first time Rosenstein has kept information from Congress.  It's his pattern.

'We're Getting Close': Nunes Says Impeachment Is On The Table For Rod Rosenstein.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Sunday that "there will be hell to pay" — including impeachment for top Justice Department officials — if the agency fails this week to give Congress documents about an FBI informant used to spy on the Trump campaign.  "We can't force the resignation, but we can hold in contempt, we can pass resolutions, we can impeach.  I think we're getting close to there," Nunes said of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures."

Rod Rosenstein, cult hero.  More than any federal agency or department I've worked for, with, or against, the Justice Department resembles a cult.  Its employees think they are special.  They feel intense hostility towards the Department's adversaries.  They are fiercely loyal to the Department and compulsively committed to its ways of doing things.  Outsiders are viewed with condescension and suspicion, if not contempt.  Obviously, many DOJ employees do not buy fully into the cult, but many do.  Those who rise to the top tend to embrace it the most.  This brings us to Rod Rosenstein, a career DOJ attorney who joined the department in 1990.

Move over, J. Edgar Hoover; Rod Rosenstein is an even greater threat to the Constitution.  However bad you thought it was, it really is so much worse.  However rotten and ungovernable you thought the federal swamp was, it really is so much worse.  Indeed, it will take a hundred Donald Trumps to carve out all the cancer riddling this federal government.  Behold, Rod Rosenstein, the very face of the swamp Leviathan.  Geeky and bespectacled, he is the cancer that even America's Founders could not imagine when they crafted a set of checks and balances designed to temper even the most monstrous of human nature.

Rosenstein threatened to 'subpoena' GOP-led committee in 'chilling' clash over records, emails show.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to "subpoena" emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and staff on a Republican-led House committee during a tense meeting earlier this year, according to emails reviewed by Fox News documenting the encounter and reflecting what aides described as a "personal attack."  The emails memorialized a January 2018 closed-door meeting involving senior FBI and Justice Department officials as well as members of the House Intelligence Committee.  The account claimed Rosenstein threatened to turn the tables on the committee's inquiries regarding the Russia probe.

The mess Rod Rosenstein made.  Many liberals and critics are under the mistaken belief that President Trump is violating the rule of law and civil liberties by criticizing the Robert Mueller investigation and by ordering the Justice Department's Inspector General to investigate whether or not the FBI spied on his 2016 presidential campaign.  In fact, the president is behaving totally lawfully, and it is Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who are acting unconstitutionally and who are violating Trump's civil liberties.  Presidents George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson all gave orders to federal prosecutors to bring prosecutions, and Jefferson ordered a prosecution stopped.  President Trump is entirely within his rights to ask the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate whether the Obama administration got the FBI to spy on Trump's campaign.

Two Months Later, Rosenstein Still Hasn't Responded To Top Senate Investigator.  It's been more than two months since the chairman of a major Senate oversight committee sent a pointed request for information about the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation to the Department of Justice (DOJ), but the agency still hasn't responded to the lawmaker's inquiry.  The March 1, 2018, letter from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein asked eight questions about DOJ's handling of the Clinton e-mail investigation shortly before and after the 2016 presidential election.  The specific focus was on decision-making process after the discovery that a laptop owned by Anthony Weiner, who was then married to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, contained potentially classified e-mails to and from former secretary of state Clinton.  Multiple sources familiar with the matter told The Federalist that Rosenstein has yet to respond to Johnson's inquiry.

DiGenova: Rosenstein Has 'Disqualified Himself From Continued Service' At DOJ.  Joe diGenova told Tucker Carlson Wednesday night [5/2/2018] that Rod Rosenstein's recent comments allegedly attacking Congress "disqualify" him from staying at the Department of Justice.  "The deputy attorney general today disqualified himself from continued service in the Department of Justice," the former U.S. attorney told The Daily Caller co-founder.  "Jeff Sessions now has an absolute responsibility to call him into his office, berate him for saying that constitutional oversight is extortion."

Deep State Agent of Corruption.  The confirmation of Rod Rosenstein as Deputy Attorney General by a lopsided 94-6 vote should have set off warning bells.  It is odd that a Trump nominee would get so much Democrat support, if any at all.  But Rosenstein's role in appointing his pal Robert Mueller to lead a fraudulent "Russian collusion" probe — as well as his history of looking the other way when Hillary Clinton is involved — shows the Democrats had high hopes for Rosenstein.  These hopes were realized by his actions that have been documented in the four-page House Intelligence Committee memo.

Rod Rosenstein Is Shirking His Duty to Supervise Robert Mueller.  The answer to the "What's to stop Mueller?" question should be obvious.  It is the Justice Department.  Alas, the answer eludes us because Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been AWOL for seven months.  We seem to have forgotten that Mueller answers to Rosenstein — and Rosenstein seems only too happy to have us forget.

Dershowitz: 'Rod Rosenstein Should Recuse Himself'.  This weekend on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends," Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz discussed the possibility of Attorney General Jeff Sessions un-recusing himself from the ongoing Russia probe.  "He could [un-recuse himself]," said Dershowitz.  "The law certainly allows anyone who's recused themselves to change that if there are new developments and new circumstances."

Democrats Mobilize Against Rod Rosenstein As Inspector General Investigation Zeroes In On FBI.  Democrats are attacking Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's credibility after the Department of Justice released text messages showing a top FBI agent on both the Clinton email investigation and the Russia probe rooting for Clinton while he was investigating her and discussing an unknown "insurance policy" against Trump in case he won the election.  The pro-Clinton, anti-Trump messages were, ironically, discovered as part of an investigation into the DOJ and FBI launched by the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (IG) in response to Democratic politicians demanding a probe into possible anti-Clinton bias at the FBI.  Democratic politicians and left-wing media have attacked Rosenstein's credibility in response, claiming he should have blocked the messages' release.


Rod Rosenstein announces an indictment on July 13, 2018
(Just carrying the load for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.)


The Lies at the Heart of the Mueller Indictments.  Apart from the 12 Russians he has accused of meddling in the 2016 presidential election, two other figures play a prominent role in Robert Mueller's July 13 indictment. [...] It strains belief that any professional spies would be so inept as to give their entire game away with their very first move.  But in asking us to believe that Russia would assign agents this incompetent to sabotage the United States presidential election, Mueller insults both nations' intelligence.

The Lies at the Heart of the Mueller Indictments.  So far, the reporting on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's July 13 indictments of 12 Russians mostly can be divided into two categories.  First, we have the corporate press, which parrots Mueller's every word as if his honesty were as certain as death and taxes.  Second, we find thoughtful outrage directed at Mueller by some of the more independent-minded right-leaning commentators, who recognize that their elite brethren are ignoring the real story.  Since Mueller can't force the 12 Russians he's indicted to come to the United States for trial, his indictments represent, at best, a shameful corruption of the independent counsel's powers for political ends.

Mueller's indictment of 12 Russian intel officers slams into the law of unintended consequences.  Robert Mueller's indictment of 12 officers of the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency, was purely for domestic propaganda purposes.  The case was never intended to come to trial because it was presumed by Mueller that Russia would never extradite its own intelligence officers, and thus no holes would be poked in the purported evidence by defense counsel.  Thus, the accusations in the indictment would be taken as dispositive by the mainstream media, and the theory that Russia was behind Donald Trump's victory would gain support with an official imprimatur.

Let's See Who's Bluffing in the Criminal Case Against the Russians.  Regarding the indicted 12, Putin reiterated the points he had made earlier to Jeff Mason.  "We — with the United States — we have a treaty for assistance in criminal cases, an existing treaty that exists from 1999. It's still in force, and it works sufficiently.  Why wouldn't Special Counsel Mueller send us an official request within the framework of this agreement?  Our investigators will be acting in accordance with this treaty.  They will question each individual that the American partners are suspecting of something.  Why not a single request was filed?  Nobody sent us a single formal letter, a formal request."  There is no extradition treaty between the U.S. and Russia, which makes all the calls for Trump to demand the extradition of the 12 Russians little more than a continuation of the "internal political games" Putin alluded to in his interview.

Deep State is in a Panic Fearing Putin Shared with Trump Devastating Information Not Yet Reported.  Corrupt Rosenstein came out Friday [7/13/2018] with a quickly scheduled presser to announce the indictment of another 12 Russians supposedly who interfered in the 2016 election.  The case however, like the prior indictments against Russians, appears weak at best.  Numerous observations already over the weekend show the indictments are suspect.  So why are the Democrats, the Deep State and the MSM so petrified of President Trump meeting with Putin?  The answer is because they are deathly afraid of not what Putin might tell Trump but what evidence Putin might have that would indict their leaders in prior criminal actions.

Mueller All but Ignores the Other Russian Hack Target: the GOP.  Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election wasn't as one-sided as Special Counsel Robert Mueller charges in his latest indictment.  The Russian military spy agency that Mueller says hacked the Democratic National Committee also penetrated the computer systems of the Republican National Committee using fake emails in a phishing scheme, U.S. officials say.  This evidence challenges the narrative, now reinforced by Mueller's indictments, that Russia's scheme was solely aimed at damaging Hillary Clinton.

Debrief on Trump-Putin Presser — There are High Crimes to Be Hidden, and Trillions Still at Stake.  Last Friday [7/13/2018], in a carefully timed construct, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein delivered a purely political statement to the media under the auspices of indictments against 13 Russians.  Make no mistake, the entire construct of Mueller's team project; and the enabling of Rod Rosenstein; was intended to do what it has been doing for over a year, diminish, disrupt and eventually stop President Trump.

The Timing of the Mueller Indictments.  Just hours before the Trump-Putin summit, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein released indictments of 12 Russian spies identified by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  Only one problem:  the indictments were rehashed accusations from the House Intelligence Committee's months-old report.  The timing of the indictments raise questions about the DOJ's intentions with respect to the Trump-Putin summit.  Further, as Andrew C. McCarthy points out, 26 of the total 32 subjects indicted by Mueller are unlikely to ever see the inside of a U.S. courtroom.  Highlighting the partisan nature of the DOJ's actions, the indictments themselves omit attempted hacks of Republican individuals and organizations.

More Potemkin Indictments From Helsinki's Would-Be Saboteurs.  On Friday [7/13/2018] — three days before today's summit meeting between President Trump and Russian President Putin — the boss of Team Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, announced that a dozen Russian intelligence officers had been indicted on charges relating to Russia's attempt to interfere in the 2016 election.  These Potemkin indictments could have been announced a month earlier or a month later.  Instead they were obviously timed and intended to have an effect on the Trump-Putin meeting.  Mueller has no business playing around with foreign policy.  The Friday indictments were a truly despicable abuse of power.

Mueller's Latest Indictment Ignores Evidence In The Public Domain.  This author is responding to the indictment because it features claims about Guccifer 2.0 that are inconsistent with what has been discovered about the persona, including the following: [...]

A Russian Ham Sandwich.  If there's one thing Special Counsel Robert Mueller is exceedingly good at it is indicting Russians over whom he has zero jurisdiction.  Mueller had previously indicted 13 Russian individuals and companies, and Friday he added 12 more to the list.  It's a neat little trick — bring charges against people you'll never get in court, therefore you'll never have to prove them.  This allows Mueller and his team to say they're "doing something," that the American people are getting something for the millions his investigation has cost us, while not having to actually prove anything.  Maybe there is something to these charges.  I don't know, and to be honest, I don't care.  I do know the old saying that a prosecutor could indict a ham sandwich, proving those charges are something else entirely.

Decoding the great Ruskie bust.  What are we to make of the headline-busting "bust" of twelve Russians for hacking Dem Party computers, releasing the supposedly confidential info there, and thus messing around with an American election or three? [...] This act by the Department of Justice has no meaning in a legal sense.  The Russians ain't done nothing (yes, double negative — perfect for here) that they (and the U.S. government) have not been doing since at least 1918.  In this case, it had absolutely no effect on any outcomes apart from raising the decibel level.  That is exactly what this supposed "bust" is to do as well.

Brazile, Rice, Obama Gave Russian Hackers Free Rein.  The conveniently timed indictments of 12 more Russians by Deputy A.G. (or should we just face reality and ditch the word "deputy"?) Rosenstein, who will never see the inside of an American courtroom, probably includes the Russian who "hacked" into John Podesta's email account secured with the password "password."  Rosenstein was no doubt pleased with himself to announce that 12 Russian spies were caught — er, spying, on President Obama's watch, by the way, but neglected to include one small detail in his announcement — namely, that DNC chair Donna Brazile and most of the Obama hierarchy let them do it.

DOJ/Mueller release their indictments against 12 Russians outside the jurisdiction of the US.  Rosenstein announces no American was involved.  Mueller will probably never have to prove his case in court. [...] Russians got "gigabytes of data" from DNC computers.  This wasn't just emails.  Where's the rest of the data? [...] Russians allegedly stole data from the DNC in September, 2016.  If they wanted to impact the election, why wasn't that data released in October?

This indictment is extremely weak.  It excludes the DNC server, as well as expert evidence that the data came from a leak, not a hack.  I hope that Putin defends Russia in court.  Both the DNC server and expert witnesses will be needed to prove guilt, if a trial proceeds.

Rosenstein Delivers Indictments For 12 Russians — Then Buries in Lock-box of DOJ National Security Division.  If you are old enough to remember the Soviet-era propaganda approximately five years prior to the Polish solidarity movement, you are old enough to have a solid frame of reference for today's [7/13/2018] announcement from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. [...] The entire indictment is based on the premise of the FBI conducting some unexplained and unsubstantiated form of forensic data-analysis to formulate their detailed conclusions.  However, can anyone explain how this FBI forensic data-analysis was possible when the FBI was never allowed access to the DCCC, DNC and Clinton Campaign servers?

Obama Was Asleep At The Switch With This Russian Interference, Right?  The Department of Justice laid down the hammer today, right?  They've indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers.  Oh, we're closing in on President Trump's inner circle, right?  Nope.  These twelve people will never be in a courtroom.  The charges lobbed against them will never be fleshed out or argued before a judge.  Once again, the DOJ reiterated that no American in these indictments committed a crime, or that any of these actions altered the vote counts during the 2016 elections.  Was there interference?  Yes.  I think that's not up for debate, but was our 2016 election hacked (i.e. vote count totals being changed by infiltrating voting machines)?  No, that never happened, though a lot of Democrats think so.

Ignore the spin — still no evidence of Trump collusion.  After 14 months of investigation (and for the second time in a formal indictment), the Justice Department has stated that it is not alleging any knowing collusion between Trump campaign officials or associates and the Russians.

Mueller Indicts 12 Russians For Hacking DNC.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has led to the indictments of 12 Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 elections, accusing them of engaging in a "sustained effort to hack into the computer networks" of the DCCC, the DNC and "the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and release that information on the internet under the names DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 and through another entity."  According to CNN, the 12 defendants are members of the GRU, a "Russian federation intelligence agency within the main intelligence directorate of the Russian military," all of whom were acting in "their official capacities."

Rosenstein: 'There's No Allegation Russian Interference Changed the Vote Count or Affected Election Outcome'.  Here we go — another junk indictment by the Special Counsel in order to drag the Russian hoax into the midterm elections. [...] Rosenstein held a presser Friday [7/13/2018] and confirmed the DNC server was never hacked.  Rather, the DNC emails were obtained through a "spear phishing" email scam which THOUSANDS of others, including Republicans fell for.  Rosenstein said there is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime.

Rudy Giuliani on Mueller indictments: 'The Russians are nailed'.  President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani cheered the indictments of 12 Russian military officials in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, arguing that it exonerates the president.  "The indictments Rod Rosenstein announced are good news for all Americans.  The Russians are nailed.  No Americans are involved.  Time for Mueller to end this pursuit of the President and say President Trump is completely innocent," Giuliani tweeted Friday.


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