Former deputy (and, for a time, acting) FBI Director Andrew McCabe could face prosecution, now that U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jesse Liu (a Trump appointee) has ruled the criminal referral against him, courtesy of Inspector General Michael Horowitz (an Obama appointee), can go forward. I was going to explain the road this case has traveled –- since April of last year –- to reach this point, but Andrew C. McCarthy has just done that so clearly that I’ll link to his commentary at the end.

But first, I want to look at one aspect of the case that, oddly, isn’t getting much attention from either conservative or mainstream media, though I think it will, certainly if McCabe is indicted and goes to trial. We’ve been focusing on the “Andy” McCabe of “Andy’s office,” where he, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and others apparently met and talked about about an “insurance policy” in the very unlikely event Trump won the election. Our focus on that has been for good reason, as he was part of a group that appears for all the world to have been “colluding” to stop the election of Donald Trump and, later, the ascension to office of a duly-elected President of the United States. Serious stuff; in fact, Joe diGenova, in and interview with Sean Hannity Thursday night, had no problem whatsoever with calling it sedition.


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McCabe and others might still face charges for actions related to this alleged conspiracy, and even the charge of conspiracy itself –- in fact, they’d sure better. But the charge we’re talking about right now isn’t directly about the effort to take down Trump. It has to do with the Hillary Clinton investigation –- oh, excuse me, “matter.”

Just a few days before the election, McCabe ordered the leak of a conversation in which the Obama Justice Department had, he said, pressured the FBI to “stand down” on their investigation of Hillary.

Say what?? That’s right, and he later got into trouble for trying to cover up the leak by lying to questioners at the FBI and even by diverting blame to his colleagues. (He was fired for this but was subsequently hired as a contributor to CNN, joining an ever-growing stable of former Obama administration officials they’ve assembled on their staff. I digress.)

So, class, what would have motivated McCabe to leak about the HILLARY investigation, when we know the DOJ was trying to minimize that as much as possible and the top FBI people wanted her to win? Anyone?


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Well, recall the story that appeared in the Wall Street Journal about McCabe’s wife receiving a donation of $675,000, a huge amount, for her state senate race (that she still lost) from a PAC controlled by longtime Clinton crony and then-governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe. This story broke about two weeks before the election, and the appearance of impropriety here was indeed staggering.

According to sources for the WSJ reporter on that story, McCabe himself had told agents back in July not to let on that they were investigating the Clinton Foundation. If true, that would ramp up the already considerable appearance of impropriety substantially.

When the reporter, Devlin Barrett, called the Bureau to ask questions about this for his follow-up to the story on McCabe’s wife’s donation, it was getting really close to the election, and Comey, as you’ll recall, had coincidentally just re-opened the Clinton email case because of classified material on Anthony Weiner’s laptop (of all places). Apparently, Comey excluded McCabe from meetings about that, out of concern that the story about his wife’s Clinton-related donation might have made the Hillary investigation look biased in her favor. (Editorial comment: even though IT WAS.)

It seems that McCabe took this extremely personally and reacted to it like a man with a wasp in his undershorts, and he decided to bend over backwards to preserve his appearance of objectivity. He called Lisa Page, who was then his general counsel, and told her to counter Barrett’s story by leaking that a DOJ official had called him to talk about backing off the Clinton Foundation probe and that he had stood strong like the mighty oak in defense of the FBI’s pursuit of her. (Of course, we have evidence now that the claim the Obama Justice Department/FBI was seriously investigating Hillary Clinton is a pile of bull droppings. I again digress.)

THAT, not anything about Trump, was the subject of the leak he ordered. And in the end, as McCarthy explained it last year, McCabe “dishonestly denied knowledge of the leak he had ordered, covered his tracks by deflecting blame, and –- when he finally admitted his role –- falsely suggested that Comey had been aware and approving of his actions. McCabe lies to his boss, he lies to his fellow agents, and he lies –- under oath –- in interviews conducted by the FBI’s internal investigators and the IG. Even when he changes his story, McCabe lies about the lies.”


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So. McCabe’s leaking was about HILLARY, not the “Trump/Russia” investigation. This makes me think that he has a lot more to worry about if he goes to trial in Washington, DC, than we might have assumed. The jury pool is going to skew heavily Democrat; these are Hillary folks. Think they are going to be objective? If McCabe had leaked information damaging to Trump, it could be argued that he’d likely walk. (He’d likely be awarded a medal, ha.) But to make himself look better, he’d leaked information potentially damaging to Hilary, and he’d also dared to say that the DOJ was pressuring the FBI to go easy on her. For that, he can never be forgiven.

Incidentally, McCabe has reportedly said that if he is indicted, his defense will be that the Justice Department was under political pressure from the Trump White House to go after him. Considering what it was that he leaked –- something in his own self-interest that implicated Hillary and the Obama DOJ, not Trump –- I don’t think that’s going to fly, even with a D.C. jury.

As for federal charges relating to the efforts to bring down Trump, all of that is separate, and decisions will come later, subsequent to U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation.

Breaking Down the Report of an Imminent McCabe Indictment | National Review

Highly recommended: For lots more background and detail on the case, here’s what McCarthy wrote last year…

McCabe: Leaking and Lying Obscure the Real Collusion | National Review

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  • Leopoldo R Gutierrez

    09/14/2019 12:16 AM

    One down, many more to go. I pray daily that Trump enemies be exposed and the truth prevail, so justice can be applied and we recover more of our Country for the good people. God bless the USA

  • Rev. B. Jean Hall

    09/14/2019 12:14 AM

    All I can say is; this has been a prayer each day now for any years.
    "Father, I ask of you, show to the world the ones with in our country who seek to destroy what you have created. Be brought forward into the light of your people, and be put aside never to govern or control anyone again."

    Go in God's grace. Amen.

  • ANN ANDERSON

    09/13/2019 11:52 PM

    The War Over America’s Past Is Really About the Future July 18, 2019

    Commentary By Victor Davis Hanson @VDHanson

    Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and author of the book "The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won." You can reach him by e-mailing [email protected]

    The summer season has ripped off the thin scab that covered an American wound, revealing a festering disagreement about the nature and origins of the United States. The San Francisco Board of Education recently voted to paint over, and thus destroy, a 1,600-square-foot mural of George Washington’s life in San Francisco’s George Washington High School. Victor Arnautoff, a communist Russian-American artist and Stanford University art professor, had painted “Life of Washington” in 1936, commissioned by the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration. A community task force appointed by the school district had recommended that the board address student and parent objections to the 83-year-old mural, which some viewed as racist for its depiction of black slaves and Native Americans.

    Nike pitchman and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick recently objected to the company’s release of a special Fourth of July sneaker emblazoned with a 13-star Betsy Ross flag. The terrified Nike immediately pulled the shoe off the market. The New York Times opinion team issued a Fourth of July video about “the myth of America as the greatest nation on earth.” The Times’ journalists conceded that the United States is “just OK.”

    During a recent speech to students at a Minnesota high school, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., offered a scathing appraisal of her adopted country, which she depicted as a disappointment whose racism and inequality did not meet her expectations as an idealistic refugee. Omar’s family had fled worn-torn Somalia and spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp before reaching Minnesota, where Omar received a subsidized education and ended up a congresswoman.

    The U.S. women’s national soccer team won the World Cup earlier this month. Team stalwart Megan Rapinoe refused to put her hand over heart during the playing of the national anthem, boasted that she would never visit the “f—ing White House,” and, with others, nonchalantly let the American flag fall to the ground during the victory celebration.

    The city council in St. Louis Park, a suburb of Minneapolis, voted to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before its meeting on the rationale that it wished not to offend a “diverse community.”

    The list of these public pushbacks at traditional American patriotic customs and rituals could be multiplied. They follow the recent frequent toppling of statues of 19th-century American figures, many of them from the South, and the renaming of streets and buildings to blot out mention of famous men and women from the past now deemed illiberal enemies of the people. Such theater is the street version of what candidates in the Democratic presidential primary have been saying for months. They want to disband border enforcement, issue blanket amnesties, demand reparations for descendants of slaves, issue formal apologies to groups perceived to be the subjects of discrimination, and rail against American unfairness, inequality, and a racist and sexist past. In their radical progressive view—shared by billionaires from Silicon Valley, recent immigrants, and the new Democratic Party—America was flawed, perhaps fatally, at its origins. Things have not gotten much better in the country’s subsequent 243 years, nor will they get any better—at least not until America as we know it is dismantled and replaced by a new nation predicated on race, class, and gender identity politics agendas.

    In this view, an “OK” America is no better than other countries. As Barack Obama once bluntly put it, America is only exceptional in relative terms, given that citizens of Greece and the United Kingdom believe their own countries are just as exceptional. In other words, there is no absolute standard to judge a nation’s excellence.

    About half the country disagrees. It insists that America’s sins, past and present, are those of mankind. But only in America were human failings constantly critiqued and addressed. America does not have to be perfect to be good. As the world’s wealthiest democracy, it certainly has given people from all over the world greater security and affluence than any other nation in history—with the largest economy, largest military, greatest energy production, and most top-ranked universities in the world. America alone kept the postwar peace and still preserves free and safe global communications, travel, and commerce.

    The traditionalists see American history as a unique effort to overcome human weakness, bias, and sin. That effort is unmatched by other cultures and nations, and explains why millions of foreign nationals swarm into the United States, both legally and illegally.

    These arguments over our past are really over the present—and especially the future. If progressives and socialists can at last convince the American public that their country was always hopelessly flawed, they can gain power to remake it based on their own interests. These elites see Americans not as unique individuals but as race, class, and gender collectives, with shared grievances from the past that must be paid out in the present and the future.

    We’ve seen something like this fight before, in 1861—and it didn’t end well.

    Emphasis mine – Janet Lee, Ann Anderson

  • Samuel Vanderburg

    09/13/2019 11:31 PM

    Pass the popcorn, Huck! This is getting good!

  • Linda J Pratt

    09/13/2019 11:27 PM

    So, when McCabe has to answer for his actions against a democratic candidate they (the liberals) will not go easy on him. This will set the standard. Then, when others have to give account for leaking information against the Trump administration the liberals will have to measure the next leaker by the same standard as McCabe. To do anything less will be seen as hypocritical. THIS IS BRILLIANT!

  • Cliff Newman

    09/13/2019 11:22 PM

    As a law abiding American citizen under the rule of lawless politicians, I feel like a puppet with dirty cloths.

  • Jannette F. Dillingham

    09/13/2019 11:20 PM

    I wonder how someone with no ethics about lying, no guilt for testifying lies to the FBI, no moral compass whatsoever...how did this person get hired by the FBI in the first place. The FBI needs to look at their hiring protocols and even after a person is hired do a yearly evaluation by an outside government agency if possible. It also seems that all of these anti-Trump people are there to get as much money as possible; to get closer to the big money people. They could care less about the people of the United States who pay them.

  • Pamela (PJ) Lofland

    09/13/2019 11:09 PM

    I just want to say thank you for your newsletters. I look forward to reading them. You have such a great sense of humor..and it helps a lot when the subjects are so alarming and depressing that otherwise we might all collectively stick our heads in the oven.

    Wishing probably won't cut it..but it would be so great if you would come to Forsyth county, NC someday to visit our Republican party here. This crowd would turn backflips if you would. And..be sure and bring Sarah and make it a family affair.

  • Hugh Gautier

    09/13/2019 11:02 PM

    About time he and his minions get a chance to see the inside of a JAIL cell. At a party, he was at one time, the second-highest-ranking FBI official, emphatically declared at the invite-only gathering with raised voice: “Fuck Flynn and then we Fuck Trump,” according to direct sources. Many of his top lieutenants applauded and cheered such rhetoric. A scattered few did not.
    I don't hold many grudges, but when an Asst AG comes out with that crap, you could tell where his heart was. and It was not with the newly elected President. He wore out his welcome through his actions, lack of candor, and the ability to lie to Congress and the American people. He then lied to the people who were investigating in depth the FBI/DOJ and they said to FIRE HIM, which was what was done. His own peers found him less than truthful, so why keep him.

  • Les Whitehead

    09/13/2019 10:57 PM

    Chris Wray, is Deep State and should be Fired immediately !!!

  • Doug CanupD

    09/13/2019 10:47 PM

    Was ever happened to Hillary's aide married to Weiner? Was she ever indicted?

  • Verlyn Steinbach

    09/13/2019 10:39 PM

    I want to see results not talk. I've been hearing of his lying cheating ways for years now. Write me when he is convicted and sentenced. How many people has he had convicted of lying to a peace officer?

  • Mary Schultz

    09/13/2019 10:39 PM

    Wow! The truth will come out....eventually!

  • Maxine OswaltUnbelievable

    09/13/2019 10:32 PM

    Unbelievable all the energy and money that has to go towards this nonsense. I am so disappointed that we are still not seeing these people brought to justice for their crimes. Thank you for the good reporting again.

  • Doug Morgan

    09/13/2019 10:29 PM

    When I see McCabe in handcuffs headed to prison, I'll believe that finally a democrat is in trouble. However, I'm not holding my breath thinking that anything will happen to him or anyone else connected with the conspiracy to overthrow Trump. Just too much dung in the District of Corruption and not enough dung eating bacteria to do any good.

  • Lucy moore

    09/13/2019 10:22 PM

    Can't we please get all these awful people locked up forever. Clintons, Obamas, corrupt FBI and the rest of the un Americans.including republicans who are involved. Trump and his family have been BULLIED since the moment he entered the race. As a proud trump supporter and deplorable according to Hillary. I'm sick of it. God help us if Dems get in control. The Squad need to get out of our government

  • Vernon Thompson

    09/13/2019 10:21 PM

    Maybe we will be able to begin staffing our USA soccer team at Gitmo to play the Terrorists. LOL

  • Ed Svoboda

    09/13/2019 10:15 PM

    Mike
    I'm not too optimistic that Mcabe will be prosecuted based on the way the DOJ looks at things.
    There is a two way system justice for certain people on the left and criminal justice for those
    on the right.

Former deputy (and, for a time, acting) FBI Director Andrew McCabe could face prosecution, now that U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jesse Liu (a Trump appointee) has ruled the criminal referral against him, courtesy of Inspector General Michael Horowitz (an Obama appointee), can go forward. I was going to explain the road this case has traveled –- since April of last year –- to reach this point, but Andrew C. McCarthy has just done that so clearly that I’ll link to his commentary at the end.

But first, I want to look at one aspect of the case that, oddly, isn’t getting much attention from either conservative or mainstream media, though I think it will, certainly if McCabe is indicted and goes to trial. We’ve been focusing on the “Andy” McCabe of “Andy’s office,” where he, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and others apparently met and talked about about an “insurance policy” in the very unlikely event Trump won the election. Our focus on that has been for good reason, as he was part of a group that appears for all the world to have been “colluding” to stop the election of Donald Trump and, later, the ascension to office of a duly-elected President of the United States. Serious stuff; in fact, Joe diGenova, in and interview with Sean Hannity Thursday night, had no problem whatsoever with calling it sedition.


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McCabe and others might still face charges for actions related to this alleged conspiracy, and even the charge of conspiracy itself –- in fact, they’d sure better. But the charge we’re talking about right now isn’t directly about the effort to take down Trump. It has to do with the Hillary Clinton investigation –- oh, excuse me, “matter.”

Just a few days before the election, McCabe ordered the leak of a conversation in which the Obama Justice Department had, he said, pressured the FBI to “stand down” on their investigation of Hillary.

Say what?? That’s right, and he later got into trouble for trying to cover up the leak by lying to questioners at the FBI and even by diverting blame to his colleagues. (He was fired for this but was subsequently hired as a contributor to CNN, joining an ever-growing stable of former Obama administration officials they’ve assembled on their staff. I digress.)

So, class, what would have motivated McCabe to leak about the HILLARY investigation, when we know the DOJ was trying to minimize that as much as possible and the top FBI people wanted her to win? Anyone?


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Well, recall the story that appeared in the Wall Street Journal about McCabe’s wife receiving a donation of $675,000, a huge amount, for her state senate race (that she still lost) from a PAC controlled by longtime Clinton crony and then-governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe. This story broke about two weeks before the election, and the appearance of impropriety here was indeed staggering.

According to sources for the WSJ reporter on that story, McCabe himself had told agents back in July not to let on that they were investigating the Clinton Foundation. If true, that would ramp up the already considerable appearance of impropriety substantially.

When the reporter, Devlin Barrett, called the Bureau to ask questions about this for his follow-up to the story on McCabe’s wife’s donation, it was getting really close to the election, and Comey, as you’ll recall, had coincidentally just re-opened the Clinton email case because of classified material on Anthony Weiner’s laptop (of all places). Apparently, Comey excluded McCabe from meetings about that, out of concern that the story about his wife’s Clinton-related donation might have made the Hillary investigation look biased in her favor. (Editorial comment: even though IT WAS.)

It seems that McCabe took this extremely personally and reacted to it like a man with a wasp in his undershorts, and he decided to bend over backwards to preserve his appearance of objectivity. He called Lisa Page, who was then his general counsel, and told her to counter Barrett’s story by leaking that a DOJ official had called him to talk about backing off the Clinton Foundation probe and that he had stood strong like the mighty oak in defense of the FBI’s pursuit of her. (Of course, we have evidence now that the claim the Obama Justice Department/FBI was seriously investigating Hillary Clinton is a pile of bull droppings. I again digress.)

THAT, not anything about Trump, was the subject of the leak he ordered. And in the end, as McCarthy explained it last year, McCabe “dishonestly denied knowledge of the leak he had ordered, covered his tracks by deflecting blame, and –- when he finally admitted his role –- falsely suggested that Comey had been aware and approving of his actions. McCabe lies to his boss, he lies to his fellow agents, and he lies –- under oath –- in interviews conducted by the FBI’s internal investigators and the IG. Even when he changes his story, McCabe lies about the lies.”


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So. McCabe’s leaking was about HILLARY, not the “Trump/Russia” investigation. This makes me think that he has a lot more to worry about if he goes to trial in Washington, DC, than we might have assumed. The jury pool is going to skew heavily Democrat; these are Hillary folks. Think they are going to be objective? If McCabe had leaked information damaging to Trump, it could be argued that he’d likely walk. (He’d likely be awarded a medal, ha.) But to make himself look better, he’d leaked information potentially damaging to Hilary, and he’d also dared to say that the DOJ was pressuring the FBI to go easy on her. For that, he can never be forgiven.

Incidentally, McCabe has reportedly said that if he is indicted, his defense will be that the Justice Department was under political pressure from the Trump White House to go after him. Considering what it was that he leaked –- something in his own self-interest that implicated Hillary and the Obama DOJ, not Trump –- I don’t think that’s going to fly, even with a D.C. jury.

As for federal charges relating to the efforts to bring down Trump, all of that is separate, and decisions will come later, subsequent to U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation.

Breaking Down the Report of an Imminent McCabe Indictment | National Review

Highly recommended: For lots more background and detail on the case, here’s what McCarthy wrote last year…

McCabe: Leaking and Lying Obscure the Real Collusion | National Review

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  • Leopoldo R Gutierrez

    09/14/2019 12:16 AM

    One down, many more to go. I pray daily that Trump enemies be exposed and the truth prevail, so justice can be applied and we recover more of our Country for the good people. God bless the USA

  • Rev. B. Jean Hall

    09/14/2019 12:14 AM

    All I can say is; this has been a prayer each day now for any years.
    "Father, I ask of you, show to the world the ones with in our country who seek to destroy what you have created. Be brought forward into the light of your people, and be put aside never to govern or control anyone again."

    Go in God's grace. Amen.

  • ANN ANDERSON

    09/13/2019 11:52 PM

    The War Over America’s Past Is Really About the Future July 18, 2019

    Commentary By Victor Davis Hanson @VDHanson

    Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and author of the book "The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won." You can reach him by e-mailing [email protected]

    The summer season has ripped off the thin scab that covered an American wound, revealing a festering disagreement about the nature and origins of the United States. The San Francisco Board of Education recently voted to paint over, and thus destroy, a 1,600-square-foot mural of George Washington’s life in San Francisco’s George Washington High School. Victor Arnautoff, a communist Russian-American artist and Stanford University art professor, had painted “Life of Washington” in 1936, commissioned by the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration. A community task force appointed by the school district had recommended that the board address student and parent objections to the 83-year-old mural, which some viewed as racist for its depiction of black slaves and Native Americans.

    Nike pitchman and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick recently objected to the company’s release of a special Fourth of July sneaker emblazoned with a 13-star Betsy Ross flag. The terrified Nike immediately pulled the shoe off the market. The New York Times opinion team issued a Fourth of July video about “the myth of America as the greatest nation on earth.” The Times’ journalists conceded that the United States is “just OK.”

    During a recent speech to students at a Minnesota high school, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., offered a scathing appraisal of her adopted country, which she depicted as a disappointment whose racism and inequality did not meet her expectations as an idealistic refugee. Omar’s family had fled worn-torn Somalia and spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp before reaching Minnesota, where Omar received a subsidized education and ended up a congresswoman.

    The U.S. women’s national soccer team won the World Cup earlier this month. Team stalwart Megan Rapinoe refused to put her hand over heart during the playing of the national anthem, boasted that she would never visit the “f—ing White House,” and, with others, nonchalantly let the American flag fall to the ground during the victory celebration.

    The city council in St. Louis Park, a suburb of Minneapolis, voted to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before its meeting on the rationale that it wished not to offend a “diverse community.”

    The list of these public pushbacks at traditional American patriotic customs and rituals could be multiplied. They follow the recent frequent toppling of statues of 19th-century American figures, many of them from the South, and the renaming of streets and buildings to blot out mention of famous men and women from the past now deemed illiberal enemies of the people. Such theater is the street version of what candidates in the Democratic presidential primary have been saying for months. They want to disband border enforcement, issue blanket amnesties, demand reparations for descendants of slaves, issue formal apologies to groups perceived to be the subjects of discrimination, and rail against American unfairness, inequality, and a racist and sexist past. In their radical progressive view—shared by billionaires from Silicon Valley, recent immigrants, and the new Democratic Party—America was flawed, perhaps fatally, at its origins. Things have not gotten much better in the country’s subsequent 243 years, nor will they get any better—at least not until America as we know it is dismantled and replaced by a new nation predicated on race, class, and gender identity politics agendas.

    In this view, an “OK” America is no better than other countries. As Barack Obama once bluntly put it, America is only exceptional in relative terms, given that citizens of Greece and the United Kingdom believe their own countries are just as exceptional. In other words, there is no absolute standard to judge a nation’s excellence.

    About half the country disagrees. It insists that America’s sins, past and present, are those of mankind. But only in America were human failings constantly critiqued and addressed. America does not have to be perfect to be good. As the world’s wealthiest democracy, it certainly has given people from all over the world greater security and affluence than any other nation in history—with the largest economy, largest military, greatest energy production, and most top-ranked universities in the world. America alone kept the postwar peace and still preserves free and safe global communications, travel, and commerce.

    The traditionalists see American history as a unique effort to overcome human weakness, bias, and sin. That effort is unmatched by other cultures and nations, and explains why millions of foreign nationals swarm into the United States, both legally and illegally.

    These arguments over our past are really over the present—and especially the future. If progressives and socialists can at last convince the American public that their country was always hopelessly flawed, they can gain power to remake it based on their own interests. These elites see Americans not as unique individuals but as race, class, and gender collectives, with shared grievances from the past that must be paid out in the present and the future.

    We’ve seen something like this fight before, in 1861—and it didn’t end well.

    Emphasis mine – Janet Lee, Ann Anderson

  • Samuel Vanderburg

    09/13/2019 11:31 PM

    Pass the popcorn, Huck! This is getting good!

  • Linda J Pratt

    09/13/2019 11:27 PM

    So, when McCabe has to answer for his actions against a democratic candidate they (the liberals) will not go easy on him. This will set the standard. Then, when others have to give account for leaking information against the Trump administration the liberals will have to measure the next leaker by the same standard as McCabe. To do anything less will be seen as hypocritical. THIS IS BRILLIANT!

  • Cliff Newman

    09/13/2019 11:22 PM

    As a law abiding American citizen under the rule of lawless politicians, I feel like a puppet with dirty cloths.

  • Jannette F. Dillingham

    09/13/2019 11:20 PM

    I wonder how someone with no ethics about lying, no guilt for testifying lies to the FBI, no moral compass whatsoever...how did this person get hired by the FBI in the first place. The FBI needs to look at their hiring protocols and even after a person is hired do a yearly evaluation by an outside government agency if possible. It also seems that all of these anti-Trump people are there to get as much money as possible; to get closer to the big money people. They could care less about the people of the United States who pay them.

  • Pamela (PJ) Lofland

    09/13/2019 11:09 PM

    I just want to say thank you for your newsletters. I look forward to reading them. You have such a great sense of humor..and it helps a lot when the subjects are so alarming and depressing that otherwise we might all collectively stick our heads in the oven.

    Wishing probably won't cut it..but it would be so great if you would come to Forsyth county, NC someday to visit our Republican party here. This crowd would turn backflips if you would. And..be sure and bring Sarah and make it a family affair.

  • Hugh Gautier

    09/13/2019 11:02 PM

    About time he and his minions get a chance to see the inside of a JAIL cell. At a party, he was at one time, the second-highest-ranking FBI official, emphatically declared at the invite-only gathering with raised voice: “Fuck Flynn and then we Fuck Trump,” according to direct sources. Many of his top lieutenants applauded and cheered such rhetoric. A scattered few did not.
    I don't hold many grudges, but when an Asst AG comes out with that crap, you could tell where his heart was. and It was not with the newly elected President. He wore out his welcome through his actions, lack of candor, and the ability to lie to Congress and the American people. He then lied to the people who were investigating in depth the FBI/DOJ and they said to FIRE HIM, which was what was done. His own peers found him less than truthful, so why keep him.

  • Les Whitehead

    09/13/2019 10:57 PM

    Chris Wray, is Deep State and should be Fired immediately !!!

  • Doug CanupD

    09/13/2019 10:47 PM

    Was ever happened to Hillary's aide married to Weiner? Was she ever indicted?

  • Verlyn Steinbach

    09/13/2019 10:39 PM

    I want to see results not talk. I've been hearing of his lying cheating ways for years now. Write me when he is convicted and sentenced. How many people has he had convicted of lying to a peace officer?

  • Mary Schultz

    09/13/2019 10:39 PM

    Wow! The truth will come out....eventually!

  • Maxine OswaltUnbelievable

    09/13/2019 10:32 PM

    Unbelievable all the energy and money that has to go towards this nonsense. I am so disappointed that we are still not seeing these people brought to justice for their crimes. Thank you for the good reporting again.

  • Doug Morgan

    09/13/2019 10:29 PM

    When I see McCabe in handcuffs headed to prison, I'll believe that finally a democrat is in trouble. However, I'm not holding my breath thinking that anything will happen to him or anyone else connected with the conspiracy to overthrow Trump. Just too much dung in the District of Corruption and not enough dung eating bacteria to do any good.

  • Lucy moore

    09/13/2019 10:22 PM

    Can't we please get all these awful people locked up forever. Clintons, Obamas, corrupt FBI and the rest of the un Americans.including republicans who are involved. Trump and his family have been BULLIED since the moment he entered the race. As a proud trump supporter and deplorable according to Hillary. I'm sick of it. God help us if Dems get in control. The Squad need to get out of our government

  • Vernon Thompson

    09/13/2019 10:21 PM

    Maybe we will be able to begin staffing our USA soccer team at Gitmo to play the Terrorists. LOL

  • Ed Svoboda

    09/13/2019 10:15 PM

    Mike
    I'm not too optimistic that Mcabe will be prosecuted based on the way the DOJ looks at things.
    There is a two way system justice for certain people on the left and criminal justice for those
    on the right.

Former deputy (and, for a time, acting) FBI Director Andrew McCabe could face prosecution, now that U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jesse Liu (a Trump appointee) has ruled the criminal referral against him, courtesy of Inspector General Michael Horowitz (an Obama appointee), can go forward. I was going to explain the road this case has traveled –- since April of last year –- to reach this point, but Andrew C. McCarthy has just done that so clearly that I’ll link to his commentary at the end.

But first, I want to look at one aspect of the case that, oddly, isn’t getting much attention from either conservative or mainstream media, though I think it will, certainly if McCabe is indicted and goes to trial. We’ve been focusing on the “Andy” McCabe of “Andy’s office,” where he, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and others apparently met and talked about about an “insurance policy” in the very unlikely event Trump won the election. Our focus on that has been for good reason, as he was part of a group that appears for all the world to have been “colluding” to stop the election of Donald Trump and, later, the ascension to office of a duly-elected President of the United States. Serious stuff; in fact, Joe diGenova, in and interview with Sean Hannity Thursday night, had no problem whatsoever with calling it sedition.


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McCabe and others might still face charges for actions related to this alleged conspiracy, and even the charge of conspiracy itself –- in fact, they’d sure better. But the charge we’re talking about right now isn’t directly about the effort to take down Trump. It has to do with the Hillary Clinton investigation –- oh, excuse me, “matter.”

Just a few days before the election, McCabe ordered the leak of a conversation in which the Obama Justice Department had, he said, pressured the FBI to “stand down” on their investigation of Hillary.

Say what?? That’s right, and he later got into trouble for trying to cover up the leak by lying to questioners at the FBI and even by diverting blame to his colleagues. (He was fired for this but was subsequently hired as a contributor to CNN, joining an ever-growing stable of former Obama administration officials they’ve assembled on their staff. I digress.)

So, class, what would have motivated McCabe to leak about the HILLARY investigation, when we know the DOJ was trying to minimize that as much as possible and the top FBI people wanted her to win? Anyone?


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Well, recall the story that appeared in the Wall Street Journal about McCabe’s wife receiving a donation of $675,000, a huge amount, for her state senate race (that she still lost) from a PAC controlled by longtime Clinton crony and then-governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe. This story broke about two weeks before the election, and the appearance of impropriety here was indeed staggering.

According to sources for the WSJ reporter on that story, McCabe himself had told agents back in July not to let on that they were investigating the Clinton Foundation. If true, that would ramp up the already considerable appearance of impropriety substantially.

When the reporter, Devlin Barrett, called the Bureau to ask questions about this for his follow-up to the story on McCabe’s wife’s donation, it was getting really close to the election, and Comey, as you’ll recall, had coincidentally just re-opened the Clinton email case because of classified material on Anthony Weiner’s laptop (of all places). Apparently, Comey excluded McCabe from meetings about that, out of concern that the story about his wife’s Clinton-related donation might have made the Hillary investigation look biased in her favor. (Editorial comment: even though IT WAS.)

It seems that McCabe took this extremely personally and reacted to it like a man with a wasp in his undershorts, and he decided to bend over backwards to preserve his appearance of objectivity. He called Lisa Page, who was then his general counsel, and told her to counter Barrett’s story by leaking that a DOJ official had called him to talk about backing off the Clinton Foundation probe and that he had stood strong like the mighty oak in defense of the FBI’s pursuit of her. (Of course, we have evidence now that the claim the Obama Justice Department/FBI was seriously investigating Hillary Clinton is a pile of bull droppings. I again digress.)

THAT, not anything about Trump, was the subject of the leak he ordered. And in the end, as McCarthy explained it last year, McCabe “dishonestly denied knowledge of the leak he had ordered, covered his tracks by deflecting blame, and –- when he finally admitted his role –- falsely suggested that Comey had been aware and approving of his actions. McCabe lies to his boss, he lies to his fellow agents, and he lies –- under oath –- in interviews conducted by the FBI’s internal investigators and the IG. Even when he changes his story, McCabe lies about the lies.”


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So. McCabe’s leaking was about HILLARY, not the “Trump/Russia” investigation. This makes me think that he has a lot more to worry about if he goes to trial in Washington, DC, than we might have assumed. The jury pool is going to skew heavily Democrat; these are Hillary folks. Think they are going to be objective? If McCabe had leaked information damaging to Trump, it could be argued that he’d likely walk. (He’d likely be awarded a medal, ha.) But to make himself look better, he’d leaked information potentially damaging to Hilary, and he’d also dared to say that the DOJ was pressuring the FBI to go easy on her. For that, he can never be forgiven.

Incidentally, McCabe has reportedly said that if he is indicted, his defense will be that the Justice Department was under political pressure from the Trump White House to go after him. Considering what it was that he leaked –- something in his own self-interest that implicated Hillary and the Obama DOJ, not Trump –- I don’t think that’s going to fly, even with a D.C. jury.

As for federal charges relating to the efforts to bring down Trump, all of that is separate, and decisions will come later, subsequent to U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation.

Breaking Down the Report of an Imminent McCabe Indictment | National Review

Highly recommended: For lots more background and detail on the case, here’s what McCarthy wrote last year…

McCabe: Leaking and Lying Obscure the Real Collusion | National Review

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  • Leopoldo R Gutierrez

    09/14/2019 12:16 AM

    One down, many more to go. I pray daily that Trump enemies be exposed and the truth prevail, so justice can be applied and we recover more of our Country for the good people. God bless the USA

  • Rev. B. Jean Hall

    09/14/2019 12:14 AM

    All I can say is; this has been a prayer each day now for any years.
    "Father, I ask of you, show to the world the ones with in our country who seek to destroy what you have created. Be brought forward into the light of your people, and be put aside never to govern or control anyone again."

    Go in God's grace. Amen.

  • ANN ANDERSON

    09/13/2019 11:52 PM

    The War Over America’s Past Is Really About the Future July 18, 2019

    Commentary By Victor Davis Hanson @VDHanson

    Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and author of the book "The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won." You can reach him by e-mailing [email protected]

    The summer season has ripped off the thin scab that covered an American wound, revealing a festering disagreement about the nature and origins of the United States. The San Francisco Board of Education recently voted to paint over, and thus destroy, a 1,600-square-foot mural of George Washington’s life in San Francisco’s George Washington High School. Victor Arnautoff, a communist Russian-American artist and Stanford University art professor, had painted “Life of Washington” in 1936, commissioned by the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration. A community task force appointed by the school district had recommended that the board address student and parent objections to the 83-year-old mural, which some viewed as racist for its depiction of black slaves and Native Americans.

    Nike pitchman and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick recently objected to the company’s release of a special Fourth of July sneaker emblazoned with a 13-star Betsy Ross flag. The terrified Nike immediately pulled the shoe off the market. The New York Times opinion team issued a Fourth of July video about “the myth of America as the greatest nation on earth.” The Times’ journalists conceded that the United States is “just OK.”

    During a recent speech to students at a Minnesota high school, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., offered a scathing appraisal of her adopted country, which she depicted as a disappointment whose racism and inequality did not meet her expectations as an idealistic refugee. Omar’s family had fled worn-torn Somalia and spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp before reaching Minnesota, where Omar received a subsidized education and ended up a congresswoman.

    The U.S. women’s national soccer team won the World Cup earlier this month. Team stalwart Megan Rapinoe refused to put her hand over heart during the playing of the national anthem, boasted that she would never visit the “f—ing White House,” and, with others, nonchalantly let the American flag fall to the ground during the victory celebration.

    The city council in St. Louis Park, a suburb of Minneapolis, voted to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before its meeting on the rationale that it wished not to offend a “diverse community.”

    The list of these public pushbacks at traditional American patriotic customs and rituals could be multiplied. They follow the recent frequent toppling of statues of 19th-century American figures, many of them from the South, and the renaming of streets and buildings to blot out mention of famous men and women from the past now deemed illiberal enemies of the people. Such theater is the street version of what candidates in the Democratic presidential primary have been saying for months. They want to disband border enforcement, issue blanket amnesties, demand reparations for descendants of slaves, issue formal apologies to groups perceived to be the subjects of discrimination, and rail against American unfairness, inequality, and a racist and sexist past. In their radical progressive view—shared by billionaires from Silicon Valley, recent immigrants, and the new Democratic Party—America was flawed, perhaps fatally, at its origins. Things have not gotten much better in the country’s subsequent 243 years, nor will they get any better—at least not until America as we know it is dismantled and replaced by a new nation predicated on race, class, and gender identity politics agendas.

    In this view, an “OK” America is no better than other countries. As Barack Obama once bluntly put it, America is only exceptional in relative terms, given that citizens of Greece and the United Kingdom believe their own countries are just as exceptional. In other words, there is no absolute standard to judge a nation’s excellence.

    About half the country disagrees. It insists that America’s sins, past and present, are those of mankind. But only in America were human failings constantly critiqued and addressed. America does not have to be perfect to be good. As the world’s wealthiest democracy, it certainly has given people from all over the world greater security and affluence than any other nation in history—with the largest economy, largest military, greatest energy production, and most top-ranked universities in the world. America alone kept the postwar peace and still preserves free and safe global communications, travel, and commerce.

    The traditionalists see American history as a unique effort to overcome human weakness, bias, and sin. That effort is unmatched by other cultures and nations, and explains why millions of foreign nationals swarm into the United States, both legally and illegally.

    These arguments over our past are really over the present—and especially the future. If progressives and socialists can at last convince the American public that their country was always hopelessly flawed, they can gain power to remake it based on their own interests. These elites see Americans not as unique individuals but as race, class, and gender collectives, with shared grievances from the past that must be paid out in the present and the future.

    We’ve seen something like this fight before, in 1861—and it didn’t end well.

    Emphasis mine – Janet Lee, Ann Anderson

  • Samuel Vanderburg

    09/13/2019 11:31 PM

    Pass the popcorn, Huck! This is getting good!

  • Linda J Pratt

    09/13/2019 11:27 PM

    So, when McCabe has to answer for his actions against a democratic candidate they (the liberals) will not go easy on him. This will set the standard. Then, when others have to give account for leaking information against the Trump administration the liberals will have to measure the next leaker by the same standard as McCabe. To do anything less will be seen as hypocritical. THIS IS BRILLIANT!

  • Cliff Newman

    09/13/2019 11:22 PM

    As a law abiding American citizen under the rule of lawless politicians, I feel like a puppet with dirty cloths.

  • Jannette F. Dillingham

    09/13/2019 11:20 PM

    I wonder how someone with no ethics about lying, no guilt for testifying lies to the FBI, no moral compass whatsoever...how did this person get hired by the FBI in the first place. The FBI needs to look at their hiring protocols and even after a person is hired do a yearly evaluation by an outside government agency if possible. It also seems that all of these anti-Trump people are there to get as much money as possible; to get closer to the big money people. They could care less about the people of the United States who pay them.

  • Pamela (PJ) Lofland

    09/13/2019 11:09 PM

    I just want to say thank you for your newsletters. I look forward to reading them. You have such a great sense of humor..and it helps a lot when the subjects are so alarming and depressing that otherwise we might all collectively stick our heads in the oven.

    Wishing probably won't cut it..but it would be so great if you would come to Forsyth county, NC someday to visit our Republican party here. This crowd would turn backflips if you would. And..be sure and bring Sarah and make it a family affair.

  • Hugh Gautier

    09/13/2019 11:02 PM

    About time he and his minions get a chance to see the inside of a JAIL cell. At a party, he was at one time, the second-highest-ranking FBI official, emphatically declared at the invite-only gathering with raised voice: “Fuck Flynn and then we Fuck Trump,” according to direct sources. Many of his top lieutenants applauded and cheered such rhetoric. A scattered few did not.
    I don't hold many grudges, but when an Asst AG comes out with that crap, you could tell where his heart was. and It was not with the newly elected President. He wore out his welcome through his actions, lack of candor, and the ability to lie to Congress and the American people. He then lied to the people who were investigating in depth the FBI/DOJ and they said to FIRE HIM, which was what was done. His own peers found him less than truthful, so why keep him.

  • Les Whitehead

    09/13/2019 10:57 PM

    Chris Wray, is Deep State and should be Fired immediately !!!

  • Doug CanupD

    09/13/2019 10:47 PM

    Was ever happened to Hillary's aide married to Weiner? Was she ever indicted?

  • Verlyn Steinbach

    09/13/2019 10:39 PM

    I want to see results not talk. I've been hearing of his lying cheating ways for years now. Write me when he is convicted and sentenced. How many people has he had convicted of lying to a peace officer?

  • Mary Schultz

    09/13/2019 10:39 PM

    Wow! The truth will come out....eventually!

  • Maxine OswaltUnbelievable

    09/13/2019 10:32 PM

    Unbelievable all the energy and money that has to go towards this nonsense. I am so disappointed that we are still not seeing these people brought to justice for their crimes. Thank you for the good reporting again.

  • Doug Morgan

    09/13/2019 10:29 PM

    When I see McCabe in handcuffs headed to prison, I'll believe that finally a democrat is in trouble. However, I'm not holding my breath thinking that anything will happen to him or anyone else connected with the conspiracy to overthrow Trump. Just too much dung in the District of Corruption and not enough dung eating bacteria to do any good.

  • Lucy moore

    09/13/2019 10:22 PM

    Can't we please get all these awful people locked up forever. Clintons, Obamas, corrupt FBI and the rest of the un Americans.including republicans who are involved. Trump and his family have been BULLIED since the moment he entered the race. As a proud trump supporter and deplorable according to Hillary. I'm sick of it. God help us if Dems get in control. The Squad need to get out of our government

  • Vernon Thompson

    09/13/2019 10:21 PM

    Maybe we will be able to begin staffing our USA soccer team at Gitmo to play the Terrorists. LOL

  • Ed Svoboda

    09/13/2019 10:15 PM

    Mike
    I'm not too optimistic that Mcabe will be prosecuted based on the way the DOJ looks at things.
    There is a two way system justice for certain people on the left and criminal justice for those
    on the right.