September 13, 2019

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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  • Nancy Isaacson

    09/16/2019 09:44 PM

    Yep! They took God out of schools and out of courts and ceased to honor the God of Creation, and now we have mass murders, abortion and transgenders-an oxymoron, because like the animals we have only 2 sexes and they are unchangable. Congress and public education have contributed to the monster mentality that dominates so many unloved, unaccountable persons. Now, they plot against the voters of this nation, to create the government they want--they is called dictatorship. I just hope all of them are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. At least they will be held accountable for their evil plotting and unlawful actions.
    Thanks Mike for keeping people advised of the evil in

  • David

    09/16/2019 06:39 PM

    Hey Mike, do u think McCabe will be found with legs, hands bound, duct taped mouth hanging from a jail cell with a note saying "nothing suspicious here" stuck to his forehead ???

  • Joe Wilkerson

    09/16/2019 02:59 PM

    These bull droppings are going to attract a lot of flies and tumble bugs. I say the more the better.I hope that he is made accountable to the fullest extent of the law. He and the rest them that conspired to run Trump out of office, once they are in jail, will go a long way to draining the swamp. The FBI and the CIA are two officies that we depend on to keep us safe and it's sad that these crooks tried to have a coup against Trump that almost succeeded. There are a lot of good FBI and CIA officials that are doing a good job and if I were them I would be very angry that these culprits did a lot to smear those two good names.

  • Bennye ST>Claire

    09/16/2019 12:34 PM

    Mike - the ticket is to an area where the person has family that can help him/her. Not to just any city in the US.

  • David Benjamin

    09/16/2019 10:13 AM

    I think all of these people involved in trying to lie about President Trump can and should be charged with treason against the USA.

  • Sandy Eno

    09/15/2019 08:33 PM

    Sir, I think if the people who tried to take down President Trump are not brought to justice I will have lost all faith in our republic. I will have to tell my children and grandchildren that the people who were supposed to protect the constitution turned their backs on us. I pray to God that there are still patriots in our government. To tell you the truth I am very angry over how the “unelected “ bureaucrats have treated the president, his family and his cabinet. I will never vote for another democrat again. I can’t believe how evil they have become. They condone murdering babies outside the womb.

  • Mike Horst

    09/15/2019 08:01 PM

    Ya know Mike...It take a special kind of reprobate to be someone like Comey and McCabe. These people are below just being dirt or the scum of the earth. There are millions of Americans out there that know the truth and it is way past time for these people to spend some serious time in jail!

  • marion ruth Koepke

    09/15/2019 06:55 PM

    I think every time this is mentioned in the news & talk about impeachment it should be called for what it is a bloodless coup. Then maybe the uninformed public might catch on to what is going on

  • William Morley

    09/15/2019 06:49 PM

    I say keep draining the pond. The big fish stay on the bottom. It makes them harder to get too. After all, they eat the smaller fish in the middle of the pond. In this case the swamp. A little harder to get to, but they come up when they think it's safe and take the bate.

  • Doris Simeur

    09/15/2019 12:38 PM

    I’ll believe it, when I actually see it.

  • Jerry

    09/15/2019 11:56 AM

    why do the families of these Socialists running for our next President allow them on public media expose themselves for they are clearly programed to humiliate themselves they probably are well compensated to do so just like Jerry Springer had on his show. They talk like fools one wants to steal guns and ammunition another wants to do a give away of somebody's money for a year another wants to rob wealthy people of their money another wants to end citizenship another wants laws not to be enforced ending civilization another wants me to pay for an illegals healthcare another doesn't know who or what she is Another does not know what state he is or time period he's in another thinks he is a Roman warrior WOW what a selection of Halloween characters; I am on a fixed income not working I am retired I am still paying for my Healthcare; and people watch this?? Bring back Springer or the Gong show Family members get these people off the stage or off the mind altering drugs they are an embarrassment to say the least.

  • Helen Suzanne Tritt

    09/15/2019 08:52 AM

    Thank you Governor Huckabee for your interesting and informative articles. Very Refreshing to be able to read the TRUTH instead of the propaganda that floats around incessantly. I hope and PRAY that eventually we will see JUSTICE WHEN THE CRIMINAL ROUND UP HAS BEGUN SERIOUSLY!!
    God Bless you for all that you are doing in keeping Americans INFORMED.

  • Paula Campbell

    09/15/2019 04:43 AM

    Thank you for your explanations, to help us unwind all of the underhanded things that have been going on; and get a better grasp of these underhanded things said and done by some of our supposed leaders in Washington!!!!

  • Carl Smith

    09/14/2019 10:02 PM

    Excellent commentary Janet Lee, Ann Anderson. All you missed is the HOW all this has come about. Academia has Failed to teach American Exceptionalism and has endorsed Progressivism (Socialism ) and guess where Americas Journalist were indoctrinated? Saul Alinsky using the Communist Rules for Revolution as his model. He dedicated his book to Lucifer BTW and Hillary used it as her Senior Thesis. That should tell everyone, anything they need to know about the Clinton Cartel.

  • Norma Hamilton

    09/14/2019 09:49 PM

    McCabe should go on trial, not in Washington,D.C, but in middle America, where clear thinking Americans can decide his fate!

  • Carl Smith

    09/14/2019 09:24 PM

    Query ? is the cabal that attempted to disrupt the Election with mis-information and later as a conduit to feed the Congress (D) with ammunition for Impeachment, Just so thoroughly INDOCTRINATED or JUST POLITICALLY Corrupt that their actions are justifiable, OR are they just educated Idiots that feel IGNORING thier Oath of Office is just a ceremony for a photo-op?. In the military I Served that OATH was sacrosanct and once taken had NO OPT OUT options or Expiration Date. But the old meme of Power Corrupts and absolute Power Corrupts Completely is on display for all REAL AMERICANS to see. If your of the ideology that BELIEVES the Constitution is WRONG and our Laws are corrupt there are TWO methods of redress. Elections and another REVOLUTION. When you Ignore our Laws or our Constitution the Founders Wisely included a 2nd Amendment to protect that Document. The LEFT fully understands this. Why would they pick any argument to have [sensible GUN CONTROL]? Registration leads to the easy path for Confiscation. The REAL PROBLEM is the three P's PEOPLE, PEOPLE AND PEOPLE! Not one gun of the few I own has ever left my possession and harmed anyone without my Express Cooperation.

  • Giovanni Catanese

    09/14/2019 09:01 PM

    If after 2 years plus of investigations and gratuitous attacks against our president someone doesn't go to jail for clear crimes, I, and most of the American people will loose faith in our justice system! As a people we cannot continue to allow criminal behavior from Dems & Liberals and no one ever goes to jail. Conservatives have been systematically attacked in print, media, and physically and lives have been destroyed (i.e. Gen. Flynn) while Hillary and her cronies not only are ignored, but make money on books and media appearances. Just reading Mark Levin's book, "Unfreedom of the press", and I'm appalled at the content and several examples of double standards. The president must have people in his administration (DOJ and especially in the FBI) that clearly apply the law equally among Americans. Slaps on the wrist or empty apologies do not compensate for the injustices seen during the Obama's years and since. Governor, please continue the fight for liberty and justice. Thank you!

  • Joseph D Hedrick

    09/14/2019 08:57 PM

    These people need to be hung for treason! This sort of thing should not happen in this country, it just goes to show you that Trump is right, Washington D. C. is a swamp full of vipers!

  • Jack macdonald

    09/14/2019 08:16 PM

    I submitted an earlier post on the topic of the amount of corruption at the top of the law enforcement agencies. I also wondered whether there was not one patriot in the next tier or the next to blow the whistle. They all took oaths to serve the country and the people above all else. They didn't take an oath to protect corrupt "superiors". That brings me to Christopher Wrey. Where was he sleeping? Is he a swamper? Who the hell recommended this turkey when we Need an Elliott Ness? Maybe the same people that recommended Comey, McCabe and Jeff Sessions.

  • J Harold Mohler

    09/14/2019 07:38 PM

    Oh what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive, and that is certainly true in this affair.

  • Jack macdonald

    09/14/2019 07:04 PM

    Reading thru the many comments on what the Clintons have committed w/o consequence and the strange consequences that happen to people who oppose them makes one wonder. Re: judge Scalia and as many as 45 others They take out foes in much the same way as Putin only on an even grander scale.

  • Jerry Johnson

    09/14/2019 07:02 PM

    A U.S. Attorney out west was appointed to investigate a lot of this stuff > the guy's name was HUBER. Wonder whatever happened to his investigation?

  • Cheryl Breon

    09/14/2019 06:38 PM

    Wow, today I saw a group of...hmm...crazy people? They were on the corner around 5 pm gathering for a photo op before they held up their signs saying "defund hate". Hmmm...I wonder how long it would take me to find the "hate" category in the budget?? So nuts. Plus something about the children, of course. For people who seem to love the abortion industry, they sure are hypocrites to cite being concerned about any children.

  • joseph orsini PhD

    09/14/2019 06:07 PM

    HOUSING SHORTAGE complaints by the Dems, leading to the "need" for more controls. How much of a shortage would there be if all the illegal immigrants were kicked out?

  • David H Ulm

    09/14/2019 05:52 PM

    During this week's debate, In front of millions (per the FAKE NEWS), Beto yells out statements that show how dumb he is about firearms: “AR15’s and AK’s are designed to explode inside and cause you to bleed to death”.

    It is not the type of weapon, it is the type of bullet that can open up upon impact. There are some bullets that are designed to do that. They come in different calibers and can be used in other rifle types and even hand guns.

    Hopefully his stupidity will be recognized!!!!