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​Is Andrew McCabe Turning Into Everyone's Scapegoat?

Extree! Extree! Washington braces for polarizing Nunes memo! That would be the headline for Kelly Cohen’s piece in The Washington Examiner.

Braces??

When small artillery, blacked-out choppers, and drone-centric surveillance are buzzing through the skies of Washington D.C. non-stop? Braces just doesn't come close to describing what Washington has been doing regarding the Nunes memo. It might describe what the rest of us are doing in the face of a furious campaign to discredit the memo on the part of Democrats, along with warnings from some inside the GOP, like Mitch McConnell, that Nunes should share the memo with the Senate. And think twice about releasing it. And of course dire warnings on harm to national security from ex-FBI senior officials and from the intel community - people like James Clapper who have questioned Trump's fitness to be president since day one..

Will the memo settle any of the raging disputes between people like Adam Schiff who says it's incomplete and misleading and dangerous to institutions like the FBI and the DOJ on the one hand, and Iowa's Steve King who insists that it will be "earth-shaking", "worse than Watergate", and will reveal abuses by the very institutions who are pleading or demanding it not be released: the FBI and the DOJ?

No it won't.

Consider Schiff's claims that the memo was altered before being sent to the White House (where today Friday February 2, they will decide whether to release it). Nunes and the GOP intel committee members say they made a few minor edits, precisely in response to Schiff's and FBI requests and to correct a few minor errors. Schiff insists it's a matter of deceptive manipulation.

While I tend to believe Nunes more than Schiff, you or I couldn't possibly answer this with any certainty without seeing the underlying documentation, which surely does involve intel sources, assets, methods, and data. Stuff we won't get to see. Stuff which - unlike much of the Russia probes - is NOT being leaked to the press. At least so far.

So we will be forced to interpret the memo's information through the haze of flat-out media war between the two sides of the aisle. With some friendly fire complicating things even more so.

There is one interesting tidbit emerging from this vortex of partisan doom-mongering: the relationship between Andrew McCabe (former Deputy FBI Director) and James Comey (former FBI Director). It involves the fall of 2016 and the trove of emails discovered on Anthony Weiner's laptop in September of that year. Many of those emails were for Huma Abedin - Weiner's then wife and close Hillary aide - and some/many came from Hillary herself. This was apparently slow-walked by McCabe until Comey found out about them a month later in late October and was forced to release the fact of their existence publicly. A fact many claimed at the time cost Hillary the election a week later. Comey was likely furious at McCabe for the impossible situation he had put the FBI Director in. That following May, if Comey had wanted to be really vindictive he could have muttered to himself: that sob McCabe got me fired.

No wonder McCabe's forehead always seems so shiny when he appears at some hearing. He's got half of Washington furious at him. His wife's campaign for a senate seat in Virginia failed and dropped the burden of her financial relationship with Terry McAuliffe onto Hillary's front porch and onto the FBI's backsteps, like a dead crow dragged there by the psychotic house cat. His actions as a senior FBI official are helping tarnish the FBI's reputation (although it has had more than it's share of dubious deeds in the past). And his current boss, FBI Director Chris Wray, is being told by ex-employees and other anonymous voices that he should resign if the memo is released. McCabe helped get his old boss, Comey, fired. And McCabe's sitting on the emails in the crucial September-to-October period in the fall of 2016, may have sabotaged Hillary's chances at being president.

Is McCabe being set up as everybody's scapegoat?? And does he deserve it?

Regardless, the release of the memo will not bridge the partisan divide. It will make it worse. But it should be released anyway. And the rest of us will have to wade through the analysis and hysterical reactions and dark forebodings of retired spooks. Someone who will almost certainly not come out of this looking good is surely Andrew McCabe.

Posted by AllardK at February 2, 2018 4:41 PM
Comments
Comment #424010

The very least we can expect AllardK, is some sunshine allowed into the dark recesses of the executive suite at FBI and DOJ headquarters.

Posted by: Royal Flush at February 2, 2018 4:54 PM
Comment #424048

“This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!”
Donald Trump, 2/3/18

“Quite the opposite, Mr. President. The most important fact disclosed in this otherwise shoddy memo was that FBI investigation began July 2016 with your advisor, Papadopoulos, who was secretly discussing stolen Clinton emails with the Russians.”
Adam Schiff, 2/3/18

The memo failed. This weekend Trump will be gaging whether the memo will generate enough support among his base to politically survive firing Rosenstein. Almost no one believes it will because the memo was such a shoddy affair. It was intentionally misleading. As the FBI pointed out, “we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

FBI Director Wray has done a good job of standing up for the FBI against this attack.

Now Trump has to decide- will this be his best shot at firing Rosenstein and replacing him with someone who will end the Mueller investigation? Is this the time? Almost everyone dismisses the idea. When asked, Trump refused to give a straight answer- he just said “you figure that one out.”

Trump is treason and he knows he is about to be caught. The testimony this week by Mark Corallo is a potential disaster on the Obstruction of Justice charge. Rick Gates, the Deputy Campaign Manager under indictment, is about to cop a plea, and if he does so, he will be expected to give up Manafort AND Trump. Trump’s days are numbered on the Obstruction and ‘collusion’ charges (conspiracy to violate campaign election laws). Interestingly, the money laundering part of the probe has stayed black, other than Deutsche Bank turning over financial records a few months ago.

As lame as it is, this memo propaganda may be Trump’s best chance to save himself and the other crooks and traitors. Otherwise, Trump has to ask himself if he can beat an impeachment rap 2019.

Posted by: phx8 at February 3, 2018 12:42 PM
Comment #424049

Do you know how to tell the Democratic’s spin? Look at the before and after. Before there were cries of “Don’t release the memo, because it could be damaging to national security!”, and after it’s “It’s garbage, can’t be believed, pay no attention.”.

Posted by: Weary Willie at February 3, 2018 1:22 PM
Comment #424050

WW,
Both are true.

The memo damages national security in several ways. It undermines our confidence in the FBI, the DOJ, and our criminal justice system, BOTH leadership and rank and file, because the rank and file are the ones that actually collected the information. It undermines the Mueller Investigation, by as Trump proclaimed in this morning’s tweet. It also undermines the House Intelligence Committee, which now can no longer be trusted by the FBI, DOJ, and FISA courts not to sacrifice national security in order to make partisan attacks. Finally, in terms of the big picture, it helps destabilize our democracy, and that advances Russian objectives.

On another level, it damages national security in a subtle way. Now the Russians know Carter Page was subjected to FISA warrants that were renewed every 90 days, several times, and they know when. The warrants can ONLY be renewed if additional information justifies continuing surveillance. And that tells the Russians something tipped off the Americans to Carter Page at least 4 separate times over that period. They will go back, review, and see if there was a leak on their part. Not only that, if they find what caused the surveillance to be renewed, a leak or whatever, they will know the threshold for renewing a FISA warrant.

Posted by: phx8 at February 3, 2018 1:46 PM
Comment #424051

There is an odd convergence between what Nunes purported to be doing, pronouncements from the administration, and even some of the articles being written here. They all seem to be unfamiliar with our system of government, how it functions, who people are, what they do, and even the spelling of common English words. It’s like these things are being directed from a foreign country! Why so concerned about Carter Page? A russian he used to talk to in the US went to jail for about 2 years. Others who had diplomatic immunity left the country.

The FBI elected Dumpty. It was clear to Steele from their lack of action that they were trying to do that. It’s why he went to the press, and was put in contact with someone working with McCain.

trained right wingers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa6QKNBx6iY

Posted by: ohrealy at February 3, 2018 3:23 PM
Comment #424052

Echo the parrot. Nice.

“This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!”
Donald Trump, 2/3/18

“Quite the opposite, Mr. President. The most important fact disclosed in this otherwise shoddy memo was that FBI investigation began July 2016 with your advisor, Papadopoulos, who was secretly discussing stolen Clinton emails with the Russians.”
Adam Schiff, 2/3/18

Trump blew the GOP talking points about transparency and daylight for the FBI right out of the water. He claims the memo “vindicates” him. That is in his own mind, but his followers will repeat it if he says it often enough. The previous claims were dutifully repeated by RF, but his heart wasn’t in it. On some level even he knew that was a lie.

I still think it is a mistake to underestimate Trump’s desperation to shut down the probe. He might be able to beat an impeachment rap. Maybe. It would be easier to get rid of Rosenstein ‘for cause’ and have the replacement close down the Mueller Investigation.

Posted by: phx8 at February 3, 2018 9:03 PM
Comment #424059

We all know of phx8’s predictions for President Trump. My prediction is that the president will be invited into many house districts and states to campaign for Republicans. All talk of impeachment will end when the Right remains in control of the House and Senate.

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