Elder Patriot – This is surprising even by CNN’s standards. Most of their anti-Trump contributors were hired before their involvement in Spygate had been exposed. This time, however, they outdid themselves.
The anti-Trump Conspiracy News Network has hired the disgraced former Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, who was fired for lying (lacking candor) to investigators from the Office of the Inspector General.
The OIG investigators determined that McCabe was guilty of leaking to the Wall Street Journal and then lying about it to FBI agents from the INSD.
Passage from the OIG Report on McCabe’s wrongful behavior:
We found that, in a conversation with then-Director Comey shortly after the WSJ article was published, McCabe lacked candor when he told Comey, or made statements that led Comey to believe that McCabe had not authorized the disclosure and did not know who did. This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.5 (Lack of Candor – No Oath).
We also found that on May 9, 2017, when questioned under oath by FBI agents from INSD, McCabe lacked candor when he told the agents that he had not authorized the disclosure to the WSJ and did not know who did. This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.6 (Lack of Candor – Under Oath).
We further found that on July 28, 2017, when questioned under oath by the OIG in a recorded interview, McCabe lacked candor when he stated: (a) that he was not aware of Special Counsel having been authorized to speak to reporters around October 30 and (b) that, because he was not in Washington, D.C., on October 27 and 28, 2016, he was unable to say where Special Counsel was or what she was doing at that time. This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.6 (Lack of Candor – Under Oath).
We additionally found that on November 29, 2017, when questioned under oath by the OIG in a recorded interview during which he contradicted his prior statements by acknowledging that he had authorized the disclosure to the WSJ, McCabe lacked candor when he: (a) stated that he told Comey on October 31, 2016, that he had authorized the disclosure to the WSJ; (b) denied telling INSD agents on May 9 that he had not authorized the disclosure to the WSJ about the PADAG call; and (c) asserted that INSD’s questioning of him on May 9 about the October 30 WSJ article occurred at the end of an unrelated meeting when one of the INSD agents pulled him aside and asked him one or two questions about the article. This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.6 (Lack of Candor – Under Oath).
The Inspector General prepared a 39-page report on McCabe’s ‘alleged’ wrongdoing that identified the now disgraced former deputy director as the primary architect of the FBI’s effort to impeach/remove President Trump.
Additionally, the OIG referred McCabe to the U.S. Attorney in Washington D.C. for criminal prosecution but that hasn’t stopped CNN from giving him a platform.
A criminal referral would almost always be damning for someone being considered as a contributor on a news network. Not in this case.
Apparently CNN, having failed in its effort to prove President Trump was an agent of Russia, is now pivoting to defending those who directed McCabe’s criminal conspiracy from the Obama White House.