Elder Patriot | All credit to Sundance at the Conservative Treehouse for catching former Acting Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe in this damning contradiction.
During a recent interview that is scheduled to air this Sunday on CBS’ Sixty Minutes, McCabe appeared to be launching a preemptive media blitz to get ahead of the potential threat posed to him, and other co-conspirators at the FBI and DOJ, with the confirmation of William Barr as Attorney General.
Part of McCabe’s motivation appears to be to launch his own narrative ahead of the possibility that the new Attorney General may actually endeavor to drain the swamp that remains within the DOJ and FBI and that he may actually hold people accountable for their actions.
McCabe throws then Acting Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein under the bus during the interview when he charged him with broaching the discussion of whether the 25th Amendment would be a viable means of removing President Trump from office.
McCabe told Pelley: it was just another kinda topic that he jumped to in the midst of– of– of a wide-ranging conversation.
That should raise red flags with everyone. Were they opening investigations into criminal activity or were they looking for a predicate excuse, anywhere they could find one, to remove the duly elected president from office?
McCabe’s advisors immediately walked back his comments:
— Melissa Schwartz (@MSchwartz3) February 15, 2019
Senator Lindsey Graham, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee caught this immediately:
The McCabe @60Minutes interview is stunning.
Was there an attempt at a bureaucratic coup to take out President Trump?
Who is telling the truth about invoking the 25th Amendment – McCabe or Rosenstein?
Must find answers. All Americans should be concerned.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 14, 2019
As things have shaken out there appears to have been two distinct teams of corrupt officials working within Main Justice and the fear that one would throw the other under the bus to save their own skin has become very real for McCabe.
Team Clinton consists of: Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates, James Baker, Mary McCord, Dana Boente, David Laufmann, Mike Kortan, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr, as well as a host of other former DOJ/FBI small group who are also currently operating within the Mueller operation and Lawfare (Benjamin Wittes) community.
Team Obama consists of: John Brennan, Susan Rice, James Clapper, James Comey, James Rybicki, Loretta Lynch, John Carlin, Samantha Power and all former White House officials.
For all his hubris, McCabe is still smart enough to know that where the preservation interests come in conflict, the media will throw Team Clinton overboard to save Obama.
So McCabe took the step to start framing the narrative with a self-serving book and an appearance on 60 Minutes, snippets of which were aired in advance to spark the public’s interest.
Just one problem. McCabe appears to have contradicted his congressional testimony during his Sixty Minutes interview and in the account of events he wrote in his book:
After a review of the timeline and the statements he made during the interview they appear to contradict by his prior congressional testimony.
Within the pages of his book, McCabe gives the dates on which he met with President Trump:
On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, my first full day on the job as acting director of the FBI, I sat down with senior staff involved in the Russia case—the investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. As the meeting began, my secretary relayed a message that the White House was calling. The president himself was on the line.
[…] As requested, I went back to the White House that afternoon. The scene was almost identical to the one I had walked into the previous night.
Now, listen to McCabe tell Sixty Minutes host Scott Pelley why and when he started the obstruction of justice case:
McCabe: I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency, and won the election for the presidency, and who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage; and that was something that troubled me greatly.
Pelley: How long after that was it you decided to start the obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations involving the President?
McCabe: The next day I met with the teams investigating the Russia cases; and I asked the team to go back and conduct an assessment to determine: where are we with these efforts, and what steps do we need to take going forward? 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. I wanted to make sure our case was on solid ground and if somebody came in behind me and closed it and tried to walk away from it, they would not be able to do with without creating a record of why they made that decision.
Obstruction? Of what?
Sundance picks it up from here:
[The very next day], on May 11th, 2017, the day after those two meetings with President Trump; and the day after McCabe opened a criminal investigation; McCabe was testifying to congress about Russia interference in the election. His story was entirely different in 2017.
With the Comey firing still fresh in the headlines McCabe was asked about whether President Trump was obstructing or interfering:
Senator Rubio: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Mr. McCabe, can you–without going to the specifics of any individual investigation, I think the American people want to know, has the dismissal of Mr. Comey in any way impeded, interrupted, stopped, or negatively impacted any of the work, any investigation, or any ongoing projects at the Federal Bureau of Investigation?
Director McCabe. As you know, Senator, the work of the men and women of the FBI continues despite any changes in circumstance, any decisions. So there has been no effort to impede our investigation to date. Quite simply put, sir, you cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution.
♦Senator Collins. So has there been any curtailment of the FBI’s activities in this important investigation since Director Comey was fired?
Director McCabe. Ma’am, we don’t curtail our activities. As you know, are people experiencing questions and are reacting to the developments this week? Absolutely. Does that get in the way of our ability to pursue this or any other investigation?
No, ma’am. We continue to focus on our mission and get that job done.
♦Senator Heinrich. When did you last meet with the President, Director McCabe?
Director McCabe. I don’t think I’m going to comment on that.
Senator Heinrich. Was it earlier this week?
Director McCabe. I have met with the President this week, but I don’t really want to go into the details of that.
Senator Heinrich. But Russia did not come up?
Director McCabe. That’s correct, it did not.
♦Senator Lankford. Thank you. Let me just run through some quick questions on this. Director McCabe, thanks for being here as well. Let me hit some high points of some of the things that I’ve heard already, just to be able to confirm. You have the resources you need for the Russia investigation, is that correct?
Director McCabe. Sir, we believe it’s adequately resourced.
Senator Lankford. Okay, so there’s not limitations on resources? You have what you need? The–the actions about Jim Comey and his release has not curtailed the investigation from the FBI? It’s still moving forward?
Director McCabe. The investigation will move forward, absolutely.
Senator Lankford. No agents have been removed that are the ongoing career folks that are doing the investigation?
Director McCabe. No, sir.
Senator Lankford. Is it your impression at this point that the FBI is unable to complete the investigation in a fair and expeditious way because of the removal of Jim Comey?
Director McCabe. It is my opinion and belief that the FBI will continue to pursue this investigation vigorously and completely.
♦Senator Harris. Has–I understand that you’ve said that the White House–that you have not talked with the White House about the Russia investigation. Is that correct?
Director McCabe. That’s correct.
On May 11th, 2017, two days after Comey was fired; and after back-to-back days meeting with the President; Andrew McCabe is telling congress not only has President Trump not interfered with -or obstructed- the investigation, but there has been zero discussion between himself, the President, and/or the White House about the FBI investigation.
So, after testifying in multiple ways, to multiple Senators that his investigation was in no way encumbered, short-funded, or otherwise compromised, why did McCabe feel justified opening the criminal obstruction investigation into a sitting POTUS the day prior?
Corrupt FBI agent Peter Strzok may have answered that in these text messages to McCabe’s legal counsel Lisa Page on the day that former-Director James Comey was fired :
After Mr. McCabe’s 60 Minutes interview, it is imperative that he, and others, come before @senjudiciary to fully explain how and why a FISA warrant was issued against Carter Page and answer questions about what appears to be, now more than ever, bias against President Trump.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 14, 2019
Hard keeping your story straight, eh, Andy?