Evidence suggests a massive scandal is brewing at the FBI
By Michael Goodwin, nypost.com
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During the financial crisis, the federal government bailed out banks it declared “too big to fail.” Fearing their bankruptcy might trigger economic Armageddon, the feds propped them up with taxpayer cash.
Something similar is happening now at the FBI, with the Washington wagons circling the agency to protect it from charges of corruption. This time, the appropriate tag line is “too big to believe.”
Yet each day brings credible reports suggesting there is a massive scandal involving the top ranks of America’s premier law enforcement agency. The reports, which feature talk among agents of a “secret society” and suddenly missing text messages, point to the existence both of a cabal dedicated to defeating Donald Trump in 2016 and of a plan to let Hillary Clinton skate free in the classified email probe.
If either one is true — and I believe both probably are — it would mean FBI leaders betrayed the nation by abusing their powers in a bid to pick the president.
McCabe is accused in a yet-to-be-released internal FBI report of not being forthcoming about the nature of a conversation he authorized between FBI officials and a journalist. McCabe had shown a lack of candor under oath on multiple occasions, Sessions said in a press statement Friday shortly after the announcement.
“The F.B.I. expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity and accountability,” said Sessions, who recused himself last May from ruling on aspects of any probe into Russian meddling. “I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.”
McCabe’s time at the agency has been tumultuous one. He oversaw the probes into both the Trump campaign and Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time at the State Department. He also publicly called out the White House on national television over whether Comey had lost the support of rank-and-file F.B.I. agents.
And it looks like he might not want to go down alone.
McCabe was fired for allegedly lying to federal investigators and for making alleged unauthorized disclosures to the media about sensitive investigations. Basically, he is alleged to have “lacked candor” with investigators about making anonymous leaks to a Wall Street Journal reporter about the status of the Clinton Foundation investigation in 2016.
In what could only be described as an already prepared statement, McCabe released a letter shortly after his termination that attempted to give his side of the story and asserted that he had been “singled out” by a vindictive President Donald Trump for removal, a laughable claim given the recommendations of the Obama-era-initiated inspector general’s investigation led by the Obama-appointed IG and career bureaucrats at the FBI’s OPR.
But there was something else in McCabe’s statement that caught the eye of law professor Jonathan Turley, who described in The Hill how McCabe appeared to have contradicted his former boss, former FBI Director James Comey, and essentially accused him of committing perjury
In dispute of the allegations of unauthorized leaks to the media, McCabe wrote, “I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor. As deputy director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter.”
Turley pointed out that since Comey was the director at that time, McCabe’s claim that his leaks were authorized — or at least done with the knowledge of — his boss would run completely counter to testimony delivered under oath by Comey in May 2017 during a congressional hearing.