The real Andrew McCabe: liar, leaker, coup plotter

· February 20, 2019  
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Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is making the rounds on the legacy media circuit promoting his now-bestselling book, “The Threat,” while simultaneously attempting to repair his damaged image, after he was fired last year following an internal Department of Justice investigation into his conduct.

Much of the media has happily embraced the Andrew McCabe cable television book tour as a means to target the legitimacy of President Trump. In several of his TV interviews, McCabe has claimed that opening up an FBI investigation into the president’s supposed “ties” to Russia was absolutely warranted. Although not a single piece of evidence has surfaced to justify the FBI investigation, McCabe, an apparent conspiracy theorist, still insists that there is a chance the president is entirely beholden to Russia. Worse, he has entertained the possibility that the Russians ordered President Trump to fire former FBI Director James Comey. Taking that idea to its logical conclusion means that the Russians wanted McCabe to lead the FBI.

Media networks have hardly bothered to challenge the credibility of the disgraced official’s farcical, evidence-free presidential accusations. This is largely because the very same media enterprises that have produced softball interviews with McCabe have also run with the same preposterous Russian collusion claims for almost three years.

The legacy media fail to inform you about Andrew McCabe because they are just as intellectually and morally compromised as the former FBI deputy director. Here’s what you need to know about the fired McCabe.

McCabe was fired for misconduct, not for launching Russia probe

McCabe continues to insist that he was ousted from the FBI as a matter of political retribution after he launched the Russia probe.

“I believe I was fired because I opened a case against the president of the United States,” McCabe said in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

This could not be further from the truth.

McCabe was fired after both the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) found that he had engaged in misconduct.

“Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions,” former Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in March 2018, discussing his decision to fire Andrew McCabe after reviewing recommendations from the Department of Justice.

He lied under oath multiple times

An internal Department of Justice Inspector General investigation found that McCabe lied under oath three separate times. In addition, McCabe misled investigators about his media disclosures. As FBI deputy director, he was given clearance to speak to the media. However, he lied to FBI agents about his role in disseminating stories to the press.

Sabotaging FBI colleagues

McCabe not only lied to his own colleagues about his media leaks. He attempted to pin the blame on others in the Bureau to cover his tracks.

The DOJ Inspector General report found that McCabe placed blame for his own leaks on two FBI officials in Washington and New York, “admonishing them for leaks” that were actually McCabe’s own doing. In doing so, he was willing to threaten the reputation, and perhaps careers, of colleagues so that he could escape blame for his wrongdoing.

The Steele dossier

The FBI investigation into President Trump appears to have relied in part or entirely on the infamous Trump-Russia dossier that was produced by opposition researchers (including former British spy Christopher Steele) who were paid directly or indirectly by the Hillary Clinton campaign. McCabe has not been forthcoming about the role of the Steele dossier in launching the FBI probe. However, its political ties did not stop the Comey-McCabe FBI from using it as evidence to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.

Grand jury investigation

Andrew McCabe is on a book and public relations tour, even as the former FBI official is currently under an ongoing criminal investigation. In September, a grand jury was impaneled to investigate McCabe and decide whether charges will be filed against him.

Russia, Russia, Russia

McCabe has essentially admitted that there was no secret intelligence that gave the FBI a reason to investigate President Trump’s supposed Russian ties. It appears that McCabe justifies the investigation based almost solely on President Trump’s campaign advocacy for a detente with Russia.

Moreover, McCabe, a veteran intelligence official who should know better, has described Russia as “our most formidable adversary.” Yet any sound analyst would tell you it’s China, by a mile.

Coup plotter

No one in the media appears interested in examining the idea that McCabe was simply hell-bent on destroying this president, and he grossly abused the law enforcement powers of the FBI to attempt to throw out the results of the 2016 election. His excuses for investigating the president and his campaign are continuously changing, to the point where they hardly make any sense. Perhaps the real reason for his “investigation” was simple: Andrew McCabe and others wanted to remove President Trump from office and weaponized their positions of power to attempt a soft coup.


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Author: Jordan Schachtel

Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review and editor of The Dossier for Blaze Media. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.