Monday, February 18, 2019

A complete farce

Federalist: "7 Big Takeaways From Andrew McCabe’s Planned Coup" - "McCabe's actions prove that the Russia probe was always tainted and that many in the FBI and DOJ aren’t public servants, but rather incompetent attention-seekers."

The guy is waiting for his indictment from the grand jury so he needs some lawyer cash from his new book.

Extra - Victor Davis Hanson: "Autopsy of a dead coup".  "McCabe was iconic of an utterly corrupt FBI Washington hierarchy, which we now know from the behavior of its disgraced and departed leadership. They posed as patriotic scouts, but in reality proved themselves arrogant, smug, and incompetent. They harbored such a sense of superiority that they were convinced they could act outside the law in reifying an “insurance policy” that would end the Trump presidency."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Andrew McCabe: "The purpose of the [May 2017] briefing was to let our congressional leadership know exactly what we had been doing. Opening a case of this nature [is] not something an FBI director, an acting FBI director would do by yourself. This was a recommendation from my team. I reviewed it with our lawyers, discussed it. I told Congress what we had done. ...No one objected. Not on legal grounds, constitutional grounds, or based on the facts."

Sen. Angus King: "An important point, that Andrew McCabe did brief the Gang of 8, leaders on both sides of the intelligence committee and members of the House and Senate. Obviously they can respond and say a briefing took place or no, it didn't. Or I objected, or no, I didn't.

That's an important part of the story. The FBI had reason to believe there was something to investigate. They didn't reach conclusions. But that's their job, to protect the country from threats, particularly counterespionage threats. The fact that Congress was briefed is an important part of the story. It indicates they weren't trying to do something sub rosa, behind anybody's back, or a secret coup. I'm sure you'll have interviews with Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, or Richard Burr, the various people who according to Andrew McCabe were in the briefing.

...The president is confusing himself with the United States of America. It was French kings who said, 'I am the state.' In our system, that's not true. When you join an administration, you take an oath to uphold the Constitution. You don't take an oath to support any particular president or majority leader or anything else. So no, that's an inappropriate use of that term ["coup" or "attempted coup"]."

Now let's get back to the corrupt unconstitutionality of the 25th Amendment.