Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is now asking for immunity in exchange for his testimony on just about anything. That would include the agency’s handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Theoretically, he could turn evidence against a bunch of people in the intelligence agencies and the Department of Justice, not to mention politicos such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. No wonder he wants immunity… he’s trying to save himself.
Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018
Michael Bromwich, who is McCabe’s attorney, wrote a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) seeking a guarantee of immunity for McCabe’s testimony before the panel. McCabe will plead the Fifth if prompted to testify otherwise. “Mr. McCabe is willing to testify, but because of the criminal referral, he must be afforded suitable legal protection,” said Bromwich according to CNN. “This is a textbook case for granting use immunity…If this Committee is unwilling or unable to obtain such an order, then Mr. McCabe will have to no choice but to invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.” It all depends on what McCabe is willing to give up in exchange for said immunity.
Bromwich’s letter also makes clear that McCabe is willing to provide emails that “demonstrate that Mr. McCabe advised former Director Comey, in October 2016, that Mr. McCabe was working with FBI colleagues to correct inaccuracies before certain media stories were published.” Grassley wrote to the FBI requesting that McCabe be released from a nondisclosure agreement that prevents him from providing the emails being requested, among other records.
If McCabe invokes his Fifth Amendment right instead of answering questions, it could set up a contentious confrontation with lawmakers. They could serve him with a subpoena and if he continues to refuse to testify, lawmakers could pursue a contempt resolution against him and refer the matter for prosecution by the DC US Attorney’s Office or enforce the subpoena through civil action in federal court.
McCabe has been under investigation for some time now via the FBI’s Inspector General. They have reportedly found that McCabe acted inappropriately by leaking information to a reporter and then by lying about it to then-FBI Director James Comey. He’s also been found guilty of perjury. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, acting on the recommendation of the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility, terminated McCabe on March 16. They cited a ‘lack of candor’… i.e. lying. McCabe has insisted previously he acted within his authority in authorizing FBI officials to talk to a reporter about an ongoing investigation surrounding the Clinton Foundation in 2016.
Grassley also invited Comey, as well as former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, to testify before the committee about the Clinton email investigation, sources told CNN. So, it looks like fireworks all the way around. The Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General has just found that former FBI Director James Comey defied authority at various times while leading the bureau, according to a new report by ABC. Sources claim that the DOJ’s internal watchdog “explicitly used the word ‘insubordinate’ to describe Comey’s behavior.” The report also “rebuked” former Attorney General Loretta Lynch “for her handling of the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s personal email server.”
Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett said that if McCabe “sings like a canary” about the Clinton email investigation and the alleged nefarious activity of spying on the Trump campaign, that Comey is in serious trouble. Count on it. Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said the request is “very, very unusual.” “I have to tell you, it’s unheard of for the number two person at the FBI saying, ‘You want me to testify? Give me immunity,'” Napolitano said on “Fox & Friends First.”
McCabe came under fire by President Trump over donations to his wife’s unsuccessful state Senate campaign in Virginia in 2015 from a group led by then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), a close Clinton family ally. President Trump has called for an investigation into McCabe. He’s the one who brought the investigation into Clinton’s misdeeds to a screeching halt, not because of her innocence, but because the FBI was covering for her to keep her out of jail and to help get her elected.
Grassley has now set the Judiciary hearing for next week. However, it could be delayed as the Inspector General’s report is still not public yet. Sources familiar with the report describe it as a massive undertaking, walking through the events leading up to the 2016 election over roughly 500 pages. Some Republicans are saying it is being slow-walked so they can redact massive portions of the report. Let’s hope not and that this whole thing is about to be exposed and brought into the light for the sake of justice here.
DOJ just issued the McCabe report – which is a total disaster. He LIED! LIED! LIED! McCabe was totally controlled by Comey – McCabe is Comey!! No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2018
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