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McCabe Resigns
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-Land of the Free
McCabe Resigns
After his boss seeing the Memo!
Fox News says:
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is taking “terminal leave” from his post until March, when he would be eligible for retirement benefits.
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Okay - Forceable removal:
[FoxNews] Top FBI official Andrew McCabe has been "removed" from his post as deputy director, Fox News is told, leaving the bureau after months of conflict-of-interest complaints from Republicans including President Trump.

A source confirmed to Fox News that McCabe is taking “terminal leave” – effectively taking vacation until he reaches his planned retirement in a matter of weeks. As such, he will not be reporting to work at the FBI anymore.

The move was first reported by NBC News.


McCabe has long been a controversial figure at the bureau.

Republicans have questioned McCabe’s ties to the Democratic Party, considering his wife ran as a Democrat for a Virginia Senate seat in 2015 and got financial help from a group tied to Clinton family ally Terry McAuliffe.

Trump himself tweeted in December: “How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?”

The Washington Post last week reported that Trump, during an Oval Office meeting last spring, pressed McCabe, who was then acting FBI director, about whom he voted for in the 2016 election. McCabe, according to the outlet, told the president he didn’t vote.

McCabe's name has surfaced in connection with several other controversies.

The Daily Beast reported that a GOP memo alleging government surveillance abuse named McCabe, along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and ex-FBI boss James Comey.

Incidentally, the McCabe removal comes after FBI Director Christopher Wray viewed the memo Sunday on Capitol Hill, as reported by Fox News’ Catherine Herridge.

Several Republicans also want to know what McCabe knew about anti-Trump text messages between two bureau officials, including one that seemed to reference an “insurance policy” against Trump winning the 2016 election.

“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office - that there’s no way he gets elected - but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Peter Strzok texted on Aug. 15, 2016. “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

Some lawmakers think "Andy" was a reference to McCabe.


This article starring:
Andrew McCabe
Hillary Clinton
James Comey
Peter Strzok
Rod Rosenstein
Terry McAuliffe
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/29/2018 12:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  May have been booted, rather than resigned...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/29/2018 13:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Removed? One assumes he was then walked out of the building, with his personal belongings to be sent afterward. This could become considerably more interesting than the considerably interesting it already appears.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/29/2018 13:22 Comments || Top||

#3  FBI Director Wray goes over to the Hill and looks at the Devin Nunes memos on Friday. Monday morning McCabe is told to scram resigns.

Probably a simple coincidence.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2018 13:27 Comments || Top||

#4  I thought Wray went on Sunday
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/29/2018 13:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Make it Sunday then. Wray's stock just inched up slightly. I say again, slightly.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2018 13:32 Comments || Top||

#6  More importantly, who takes his place?
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 01/29/2018 13:55 Comments || Top||

#7  If you are sent to prison, do you collect retirement?
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 01/29/2018 14:21 Comments || Top||

#8  Gowdy to Wray: Hey Pat, you'd better get your arse over here. This shit is probably going public Monday night.

Wray to Gowdy: Thanks bro! I appreciate the heads-up.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2018 14:30 Comments || Top||

#9  Some lawmakers think "Andy" was a reference to McCabe.

Strzok could be asked under oath.
Posted by: C. Lover of the Welsh4946 || 01/29/2018 14:32 Comments || Top||

#10  heheheheh...who in the Obean government has been prosecuted for lying under oath? Bad luck Flynn didn't work for them.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/29/2018 15:07 Comments || Top||

#11  His reputation is the least of his worries. He better watch his six if he wants to collect retirement. The Hildabeast Problem Erasure Team needs some practice.. (after that little trip to Canada) sloppy craftwork
Posted by: Warthog || 01/29/2018 15:35 Comments || Top||

#12  Then again, a pension and non-prosecution is usually a trade for turning "state's evidence". A hit job that high would be really asking for attention those on the other side might not be able to weather.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/29/2018 15:43 Comments || Top||

#13  And Reince Priebus was called the 'leaker' and supposedly he was 'pressuring the FBI' at the time. He was set up from the get-go.

All theater.

All lies.
Posted by: Woodrow Smiter of the Chinese6402 || 01/29/2018 16:41 Comments || Top||

#14  The floodgates are about to open on the Obsama and Clinton criminalty.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/29/2018 17:10 Comments || Top||

#15  From your mouth to the ear of G*d, JQC - not that I really expect it.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/29/2018 17:17 Comments || Top||

#16  But then, I didn't expect most of the things Trump already achieved.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/29/2018 17:20 Comments || Top||

#17  So did he resign or go on leave? Two different things, but media reports seem to alternate between them.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/29/2018 18:23 Comments || Top||

#18  That story about how McCabe set up Priebus with a request for a meeting and tells a complete lie to willing echo chamber minions is very telling.

We heard stories all over the place right after the election about McCabe having a meeting in his office in which he said "Fuck Trump." Obviously he meant through a coup.

These dimwits thought that Shillary's election was a fait accompli and because of that didn't cover their tracks.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 01/29/2018 18:28 Comments || Top||

#19  And for the rest of you Deep Staters, either get with the program or resign and get a job at Walmart or somethin already!
Posted by: Bill Cleretle2363 || 01/29/2018 19:35 Comments || Top||

#20  House Intel votes to release controversial surveillance memo to the public

California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, said, "Today this committee voted to put the president’s personal interests, perhaps their own political interests, above the national interests."

Gag, hack, vomit. Oh my God, what a hack. Schiff needs to be tarred and feathered.
Posted by: C. Lover of the Welsh4946 || 01/29/2018 22:08 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Applying the death penalty deftly and fairly
[TAMPABAY] It is possible to question the morality and deterrent value of the death penalty
and still appreciate the way Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren has approached the issue of capital punishment during his first 13 months in office. Warren recently announced he would seek the death penalty for Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, who has been accused of killing four people seemingly at random in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in 2017.

Unlike Aramis Ayala, his counterpart in Orange and Osceola counties who has refused to pursue the death penalty under any circumstances, Warren did not hide his beliefs on capital punishment before his election in November 2016. He has readily acknowledged the problems with lengthy delays that contribute to huge financial costs, the racial disparity in death penalty sentences and the rare, but real, possibility of executing someone who was wrongly convicted.

Yet as a candidate, Warren said he believed a state attorney should invoke the death penalty "fairly and consistently and rarely.’’ Thus far, he has upheld that standard. Warren has taken the death penalty off the table in a handful of cases he inherited, and his office has specifically cited mental illness as a mitigating factor that will be considered.

But Warren has also pursued the ultimate punishment in what he determines are the most egregious cases, and the four killings of innocent people walking the streets of their neighborhood qualifies. The worthiness of the death penalty remains open for debate, but Warren has deftly juggled his reservations about its use while still fulfilling the duties of his office.
One thing about the death penalty: It cuts recidivism. In the age of al-Qaeda and ISIS, I don't even know why there's a discussion, but I guess I'm just Islamophobic.
Posted by: Fred || 01/29/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Do you lock yourself up at night (those neighborhoods with bars over the windows)? Are there places you avoid in the cities? When the sun goes down, do you worry where your children are?

Then your behavior has been modified by a death penalty. Executions are carried out daily across America without any due process or appeal. Who really has more power, the murders or the state?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/29/2018 7:33 Comments || Top||


Fifty Years Battling the Kultursmog
R. EMMETT TYRRELL, JR.
[SPECTATOR.ORG] At The American Spectator we call it Kultursmog, it being the popular culture of the country, occasionally even the high culture of the country. You want examples of Kultursmog! Think of the production of a Shakespeare play with the players appearing in the nude or dressed up as 1930s gangsters, complete with machineguns. I have never seen, say, the Royal Shakespeare Company, perform Shakespeare in the nude, but doubtless their day will come. On the other hand, I have seen Macbeth cast in gangster garb. It was twenty years ago, and I was either in New York or London... after a few drinks I get the two confused. I suppose their outré casting of Macbeth was supposed to make the audience think.

One of the false assumptions of the Kultursmog is that Americans do not think at all, and so Kultur’s sacrosanct duty is to make us think by disturbing us, by making us want to tear down the theatre, by giving us a nosebleed, by making us really ill. I have never gotten even mildly ill at a high culture event or even a low culture event. I have laughed out loud, but never thrown up ‐ not even over the art of Andy Warhol or of Robert Mapplethorpe or this modern clown of the plastic arts, Jeff Koons. Incidentally, yet another of the Kultursmog’s false assumptions is that high art, if it is good, has disturbed people. You know, at the premiere of Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony, or Michelangelo ’s unveiling of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, or Rodin’s The Thinker. In truth, if Beethoven’s or Michelangelo’s or Rodin’s artistic goals were to disturb their audience or annoy their patrons they would be out of work in a flash and quite possibly tossed in the calaboose
You have the right to remain silent...
by Prince Esterhazy or the Crown Prince, or the Emperor or whatever.

Kultursmog may be laughable and trivial and childish, but it is everywhere. Americans cannot escape it. Even Europeans and Asians cannot escape it. Which is why The American Spectator has survived for fifty years. It’s been one laugh after another always at the expense of the Kultursmog ‐ its pollutants and its polluters. The sociologist and other such frauds decry the abundance of dead end jobs here in America. But for me having a dead end job hasn’t been so bad. I have been at The American Spectator, as editor-in-chief, for fifty years without interruption, without being furloughed, without being promoted, without even being fired, no sexual harassment charges, and always the same crummy two-week vacation ‐ year in and year out.

We began by laughing at the Kultursmog when it was the product of Liberalism. There was, for instance, the Alger Hiss farce. It went on for decades. At the Nation magazine it doubtless still is going on. There, Alger remains innocent. One of the magazine’s most convincing arguments was made by Hiss’s son who argued that Hiss could not be a communist because he once caught his male member in the zipper of his trousers. We thought that was funny. There was the Reagan Administration when all major media believed that President Ronald Reagan was an ignoramus and clinically insane, even as he was winning the Cold War and reviving Jimmy Carter
...only the second worst president ever...
’s decrepit economy. There were the Clinton years when the Spectator scandalized polite society by doing what was then never done: talking about a string of cuties that Bill had violated and Hillary had covered for. Today we call Bill’s innocent White House recreations Sexual Harassment ‐ and if you do it, watch out. And by the way, what is this talk about the Russians having some mysterious dirt on Hillary? It is no mystery. You will find it chronicled in the Spectator for over twenty years. How about in 2007 when I reported that the Russians had taped Bill having phone sex with Monica. He did it on open telephone lines.
Posted by: Fred || 01/29/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [188 views] Top|| File under:


Home Front: Politix
Did Justice Department FISA Fraud Create U.S. District Court Judge Recusal?…
[ConservativeTreehouse] On the night of Thursday December 7th, 2017 it was announced that U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras was recused from the case against General Mike Flynn. This recusal came five days after Judge Contreras accepted the initial pleading from Flynn. Almost two months have passed, and there’s no explanation why?

(Reuters) The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia judge presiding over the criminal case for President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been recused from handling the case, a court spokeswoman said on Thursday. (read more)

If sufficient judicial conflict existed on December 7th, why wasn’t that conflict present on December 1st, when Judge Contreras presided over Flynn’s initial pleading?

The story behind why U.S. District Court Judge would be recused, is transparently missing from any follow-up by media. With all the current sunlight over possible manipulation of a FISA court application by the FBI, no-one seems curious if Judge Rudolph Contreras was the FBI’s FISA approval judge, and the U.S. DC Judge in the Flynn pleading.

The story has disappeared into the swamp; but the story is important.

There is a very strong possibility that U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras was forcibly recused by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, because Contreras is also the FISA Court Judge who signed-off on the 2016 FISA application (warrant) that led to the wiretapping and surveillance of General Flynn. That FISA application is now being questioned.

The initial media report stated Judge Contreras "was recused" implying the decision was ultimately put upon him. However, I repeat, if there was a conflict on December 7th, 2017 wouldn’t that same conflict have existed on December 1st (Flynn pleading).?

If the conflict did exist on December 1st, 2017, why did Contreras even allow himself to preside over the first hearing of General Mike Flynn’s rather odd guilty plea?
Continues.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 01/29/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [308 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Flynn and his Family need to be compensated for this set up.
Posted by: newc || 01/29/2018 1:17 Comments || Top||

#2  The initial media report stated Judge Contreras "was recused" implying the decision was ultimately put upon him. However, I repeat, if there was a conflict on December 7th, 2017 wouldn’t that same conflict have existed on December 1st (Flynn pleading).?

Just a little tidying up of the battle space, hoping no one will notice, but they did.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2018 1:40 Comments || Top||

#3  I wondered who had nominated this judge. Very little digging pointed to the totally unexpected; President Barack Obama nominated Contreras to fill the vacancy in 2011.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 01/29/2018 15:14 Comments || Top||


Pelosi's 'White' America
[AMERICANTHINKER] The Dems continue defining themselves as the "non-white" party. They've cobbled together their alliance of minorities, defined as "blacks and [fill in the blank]" and it was for awhile the balance they needed to tilt elections. Now it's morphed into outright hatred of whites, actually more pronounced than the dismissive nature of 1930's and '40's whites. This hatred tends to wane around election time, then to wax once they've resumed their (often hereditary) seats. I'm curious as to how long they can keep spewing ugly hatred twenty months at a time, then reshape themselves as The Constituents' Friend™ for the other four months.
Posted by: Fred || 01/29/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Democrats will be the joke of history.
Posted by: newc || 01/29/2018 1:14 Comments || Top||

#2  "White" is just a pejorative to Pelosi - like "Jew" to some of her constituents.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/29/2018 3:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Money will be their biggest problem. They cater to the takers not givers. Money will flow from outside our country to keep things unsettled.

King was to be arrested because so much of his funding was from the communists. Someone with political influence stepped in to stop the FBI at the last moment. The puppeteer has long strings to pull.
Posted by: Dale || 01/29/2018 10:21 Comments || Top||

#4  Someone with political influence stepped in to stop the FBI at the last moment. The puppeteer has long strings to pull.

Soetoro appears to enjoy a similar level of protection. Interesting times.... and all of that.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2018 10:26 Comments || Top||

#5 
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/29/2018 13:48 Comments || Top||



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  McCabe Resigns
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