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Andrew McCabe: Protecting the Russia Investigation at all Costs

The entire basis for the Russia collusion investigation – begun by highly partisan senior FBI officials and subsequently taken up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller – has slowly been unraveling for well over a year, now. Disgraced former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, in a new book and an explosive CBS interview, makes several admissions that should, once and for all, leave no-one in doubt that the allegation of collusion between President Donald Trump and Russian officials was a complete fabrication, created for no other reason than to remove the president from office.

Andrew McCabe

McCabe, who is currently promoting his book, sat down for an interview with Scott Pelley for the CBS show 60 Minutes. An excerpt from the interview was released Thursday, February 14 and shows McCabe admitting that he was desperate to protect the Russia investigation, which had uncovered no evidence of collusion, and that he initiated an investigation into possible obstruction of justice by the president over the firing of then FBI Director James Comey.

McCabe Reveals FBI Had Nothing on Trump

It is important to carefully parse McCabe’s words. “I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency,” McCabe told Pelley, referring to a phone conversation he had with Trump following Comey’s dismissal, “and won the election for the presidency and who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia …“ The important words, here, are “who might have done so.“ The idea that Russia had helped Trump win the election was nothing more than speculation, if not pure fiction. [perfectpullquote align=”left” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”24″]…the idea that the president was attempting to obstruct the FBI was preposterous.[/perfectpullquote]

The former deputy director went on to confirm that, the next day, he decided to open an investigation of Trump. McCabe explains that he was concerned the president would appoint a new FBI Director who would bury the Russia investigation.

The problem with what McCabe says here, though, is that he is admitting to anticipating a crime – obstruction of justice – that had not yet been committed. This is not a sound basis for the opening of an investigation. The firing of Comey did not, in itself, constitute obstruction. There was simply no evidence that Comey’s departure would affect the Bureau’s Russia investigation. At that point, McCabe did not even know who Comey’s replacement was going to be. For all he knew, he himself might have been appointed, so the idea that the president was attempting to obstruct the FBI was preposterous.

In his new book, McCabe also admits that he prompted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel because “I thought it would help the [Russia] investigation’s credibility.” So, McCabe understood that the investigation lacked credibility.

Rosenstein or McCabe? One of These Men is Lying

Rod Rosenstein

As for Rosenstein – who was instrumental in Comey’s firing – he was rumored as having urged McCabe to wear a “wire” to secretly record conversations with the president. It has also been suggested that the deputy AG mulled the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Rosenstein has vehemently denied the latter accusation and has suggested that his comment about McCabe wearing a wire was in jest. McCabe claims in his book, however, that Rosenstein was serious.

Previewing the interview on CBS This Morning, Pelley says McCabe described meetings with DOJ officials to discuss “whether the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could be brought together to remove the president under the 25th Amendment,” though there were no grounds for such action.

How does one begin to understand the scale of duplicity underpinning what can only be described as a political conspiracy designed to trigger a bloodless coup within the United States government? It starts with the acceptance of certain facts and the willingness to consider the enormous volume of evidence of political bias and conspiracy against the president.

The Conspiracy and Its Tangled Web

McCabe had political connections to the Clintons and to the Democratic Party through his wife. Senior FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were both involved in the Clinton email investigation and the Russia probe, hated Trump – Strok even vowed that the FBI would stop him from becoming president.

Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, who acted as an intermediary between the FBI and Fusion GPS – the firm that commissioned the infamous “Trump Dossier” on behalf of the Clinton campaign – has also provided testimony that contradicts what other co-conspirators have said about the origins of the Russia investigation. Ohr’s wife worked for Fusion GPS and was directly involved in opposition research for Clinton. Former British spy Christopher Steele, who put the dossier together, is known to have been “desperate” to prevent Trump becoming president.

The evidence of conspiracy is simply too all-pervasive to ignore. All of the key players involved in creating the Russian collusion story, producing and disseminating the Trump dossier, and initiating the FBI’s collusion investigation harbored enormous animus toward then-candidate Trump and did not want to see him win the White House. Is this a mere coincidence, having no relevance whatsoever to the investigation that unfolded? That idea is ludicrous.

The facts are not open to interpretation: McCabe, his former boss James Comey, and Rod Rosenstein have all made several contradictory statements. Not all of them, therefore, can be telling the truth. Of the three, only one of these men is not a proven liar. McCabe lied to Congress and to federal investigators. Comey also lied to Congress. On the other hand, Rosenstein now has the most to lose if the truth comes out; the other two have already lost their jobs, so they may now be less concerned with concealing their real intentions.

McCabe’s claims, if true, are sufficient to cast a very dark cloud of suspicion over the continuing special counsel investigation. Robert Mueller’s appointment was, clearly, a way to preserve and perpetuate a phony investigation. Its entire foundation sits upon the Clinton campaign’s uncorroborated opposition research provided by Russian officials and upon biased assumptions that the president must have committed, or intended to commit, a crime or crimes, simply because he was Donald Trump, and McCabe, Comey, Strzok, Page, Bruce Ohr, and the rest of the conspirators refused to accept the result of a legitimate election.

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