The Evening Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
Well, now we know why Andrew McCabe needed that half million dollar legal defense fund. The fired ex-Deputy Director of the FBI is really on a roll when it comes to having criminal referrals filed against him: Yesterday, he gets one from 11 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and today he gets one lobbed out in his direction by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
Bang! Boom! Pow! It’s like he’s playing a bad guy in an episode of the 1960s TV version of Batman.
The IG’s referral is of course a follow-up to the release of his report last Friday which summarized the findings from his investigation into McCabe’s conduct, which showed that the deep state FBI guy had a serial “lack of candor,” i.e., he’s an habitual liar.
In truth, as I detailed in this morning’s Campaign Update, the referral from 11 Republican congresspersons carries little weight, and really covers ground Attorney General Jeff Sessions has already claimed to be covering. But the referral from the IG is more crucial here, because it now leaves Sessions completely exposed, lacking any further excuse for delaying moving forward with prosecuting the guy who was one of the ring leaders of the anti-Trump deep state cabal that operated within the FBI and DOJ throughout 2016 and well into 2017.
Sessions has said all along that he has just been awaiting the IG’s report before determining whether prosecutions of anyone are really warranted in these matters. Now, the IG has not just issued a report specific to one of the bad actors, he has quickly followed up with a criminal referral. While that referral is directed to the U.S. Attorney who oversees the Washington, D.C. office for DOJ, that U.S. Attorney works for Jeff Sessions, and his actions are Sessions’ responsibility.
A referral from the IG does not necessarily mean that charges will be brought in the case – that decision falls to the DOJ and a grand jury. But the IG has already presented an airtight case in a very public way, so if Sessions and his U.S. attorney fail to bring charges, they’ll need a very strong explanation why General Mike Flynn, a legitimate American hero who has spent his entire adult life defending this country, gets perp walked and indicted in a massive rush to judgment, but a deep state skunk like McCabe gets a walk after a painstaking investigation that dragged on for many months.
The other thing the IG’s action today accomplishes is to give us a preview of what to expect in May, when he will issue his findings from his more comprehensive, 15-month investigation into the massive wrongdoings by a variety of FBI and DOJ officials, as well as Hillary Clinton. It should be fairly safe to assume the general process will be the same – first, the report, then a series of criminal referrals to DOJ.
And then the buck stops again right smack in the middle of Jeff Sessions’ desk. Personally, I think that’s exactly where Sessions wants it. But if I’m wrong in the assumption of Sessions’ good faith, he’s about to run out of anywhere else to pass that buck.
That is all.
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