McCabe Skates; Flynn Waits; Avenatti Quakes. What a Friday.

Today’s Campaign Update, Part III (Because the Campaign Never Ends)

Today’s news that the Department of Justice has declined to prosecute a basically open-and-shut criminal referral from Inspector General Michael Horowitz regarding Andrew McCabe has created outrage among Trump supporters all across the country. I learned a long time ago that news that seems outrageous one day might turn out to make much more sense in retrospect, so I won’t offer an opinion on what it means here, other than to try to put some context around it.

Also today, AG William Barr announced that President Trump’s tweets – which he claimed often make it “impossible” for him to do his job – have not constrained him from appointing a U.S. Attorney to serve as outside counsel to investigate his department’s handling of the case involving General Michael Flynn. In addition, as reported by the National Review

In addition, Barr has appointed prosecutors to review a number of other politically sensitive cases, none of which were named by the Times. These prosecutors have been interviewing line prosecutors on investigative decisions and the reasons behind them.

A prosecutor from the office of the U.S. attorney in St. Louis, Mo. is handling the Flynn case, while prosecutors from the office of Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen are taking up other cases.

And, shortly after the news about McCabe skating came down, we find out that a jury in federal district court in Manhattan has found the Creepy Porn Lawyer, Michael Avenatti, guilty on all three counts of extortion that were brought against him by Justice Department lawyers. And the great news, as reported by NBC, is that Avenatti faces more prosecutions still:

The bombastic attorney, who was ordered jailed last month for alleged violations of his release bond, faces upcoming trials this spring in two other federal criminal cases.

One of those cases, in New York, is for charges that he swindled Daniels out of $300,000 in proceeds for a book she wrote.

The other pending case, in California, is on charges accusing Avenatti of defrauding other clients out of millions of dollars, tax crimes and perjury.

All of this comes in the wake of Barr’s decision earlier this week to intervene in the outrageous conduct of four of his employees in the case against Roger Stone, rescinding their draconian sentencing recommendation. That move ended up ridding us of one corrupt U.S. Attorney entirely, and ensures that three others will be shunted off to inconsequential future assignments.

So, while the McCabe decision is troubling when taken in a vacuum, let’s all not pretend that Barr has suddenly regressed into Jeff Sessions mode.

We are probably also well-advised to remember that, early last year, DOJ made a similar decision to not pursue a Horowitz-generated criminal referral against James Comey for his own “lack of candor” in interviews with federal investigators. That decision elicited similar howls of outrage from the President’s supporters.

But then, less than a month ago, deep state corrupt reporter Andrew Goldman at the New York Times reported in its own highly-biased way the following:

Federal prosecutors in Washington are investigating a years-old leak of classified information about a Russian intelligence document, and they appear to be focusing on whether the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey illegally provided details to reporters, according to people familiar with the inquiry.

Remember that? I wrote about that piece in great detail, in fact, on January 17. But the pace at which the news moves these days ensures that most readers have forgotten about all of that by now.

What’s the point? The point is this: The fact that DOJ says it is not pursuing fairly minor charges contained in criminal referral from Horowitz against McCabe does not mean that the former FBI Deputy Director is ultimately going to walk away from all of his treasonous actions a free man.

Just yesterday, in fact, the New York Times, in a piece co-authored by Goldman, issued another butt-covering report for its deep state masters:

Trump administration officials investigating the government’s response to Russia’s election interference in 2016 appear to be hunting for a basis to accuse Obama-era intelligence officials of hiding evidence or manipulating analysis about Moscow’s covert operation, according to people familiar with aspects of the inquiry.

Questions asked by Mr. Durham, who was assigned by Attorney General William P. Barr to scrutinize the early actions of law enforcement and intelligence officials struggling to understand the scope of Russia’s scheme, suggest that Mr. Durham may have come to view with suspicion several clashes between analysts at different intelligence agencies over who could see each other’s highly sensitive secrets, the people said.

Mr. Durham appears to be pursuing a theory that the C.I.A., under its former director John O. Brennan, had a preconceived notion about Russia or was trying to get to a particular result — and was nefariously trying to keep other agencies from seeing the full picture lest they interfere with that goal, the people said.

Hey, guess who was leading the FBI’s interactions with Brennan and the CIA during that period of time: FBI Super-Duper Agent Peter Strzok, who reported directly to – guess who? – Andrew McCabe.

So, go ahead and be outraged by DOJ’s decision to take a pass on another Horowitz criminal referral. I was initially outraged by it myself, in fact.

But if you’re thinking that single decision, taken in a vacuum away from other relevant information, means that McCabe is completely off the hook, I would argue with you, at least pending further developments.

That is all.

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

31 thoughts on “McCabe Skates; Flynn Waits; Avenatti Quakes. What a Friday.

  1. phineas gage - February 14, 2020

    Agree with you–as you state, only prosecution with regard to the IG referral was dismissed, not anything relating to Durham’s investigation. That’s where the hammer is going to drop.

    The media can crow about it all they want, but it is premature.

    I also tend to agree with your theory about the Barr-Trump ‘dispute’, in your earlier post.

    Barr may well turn out to be another Deep State sell-out, but I’m not willing to concede that as of yet.

    1. David Blackmon - February 14, 2020

      He might – the jury’s still out on that question. But honestly, it doesn’t have much longer to deliberate in my mind.

    2. terry zelk - February 15, 2020

      How do you make comments on this site? I made two comments and both just disappear when I click the post button.

    3. terry zelk - February 15, 2020

      These must be fake comments,when I post one it just disappears, There’s no place to register or log in.

      1. terry zelk - February 15, 2020

        Ok why do you keep deleting my posts????? Everytime I comment on the story, you delete it. But then you post my comments about not being able to comment. WTF?????

        1. David Blackmon - February 15, 2020

          Terry: I’m not deleting your posts. The speach Nazis at WordPress do that. I have no way of controlling it. Sorry.

  2. phineas gage - February 14, 2020

    Barr, whether he wants to or not (and after all, he took the job and is not an unintelligent man), is going to play a pivotal role in the history of this nation, in which it is determined whether we still have equal justice for all under the law, or whether we now have a two-tiered system–one for elites and one for non-elites.

  3. Gregg - February 14, 2020

    See my additional and original comments from Dave’s last post – I don’t want to be redundant. But…

    What this is telling me is that ALL of the time wasted waiting on IG Horowitz’s, and other (where are Huber’s findings?) report(s) is just that: wasted time!

    Something still stinks in every aspect of this as we are constantly being told to wait on this or that IG report about this, that, and the other thing, and that we can’t run two investigations on the same crime at the same time, because we wouldn’t want to risk jeopardizing a future prosecution. In other words the Federal Government can’t walk and chew gum at the same time when it comes to investigating DEMOCRATS!

    How can a prosecution be risked if you are NOT going to have a prosecution?

    So we can’t run investigations concurrently, but the SC just made a ruling recently about how the same person(s) can be tried for the same crime as long as it is in different courts, i.e. state court and then federal court – which is arguably a clear violation of the Double Jeopardy standard.

    As you alluded to recently, the IG takes like 14 months to find the restroom in his building; as of now, I wouldn’t have him investigate the misuse or theft of paperclips – especially if the DOJ is NOT going to prosecute ANY of the wrongdoing that he does find and refer. What is the use of having Inspectors General in ANY government agency and/or department if NOTHING is ever going to come of their voluminous reports that are never going to “find ANY evidence of POLITICAL BIAS”!

    As Bozo Biden would say: “Come-on man”. As Trump would say: “Give me a break”. As we conservatives would say: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?, or enough of the Bull Schiff already.

  4. Ricardo Phynque - February 14, 2020

    No Prosecution of McCabe means only One Thing !!!!!!!……..He’s Talking ………..

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - February 15, 2020

      Maybe. Maybe it was a tail-catch, or a gill-hook, not a mouth hook. Gotta have a good hook to reel the fish in, even if the fish is a rotting corpse-of-a-fish like McCabe.

  5. Charles Aronowitz - February 14, 2020

    So far, no Democrat has been charged for criminal conduct regarding Pres. Trump and his campaign. I do not share DB’s optimism that any of them will ever be held accountable.

  6. Jonesy - February 14, 2020

    It could mean McCabe’s talking. Or it could mean as stated above that they are declining lesser charges to pursue bigger ones. Kind of like not cops not arresting a car thief for stealing another car when they are building a case of murder against him. The Horowitz report seems pretty anemic, maybe the Durham investigation has the goods.

    As with everything concerning the swamp critters, one can only hope.

  7. Ann Heins - February 14, 2020

    Best analysis. Go to @The Reckoning (sethlevy) on Twitter and scroll down to @PolAgnostic thread “Just like Comey’s classified info leak, there are charges which would require great effort to prosecute….”

  8. Candle in a Hurricane - February 14, 2020

    MaCabe has more slam dunk charges to come….. Flynn is safe….Avanatti is screwed….KEK

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - February 15, 2020

      Some things that should give us hope!

  9. MFG - February 14, 2020

    Maybe McCabe flipped in exchange for charges being dropped?

  10. Jimmy MacAfee - February 14, 2020

    I don’t trust anyone. Learned my lesson. Just waiting to see who will betray us most.

    President Trump is actually the only one deserving of any trust at all, plus a couple of his associates, and Tom Fitton and Judicial Watch. None of our Institutions can be trusted. Not one. Zero. All have been compromised. Even the Evangelical church has been partially purchased by Gyorgi Schwartz, and the Catholic church is led by the devil – and many churches are more terrified of losing their tax exempt status than they are of the Lord as they have stopped teaching His Word. Betrayers are common as dust.

    Waiting to see if Barr is just another betrayer. Not willing to offer an opinion at this point. The jury is out – meaning that the jury itself has been co-opted, the judge is corrupt and the flag outside the courthouse is foreign.

    Trust no one. Except Yeshua.

  11. Jimmy MacAfee - February 15, 2020

    This is an excellent primer on the misuse of IC and LE, specifically the CAI and FIB, and FISA.
    It’s a long read, but has excellent assessments and recommendations.

    https://americanmind.org/essays/abolish-the-cia/

    Trust no one. Keep in mind, though the assessment is accurate as far as I can tell, everyone has a bias. Ask anyone who has been in Amy Berman Jackson’s Court de Kangaroo.

  12. Jimmy MacAfee - February 15, 2020

    I’ll say it again: you better get down on your knees and PRAY that Bill Barr is serving justice, and not the Deep State. Calling for his firing is exactly what the Left desires. Evidence of why this is the case is as follows:

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/top-mueller-prosecutor-doj-starting-new-investigation-into-james-comey-andrew-mccabe-and-peter-strzok

    Trust no one. Pray that the Attorney General is serving justice, the Constitution and the American people.

  13. Jimmy MacAfee - February 15, 2020

    Time to investigate certain judges. ABJ, for one.

  14. terry t zelk - February 15, 2020

    This reminds me of the first Bush administration. Everybody thought he was going to fix the nation, I on the other hand kept saying that Bush was a closet liberal and was duping the public. I was correct. Now we have the same thing going on. The conservatives look at Barr as their savior, again, I’m going to say, NO WAY. This guy is from the early Bush administration and was a crook then and I doubt that has changed. He protected the deep state under Bush, why would he change sides now?
    Like I keep telling people, ignore what any of them say. What comes out of their mouths is all spewed sewage. Watch what they actually do, in Barr’s case, that’s been NOTHING.
    We’re toast as a lawful nation. They will manufacture a major event in Trump’s next term and unseat him, and Barr will be instrumental in this next coup.

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - February 15, 2020

      You wanna kill the Fat Lady before she sings? Wanna remove Barr before he acts?

      Maybe you think he should be impeached, like all of your Leftist buddies in Aunty Fay.

  15. terry t zelk - February 15, 2020

    Ok, where did my comment go????

    1. Gregg - February 15, 2020

      Terry,

      About one in ten of my comments also disappear; here is what I do:

      After drafting it, right click and “select all”, then right click and “copy”, then post the comment.

      If it disappears, re-paste it and delete all but the first paragraph and repost.

      If the first paragraph posts then repeat the process, using the reply option to maintain continuity – you may want to let the readers know the reason why you will be posting several comments in a row. When you find the censored paragraph try editing it until it is allowed; it may require drastic editing. One time my entire piece posted word-for-word individually – sometimes I do two or three paragraphs at a time.

      That system works for me, it is tedious, but if you are really passionate, it is a work-around. Looking forward to reading your comments

  16. Ben Colder - February 15, 2020

    I will believe it when I see it .I have no faith in AG Barr it looks to me like he is just another swamp snake covering for his buddies at the justice dept.Maybe there is more but I just can’t believe it we been burned too many times looks pretty hopeless .If these guys get by with this this country is going under.

    1. Larry Folds - February 15, 2020

      This country has already gone under. Barr is a snake and he’s laughing all the ay to the bank.

  17. Larry Folds - February 15, 2020

    Barr, the skunk of Ruby Ridge, has made a chump of Trump. Durham is laughing his bearded face off. These are company men who will protect the company – the Justice Department – and Trump is too naive or actually part of the scam to do anything about it. The real criminals are Obama and his henchmen but justice will never see the light of day. We are a lost country, a new forming communist country led by rabid dogs who want to destroy the economy, big business, and the 2nd amendment. Not a whimper will we make.

  18. Jimmy MacAfee - February 16, 2020

    Easy to blather on about what Barr supposedly isn’t doing, but my question is: what are you gonna do about it?

    Whistle Dixie?

  19. Larry Folds - February 16, 2020

    I’ve called people. Actually talked to people, congressmen, local and federal, phoned the White House numerous times, written actual letters not emails and texts. But they don’t have time to answer or listen. I vote always every kind of election. I’m 74, Trump made me a felon with his stupid bump stock law making a piece of plastic a machine gun. I joined a suit with others and the case is now in the Supreme Court. I’ve disseminated information about Barr’s past (Ruby Ridge) and his deep friendship with Mueller. Barr should never have been chosen AG.

    1. David Blackmon - February 17, 2020

      Sorry, Larry: Trump did not make you a felon. Bump stocks are toys, not firearms. The 2nd amendment does not give you an inalienable right to bear toys. If you can’t do without your damn bump stock, that’s your problem, not Trump’s.

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