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.