There is a 39-page official government report that is titled “A Report of Certain Allegations Relating to Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe.” This report finds that in a number of instances that mattered to us the people McCabe lied, including under oath. The report doesn’t use the term “lie”. It uses the words “lacked candor”.
The dissonance here for anyone who prefers truth to lies, including from public employees of ours in sensitive positions that even have been given the power to prosecute liars, is that McCabe hasn’t owned up to his lies. He betrayed his position, those around him and betrayed us.
Now, he’s accusing others, and that’s certainly no good. He’s making up new lies, and he’s pretending that he’s telling the truth.
There is no way for McCabe to redeem himself except by taking responsibility for his lies by admitting them. Instead he’s going in exactly the wrong personal direction by extending his lying. He’s a bitter man now pretending to be on the side of the angels. A recent statement of his:
“And it is unfortunate that having listened to propaganda like Fox News, there’s, you know, there are many people in this country that will believe that forever. I can’t do anything about that, except continue to live and to speak out in the way I’ve tried to do over the last year, to stand up for what I believe in, and to tell the truth, however inconvenient for the president or anybody else.”
McCabe also now blames Trump and the Department of Justice.
But it is entirely accurate to call McCabe a multiple liar on the basis of the report issued by the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice. It ends up as follows:
“We found that, in a conversation with then-Director Comey shortly after the WSJ article was published, McCabe lacked candor when he told Comey, or made statements that led Comey to believe, that McCabe had not authorized the disclosure and did not know who did. This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.5 (Lack of Candor – No Oath).
“We also found that on May 9, 2017, when questioned under oath by FBI agents from INSD, McCabe lacked candor when he told the agents that he had not authorized the disclosure to the WSJ and did not know who did. This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.6 (Lack of Candor – Under Oath).
“We further found that on July 28, 2017, when questioned under oath by the OIG in a recorded interview, McCabe lacked candor when he stated: (a) that he was not aware of Special Counsel having been authorized to speak to reporters around October 30 and (b) that, because he was not in Washington, D.C., on October 27 and 28, 2016, he was unable to say where Special Counsel was or what she was doing at that time. This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.6 (Lack of Candor – Under Oath).
“We additionally found that on November 29, 2017, when questioned under oath by the OIG in a recorded interview during which he contradicted his prior statements by acknowledging that he had authorized the disclosure to the WSJ, McCabe lacked candor when he: (a) stated that he told Comey on October 31, 2016, that he had authorized the disclosure to the WSJ; (b) denied telling INSD agents on May 9 that he had not authorized the disclosure to the WSJ about the PADAG call; and (c) asserted that INSD’s questioning of him on May 9 about the October 30 WSJ article occurred at the end of an unrelated meeting when one of the INSD agents pulled him aside and ased him one or two questions about the article. This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.6 (Lack of Candor – Under Oath).
“Lastly, we determined that as Deputy Director, McCabe was authorized to disclose the existence of the CF Investigation publicly if such a disclosure fell within the “public interest” exception in applicable FBI and DOJ policies generally prohibiting such a disclosure of an ongoing investigation. However, we concluded that McCabe’s decision to confirm the existence of the CF Investigation through an anonymously sourced quote, recounting the content of a phone call with a senior Department official in a manner designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership, was clearly not within the public interest exception. We therefore concluded that McCabe’s disclosure of the existence of an ongoing investigation in this manner violated the FBI’s and the Department’s media policy and constituted misconduct.”
To date, there has been no prosecution of McCabe. Officially, the DOJ has now stated that it will not prosecute McCabe.
9:24 am on February 15, 2020
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