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FBI: U.S. Should Have Foreseen Russia’s Meddling in Election

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. authorities should have foreseen Russia’s efforts to meddle in the presidential election because of the Kremlin’s actions in the past, said FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

While the extent of Russia’s involvement was surprising “in some ways,” McCabe said the intelligence community had plenty of reasons to be suspicious.

“The fact is, the Russians have been targeting us with everything they have over the last 50 years,” McCabe said, CNN reports. “We sort of should have seen this coming.”

Whatever the case, McCabe said investigators will ensure Russia “pays” for its actions.

But that doesn’t mean the U.S. will be able to stop Russia in the future.

“The experience in the 2016 elections allowed us to diagnose the problem,” McCabe said. “Have we cured it yet? Absolutely not.”

Trump Continues Attack on AG Sessions for Third Consecutive Day

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump continued his public attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions for a third consecutive day on Wednesday, this time for failing to fire the FBI’s acting director over his wife’s political connections to Hillary Clinton.

The criticism of Sessions’ handling of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe has raised speculation that Trump is setting up the attorney general’s firing.

Trump has been fuming over Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, a decision that allowed the deputy AG to hire a special counsel to director the probe.

Some Republicans have come to Sessions’ defense, warning the president not to remove the attorney general.

Grassley Questions Independence of Acting FBI Director McCabe

Sen. Chuck Grassley

Sen. Chuck Grassley

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is joining conservative pundits and President Trump allies in attacking the credibility of acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Iowa Republican is raising questions about the independence of McCabe at a time when the FBI is investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Politico reports

Grassley suggested McCabe may have a conflict of interest because his wife received donations from a Clinton supporter, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, while running for a Virginia state Senate seat. Grassley pointed to an active investigation by the Justice Department inspector general into whether the donation should have prompted McCabe to recuse himself from the Hillary Clinton email probe.

“That evidence and the failure to recuse calls into question whether Mr. McCabe handled the Flynn investigation fairly and objectively, or whether he had any retaliatory motive against Flynn for being an adverse witness to him in a pending proceeding,” Grassley wrote.

In a series of Tweets on Thursday, Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow also raised the issue.

“The conflicts of interest are clear and the American people should not tolerate this.”

FBI, Justice Department Offer Starkly Different Positions on Trump’s Budget Cuts

Photo via FBI

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Top officials for the FBI and Justice Department are at odds over the impact of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe offered Congress starkly different positions on whether Trump’s spending reductions would hurt FBI operations, Politico reports.

McCabe told the House Appropriations subcommittee that “every program” in the bureau would be adversely affected and would force the reduction of employees, including agents.

“It will certainly impact us in many ways. It is a broad and deep reduction that will touch every program. it will touch headquarters. It will touch our field offices,” McCabe told a House Appropriations subcommittee Wednesday. “It is a reduction that is not possible to take entirely against vacancies. It’s a reduction that will touch every description of employee within the FBI. We will lose agent positions. We will lose analyst positions and, of course, professional staff.”

Rosenstein seemed to suggest McCabe was exaggerating and that the spending cuts would not impact national security or violent crime.

“I believe that if you look at the budget, we are not cutting the critical areas — violent crime, terrorism, the areas that you’ve raised are areas where there will be no cuts, cybercrime, all those areas,” Rosenstein said at a parallel Senate hearing, under questioning by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). “And so the effort in this budget, as I understand it, is to reduce only in areas that are not critical to those operations.”

According to Rosenstein, the number of FBI agents would increase by 150 to 12,484.

But according to the FBI’s website, the bureau has about 13,500 agents.

McCabe: FBI Providing Mueller with ‘a Great Number of Folks’ from Bureau

Acting FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

Acting FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The acting head of the FBI told Congressional members that the bureau is providing special counsel Robert Mueller with a substantial number of personnel to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who replaced James Comey when President Trump fired him under suspicious circumstances on May 9, told the House Appropriations Subcommittee that Mueller will have plenty of resources to conduct the investigation, which includes possible ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign, Politico reports

“We have a great number of folks that have already been detailed to that team and I have assured Director Mueller that we will do everything necessary to deliver the resources and meet the needs that he has to do that work,” McCabe said.

Last week, Mueller’s office announced that it had added 13 lawyers to the team investigating Russian influence.

McCabe also said he never felt comfortable talking to Trump

Acting FBI Director Pledges to Blow the Whistle if White House Interferes

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe pledged Thursday to alert congressional members of any attempts by the White House to interfere with the “highly significant investigation” into ties between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.

Speaking at a public hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, McCabe also vowed not to share information about the investigation with the White House.

Acting FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

Acting FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

A day earlier, Trump claimed Comey had been doing a poor job and suggested in a tweet that the 3-year FBI director “lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrats alike,” despite an outpouring of support within the ranks of the FBI. 

At the hearing, McCabe challenged Trump’s portrayal of Comey, saying working with the director was “the greatest privilege and honor of my professional life.

McCabe added, “The vast majority of FBI employees enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey.”

McCabe assured the committee that the White House would not deter the FBI.

“Simply put, sir, you cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution,” McCabe said.

Trump Is Lying about Alleged ‘Quid Pro Quo’ in FBI’s Clinton Probe

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump’s suggestion that a high-ranking FBI official helped Hillary Clinton during the email investigation because of campaign donations to the official’s wife is off base and untrue, Politifact reports. 

Like many of Trump’s claims, this one distorts the truth by misleading people about the timeframe for the donations to Dr. Jill McCabe, who was recruited to run for one of the 40 seats in the Virginia Senate. At the time of the March 2015 donation, the pediatrician’s husband, Andrew McCabe, was focusing on terrorism while working as an assistant director of the FBI’s find office in Washington.

McCabe “consulted with top FBI headquarters and field office ethics officers for guidance, including briefings on the Hatch Act, to prevent against any actual or potential conflict-of-interest, in the event she decided to go forward,” the FBI said in a statement.

Not until three months after McCabe lost the race, Andrew McCabe became the FBI’s deputy director on Feb. 1, 2016. That was the first time he had any oversight of the clinton case. 

“Months after the completion of (his wife’s) campaign, then-Associate Deputy Director McCabe was promoted to Deputy, where, in that position, he assumed for the first time, an oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails,” according to the FBI statement.

Trump also falsely claimed that Andrew McCabe was responsible for deciding whether to recommend prosecution. That decision was actually FBI Director James Comey’s.

Wife of High-Ranking FBI Official Received Campaign Cash by Clinton Allies

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe played a major role in the bureau’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email use as secretary of state.

Turns out, McCabe’s wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, received nearly $500,000 in donations from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who has longstanding ties to the Clintons, for her campaign to run for a state Senate seat, the Wall Street Journal reveals.

The Virginia Democratic Party, over which McAuliffe has considerable influence, donated an additional $207,788 worth of campaign mailers to Dr. McCabe’s senate campaign, which she eventually lost.

The governor’s spokesman said he “supported Jill McCabe because he believed she would be a good state senator. This is a customary practice for Virginia governors… Any insinuation that his support was tied to anything other than his desire to elect candidates who would help pass his agenda is ridiculous.”

In a statement, the FBI responded that Andrew McCabe, who is now the deputy director of the bureau, “played no role, attended no events, and did not participate in fundraising or support of any kind. Months after the completion of her campaign, then-Associate Deputy Director McCabe was promoted to Deputy, where, in that position, he assumed for the first time, an oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails.”

Dr. McCabe defended her husband.

“Once I decided to run, my husband had no formal role in my campaign other than to be a supportive husband to me and our children. As a federal official…everyone who participated in our campaign understood and respected that he could not participate.”