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Trump Suggests Former FBI Directors Guilty of Treason, Punishable by Death

President Trump, via the White House.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump made the bold claim that former FBI Director James Comey and former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe were guilty of treason during a wild press conference Thursday.

The assertion came after NBC reporter Peter Alexander pointed out that the “Constitution says treason is punishable by death,” and then said, “You’ve accused your advertisers of treason. Who specifically are you accusing of treason?”

Trump responded, “Well I think a number of people. And I think what you look is that they have unsuccessfully tried to take down the wrong person.”

So who’s he talking about?

“If you look at Comey, if you look at McCabe, if you look at people probably higher than that.”

It’s unclear who is higher than the director of the FBI. Former President Obama, whom Trump has accused of playing a role in the investigation into Trump’s campaign?

Trump didn’t say whether any of them should be executed, but his response was cringe-worthy. He also does not appear to understand what treason is.

Treason refers to conspiring to overthrow the government or aiding international groups that are enemies of the U.S.

The irony is that Trump has been accused of working on behalf of Russia, a persistent threat to the U.S.

Report: Steve Bannon Urged FBI Officials in 2017 to Put ‘Differences’ with Trump Behind Them

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s decision to ask then-FBI Director James Comey to pledge loyalty to his presidency was one of the primary reasons special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed.

But it turns out, Trump wasn’t the only White House official to engage with the FBI as it investigated Russia’s role in the presidential election.

A day after Trump asked for Comey’s loyalty in April 2017, then-White House strategist Steve Bannon asked two top FBI officials to put their “differences” with Trump’s administration behind them, according to The Guardian, which cited “people familiar with the matter.”

Bannon’s discussion was with then-Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe and Bill Priestap, who was then serving as the bureau’s assistant director of counter-intelligence.

According to The Guardian, McCabe documented Bannon’s remarks in a memo obtained by Mueller’s team. Bannon also was questioned about the discussions.

But for reasons that remain unclear, Mueller’s final report never mentioned Bannon’s meetings with the top FBI officials.

Legal analysts said it “was highly unusual for a senior White House official to make such remarks to the FBI officials, especially at a time when the White House was facing scrutiny,” The Guardian reported.

Richard Painter, former White House ethics lawyer for George W. Bush, said the remarks were “reckless” because it could appear that Bannon was pressuring the FBI officials.

“This is the type of conduct that risks obstruction charges. You do not make public comments, you do not contact the FBI or anyone at the DoJ about a pending investigation, and the reason is that those types of contacts can be seen as obstruction of justice,” Painter said. “When you say ‘we are all on the same team’, well, what does that mean?”

McCabe’s Book: Session Said Bureau Was Better Off With All Irish Men. ‘They Were Drunks But They Could Be Trusted ‘

Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikipedia.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe paints a very unflattering portrait of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in his new book.

McCabe writes that Sessions didn’t read intelligence reports, mixed up classified material with what he had seen in newspaper clips and was confused about the structure and purpose of organizations, the Washington Post reports. He also blamed immigrants for nearly every societal problem and uttered racist sentiments with shocking callousness.

Session also made some unflattering remarks about the bureau, once saying it was better off when “you all only hired Irishmen. They were drunks but they could be trusted. Not like all those new people with nose rings and tattoos — who knows what they’re doing?”

Ex-Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe Shocked by Manafort’s ‘Lenient’ Sentence

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he was stunned by the “incredibly lenient sentence”  ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort received in Alexandria, Va. last Thursday.

“Well, I was really surprised by the sentence he was given,” McCabe told Face the Nation. “I think it was an incredibly lenient sentence.”

“Like most people, I was shocked,” he added.

Manafort got 47-months in prison, far short of the 19-24 years suggested in sentencing guidelines.

Ex-Deputy FBI Director McCabe Defends Use of Dossier and FISA Court

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, on a whirlwind book tour, appears on C-Span with New York Times’ reporter Adam Goldman to discuss his book and some of the criticism the bureau faced under his leadership.

McCabe defends the use of  the infamous Steele dossier, the bureau’s use of a confidential informant to make contact with the Trump campaign and disputes Republican allegations that  the FBI misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court.

To see the full interview click the video below.

MSNBC Grills Andrew McCabe About 3-Week Delay in Weiner-Clinton Emails

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

MSNBC’s Ari Melber grilled  former acting director of the FBI Andrew McCabe over the FBI’s three-week delay between discovering Hillary Clinton emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop and the announcement of their discovery to the public.

McCabe tells MSNBC the three-week delay was not ideal, but it was an “acceptable outcome.”

He also says that it is “undeniable” that the FBI’s actions in the Clinton email investigation, particularly the October 28th letter to Congress, impacted the 2016 election.

Column: Signs of a Deep State or Just The FBI Doing Its Job?

Timothy L. O’Brien is the executive editor of Bloomberg Opinion.

Andrew McCabe

By Timothy O’Brien
Bloomberg

Andrew McCabe, who briefly served as acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the tumultuous months in 2017 after President Donald Trump fired James Comey, is making the rounds to promote his new book, “The Threat.”

Senior law enforcement officials putting their names to sensitive details of ongoing investigations – particularly ones as consequential and fraught as the current examination of the president’s intersection with Russia – is problematic. Going on tour is doubly ticklish. If G-Men are really dedicated to ensuring that justice is served and investigations are sacrosanct, then the public might expect them to remain behind the scenes until a probe runs its course.

To read the full column click here.

Ex-FBI Official Andrew McCabe: Crime May Have Been Committed When Trump Fired Comey; Sen. Graham Talks Of Investigation

Andrew McCabe

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s interview on 60 Minutes on Sunday has stirred up dust inside the Beltway and beyond including talk of a Senate investigation.

McCabe, who was fired by the Trump administration, said that a “crime may have been committed” when President Donald Trump fired the head of the FBI and tried to publicly undermine an investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, the Associated Press reports.

McCabe also said  the FBI had good reason to open a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was in cahoots with Russia and posed a security threat after he fired FBI Director James Comey.

“And the idea is, if the president committed obstruction of justice, fired the director of the of the FBI to negatively impact or to shut down our investigation of Russia’s malign activity and possibly in support of his campaign, as a counterintelligence investigator you have to ask yourself, “Why would a president of the United States do that?” McCabe said.

“So all those same sorts of facts cause us to wonder is there an inappropriate relationship, a connection between this president and our most fearsome enemy, the government of Russia?”

Meanwhile,  Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, vowed on Sunday to investigate whether the top officials at the Justice Department and the F.B.I. plotted an “attempted bureaucratic coup” to remove President Trump from office. He said he would subpoena the former F.B.I. director and the deputy attorney general if necessary, the New York Times reports.

Graham was responding to the  interview in which  McCabe, confirmed an earlier New York Times report that the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, had suggested wearing a wire in meetings with Mr. Trump and that Justice Department officials had discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendmentto remove Mr. Trump from office, the Times reports.

Mr. Rosenstein has disputed the account.