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Friday, February 14, 2020

Federal prosecutors have declined to charge former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, closing an investigation into whether he lied to federal officials about his involvement in a news media disclosure, McCabe's legal team said Friday.

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But.......Trump will and has the right to weigh in. And Barr can amend the decision.

Stay tuned.

#1 | Posted by brass30 at 2020-02-14 12:52 PM | Reply

McCabe, totally exonerated!

#2 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-02-14 01:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

McCabe, totally exonerated!

POSTED BY JOHNNY_HOTSAUCE AT 2020-02-14 01:10 PM | REPLY

HAHAHA Jeff's not going to like this. TEEHEEHEE.

#3 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-02-14 01:15 PM | Reply

Let's see...

The Grand Jury was presented with the evidence, and they refused to indict.

Then AG Barr's DoJ "investigated" further, and Mr McCabe was so innocent that they couldn't even stretch any evidence to toss at him. Their only option was to close the case.

AG Barr must not be happy about this failure to appease his boss's want for revenge.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-14 01:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

This only proves one thing with absolute certainty.

Andrew McCabe is definitely, positively, unquestionably NOT a ham sandwich.

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-02-14 01:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 5

So no charges for McCabe, Comey or Hillary
But half of Trumps inner circle in or on their way to prison.
Hilarious

#6 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-02-14 01:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

@#6 ... So no charges for McCabe, Comey or Hillary
But half of Trumps inner circle in or on their way to prison. ...

So I'm not the only one who has noticed that...

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-14 01:34 PM | Reply

This is somewhat surprising. The IG report clearly laid out instances where McCabe flatly lied to investigators.

#8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-14 02:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The IG report clearly laid out instances where McCabe flatly lied to investigators.

#8 | Posted by JeffJ

Please provide reference.

OCU

#9 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-02-14 02:41 PM | Reply

OCU - the exact words that Horowitz used in his report were: "lacked candor".

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-14 02:43 PM | Reply

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@ the (R)tards here......... LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL!

#11 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-02-14 02:46 PM | Reply

the exact words that Horowitz used in his report were: "lacked candor".
#10 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

This is not what OCU was asking for.

If this was Roger Stone, you'd be doing backflips.

#12 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-14 02:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is not what OCU was asking for.

He was asking for a link. He was asking for me to jump through an unneccesary hoop.

#13 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-14 02:52 PM | Reply

Actually he just asked for a reference backing up your claim that " The IG report clearly laid out instances where McCabe flatly lied to investigators."

You're already backpedaling which is obvious to everyone here. Just admit you oversold your claim. Not that hard to do.

#14 | Posted by JOE at 2020-02-14 02:56 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Can anyone lie to Federal investigators without fear of prosecution or is that privledge reserved for Democrats and their operatives?

#15 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-02-14 03:05 PM | Reply

And now the military is refusing to do a BS investigation of Vindman. Someone else telling imperial leader no, it must be driving him insane. Waiting for the final straw that makes him stroke out.

#16 | Posted by Sezu at 2020-02-14 03:16 PM | Reply

McCabe should find the nastiest lawyer he can and sue Donald Trump for slander, he can point to hundreds of tweets calling him crooked and a criminal, and Drumpf cost him his pension. I certainly would sue him. I'm sure there are some anti-Drumpf litigators that would take this on for a percentage. What is a lawman's reputation worth? I'd say he should get at least $250 million, Drumpf would probably have to borrow more Russian oligarch money in order to pay up.

#17 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-02-14 03:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

I know! We will vote to impeach him! And his little dog, too! We will reinstate his employment, so we can again fire him and take away his government pension. And his name badge, and parking space...
--GOP Senatorial toadies and sycophants

#18 | Posted by catdog at 2020-02-14 03:24 PM | Reply

Can anyone lie to Federal investigators without fear of prosecution

#15 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020

Trump has taken full advantage of it.

#19 | Posted by Zed at 2020-02-14 03:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If Trump could have hanged McCabe, then he would.

That's the simple, straightforward truth of the matter. Donald Trump hated McCabe to the point of stealing his pension, but Andre McCabe, Glory be! is an innocent man.

#20 | Posted by Zed at 2020-02-14 03:54 PM | Reply

Completely exonerated.

This is somewhat surprising. The IG report clearly laid out instances where McCabe flatly lied to investigators.

#8 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

Well... you tend to get "surprised" when you drink the koolaid instead of following the facts.

#21 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2020-02-14 04:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

lol. When right-wingers accuse Democrats, they are lying. When Democrats accuse right-winger, the right-winger go to prison. Not really a surprise to anyone following actual FACTS.

#22 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-02-14 04:31 PM | Reply

Is Hannity on suicide watch?

#23 | Posted by anton at 2020-02-14 05:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

OCU - the exact words that Horowitz used in his report were: "lacked candor".

#10 | Posted by JeffJ

Candor = The quality of being open and honest in expression; frankness.

That's a far cry from claiming that McCabe "flatly lied".

OCU

#24 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-02-14 06:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He was asking for a link. He was asking for me to jump through an unneccesary hoop.

#13 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

It's not unnecessary at all given your repeated mischaracterization of what the Mueller report said.

#25 | Posted by jpw at 2020-02-14 07:25 PM | Reply

When I'm asked to back up my assertions, I don't think of it as "jumping through an unnecessary hoop", as exhibited by my response at the end of this thread:

drudge.com

OCU

#26 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-02-14 07:36 PM | Reply

Caduser,

The take on McCabe is commonly known. Horowitz was kind when he said McCabe lacked candor. He was much tougher when he made a criminal referral for his lack of candor. It's all easily accessible.

#27 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-14 08:04 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

#27 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

If that's the case, what explains this decision?

#28 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-02-14 09:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Is Hannity on suicide watch?

#23 | POSTED BY ANTON AT 2020-02-14 05:37 PM | REPLY |

Yes, but no one cares.

#29 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2020-02-14 10:16 PM | Reply

Is it on pay to view?

#30 | Posted by bored at 2020-02-14 10:38 PM | Reply

The criminal GOP have had 3 years to find evidence of criminal wrong doing by dems and have found nothing.

It seems most of Trumps team has been found guilty. Makes you go hmmmmmm.

#31 | Posted by bored at 2020-02-14 10:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The take on McCabe is commonly known...

#27 | Posted by JeffJ

And how long do you think a judge would allow a trial to continue if the evidence offered by the prosecutor was professed to have been "commonly known"?

OCU

#32 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-02-15 01:01 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If Trump could have hanged McCabe, then he would.

That's the simple, straightforward truth of the matter

*autistic screeching intensifies*

#33 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2020-02-15 08:56 AM | Reply

The take on McCabe is commonly known. Horowitz was kind when he said McCabe lacked candor.

#27 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

So Horowitz was being coy when he presented his assessment of McCabe? Would you say he lacked candor?

#34 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-02-15 10:03 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Another rightie conspiracy theory bites the dust.

Of course Barr will swoop in, interfere and reverse it and they'll act like they were right the entire time.

#35 | Posted by jpw at 2020-02-15 11:12 AM | Reply

I'm just waiting for the complaints about all the time/money wasted in this investigation/prosecution effort from the usual suspects!

LOL!!!

#36 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2020-02-15 11:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

McCabe, totally exonerated!
POSTED BY JOHNNY_HOTSAUCE AT 2020-02-14 01:10 PM | REPLY
HAHAHA Jeff's not going to like this. TEEHEEHEE.

#3 | POSTED BY LAURAMOHR

You were spot on with that call.

#37 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-02-15 11:57 AM | Reply

I found this to be very interesting:

There's another interesting line in the Times report: "The president's relentless criticism of the Justice Department likely complicated the prosecution of Mr. McCabe." No doubt Trump's endless tweeting about McCabe would have been exploited at trial by the defense, citing it as proof that McCabe's prosecution was a political vendetta by the president being carried out by his deputies at the DOJ. That couldn't have influenced the grand jury, though, since the defense's attorneys aren't in the room for those proceedings. Is it possible that, instead of the grand jury declining to indict McCabe, the DOJ quietly abandoned the prosecution in the expectation that Trump's public grudge might make McCabe unconvictable at trial? I'm thinking of Bill Barr telling ABC yesterday that Trump's tweets are making it impossible for him to do his job. Maybe there was more to that sentiment than we realized at the time.

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It seriously wouldn't surprise me at all. It's very reminiscent of Trump's stupid remarks ahead of the Bowe Bergdahl sentencing. I would love it if this was the reason the case was dropped. Whether it was or wasn't if I'm Barr I march into the Oval Office and cite this as the reason.

"I warned you to keep mum about cases like this and even though he deserved to be prosecuted and our people were willing to do so, it was determined that your public comments about McCabe would successfully be painted by the defense as proof that this is a political vendetta."

#38 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-15 01:23 PM | Reply

You were spot on with that call.

#37 | POSTED BY JOHNNY_HOTSAUCE

You need to take reading comprehension classes.

#39 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-15 01:24 PM | Reply

Jeff, there was no there there. The grand jury refused to indict. If you can't make your case to a grand jury you have less than no case. Hair Twittler's tweets and the defense theory of the case don't enter into the grand jury process. So when they couldn't get the grand jury to indict, they gave the case to likely some hand-picked Trumpers and they tried to massage it some more until the judge finally called out Barr's banana Republican ways. This was a George W. Bush appointed judge, so he's no lefty. Thank gawd some Republicans still value our pre-Drumpf system and the rule of law. So ultimately, McCabe did NOTHING WRONG and he became the first victim of Drumpf's attempt to politicize the DOJ to punish his percieved enemies. We can clearly see that Barr is breaking all the norms to help Combover Quisling's friends. Too bad we didn't know about this blatant abuse of power couple of months ago, it would have been central example to the impeachment hearings. This is disgusting and anybody who supports Drumpf now that this is public is eager for an end to Democracy and entry to authoritarianism.

#40 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-02-15 02:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You need to take reading comprehension classes.

#39 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

So you do like it?

#41 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-02-15 02:37 PM | Reply

Again, McCabe should sue Drumpf for all of his millions of dollars. Dotard has ruined his life. McCabe can't leave his house without being recognized. Drumpf has put his and his family's lives in danger, He probably needs a 24 hour security detail. He was very publicly fired from his civil servants job and slandered over and over in TV interviews and on Twitter. His reputation is ruined. He deserves every penny in the Drumpf family piggy bank and more. All of this because McCabe did his job and Drumpf found that made him an enemy so he and his lackeys drummed up a politically motivated prosecution. Banana Republican BS right there.

Oh, and Diaper Donnie's calling for the Army to do the same thing to Colonel Vindman. If you do your job and Drumpf thinks it could damage him, he will weaponize the legal system against you. It's a very authoritarian way to crush dissent. Remember this when Dems take back the WH in November. There will be no long national nightmare moment, the base will not stand for our side not prosecuting actual crimes against the Drumpf regime.

#42 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-02-15 02:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trumps Gestapo could not drum up phony evidence of crimes.
The only thing McCabe did wrong was approve an investigation of traitors.

It is a good thing goppers aren't competent Nazis.

#43 | Posted by bored at 2020-02-15 02:44 PM | Reply

Jeff, there was no there there.

Doesn't matter.

The "narrative" was decided on long ago and the logical contortions to justify continuing to believe in it will get more and more absurd.

#44 | Posted by jpw at 2020-02-15 03:20 PM | Reply

#41. I don't care one way or another.

#40. The IG thought there was enough there to make a criminal referral.

#45 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-15 05:57 PM | Reply

#44. Again your lack of self awareness is a sight to behold.

#46 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-15 05:58 PM | Reply

As for why no indictment we can only speculate. I'm thinking his decades of civil service and clean record probably were a factor. I'd wager Trump's incendiary comments played a role as well.

#47 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-15 06:01 PM | Reply

#47 Another big factor is there are still people in this administration who care about the precedent they are setting and who probably won't fare too well if the next president starts looking for crimes to prosecute amongst members of the Trump administration.

#48 | Posted by JOE at 2020-02-15 06:07 PM | Reply

#48

I'd buy that explanation if it weren't for the Papadapolous and Flynn indictments and all of the other shenanigans that were part of Crossfire Hurricane, like the unlawful obtained FISA warrants for Carter Page.

#49 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-15 06:27 PM | Reply

McCabe is innocent. The rest is a smear campaign to punish a man who dared investigate a law breaking POTUS.

#50 | Posted by bored at 2020-02-15 06:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Panadopolous and Flynn pled guilty.
They are guilty.

#51 | Posted by bored at 2020-02-15 06:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The FISA warrants were all lawfully obtained. The later ones had some inaccuracies in the applications. The initial one did not.

#52 | Posted by bored at 2020-02-15 06:37 PM | Reply

The investigations were legal and justified and yielded convictions of criminals.

#53 | Posted by bored at 2020-02-15 06:38 PM | Reply

#49 Not the same as going after members of the administration for borderline offenses, bur whatever makes you feel better.

#54 | Posted by JOE at 2020-02-15 06:44 PM | Reply

"Panadopolous and Flynn pled guilty."

JeffJ, why can't you accept these two guilty pleas as actual incontrovertible proof of guilt?

#55 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-02-15 06:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Where'd Jeff go?
That was one slate of truth that got served up.

#56 | Posted by YAV at 2020-02-15 10:05 PM | Reply

Where'd Jeff go?
That was one slate of truth that got served up.

POSTED BY YAV AT 2020-02-15 10:05 PM | REPLY

To the basement to walk his "steps".

#57 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-02-15 10:07 PM | Reply

#44. Again your lack of self awareness is a sight to behold.

#46 | POSTED BY JEFFJ/i>

Sure thing Mr. Jeff "found NO evidence" J.

It was the centerpiece of your preferred interpretation of the Mueller report and it was easily shown to be false.

#58 | Posted by jpw at 2020-02-15 10:52 PM | Reply

#52

The IG said otherwise. Don't defend the indefensible.

#59 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-17 07:18 AM | Reply

#57. 13,487 steps

#60 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-17 07:18 AM | Reply

#58. The Mueller report is clear. Feel free to continue clinging to your narrative. I do give you credit though for being one of the few lefties on this site to accept and acknowledge the findings of the IG report.

#61 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-17 07:20 AM | Reply

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