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Friday, October 15, 2021

The Justice Department has agreed to restore full law enforcement benefits and provide some attorney fees for former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired by the Trump administration only hours before his retirement three years ago. read more


Thursday, October 14, 2021

Cyber Ninjas double counted 23K ballots in #AZaudit. This comes on top of missing 312K ballots in Maricopa County election review, analysts say.


Friday, October 01, 2021

Jack Holmes: After years of hysteria about free speech on college campuses, state legislatures are actually trying to police what people can discuss in schools. read more


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection has issued its second round of subpoenas, this time targeting individuals involved in the planning and organization of the "Stop the Steal" rally that served as a prelude to the riot at the US Capitol and other rallies organized in the lead up to the day of the attack. read more


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Obama: "[BBB] is paid for by asking the wealthiest of Americans, who have benefited incredibly over the last several decades ... to pay a few percentage points more in taxes in order to make sure that we have a economy that's fair for everybody." read more


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"The DOJ isn't supposed to be political."

Oh, the irony:

Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director and a frequent target of President Trump's, will not face charges in an investigation into whether he lied to investigators about a media leak, his defense team said on Friday.

The decision by prosecutors in Washington ends a case that had left Mr. McCabe in legal limbo for nearly two years. It also appears to be a sign that Attorney General William P. Barr wants to show that the Justice Department is independent from the president: The notification came a day after Mr. Barr publicly challenged Mr. Trump to stop attacking law enforcement officials on Twitter and said the criticisms were making his job more difficult.


"McCabe lied multiple times under oath to congress. These lies were directly material to what congress was investigating. He ultimately gets rewarded for lying to congress."

That's your spin. Here's another perspective:

The investigation into Mr. McCabe grew out of findings from the Justice Department inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz. He faulted Mr. McCabe in 2018 for misleading investigators when asked about the disclosure of information in 2016 to a Wall Street Journal reporter about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation. . . .

A key witness testified that Mr. McCabe had no motive to lie because he was authorized as the F.B.I.'s deputy director to speak to the news media, so he would not have had to hide any discussions with reporters. Another important witness testified he could not immediately remember how the leak unfolded. Both would have been crucial to any prosecution.

Additionally, people who are charged with lying to the F.B.I. are typically accused of committing the offense in the course of a criminal investigation, not an administrative inquiry. For example, Mr. Horowitz determined last year that a senior Justice Department official committed wrongdoing by viewing pornography on his work computers and then providing false statements to investigators, but prosecutors declined to bring charges.

Mr. McCabe's lawyers made the case to Mr. Rosen that other former officials were not prosecuted after they were caught lying to the inspector general's investigators.


www.nytimes.com

Andrew McCabe Got His Pension and His Cufflinks -- But Is that Adequate Recourse for the Country?

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But McCabe won't get a concession that numerous people within the chain of command at DOJ and FBI, including prosecutors who pursued a false statements charge against McCabe, bowed to that improper political influence. Nor, as noted, will McCabe get discovery to learn what documents " besides proof that Bill Barr's DOJ altered McCabe's notes in an effort to undermine the Mike Flynn prosecution " DOJ was so determined to avoid disclosing that they settled this case. . . .

We know, from the fact that DOJ entered into this settlement (among other things), that Trump badly politicized DOJ. But this settlement allows DOJ to avoid coming clean about all that happened.

www.emptywheel.net

Probably just a coincidence:

Out of the Shadows, new documentary by @GStephanopoulos on Christopher Steele, airs October 18th on Hulu.

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Maybe Steele will talk more about this:

Steele had 'personal' relationship with Ivanka Trump, DoJ report reveals

The former MI6 officer Christopher Steele had a "personal" relationship with Ivanka Trump and gifted her a "family tartan from Scotland" as a present, the long-awaited report by US Department of Justice inspector general, Michael Horowitz, revealed on Monday.

www.theguardian.com

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