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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Oh no! He has memos!

The day after the Department of Justice fired Andrew McCabe for making illegal leaks and lying about them, Robert Mueller leaked once again details about his investigation to the press. This time the self-serving scoop went to the Associated Press.

"Andrew McCabe, the onetime FBI deputy director long scorned by President Donald Trump and just fired by the attorney general, kept personal memos detailing interactions with the president that have been provided to the special counsel’s office and are similar to the notes compiled by dismissed FBI chief James Comey," the Associated Press reported.



Oh no! He has memos!

(Read that in Triumph the Insult Dog's voice.)

Memos to himself.

Comey wrote memos to himself as well.

I guess it is a lawyerly thing to do, but it is still his word against Trump. In court, the memos would be a prosecutorial nightmare. For example, a defense lawyer could ask for Leaking McCabe's memos on Obama.

Nevertheless, Erik Turner of the Associated Press thinks this is the smoking gun.

"McCabe’s memos include details of his own interactions with the president, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation who wasn’t authorized to discuss the notes publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. They also recount different conversations he had with Comey, who kept notes on meetings with Trump that unnerved him," Turner wrote.

Unnerved him?

That implies that President Trump is guilty of something, when in fact after a year of investigating, Mueller and his band of Democratic lawyers has not found a thing that indicates any collusion between Russia and Trump.

The only person unnerved was Comey, after Trump tweeted that Comey had better hope the president does not have a tape of their conversations. That was when Comey changed his tune and flat out said he had nothing on the president.

The Associated Press story is a laundry list of Democratic Party talking points that mock journalism. Turner did not get reaction from the White House to this leak.

Pathetic.

The story was designed and timed to knock McCabe's lying and illegal leaking off the front pages of Sunday newspapers. Does anyone bother reading those anymore?

They are like memos people write to themselves.

Meanwhile, the spin from McCabe is fascinating. He tried to portray himself to Politico as an innocent victim. The headline read, "McCabe says his Russia probe work sparked smear campaign before firing."

Innocent victim?

The story said, "One step McCabe said he took then: pressing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for a special counsel. Another step: briefing congressional leaders in both parties, who get highly classified briefings as the so-called Gang of Eight, about what he was doing."

So McCabe lobbied for a special counsel to investigate the Fake Russian Dossier that the Obama administration received from the DNC and planted on President-elect Trump.

The story also said, "While McCabe has been accused of a lack of candor during the inspector general’s review, it is still unclear exactly what led the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility to recommend his firing."

Lack of candor is a funny way to say lying.

With his lack of candor, he will make an excellent witness -- for the defense.

Bring on the memos.

29 comments:

  1. I wonder if the memos were written last week. Keep on digging McCabe.

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  2. I expect that once the DOJ IG reports are published there will be many red faces in DC and on the Leftist propaganda channels.

    Bucky

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    1. Nope. The Fake News Media has no shame. - GOC

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    2. The liberal propaganda media doesn't know what shame is, their lack of integrity and credibility they surrendered a long time ago.

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  3. If I recall correctly, this is the point when Trump reminded Comey "maybe it was recorded". The same for ass-hat McCabe needs to be done. Trump SHOULD wear a wire or personal recording device when talking to the swampies.

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  4. McCabe/Comey a piece of paper in the air, making vague threats.

    Perhaps they need to discuss the wisdom of doing so with the ghosts of Joe McCarthy and Maximillien Robespierre.

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  5. Waving a piece of paper in the air.

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    1. Like Neville Chamberlain? "Peace in our time." - Elric

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    2. That's probably the way the press and the dems look at it. McCabe comes back with notes on his meeting with Hitler. Only these notes are all about his feelings regarding Hitler.

      I think I finally got this autocorrect thing worked out. Looked up how to disable it. So far looking good.

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    3. It took me a while to figure out. It seems there is an autocomplete as well as an autocorrect.

      As far as "feelings" go, I don't believe they are admissable evidence in court.

      Cue Morris Albert: "Feelings, nothing more than feelings,...."

      - Elric

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    4. Why don't you just type the damn thing out and stop using "auto" anything?

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  6. "I guess it is a lawyerly thing to do..." If you're a lawyer who knows that he's breaking the law and will eventually need an alibi, yes.

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  7. Falsus in unum, falsus in omnibus.

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  8. McCabe is stupid. Memos, if they exist, help Trump and hurt him. Mere mention of them, whether or not they exist is nightmare for Mueller.

    1) Memos, if they exist, are about McCabe's own conflict of interest and large sums of money given to his wife. Not good for McCabe. Furthermore, were I McCabe's counsel, I would be very concerned that there were statements in these memos that violated testimony to IG or to Congress or constituted an other admission against interest (e.g., breach of FBI rules of conflict of interest).

    2) Memos,if they exist, show Trump acutely aware that McCabe would be very anti-Trump, yet Trump kept him on. If there is an obstruction charge, Trump lawyers will argue this is proof that Trump believed Comey that there was no investigation against him. If Trump believed there was no investigation, what was there to obtruct? Between Comey's Congressional testimony that he told Trump Trump not under investigation and Trump's keeping McCabe in light of these memos, Trump's lawyers, imho, would be able to get a directed verdict on obstruction.

    3) If Mueller brings any action against Trump or anyone else who chooses to defend on basis of FISA warrants being tainted or wrongly obtained, such persons are now going to want to see the McCabe memos. Judge Sullivan who has jurisdiction of the DC court which has Flynn's case and should get the others is so suspicious of prosecutorial overreach that in the Sen. Ted Stevens case he required all the posecution material to be submitted to him for him to determine what the defense had the right to see. These memos will be a nightmare for Mueller.



    I say McCabe has already screwed Mueller by stating he gave the memos to Mueller. Let's hope he screwed himself further in that he actually did create memos, the longer and more self-pitying, with the most imagined detail, the better

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    1. Well, the first question that arises is why McCabe delayed so long before handing his memos over to Mueller, if they are so damning. Like everyone else in the entire world, McCabe knew Mueller's investigation extended to issues of possible obstruction of justice by anyone and everyone, including the president. If his secret memos can demonstrate possible criminal obstruction by Trump, shouldn't McCabe, as an agent of the FBI, have given them to Mueller long before now? It looks to me that he held them back as an "insurance policy," perhaps to keep his job. In my mind it raises the suspicion that he was implicitly blackmailing the president. Trump was always smart enough to figure McCabe was writing CYA memos about their interactions, and surely McCabe knew that Trump knew.

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    2. McCabe may be saying he long ago gave memos to Mueller. Either way, it now presents a problem for Mueller. As defense attorney for anyone, I would be demanding to see them. Bet you anything, Manafort's attorneys demand them next week. Note: they don't care whether they exist. In fact the more confusion the better. If Mueller says they don't exist, any FISA application or 302 form (if I have number right) that McCabe signed off on is toast. I am a lawyer. Rooting for TeamTrump, I love what McCabe just did.

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    3. You're hired. Get ahold of Mr. T tomorrow.

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  9. Sessions did not fire McCabe for political reasons under orders from Donald Trump, but because that action was recommended by the DoJ's OPR, the Office of Professional Responsibility. Is McCabe accusing the OPR of being politically biased? I assume Trump or Sessions have had no time to make any appointments of their own to the OPR and that its members are holdovers from the Obama years. There is no reason yet to think OPR is being used as the Office of Political Retribution, as McCabe is implying.

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  10. .....similar to the notes compiled by dismissed FBI chief James Comey... In other words, flat out lies and propaganda.

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  11. The press is reading this as if those memos could hurt only Trump. I believe those memos are really likely to implicate members of the deep Deep State.

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    1. These notes won't hurt Trump. They help him, hurt Mueller and may crucify McCabe. See my 2 comments above.

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  12. Let me get this straight.

    Donald Trump

    ....may or may not have had sex with a porn star

    ....unnerves career DC bureaucrats.

    ....vexes "by bringing to notice, or reminding of, a fault,
    defect, misfortune, or the like;" AKA, twits on Twitter.

    Oh, the humanities!

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  13. “it is a lawyerly thing to do”

    The odds on that one-in-a-million-chances-of-becoming-a-human-being thing sure are slipping.

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  14. And the memos run right into hearsay* issues under the Federal Rules and I do not know if there is an exception (business records? public documents?) that could be used to bring them out of hearsay.

    *(An out of court statement being brought into court to prove the truth of the matter asserted.)

    -Mikey NTH

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  15. Did Sid Blumenthal write these, too?

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  17. McCabe may have memos (which, for some reason, he has yet to provide to Mueller at this late juncture - itself an unbelievable notion).

    But he has no credibility.

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  18. memo to self: remember to keep voice recorder 'on' during all meetings...

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  19. It's against the law to lie to the FBI, Andrew. You know that. Talk to Mike Flynn about it, he has first-hand experience.

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