The corruption at the FBI has become the biggest scandal in American politics.
Former FBI Director James Comey and former deputy director Andrew McCabe are neck deep in trouble. And now they have to worry about one big mistake landing them both in prison.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has aggressively pursued charges against Trump associates on process crimes. He forced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to plead guilty to making false statements to the FBI even though the FBI did not believe he was lying.
And now that could come back to bite both Comey and McCabe.
Comey has acknowledged that he purposefully and deliberately leaked four memos of his conversations with the President to a friend so they would end up in the press and lead to the appointment of a special counsel.
An Inspector General report will allegedly cite McCabe for misleading investigators about press leaks he engineered during the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
George Washington Law Professor Jonathan Turley writes that the standard set by Mueller may have put Comey and McCabe in legal jeopardy:
“In the case of McCabe, he reportedly denied any intention to mislead investigators on the leak to the Wall Street Journal. McCabe would not be alone in the Justice Department’s own allowance for an in-house “exculpatory no.” As I have previously written, Comey was in violation of FBI rules when he removed memos linked to the investigation and then leaked the information to the media through a friend. The Justice Department has indicated that these memos were FBI documents removed by Comey without prior approval.
Moreover, four of the seven memos that Comey removed are now believed to be classified. Since he reportedly gave four memos to his friend, Columbia University Professor Daniel Richman, to leak to the media, at least one disclosed memo may have been classified. It is a crime to remove or release classified information. While Comey could have legally given the information to a congressional committee or alerted them to the existence of the memos, he chose to remove the material and leak the information to the media.
Comey is also cooperating with Mueller and there is no indication that he is facing a criminal inquiry. While McCabe was working under Comey, it is not clear if Comey knew of the alleged leak by McCabe. In a May 2017 congressional hearing, Comey was asked if he had “ever been an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation” or whether he had “ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation.” Comey replied, “Never” and “No.”
If Comey and McCabe do not face charges, then it will prove that there is one set of standards for swamp insiders and another for Trump and his team.
Which is just further proof that the Mueller probe is nothing more than an anti-Trump witch hunt.
This is all the evidence Trump needs to shut this nonsense down immediately.
[From an article published by GREAT AMERICAN DAILY]
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