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Tucked inside the inspector general’s report on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was the story of an August 2016 phone call from a high-ranking Justice Department official who Mr. McCabe thought was trying to shut down the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was running for president.
The official was “very pissed off” at the FBI, the report says, and demanded to know why the FBI was still pursuing the Clinton Foundation when the Justice Department considered the case dormant.
Former FBI officials said the fact that a call was made is even more stunning than its content.
Although the inspector general’s report did not identify the caller, former FBI and Justice Department officials said it was Matthew Axelrod, who was the principal associate deputy attorney general — the title the IG report did use.
Mr. McCabe thought the call was out of bounds.
He told the inspector general that during the Aug. 12, 2016, call the principal associate deputy attorney general expressed concerns about FBI agents taking overt steps in the Clinton Foundation investigation during the presidential campaign.
“According to McCabe, he pushed back, asking ‘are you telling me that I need to shut down a validly predicated investigation?’” the report said. “McCabe told us that the conversation was ‘very dramatic’ and he never had a similar confrontation like the PADAG call with a high-level department official in his entire FBI career.”
Ron Hosko, a former assistant director at the FBI, wondered if the call to Mr. McCabe was made because Justice Department officials believed he would be more sympathetic than the FBI’s New York field office, which was overseeing the Clinton Foundation investigation.
Those familiar with Justice Department operations said they don’t believe the principal associate deputy attorney general would have made the McCabe call without consulting with his supervisor, which would have been Ms. Yates.
“In my experience these calls are rarely made in a vacuum,” said Bradley Schlozman, who worked as counsel to the PADAG during the Bush administration. “The notion that the principle deputy would have made such a decision and issued a directive without the knowledge and consent of the deputy attorney general is highly unlikely.”
originally posted by: elementalgrove
a reply to: Grambler
The weaponization of our intelligence agencies has needed to exposed for decades, fortunately for us we have had the perfect blend of technological advancement and societal awareness due to leaks.
The time has come for the truth of the darkness at the core of our society to be exposed, this is a great continuation of exposure, but barely scratches the surface of what is to come!
Loving everything about this!
originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: ketsuko
If they can abuse the legal and justice systems with a sitting president, imagine what they could do the any of us who are nothing to them or nothing on the worlds stage.
Representatives for the foundation and Hillary Clinton strongly rejected the basis of the investigation, saying the Trump administration is abusing the Justice Department's powers to punish political enemies and to deflect from a separate probe into his campaign's ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign.
"It began with a long-debunked project spearheaded by Steve Bannon during the presidential campaign," Merrill continued. "It continues with (Attorney General) Jeff Sessions doing Trump’s bidding by heeding his calls to meddle with a department that is supposed to function independently."
The Washington Post reported that there is some skepticism inside both the Justice Department and the FBI that the case will lead to any charges.
originally posted by: the2ofusr1
a reply to: Grambler
Well seeing how a little leaven leavens the whole lump the baker (Barry) would have been the one to have been in position watching this stuff happening . He would have been the guy with the whip .He was the expert on the constitution which was his main responsibility to protect and uphold . The buck stopped with him .
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They will be here any second...
Thos I would contest that the person who should be held most accountable is Obama, because its his adminstartion the used the FBI as a weapon against his opponent.
The most guilt though lies with the sitting President Obama who used a dossier paid for by political rivals to get fisa warrants to survey his rival.
I agree with you.
I have been saying since Octorber of last year that Obama is the one ultimately most responsible.