FBI Deputy Director Resigns Amidst House Intel Vote
On the eve of the President’s State of the Union Address, now ex-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe has been removed. This took place only hours before the House Intel Committee voted to release the famed FISA (Foreign Intelligence Security Act) memo and a day after FBI director Chris Wray viewed the memo for the first time.
The memo, which was tailored by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), is said to contain evidence that shows the Obama administration, the Clinton campaign and certain members of the FBI - including James Comey and McCabe - colluded in order to spy on and undermine Trump’s campaign in 2016. More specifically, to wiretap former Trump aide Carter Page who was suspected of acting as a Russian agent.
The alleged back-door dealings between Trump and Russia were purportedly documented by the unverified “Steele Dossier,” which has been largely debunked. We now know that the dossier was funded by the DNC and Clinton campaign in coordination with media group Fusion GPS.
Since the announcement of the memo’s release, which will not happen immediately, some Democrat leaders have began a frenzy to criticize the vote. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appeared on CNN Monday night with Chris Cuomo and blasted both he and Republicans when discussing the release. Pelosi blamed in part Nunes and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for the buzz surrounding the memo stating, “I think he [Paul Ryan] has a major responsibility and what I call a cover up of what they are doing, it's really very sad. But again, it's a cover up, it's a distraction. What really we are trying to do right now is keep government open. They have a problem with that because they are ineffective.”
Pelosi continued by criticizing the “reckless” release and when questioned why the FBI director did not suggest withholding the memo after having seen it, a frustrated Pelosi told Cuomo “Let me just say this with all due respect, you really don’t know what you’re talking about right now.” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) also opined on the vote Tweeting, “Committee Republicans JUST voted to declassify their spin "memo" and prohibit release of the Democratic response in what they claimed was “the interests of full transparency.” It was transparent alright – transparently cynical and destructive.”
For months Trump has been going after McCabe, Tweeting in late December “How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?” Although the President supports the memo’s release, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated in a press briefing Monday that “The president wasn't part of the decision-making process.”
Continually, during the weekend Judicial Watch reported that the FBI refused to release McCabe’s text messages. Which, are reported to contain conversations between he and FBI agent Peter Strzok who engaged in anti-Trump rhetoric while residing on Mueller’s Special Counsel into the Trump-Russia probe.
It’s only a matter of time before the memo is made available for the public’s eye. Although many in the media are reticent to jump to conclusions, a couple of things look to be clear: whatever is in the memo must’ve been enough to push Wray into removing McCabe; and Democrat collusion looks to beset all this.