Fired FBI Director Andrew McCabe Hugs James Comey Upon Exit…

In an effort to protect himself from criminal indictment fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe centered his defense last night around politics. This is the same ongoing approach deployed by fired FBI Director James Comey.

Within the McCabe statement he attempts to hug Comey tightly:

… […]  The OIG investigation has focused on information I chose to share with a reporter [Devlin Barrett] through my public affairs officer [Michael Kortan] and a legal counselor [James Baker].

As Deputy Director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director [James Comey], were aware of the interaction with the reporter [Devlin Barrett].  (read full statement)

Which begs the question, if the intent to shape a more favorable narrative for McCabe “was not a secret” then why did the resulting article quote only innocuous “according to FBI officials” citations as oppose to quoting the actual people delivering the information?

It should be noted in the October 23rd, 2016, WSJ article – the overall narrative being sold by Andrew McCabe through Mike Kortan, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok was the decision to drop the Clinton investigation rested entirely on James Comey.  In essence, FBI Asst. Director McCabe was attempting to distance his sketchy financial ties to Hillary Clinton from the decision to drop the investigation.

(link)

Here’s the backstory:

Prior reporting showed Asst. FBI Director Andrew McCabe -along with the entire small group- became aware of the Clinton emails on the Huma Abedin/Anthony Weiner laptop on September 28th, 2016.  Attempting to protect Hillary Clinton, text messages showed McCabe and crew withheld that information for several weeks until October 28, 2016, when congress was notified and a public statement was made by Mike Kortan and FBI Director James Comey.

♦In January of this year Senator Chuck Grassley released a series of text messages between Page and Strzok (full pdf here). Within the release there is a portion of messaging where Lisa Page is identified on the phone with “Devlin” (see page #5 – screen grab below):

[Peter Strzok is ‘INBOX’ and Lisa Page is “OUTBOX’]

The “Devlin” in question is former Wall Street Journal National Security reporter Devlin Barrett, currently with The Washington Post.  In the above cited text message exchange Lisa Page is on the phone with Devlin Barrett when the news of the Abedin/Weiner laptop Clinton emails was released.  “Mike’s phone is on fire” is referencing former FBI Public Affairs Director, Michael “Mike” Kortan.

♦However, simultaneous to this October 2016 FBI/Clinton investigation matter there was internal “small group” discussion about another controversial issue: the need for Andrew McCabe to recuse himself from the financial investigation of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

FBI Chief of Staff James “Jim” Rybicki held the opinion that McCabe should recuse himself.  However, taking that action may have compromised McCabe’s ability to protect Hillary Clinton.  Lisa Page was the legal counsel to McCabe during these events and discussions, and didn’t see the need for a recusal or change of prior plans.

On October 23rd, 2016, Devlin Barrett again reported on a scoop:

“Scoop: McAuliffe PAC gave $467,500 to campaign of wife of senior FBI official who oversaw Clinton email probe” (link)

(Tweet Link) and (Story Link)

This October 23rd, 2016, “scoop” aligns with the internal text messaging discussion between Agent Peter Strzok and FBI Attorney Lisa Page who were discussing James Comey’s chief-of-staff James Rybicki recommending that FBI Asst. Director Andrew “Andy” McCabe should be recused from the Hillary Clinton investigation.

From the messaging the recusal was discussed mid-through-late October 2016:

00:52am …”if it’s a matter similar to those we’ve been talking about lately”…

The sourcing for the exclusive report by Devlin Barrett contained great details about the internal discussion on the controversy of Andrew McCabe and his financial connections to Clinton/McAuliffe.

We now know the leaks for the story were coordinated by Asst. FBI Direct Andrew McCabe, communications officer Michael Kortan; legal counsel James Baker, and likely provided by FBI lawyer Lisa Page and FBI agent Peter Strzok.  McCabe is also now saying that FBI Director James Comey was aware of what they were doing:

“Article is out, but hidden behind paywall so can’t read it,” Page texted Strzok on Oct. 24, 2016.

“Wsj? Boy that was fast,” Strzok texted back, using the initials of the famed financial newspaper. “Should I ‘find’ it and tell the team?(link)

According to the New York Times article spin earlier this month: […] “The inspector general has concluded that Mr. McCabe authorized F.B.I. officials to provide information for that article, according to the four people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the report before it is published. The public affairs office had arranged a phone call to discuss the case, the people said. Mr. McCabe, as deputy director, had the authority to engage the news media.”

Again, the October 2016 “public affairs office” was Michael “Mike” Kortan.

IG Horowitz ultimately confronted McCabe about the leak story to Devlin Barrett via the  ‘small group’ (McCabe, Baker, Kortan, Page and Strzok) to the Wall Street Journal.

This is where McCabe was less than forthcoming about his involvement. Those misleading statements and lies by McCabe led to a referral by the Inspector General to the Office of Professional Responsibility.  The OPR recommended McCabe firing, AG Jeff Sessions fired him.

Worth noting – Mike Kortan is the same FBI official who released the previous unauthorized FBI statement about the Nunes memo: “grave concerns about material omissions of fact” etc.  A few days later Kortan was advised to resign by current FBI Director Christopher Wray.

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595 Responses to Fired FBI Director Andrew McCabe Hugs James Comey Upon Exit…

  1. more deplore says:

    well comey said that the american people will be the judge.. ihearby judge them guilty

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  2. TheWanderingStar says:

    “Fired FBI Director Andrew McCabe Hugs James Comey Upon Exit…”

    Hopefully it is a deadly embrace.

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  3. more deplore says:

    btw the treehouse has earned its golden checkmark. when i searched for the treehouse it popped up as “Media Fact Check. BIAS RIGHT” but they have to admit “Factual Reporting:HIGH” i would wear this as a badge of honor and i consider it a golden checkmark cause eff a blue checkmark

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  4. Ned Zeppelin Ii says:

    I think it was Q who said this runs deeper than you can imagine

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    • Charlotte says:

      Andrew McCabe was just offered a job by a congressman so he can get his full retirement. And it just might work.

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      • Charlotte says:

        McCabe’s team is confident that he had at least 20 years of law enforcement work under his belt — defined as carrying a weapon or supervising people who do — which made him eligible to retire on his 50th birthday on Sunday, with full retirement benefits.

        With those 20 years, he would need to just go to work with the federal government for another day or so in any job he pleases, whether that’s as a election security analyst for a Wisconsin congressman or a typist for a day, to get full benefits, said the former official who spoke to The Fix. The job doesn’t matter so much as the fact that he’s working within the federal government with the same retirement benefits until or after his 50th birthday. (Though this former official stressed that it would probably look more ethical if McCabe worked for at least a pay period rather than just one day.)

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        • TheWanderingStar says:

          Just like the libs to figure out a way to circumvent the law that applies to the rest of us.

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        • Shadrach says:

          Cute. But if McCabe is charged with one of these crimes, he won’t be eligible for a pension anyway:

          Being convicted of a crime almost never jeopardizes a federal pension – the rare exception to this rule for federal civil servants is the list of crimes codified at 5 U.S.C § 8312. Those charges almost all relate to criminal disloyalty to the United States: espionage, treason, sabotage, insurrection against the United States, improper sharing or intentional loss of certain highly classified documents, and perjury to congress and etc.

          http://codes.findlaw.com/us/title-5-government-organization-and-employees/5-usc-sect-8312.html

          Pretty sure “improper sharing of highly classified documents” with the media is on McCabe’s list of crimes, along with perjury.

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        • Doreen Scott says:

          They could arrest him before he gets there.

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    • Sharon says:

      Can he do this job in prison?😂🤣

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    • auntiefran413 says:

      I can only hope that the people in his Wisconsin district are as angry as I am. What’s with these Reps in Wisconsin? Ryan may be worse, but right now I’m too angry to believe that.

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  5. jameswlee2014 says:

    It was the ‘tongue tango’ between the two that is creeping everyone out.

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  6. simicharmed says:

    McCabe and his co-conspirator Comey are nothing other than ass-gaskets for those that control each of them! Two disposable items that are a great item when they are needed yet are flushed down the toilet hole immediately after they provided the “protection” from the unknown seat! Both appear to be ignorant to simple knowledge of such and each are actually ignorant to the simple facts of telling lies (this “skill” is their mojo I hear) ! Liars when caught are actually funny to watch and review. These two are ignorant liars and quite comical! Everything these clowns do accuses the other and condemns each as a liar…

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  7. annieoakley says:

    McAliff is just as dirty as the rest AND he is the Governor of Virginia today.

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  8. Revidam says:

    Asking for an explanation to my fellow treepers: why would the “small group” want to leak out the story of McCabe’s ties to the Clinton Foundation? seems like it would only weaken Andy’s position. Is it because the small group wanted a media narrative to force him to recuse?

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  9. Revidam says:

    Sorry: from my fellow treepers

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  10. bakokitty says:

    Testing 😻

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  11. bakokitty says:

    Now why is my testing awaiting moderation, I am not in the FBI .
    Wanting to comment on this thread but I have been having log in problems.sorry if this was a no no.

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  12. Mickey Wasp says:

    Any Lurking Lawyers here or Sundance / Fellow Treepers … got a question.
    It has been reported that (lets say perpetrators, so I don’t have to name them all) several at the FBI and DOJ that went before the FISA Court to obtain ‘warrants’ with knowingly using fabricated evidence, i.e. ‘The Dossier’ …
    Now, if these ‘perpetrators’ are charged, tried and convicted for using known fabricated evidence. Does it put their other obtained convictions of others, that were obtained via a FISA Court ‘warrant’ in jeopardy’..?

    Seems to me – if I was a convicted criminal serving time and one of the ‘named perpetrators’ used a FISA Court to gain a warrant that ended in conviction. I could use that for a re-trial…

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  13. Let them stew in their own juices. Corrupt law enforcement (FBI/DOJ) should be slow cooked. No microwave on high setting or convection ovens. Low and slow until they are tender and well done.

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  14. Mickey Wasp says:

    Sara A. Carter‏ @SaraCarterDC
    McCabe’s singing. Comey is one song. Should be interesting what else he has to say. There’s more here than just leaking…

    McCabe just made life tough for Comey and the special counsel
    By Jonathan Turley – opinion contributor
    “McCabe appears to be suggesting that Comey was consulted before the alleged leak to the media on the Clinton investigation. Many of us had speculated that it seemed unlikely McCabe would take such a step without consulting with Comey. Yet, Comey repeatedly stated that he had never leaked nor caused anyone to leak information to the media.”
    http://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/378919-mccabe-just-made-life-tough-for-comey-and-the-special-counsel

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    • brh82 says:

      It was a dumb question to ask because anyone would have to be a total idiot to admit to something nefarious when for so long they have gotten away with lying. Comey’s history is replete with nefarious acts, except at Bridgewater, and that maybe is the only place he wasn’t caught. The fact he was confirmed for FBI says more about the interviewers than it does about Comey.

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  15. ATheoK says:

    By now, McCabe should know darn well where he stands in any indictments and subsequent prosecutions.
    McCabe could be delusional enough to believe the previous FBI easy soft internal investigations will continue.

    Otherwise, they should put McCabe on a suicide watch.
    No pension, complete loss of honor and credibility, future example of FBI corruption and criminal sedition…

    They should take away his belt and shoelaces.

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    • anthony earl says:

      McCabe should know that he is no Clinton and should be thinking about his family and do whatever he needs to do for them. spill everything and get a small jail time

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  16. Guy says:

    After the Lefts effort to strip POTUS of all his Legally and Constitutionally granted Powers, it’s amazing to hear McCabe bleat that his Office gave him the Power to leak as he saw fit. That it was within his Powers of Office…Even though he did his best to strip POTUS of his much greater Power.

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  17. Missing Andrew says:

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  18. ilovevictoriasbows says:

    ‘A few days later Kortan was advised to resign by current FBI Director Christopher Wray.’
    I love when a plan comes together.

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