Friday’s announcement that the DOJ will not charge former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for lying to investigators on four occasions, three times under oath, left many of us in a state of shock, especially as the four prosecutors’ handling the Roger Stone case insist he deserves a seven-to-nine-year prison sentence. When one compares the FBI and the Mueller team’s harsh treatment of General Flynn, George Papadopoulos and others to the passes given to the likes of McCabe, Hillary Clinton, and James Comey, it’s become clear that America operates under a two-tiered system of justice. It’s hard to conclude otherwise.
Republicans were provoked further after McCabe appeared on CNN and said, “As glad as I am that the DOJ decided to do the right thing today, it is an absolute disgrace that they took two years and put my family through this experience for two years before they finally drew the obvious conclusion.”
Conservative cable hosts and their guests on Friday night found McCabe’s exoneration inexplicable and it left many wondering if those who plotted against candidate and then President Donald Trump will ever see justice.
Sean Hannity offered some hope to those of us who have lowered our expectations. His sources are telling him, “It’s real. Those that did the premeditated fraud on FISA, they’re about to see their worlds rocked.”
Investigative journalist Sara Carter, a guest on the panel, chimed in to say, “That’s what I’m hearing too.”
Excerpts from Hannity’s remarks:
Apparently, if you’re a Trump-hating bureaucrat, you can perjure yourself or lie to the FBI with zero consequences.
Or can you?
If Comey or Hillary Clinton or Quid Pro Joe or any prominent Democrat or deep state official, seems [inaudible], it’s about to change, I think.
But breaking tonight, this could all be changing very soon. We are now beginning to see something very large unfold…McCabe dismissal, it’s a declination to prosecute on one specific issue…
I’m reading the tea leaves and my sources are confirming…that the Attorney General, Bill Barr, is now focused on something much bigger, much deeper, that could have far deeper, far ranging ramifications, serious ramifications. Because, as we speak, the Durham/Barr criminal probe is underway. I’ve been told by my sources it has gone deep, it has gone wide, it has gone far and that the evidence they are accumulating is overwhelming and incontrovertible.
According to reports, this investigation is scrutinizing the actions of Brennan…(puts up photos of Comey, McCabe, Rosenstein, Yates and Dana Boente, the former acting assistant attorney general for the National Security Division of the DOJ).
Durham has spent weeks in Italy and Great Britain. That would indicate to me the outsourcing of and intelligence gathering and spying on Americans to circumvent American law is in play. I am told that this evidence that we already have is about premeditated fraud on a FISA court. Nobody else in the media got that story right. We got it right on this program. The evidence is proven. It’s a slam dunk…Barr has already confirmed that the FISA applications were fraudulent…and that spying happened…
I believe tonight…that the Durham/Barr probe will deal a devastating blow to the deep state…I am cautiously optimistic that real justice will be done and the decks are being cleared…Looks like a five-alarm fire over at the Justice Department and we should know in short order…well, you know, meaning a few months.
(Listen to Hannity’s full remarks in the video below.)
Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker appeared on the show and said:
I see what you see. I was there when some of this was happening. I take a little more of the belief that Bill Barr is going to bring people to justice. And I think that those that did this, those that intentionally lied to the FISA Court, using the dossier as the sole basis for obtaining what the Court says were warrants that would not have been issued but for the fact of these made-up facts. I think we will see people brought to justice, and I think Bill Barr and John Durham are working on that as we speak and I think that we should have a lot of faith in them.
Hannity then described Hillary’s actions and asked Whitaker if he would have been exonerated had he done the same thing. Whitaker replied, “That is de facto obstruction. If you had done something wrong, like, say, hidden documents that are classified on a homebrew server.”
He reminded Hannity that, following Comey’s exoneration of Hillary, he had written an op-ed in USA Today. I said, “I’m a reasonable prosecutor. I wouldn’t have let her off the hook. I think this is a case that needed to be brought.”
It’s easy to forget that John Durham is even conducting an investigation. He and his team are professionals. Unlike the Mueller team or Adam Schiff’s impeachment panel, they don’t leak.
So, while it feels as if no progress is being made, we know that Durham has expanded his investigation twice and that it shifted into a criminal probe in October, shortly after he and Barr returned from two trips to Rome and London. We also learned in December that Durham had requested all of former CIA Director John Brennan’s communications from his time there. That leak more likely came from the CIA than from Durham’s investigators.
And, last week, The New York Times published an article which told us what we’d already learned in December. My colleague, Nick Arama posted on this story here. The Times reported:
Trump administration officials investigating the government’s response to Russia’s election interference in 2016 appear to be hunting for a basis to accuse Obama-era intelligence officials of hiding evidence or manipulating analysis about Moscow’s covert operation, according to people familiar with aspects of the inquiry.
Mr. Durham appears to be pursuing a theory that the C.I.A., under its former director John O. Brennan, had a preconceived notion about Russia or was trying to get to a particular result — and was nefariously trying to keep other agencies from seeing the full picture lest they interfere with that goal, the people said.
We can be sure that whatever new information was included in this article has been gleaned from leaks of the “resistance” and has been deliberately spun to promote their narrative.
As frustrating as it is, we just have to wait a few months longer for some answers. As Whitaker says, have a little faith in Bill Barr and John Durham.