Opinion| Lawrence David | Two big news stories this week appear to have been behind former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s decision to drop his wrongful termination case against the DOJ.
First, Michael Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell submitted a 37-page filing to presiding Judge Emmet Sullivan that contained explosive discoveries of the FBI hiding significant Brady material – exculpatory evidence.
Powell alleged that Lisa Page with edited Flynn’s 302’s, even inserting lies, so that they supported the corrupt narrative. She also revealed previously unseen texts between Page and Peter Strzok that discuss the Flynn entrapment plan.
That night, the NY Times reported that US Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russian collusion hoax had morphed into a criminal investigation.
Then came the announcement that McCabe ended his wrongful termination case against the DOJ.
These events should not be viewed as coincidental.
Despite all the accusations from McCabe, his former boss FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, DNI James Clapper, and a legion of Obama-era intelligence community operatives, their four-year-long attempt to take down Donald Trump failed to produce any actionable evidence.
These vaunted intelligence agencies, despite conducting extensive, including illegal surveillance operations against Trump and his campaign, couldn’t make the case that Trump, or anyone connected to him, colluded with Russia… or any other foreign entity.
McCabe’s insistence on the appointment of a special counsel after the FBI had conducted a ten-month-long investigation and failed to find evidence even suggestive of Trump being tied to Russia in any nefarious manner, was done for political purposes.
As his trusted underling who headed the investigation Peter Strzok texted to Page, “there’s no there, there.”
Yet McCabe continued to ignore the failure to produce evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of Trump or his campaign and continued to allow his desire to end the Trump presidency drive his actions.
Adding to McCabe’s suspect decisions, he allowed Hillary Clinton to walk without punishment for mishandling classified documents. He also looked the other way while she used her lofty position at the State Department to personally enrich herself.
Frankly, while the wrongful termination case may have helped paint him as the aggrieved party, even a precursory presentation of the publicly available evidence by a seasoned defense attorney would expose his deliberate misfeasance of office.
That defense attorney appears to be Sidney Powell who was a federal prosecutor and is acutely aware of “the strong-arm, illegal, and unethical tactics used by headline-grabbing federal prosecutors in their narcissistic pursuit of power.”
She actually wrote a book about the illegal actions of many overly aggressive federal prosecutors titled Licensed to Lie.
McCabe’s decision to drop his lawsuit, in light of Powell’s explosive revelations, likely reveals a realization on the part of McCabe, or his lawyers, that opening himself up to discovery will only compound his legal culpability.
That Durham is now conducting a criminal investigation, giving him the ability to open a grand jury and to compel testimony, McCabe’s lawsuit becomes nothing more than a political ploy with no probative value for his defense.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer: “Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community they have six ways to Sunday in getting back at you…
Editor’s Note: The fact that McCabe is retreating combined the fact there is a criminal referral from the IG floating around with him name on it makes me suspect that he is cooperating with the DOJ to bring his alleged conspirators to justice. Not to mention the speculation that McCabe has signaled that was going to bring everyone down with him. It sure looks like, McCabe is going to help the DOJ roll up his buddies, but I guess only time will tell …