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February 15, 2020

McCabe Declination – My Opinion

Filed under: Probable Cause — Bill @ 8:00 pm

ThisTallOn Friday, February 14, 2020, attorneys for the US Department of Justice (DoJ) formally notified the attorneys for former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe that  “… the Government has decided not to pursue criminal charges against your client, Andrew G. McCabe, arising from the referral by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to our Office of conduct.”

At first glance, this decision suggests that McCabe will not be prosecuted for clearly lying to FBI agents and the DoJ Office of Inspector General conducting an investigation into the abuse of FISA warrants.  The decision caused many television and radio personalities and skews media to scream that McCabe had received preferential treatment, that there is a two-tiered system of justice in the USA.

Maybe they will be proven to be correct, however my opinion is that we should simply if not patiently wait and see.

First, the allegations of McCabe’s lying (e.g., the elements of perjury) or any other chargeable criminal offense would have to be proven by admissible evidence in federal court before he could be convicted.  While  a reasonable man might conclude from information already in the public domain that McCabe committed some crime, that is a far cry from having the admissible evidence essential to prove McCabe’s guilt of this specific allegation beyond a reasonable doubt.

Second, although perjury is unquestionably a serious charge, there is also probable cause to believe that McCabe and others may have committed much more serious offenses against the United States.  Those offenses are being investigated by DoJ at the direction of Attorney General Bill Barr and under the supervision of US Attorney John H. Durham of Connecticut.

If the DoJ had instead decided to proceed with the just-declined charge, the criminal justice process to ensure McCabe’s rights to access to the evidence against him would kick in much more quickly.  Unnecessary premature disclosure during trial discovery of DoJ investigations by federal prosecutor Durham that already in progress, investigations that are far more serious and have grave national security consequences that are coordinated could jeopardize the success of those investigations and others yet to be formally “numbered up.”

Though McCabe is well known now, he is little more than a tiny minnow in the ocean of much larger and even smellier fish which may include former President Barack Hussein Obama, former Obama Vice President Joe Biden, former Obama Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, Obama NSC advisor Susan Rice, Obama former UN Ambassador Samantha Power, Obama former Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, former DoJ Deputy Attorneys General Robert Mueller, Sally Yates, Dana Boente, and Rod Rosenstein, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former FBI Director James Comey.

I’d prefer to see some of these people being investigated, indicted, tried, convicted and then offered court-ordered blindfolds and a last cigarette rather than obscenely lucrative book deals and television gigs.   If letting McCabe escape a perjury charge now and go on to live out his life in ignominy as an overpaid proven liar on CNN or NBC skews shows helps facilitate such outcomes, I’m all for it.

2 Comments

  1. The ‘talking heads’ have to have, well they would like to have, something to say every single minute of every single day. Blah, blah, blah. For those on the ‘left’ such conduct is understandable. For those on the ‘right’ such conduct is inexcusable. For most everyone else, the ‘sound bite’ world has made them demand ‘instant’ answers, even if at best it is a guess and regardless of correctness, to every conceivable question. I am inclined to give AG Barr the time and space to do his job professionally in a comprehensive manner. I admit that I would like an ‘instant’ answer, but I prefer a ‘correct’ answer.

    Comment by Tributary — February 19, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

  2. Tributary,

    I completely agree with you. Barr and Durham have taken a very systematic and mostly very quiet approach to addressing issues that were unanswered or inconsistently addressed during the preceding investigations. Fortunately, both Barr and Durham seem to so far be immune to pressures from the skews and infotainment media to tailor their inquiries and investigations to delivering nightly headlines for Eye Witless Skews at 5, 6, and 11. Hopefully their diligence will produce results that will produce indictments if appropriate as well reliable and complete information for remedial legislation if that is appropriate. It would be helpful if they would produce reports that the public could and would read and understand so we can better evaluate the performance of the officials we elected and appointed to represent our interests honestly and competently.

    Comment by Bill — February 19, 2020 @ 1:14 pm

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